Fury from the Tomb: The Institute for Singular Antiquities Book I
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Mummies, grave-robbing ghouls, hopping vampires, and evil monks beset a young archaeologist, in this fast-paced Indiana Jones-style adventure
Saqqara, Egypt, 1888, and in the booby-trapped tomb of an ancient sorcerer, Rom, a young Egyptologist, makes the discovery of a lifetime: five coffins and an eerie, oversized sarcophagus. But the expedition seems cursed, for after unearthing the mummies, all but Rom die horribly.
He faithfully returns to America with his disturbing cargo, continuing by train to Los Angeles, home of his reclusive sponsor. When the train is hijacked by murderous banditos in the Arizona desert, who steal the mummies and flee over the border, Rom – with his benefactor’s rebellious daughter, an orphaned Chinese busboy, and a cold-blooded gunslinger – must ride into Mexico to bring the malevolent mummies back. If only mummies were their biggest problem…
Fury from the Tomb is a wild pulpy romp start to finish.
For me, the cover is what sold me (I totally judge books by their cover). Before I even read the description I knew I had to experience this story reminisce of a 1980s B-movie-esque tape cover. Boy did it deliver!
It has everything your adventurous heart desires: mummies, magic, Egyptologists, excessive amounts of blood, vampires, gunslingers, and even a train heist. Of course when you have these elements altogether you can’t help but compare it to Indiana Jones and The Mummy. Safe to say if you liked those movies, you’ll eat this book up. In fact, Fury from the Tomb would make a fantastic movie (shut up and take my money!)
Personally, I believe this story should have been in third person POV rather than first person. Rom’s inner monologues could be a bit long winded, deterring the plot from progressing. At times, it could take you out of the story when really you just want to read about the giant worm.
Despite the moments where you want to shush Rom, we see our main man go from bumbling archaeologist to action hero. And of course, he would be incredibly dead if it weren’t for the help of his adventure companions: the woman who would most likely beat your ass, the Chinese busboy with a secret, and the gunslinger. The dynamic between the four was solid.
You’ll read this one quickly–it’s a fast paced top notch adventure story filled with silly moments and sprinkled with some truly WTF horror bits.
Thanks Angry Robot Books for a copy through Netgalley!