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Secret of the Sands [Paperback]

Rai Aren , Tavius E
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Book Description

7 Sep 2007
For 12,000 years a dark and deadly secret has been hidden deep below the Great Sphinx of Giza. In present day Egypt, a frightening, yet awe-inspiring story unravels as archaeologists race against time to decipher an ancient truth... SECRET OF THE SANDS is a BEST-SELLING and AWARD-WINNING mystery novel that opens a window into the past, bringing a previously unknown and startling civilization to life.

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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Booksurge Publishing (7 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419675524
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419675522
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,458,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Photos: Rai & Star Wars clone friend, Stormtrooper buddy, & Boba Fett; Official author photo: Rai Aren on the right, Tavius E. on the left.

RAI AREN (Twitter: @raiaren)

Rai is super-proud that SECRET OF THE SANDS, an archaeology adventure/alternate historical fiction novel, is a consistent Amazon kindle BESTSELLER (thank-you readers!) and that the book is the 2009 ReadersFavorite.com "Fiction-Mystery" silver medalist. You can learn more about our adventures on our homepage at:


Rai loves the stories of Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Star Trek, Indiana Jones (her first kitty cat is named Indiana, Indy for short), and The Matrix (take the red pill!), to name a few. She loves getting lost in these enchanting worlds and studying their underlying philosophies. Ancient Egypt has held a particular fascination for her since childhood.

Rai feels that novels have the ability to take us on magic carpet rides, allowing us to escape into fascinating and engaging worlds, where the stories become real to us. Storytelling is an ancient, timeless practice and is an integral part of who we are. For Rai, writing a novel is a similar, but far more intense experience and she is thrilled to be a part of such an honored tradition. She believes that these stories are out there, waiting and wanting to be told - that they travel the universe in search of the door, the conduit, to the soul who is meant to tell their tale. She hopes you enjoy the worlds she & Tavius have opened the doors to...


Tavius E. (pen name) grew up and currently resides in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Movies such as The Lord of the Rings and The Star Wars trilogies have ignited his imagination. Authors such as David Eddings and Dan Brown have inspired him to write.

He enjoys learning about ancient Egypt and archaeology. He sometimes looks up at the stars in the skies and wonder about all the amazing stories that have never been told. As a result, he and his college friend, Rai Aren, are pursuing their shared interests of being successful storytellers.

Stay tuned readers - the sequel Destiny of the Sands is underway...

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An ancient prophecy, thousands of years old, told of the coming of the Chosen one, but she will be both loved and feared, and some will stop at nothing to defy everything she represents.


A secret power that once proved too deadly, was hidden away deep beneath the sands of Egypt, only to be revealed by its sworn guardians when the time came that the knowledge would be safe.


Two young archaeologists fatefully unearth unusual artifacts dating over 12,000 years old. The exhilarating find however, is wrong - very wrong. The artifacts shouldn't be there...they shouldn't even exist at all.


Now after remaining dormant for 12,000 years, the secret has been uncovered, and its true purpose suspected. What will be the greatest discovery in human history will either change us forever or destroy us for trying...

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 13 Nov 2010
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Alex and Mitch are the outcasts of the archaeological dig site they are working at in Egypt. Their supervisor/Professor, Dustimaine, is out to thwart their every attempt at success. If he misses anything, his underling, Fessel C. Blothers, is there to catch them.

One day, Alex and Mitch literally stumble upon a secret; a secret thousands and thousands of years old, unknown to anyone but them. With the help of their lab tech friends, Jack and Bob, Alex and Mitch soon get snared in uncovering a mysterious power somehow connected to the great Sphinx.

Could this be the biggest discovery in archaeological history -- or just someone's plan to hurt and destroy another society?

Rai Aren & Tavius E. write a spellbinding mix of mystery, history, fantasy, and adventure in this tale of two histories - one told in the present, the other told from the past - telling a story of misused power, learning how to trust, and the fate of civilization. The dialogue is believable and the plot is a page-turner.

