A male adventurer with hat, rope and machete over an old map with a GPS and compass on background image of natural gold fading to a jungle scene
A male adventurer with hat, rope and machete over an old map with a GPS and compass on background image of natural gold fading to a jungle scene

The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh (Matthew Connor Adventure Series)

The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh by Carolyn Arnold pyramids of Egypt with desert background.

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What inspired Carolyn Arnold to write THE SECRET OF THE LOST PHARAOH?

Archaeologist Matthew Connor and his friends set off for Egypt in search of the legendary Emerald Tablets when a colleague finds clues to their whereabouts. Given the powers the Tablets are said to possess, the fate of the world hangs in the balance, and there is no time to waste.

$4.99 USD e-book

Rating 4.4 stars*

Author: Carolyn Arnold
Series: Matthew Connor Adventure Series , Book 2
Genres: Action Adventure, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Publisher: Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.
Year: 2018
Length: 434 pages

ASIN: B07932XYPF
Print ISBNs: 978-1-988353-68-5 (paperback 4.25 x 7), 978-1-988353-69-2 (paperback 5 x 8), 978-1-988353-70-8 (hardcover 6.14 x 9.21)

Book Overview for The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh

In Egypt’s Western Desert lies the tomb of an unnamed pharaoh that hides a secret so powerful, it could destroy the world as we know it.

Archaeologist and adventurer Matthew Connor has made a career of finding legends the world has all but forgotten. Though there’s one in particular that has fascinated him for years—the Emerald Tablets. Myth says that they possess the knowledge of the universe, allowing humankind to traverse Heaven and Earth, and have the power to bestow wealth and wisdom upon whoever possesses them. But if they fall into evil hands, it could cause a global disaster.

So when a former colleague stumbles across an ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic map that promises to lead to a pharaoh’s tomb and the Emerald Tablets, there’s no way he’s turning down her invitation to join the dig. He only has one stipulation: his best friends Robyn Garcia and Cal Myers come with him.

The road ahead isn’t going to be an easy one, and their shared dream of recovering the Emerald Tablets is being crushed at every turn. And just when they think it’s all over, they learn there are a few clues they have overlooked. But they’re no longer the only ones searching for the Tablets. Now, the fate of the world hangs in the balance, and soon they’ll find out that when it comes to hunting legends, they can’t trust anyone.

The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh is a fast-paced action adventure that’s akin to an Indiana Jones story set in modern times. It’s light on history and heavy on action, suspense, and intrigue. Buy this international bestselling book today and strap yourself in for an action-packed good time!

★★★★★Bronze Award Winner in Adventure, 2018 Readers’ Favorite Award Contest★★★★★

“[The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh] is one of the most entertaining archaeological thrillers I’ve had the pleasure of reading. [It’s] a polished, well-written, stand-alone novel that Indiana Jones fans will love.” –Readers’ Favorite ★★★★★

What readers say about The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh:

★★★★★ “This book is INTENSE!”
★★★★★ “Adventure, action and suspense comes with every page of the book.”
★★★★★ “There was so much intrigue and twists and turns that I didn’t want to put the book down.”
★★★★★ “Arnold does a wonderful job of weaving incredible tales of history and suspense.”
★★★★★ “The story line [is] brilliant descriptive writing brings the ancient world of Egypt to life.”
★★★★★ “An action-packed, edge-of-your-seat, treasure-hunting mystery.”
★★★★★ “Arnold makes you feel the heat of the desert sun as well as the chill of an underground tomb.”
★★★★★ “This book has it all… action, adventure, Egyptian mysteries, romance, betrayal, death and treasure hunting!”
★★★★★ “It’s an easy 5/5 from me, definitely even higher if my scale went that high.”
★★★★★ “A gripping story full of twists and turns.”

Testimonials & Reviews for The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh

“If you like action-packed adventure books that will keep you reading well into the early hours, or in my case, right through them, I have no issue in recommending The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh to you.”
–Jennly Reads


“The twists and turns, action and adventure, mystery and suspense, kept me on my toes. I thought this would happen, then it didn’t. I thought that would happen, then it didn’t. Carolyn Arnold does a good job of leading me down a familiar path, then jerking the rug out from under me.”
–Fundinmental


“Queen of Mystery Thrillers, Carolyn Arnold has done it again with this totally engrossing, all-action epic adventure, worthy of H. Rider Haggard and Dan Brown at his best!”
–Amazon Reviewer


“A gripping story full of twists and turns.”
–Yet another blogging mummy!


“Carolyn Arnold has written an amazing story, describing everything in detail, giving us a complete picture of Egypt dig sites, heat, desert, underground tombs, mummies, tunnels, snakes, and all kinds of long lost treasures. I loved Matthew, Alex, Robyn, and Cal, and the villains in the story were very well done. I look forward to more from the Matthew Connor Adventure series. Carolyn Arnold has created another winner.”
–The Reading Café


“A thrilling and fun adventure that I recommend to anybody who loves the Indiana Jones movies and has always been intrigued by archaeological mysteries.”
–Just Olga


“The detail in which the dig site, underground catacombs, burial chamber and subsequent riches were described made me feel as if I were standing next to Matthew and Cal as part of the team, Carolyn has a way of doing that so it was so easy to sit back in a chair and sink into the story.”
–A Books Eternal Glory


“As an Egyptian, I’m proud to say that The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh is a must-read, well-written read centred around my country, which is depicted in a positive way. I’ve enjoyed it all the way.”
–Nadaness In Motion


“Arnold has kept up on her excellent writing skills in this book as with the previous ones I have read and has also done a really good job of describing everything and the characters. One thing I really enjoy about Arnold’s work is that she does a really good job of researching her ideas and the genre she is writing in. This book is no exception to that and it is well thought out and informed.”
–Paperback Reading and More


“I had a good feeling about this book going in. What I didn’t expect was the nail biting suspense. If it’s not tunnels collapsing, it’s flooded chambers and lethal cobras. Not to mention others who might want what they uncover. I could picture this on the big screen. The darkness under the desert. The chill of opening hidden chambers. Being trapped with snakes all around you. No idea if help will come in time. Yep, it would be a great movie.”
–Fuonlyknew


The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh is full of adventure and with that adventure is, of course, danger. It also has murder, mystery, and suspense. The characters are unique and interesting.”
–Bound 4 Escape


“Once I picked up The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh I couldn’t put it down. I had to keep reading until I finished it.”
–The Avid Reader

*Rating based on Amazon.com.

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