Item description for Alexander: Hall of the Gods by G.M. Masterson...
Inspired by true events Hall of the Gods chronicles the adventures of an orphan boy with a phenomenal intellect...1902 AD, Egypt. Baron Algernon Northgate breaks into an unmarked tomb. Shortly after his return to England with two mummies and a collection of mysterious artefacts he vanishes without a trace...Present-day Oxford. Young Alexander uncovers a disturbing truth while searching for his lost parents: they were burnt to death in a freak accident. Worse still, it appears that he is the sole survivor of an aristocratic dynasty, believed to have been cursed. Tracking down the location of his ancestral family home, he finds it abandoned. For Alexander and his tutor, tempestuous accident-prone professor Frank Malone, this is just the start of a strange and dangerous quest. Breaking into the eerie mansion, they stumble across the journals of the Victorian Baron. The journals tell a compelling story of excavations on the Giza plateau. Determined to unearth the secrets of the Baron, the duo return to the mansion - unaware of the incredible fate that awaits them.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 6" Height: 1" Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Release Date May 24, 2007
Publisher Star Publish
ISBN 1932993797 ISBN13 9781932993790
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Reviews - What do customers think about Alexander: Hall of the Gods?
Great Summer Read Aug 25, 2007
I really loved the Egyptology in this book as well as the interesting characters, settings and plot. All in all, a great book to enjoy in the summer - or anytime.
An author worth watching Aug 22, 2007
Baron Algernon Northgate had everything a British nobleman could want, as the 20th Century dawned: more money than he could possibly spend, a magnificent ancestral estate, a beautiful and loving wife, and two fine children. His life's passion, though, often took him away from his home and family. Algernon Northgate loved Egyptology to the point of ruthlessness. Eventually that love cost him everything else.
A century and more after Algernon Northgate's unexplained disappearance and presumed death, a remarkable 11-year-old boy enters Lady Margaret Hall at Cambridge. Orphaned mysteriously and adopted by a loving but ordinary couple, Alexander has just begun to remember more from his first years of life than his name. The sealed ruins of Northgate Hall fascinate him, and they also fill the dreams of Cambridge Professor Frank Malone. Gradually these two unlikely friends realize that something remains at Northgate Hall from the time of Baron Algernon, and that something intends to kill them both. What is it? How can it do the things it does, which defy rational explanation? And how can the little boy who's gifted enough for university and his hard-drinking tutor find the answers they need before it's too late - not only for them, but quite possibly for the rest of this modern and oh-so-rational world?
A cracking fine tale, despite some problems with cliched characters, grandiose dialog, and wandering plot threads. This author should be worth watching as he hones his craft and publishes more books. Hopefully in the same genre!
Very good read Aug 13, 2007
Easy to get into right away and soon found it hard to put down. Gripping plot and the Egyptology was fascinating.
Alexander: Harry Potter if he were a genius Jul 12, 2007
If you are a mid-teen and a genius who is about ready to enter college, you don't need the magic of a wizard. Your ingenuity will get you into as much trouble as any one young fellow can handle. Yes, that is Alexander. When he finds a mummy in the big old house in England where he has been raised by his adoptive family who found him alongside a road when he was a mere toddler, his nose begins to twitch. That twitch, however, doesn't lead him into the excitement of Bewitched, but takes him to the long forbidden and hidden halls of the pyramids of Ancient Egypt. You will want to turn the pages as fast as you can to see what devilish adventures Alexander will get into next. Meanwhile, he has to keep up his studies at the College. G. M. Masterson has etched a fetching tale that will have you spellbound, and the story in itself is almost magical. If you can't get enough of Harry Potter, this is your next best bet! And just like Harry, I can guarantee that kids and grownups alike will want to know where Alexander is going to travel next. We can only hope this is the start of more Alexander adventures! A fantastic debut novel by an Oxford scientist!
Highly Recommended Jun 24, 2007
Set between the nineteenth century and the present day, and apparently inspired by a true story, Alexander: Hall of the Gods is a stirring tale of obsession and revenge that revolves around themes of parapsychology, the occult and Egyptology. When a Victorian archaeologist excavates an ancient Egyptian tomb he finds a number of mysterious artefacts that he has long been searching for. But what he has unearthed ultimately leads to a trail of vengeance, death and destruction.
The book opens well, launching straight into the story without any unnecessary preamble to slow down the action. The reader is introduced to Baron Algernon Northgate, an English archaeologist and his assistant Salim, as two mummies are discovered. The mummies are transported back to the baron's ancestral mansion in England - only to set in motion a sinister and awe-inspiring train of events. The storyline is kept constantly on the boil as event follows event: the wealth of characters and sub-plots keeps the reader on his/her toes without ever becoming overtly convoluted. Masterson creates some fine moments of tension and horror, yet there is also humour, most notably in the antics of the Irish professor, Frank Malone.
Although this could be considered a largely plot-driven novel, characterisation is well handled. There is, for example, the wealthy baron whose confidence in his own abilities and place in the world is unshakeable - until the menacing presence of the two mummies take over his home; the irrepressible, 'volcanic' tempered Irish academic, Frank Malone, with his antiquated views on women and passion for the occult and 'fine alcoholic beverages'; no-nonsense, risk taking private eye Zoe, with her talent for mimicry; easy-going bikers Rosie and Jim, who find and adopt young Alexander; violent, ruthless Douglas Flint, etc. Then, of course, there is Alexander himself, a memorable and sympathetic player, with his astonishing intellectual gifts combined with charming boyishness, yet capacity for great courage, hatred and obsessiveness.
This is an eminently readable novel with tautly paced narrative. It manages to be at once action-packed, highly topical and philosophically provocative.