Shadows of the Stone Benders by K. Patrick Donoghue

This book is a thriller that seems like Indiana Jones meets the DaVinci Code. It starts with the murder of an archeologist, Devlin, who has been working on proving the civilized society started much sooner than originally thought. The archeologist’s nephew, Anlon, comes to handle the funeral and estate and is instead pulled into the mystery of the artifacts in the victim’s possession and the ones he was looking for at the time of his death. As more murder and robberies occur, it becomes clear that there are people that do not want the research or the artifacts to become public and that they are all in grave danger.

I enjoyed the relationship and background building did with all the main characters but I wish that the plot and the background involving the stones and the alternate theory of civilized society was focused on more. It felt like the characters were jumping to conclusions that I would have never figured out about the mysteries of the stones and the murders. I hope the sequel will have more plot information.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for review consideration.

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