The Eater of Gods

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Pub Date 01 Mar 2023 | Archive Date 28 Feb 2023
Cemetery Dance Publications, Trade Paperback and Ebook

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Description

Nothing really dies if it's remembered, his wife had told him.

In the dying village of Al Tarfuk, lost among the war-stained dunes of eastern Libya, professor Norman Haas learns the location of the tomb that had been his wife’s life pursuit. The final resting place of Kiya, the lost queen of Akhenaten, whose history had been etched from the stone analogues of history for her heresies against the long absent pantheon of Egyptian gods.

He never expected to discover that the tomb was the final resting place to more than the dead. And as his team of researchers find themselves trapped inside the ancient tomb, Norman realizes all too soon that his wife was right—

Nothing really dies if it's remembered…

But some things are best forgotten.

Dan Franklin’s debut supernatural thriller is a tale of grief, of loneliness, and of an ageless, hungry fury that waits with ready tooth and claw beneath the sand.

Nothing really dies if it's remembered, his wife had told him.

In the dying village of Al Tarfuk, lost among the war-stained dunes of eastern Libya, professor Norman Haas learns the location of the...


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The copyright of this file is April 2022, and refers to the limited edition hardcover. The only difference between the limited edition hardcover and the paperback is the date, and that's it.

The copyright of this file is April 2022, and refers to the limited edition hardcover. The only difference between the limited edition hardcover and the paperback is the date, and that's it.


Advance Praise

"This ticks all the boxes for a creepy and adventurous archeological horror, but also with the touching vulnerability from losing the one you love." - Harpies in the Trees

"Eater of the Gods is an auspicious debut. The horror comes in twists and turns both large and small. It’s also true archaeological horror, providing moments that are more discovery than simple random tragedy. The very premise that the story is founded upon turns on its ear around the halfway mark. The end result is a story that screws up your evening in the best way possible." - Get On My Damned Level

"Franklin's slowly advancing sense of dread, claustrophobia and menace in "The Eater of the Gods" is calibrated with a bomb maker's precision, and the atmospheric descriptions are stunningly done." - The Day

"This ticks all the boxes for a creepy and adventurous archeological horror, but also with the touching vulnerability from losing the one you love." - Harpies in the Trees

"Eater of the Gods is an...


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ISBN 9781587678578
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"The local legends say she sleeps. That she devoured every god she could and waits, dreaming beneath the sands."

I received this book from NetGalley and it's unlike every book I've ever read. The Eater of Gods tells the story of Norman, a man who has dedicated his life to studying ancient Egypt, as he looks for the tomb of Kiya, the lost queen of Akhenaten. Readers are able to follow Norman's journey along with his crew as they explore the depths of Kiya's "resting" place.

This book was a quick read, but was definitely not lacking substance. I absolutely love learning about ancient Egypt and even took a course about Egyptian history in college. However, I've surprisingly never read a book on the subject. I had high expectations due to the ratings and I absolutely loved this book. For a short read, the book was descriptive and packed with plot points without feeling too rushed. My only criticism and my reason for 4 stars instead of 5 was the ending. I wish the ending was just a little more descriptive. I understood the symbolism and Norman's actions, but I really wish I was able to read more about it. I think Franklin left this ambiguous on purpose, but I did find myself wishing for more detail.

Overall, I am so glad I was able to read this book and definitely recommend to anyone who has an interest in Egyptology and archeology!

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This slender yet potent novel utilizes Egyptian mythology and storied historical past and an isolated Libyan desert setting to brew a terrifying claustrophobic nightmare.
Once upon a time there lived a mighty Egyptian pharaoh named Akhenaten. Akhenaten had many wives as pharaohs are wont to do. There was the famous one, Nefertiti. And then there was the mysterious one, Kiya.
This is her story.
It’s also a story of a desperate quest to find her and of dangers of getting what you want.
An atmospheric, dark, disturbing, literary, and very well written book, this is the one to please all discriminating genre fans. Plan your time: you’re going to want to read this in one sitting. Ideally on a dark and stormy night the way I did. Get your brave pants on. Read if you dare.
Recommended. Thanks Netgalley.

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this was a great supernatural thriller novel, I hadn't read anything from Dan Franklin before and was glad I did. This had such a good story and I was invested in what was going on with the characters. The characters felt like real people and did a great job in the world. I enjoyed what I read and was excited to solve what was going on. I hope Dan Franklin writes another book in this universe, as I enjoyed this one.

"The devastation left Norman dizzy, nauseated, far more so than the actual blast. He stepped over to the nearest set of runes. He supposed it didn’t matter if he touched them now. Preservation was no longer an option."

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Norman Haas, a widower archaeologist, may finally have found his wife's lifelong dream of the ancient lost tomb of Kiya-Aten in eastern Libya. But when he and his team finally enter the structure, they find it full of deadly traps something even deadlier stalking them. Some legends are best left undiscovered.
Mummy horror fiction is one of my favorites, and there is sadly a huge lacking of good stories in that sub-genre. The Eater of Gods goes a long way to fill in that gap, telling a satisfying mummy's tomb story by getting straight to the point without a lot of unneeded back ground or filler. I would have liked to have a little more of the mummy, but at least this novella got right to it without a lot of fluff. 3.5 rounded up to 4*

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What a pleasant surprise. I had never read this author before and I didn't think I would enjoy this book so much, even though I was very hooked just by reading the synopsis.
It's very disturbing, it creates an incredible atmosphere that reminded me a lot of King and Lovecraft.
It's very short, you can read it in one sitting, but that doesn't mean it lacks tension.
I do have to admit that the ending was a bit rushed and I would have loved for it to go deeper into some scenes, with more detail.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for an advance review copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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If you are looking for a gripping suspenseful page turner that is a quick read, this is the book for you. Some people mentioned the book was too short but I think it was perfect.

The story follows Norman who is leading expedition to find the lost tomb of Queen Kiya, completing the work of his late wife. Need less to stay, once they enter the tomb, things go from bad to worse very soon. What follows is a suspenseful and chilling story of trying to survive against the odds.

Definitely a quick easy read that was very enjoyable. Highly recommend especially if you love things relating to ancient Egypt and exploring lost tombs.

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