Review: Anu Tara Tiki by Lorraine Saint-Hubert and Ludovic Des Leuques

Anu Tara Tiki

Authors: Lorraine Saint-Hubert and Ludovic Des Leuques

Published: March 4, 2020

Publisher: Glrd Publications

Format: Paperback

Source: Author/Publicist Request

NThe discovery in Antarctica by Emile, a modest French tourist, of a fragment of antique stele covered with cuneiform writing triggers a merciless fight between greedy businessmen and idealistic scientists. Professor Samuel Kahn, an American sumerologist at Harvard, sees this stone as an opportunity to make his fortune by selling it to an industrial mega-group interested in exploiting the sub-soil of Antarctica. Father Dorian Green, a former Irish catholic priest and Oxford-based unconventional archaeologist, hopes this artifact will prove his theory that there was a forgotten primary global civilization, whose remains lie under the ice of the Antarctic continent. Kate, a French young woman au-pair with the Kahn family and Kevin, English archeology student at Oxford, find themselves embarked in the adventure of a lifetime…

Anu Tara Tiki is a spring release from author-pair Lorraine Saint-Hubert and Ludovic Des Leuques.  This is the third book I’ve reviewed by a pair of authors and I am pleasantly surprised with this!  This genre of science fiction/alternative history can be hit or miss sometimes, but I enjoyed this title. 

Husband and Wife Emile and Monique venture out on their annual vacation, this time through South America and to Antarctica.  When Emile finds a mysterious rock on the continent, a successive chain of events leads to a world-wide fight between big business and archaeology.  On one hand, the big business is interested in mining the continent for resources, which the archaeologist believes that the stone is proof of an long-forgotten ancient civilization of proto-beings. 

The characters are well written and there is a lot of information given to the reader throughout the novel.  Though it can be wordy at times, this is the writing style that the authors chose and I did enjoy it.  In some cases, this can detract from the narrative, but I felt it served more to drive the narrative forward. 

I found the pacing to be fine, though a bit slow at times.  The book is well over 300 pages in print with a lot of exposition and information.  The details made the world feel more real to me, which I appreciated.  The epilogue at the end was a great addition that tied the end of the narrative together.  Overall, the pacing and story were well-written and nicely  formatted in print.  I do think this needed maybe one more pass through for minor editing problems. 

This would be a great book for fans of this genre!  I would also recommend this to any fans of alternative history, archaeology themed adventures, and rich narratives with a combination of artistic and scientific themes as well.  Thank you to Penny Sansevieri and the authors for the opportunity to review this book!

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