Reviewed by: Erikka Adams, aka "The Bookbinder"
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good holiday bread. 17 Mar 2014
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Recommended to me but not my kind of story. A bit too fanciful for me. Well written and good descriptions of Egypttian culture.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother. 11 Mar 2011
By Steve
I think the other reviewer must be a relative. This is one of the worst books I've ever read! Everything an author can do wrong has been done. It's unoriginal, overlong, the characters are carbon copies, the plot is slim, the speech is stultified and things happen that can't possibly have happened without the characters reading the book. If I could have given it minus stars I would have. Don't waste your money.
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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a WOW of a book!! 28 May 2008
By ellen - Published on Amazon.com
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There are a few books I picked up and could not let go - Secret of the Sands is one of them!
Rai Aren and Tavius E. have written a book that takes place in ancient ancient Egypt and present day Egypt near the Sphinx. A pair of young archaeology students, a young man and woman - Mitch and Alex are on a dig and suddenly discover a mysterious box, and with the help of two friends they open the box that is so old, it predates anything else known - the glyphs are in a different form, the metal not known in the current world.
The ancient era story details how this box and the information came to be and the backstory of the characters that will play through this amazing trilogy.
As I was reading Sands, I kept thinking of the pace is much like Raiders of the Lost Ark, because it is that good and that well paced.
The co-writing team of Rai Aren and Tavius E. have come up with movie material and what a movie it will make!
For those of us who are lovers of the ancient worlds, Egypt, present and past, archaeology, the metaphysical, and mystical happenings, this is a great choice for you.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good ideas, needs more work and development 21 April 2008
By Mary B. Deats - Published on Amazon.com
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I would givet this a 2. 5 stars, but can't do halves, so three it is. "Secrets of the Sands" is a book that has many good aspects contained within it. The idea as to whether or not the Sphinx, etc. were connected to a possible alien visit/settlement from Orion is a concept that has been discussed over the years by many different groups. The shifting between the two time eras was a good idea as well. I found the main characters, of the present times,however, to be almost cartoonish, or better suited for video games. Maybe I am expecting more delineation of character through description and less through the 'Gee wizz' high school level dialogue that thoroughly littered the scenes set in the present. Surely the two main characters are a BIT more mature than how they were presented? Their side kicks in the lab were nothing more than mere cartoons in development, trying to 'out-silly' each other. The lead archeologist, as the 'bad guy' was really just too far fetched and simplified. Far more difficult to create a 'bad guy' person who has good points as well, which we all know make the character much more believable. The whole set up in the current times was just too unbelievable and simplified as to characters, I was turned off by them.
The concept of the Pharom, which when I read it brought immediately to mind the ancient wonder of the world set in Alexandria was a clever idea and a great lead in to a continuation of the series, which one hopes the following volumne will carry forward.

The setting and action of the ancient era was much better written, almost like two different people wrote the two sections, so did the two of you divide up the story and each do your 'part'? I found the Royal family characters more believable and better delineated in their strengths and weaknesses and relationships to those around them.
So overall: A lot of ideas,action and dialogue but not much development. You have some very good premises for creating some exciting stories, they just need more work. Hopefully,you will be able to get some needed guidance and help in these areas to take your action adventures to a wider reading audience.
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Mesmerizing Story 1 Sep 2008
By Susan J. McLeod - Published on Amazon.com
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Have you ever wondered how old the Sphinx really is? Have you been intrigued by the mysteries swirling like the desert sands around this awesome ancient monument? Rai Aren and Tavius E. have written a mesmerizing story in which two young archaeologists discover an artifact that could provide all of the answers. But they are not the only ones who are interested in this relic, for it holds a power unlike anything seen on Earth before...
Secret of the Sands takes us back 12,000 years to the origins of the artifact and the people who created it. Their story is interwoven with the lives of the archaeologists studying it in the present. Both sets of characters are so well-drawn that I could swear I heard them breathing!
This novel is packed with adventure and suspense, and the style is fast-paced and filled with vivid description.When I got to the end I thought "oh no!" I wanted more, more, more! But I'll have to wait for Destiny of the Sands to get it. Rai and Tavius, please hurry up with that sequel!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent first book!!! 18 Sep 2008
By Anastasia - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this book. I can't wait to read the sequel. It may be difficult for some people to read. It is like reading two books at the same time. But both stories are really good. Excellent book.
The one thing that I did notice a lot was there is a lot of typing errors (?). A lot of spots in the book there were words either missing or in the wrong order. More the proofreader or editors fault than the author.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind-turning ideas and all of a thriller novel 23 Aug 2008
By Hugo Köncke Soutto - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a nicely written novel. Of course, it's fiction, but cleverly handled. Anyway, I think nobody has nor can have the authority to deny what's proposed here. Humankind past has still too many mysterious things, for which History and historians have tried to find "clever" explanations.
We try to find explanations for everything, although there are many things, that simply can not be explained. The Sphinx is one of them, sitting there, awaiting for God knows what, and since when.
The authors play with an interesting idea, and they knit a beautiful story around it.
A book to be read in no more than 4 days, at most. You keep turning and turning pages until they end. And then, you feel you'd like to go on reading more about the same.
Let's wait for the Destiny to enlighten us ...
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