Title: Captain Moxley and the Embers of the Empire
Author: Dan Hanks
A bit about the author
‘I’m a writer and editor based in the rolling green hills of the Peak District with my human family and fluffy sidekicks Indy and Maverick.
Repped by Sara Megibow of KT Literary, I’m also one of the co-founders of the OcTBR Challenge, and write books, screenplays and comics when I’m not wasting time on Twitter.’–from Dan’s website
An ex-Spitfire pilot is dragged into a race against a shadowy government agency to unlock the secrets of the lost empire of Atlantis…
In post-war 1952, the good guys are supposed to have won. But not everything is as it seems when ex-Spitfire pilot Captain Samantha Moxley is dragged into a fight against the shadowy US government agency she used to work for. Now, with former Nazis and otherworldly monsters on her trail, Captain Moxley is forced into protecting her archaeologist sister in a race to retrieve two ancient keys that will unlock the secrets of a long-lost empire – to ensure a civilisation-destroying weapon doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. But what will she have to sacrifice to save the world?–Amazon blurb
The verdict: ⭐⭐⭐4.5 stars⭐⭐⭐
Dive in for a wild ride in Dan Hanks’ debut novel. I’m all for action/adventure, and this one will leave you breathless with unexpected twists and turns. Just when things appear to be going right for Captain Samantha Moxley, the author surprises you.
Overkill was the only thing that had ever worked with Samantha Moxley.
I love the kick-ass captain, a former pilot during WWII. If you are an Indiana Jones fan, this book is for you. The bad guys – whom Sam once worked for – are a nasty bunch, and after a priceless artifact because of the power it may hold.
“It sure look like you left on bad terms, ma’am.”
She let out a laugh, loud but humourless. “Don’t ever do a deal with the government, Charlie. You’ll be paying for it for years.”
Hanks brings his experience as an archaeologist into the story, and reminds us of the moral dilemma…
“I’m no expert, but I figure ancient things need to be preserved for everyone to enjoy. And, if that can’t be done in the precise spot where the artifacts are found, then…they belong in a museum. But I think there’a question that needs to follow that. Whose museum?”
The pacing, dialogue, descriptions and characters make you feel like you’re sitting in front of the big screen. Well done, Mr. Hanks. Bring on the popcorn.
Charlene Newcomb is the author of the Battle Scars series, 12th century historical fiction filled with war, political intrigue, and a knightly romance of forbidden love set during the reign of Richard the Lionheart. She also writes sci fi/space opera filled with rebels and traitors, battles and romance, in Echoes of the Storm, set in a galaxy far, far away (but no, this one isn’t Star Wars) .