ALEXANDER: HALL OF THE GODS
SELECTED REVIEWS POSTED ON AMAZON
Very good read: M. Miura (Hampton Bays, New York, USA)
Easy to get into right away and soon found it hard to put down. Gripping plot and the Egyptology was fascinating.
Fascinating: Julia Molden (Oxford, UK)
Alexander Hall of the Gods is a book that appeals on several different levels. Starting out as an exciting journey of adventure, it soon develops into something much more than that. When Alexander delves deeper into the mystery he uncovers layers which take him into the realms of ancient knowledge, spirituality and the destiny of the human race. As the plot unravels you find yourself in awe at the complex ideas unfolding - Masterson conjures up a concept of human civilisation with an insight far surpassing the run of the mill action/mystery author. This book is compulsive reading and leaves you wanting to know more!
A fantastic journey: Mr. S. B. Guy (Cambridge, UK)
Hall of the Gods is a fantastic journey, in parts exhilarating, touching, horrific and humorous. The central characters of the boy and the professor provide ideal travelling companions into the contrasting worlds of modern Oxford, ancient Egypt and the occult. This is a great story which also projects an incredible vision of a super-advanced civilization in a time before time - a vision which turns our view of ancient history on its head. Read it!
Alexander: Hall of the Gods: Reader279
This is not the type of book I would generally choose but I came across the book's web-site and was interested by the depth of background knowledge which the author seems to have. This book is fundamentally a fast-paced 'story' book in the grand old tradition of adventure stories through the ages. The thing which makes this book particularly unusual, though, is the fascinating way in which information about the ancient Egyptian civilisation is threaded into the narrative. Ideal for anyone with an interest in Egyptology or parapsychology or who simply enjoys a fast-moving action/adventure story.
Hall of the Gods: P. Torpy ""scientist and artist"" (London, England)
I found it a good read. It was a little slow at first but picked up pace. I found the Egyptology fascinating and the action exciting. I'm looking forward to his next book.
An excellent action-packed read: Mr. M. Payne (Bristol, UK)
Great plot, good action and intelligently written. Some very interesting ideas - obviously a lot of research has gone into this book. It would make a great movie!
Alexander: Hall of the gods: John (UK)
I originally brought this book for holiday reading. It arrived 3 days prior to my departure and decided just to take a quick look. It was a riveting story that kept me turning the pages, I just could not put it down. The story line was novel and had me believing it might be possible. Anyway in the end I had to look for a new holiday read!!!
Alexander: Hall of the gods: G. Penny (Long Island, New York)
I really loved the Egyptology in this book as well as the interesting characters, settings and plot. All in all, a great book to enjoy in the summer - or anytime
An author worth watching: Nina M. Osier (Augusta, ME USA)
Baron Algernon Northgate had everything a British nobleman could want, as the 20th Century dawned: more money than he could possibly spend, a magnificent ancestral estate, a beautiful and loving wife, and two fine children. His life's passion, though, often took him away from his home and family. Algernon Northgate loved Egyptology to the point of ruthlessness. Eventually that love cost him everything else.
A century and more after Algernon Northgate's unexplained disappearance and presumed death, a remarkable 11-year-old boy enters Lady Margaret Hall at Cambridge. Orphaned mysteriously and adopted by a loving but ordinary couple, Alexander has just begun to remember more from his first years of life than his name. The sealed ruins of Northgate Hall fascinate him, and they also fill the dreams of Cambridge Professor Frank Malone. Gradually these two unlikely friends realize that something remains at Northgate Hall from the time of Baron Algernon, and that something intends to kill them both. What is it? How can it do the things it does, which defy rational explanation? And how can the little boy who's gifted enough for university and his hard-drinking tutor find the answers they need before it's too late - not only for them, but quite possibly for the rest of this modern and oh-so-rational world?
A cracking fine tale, despite some problems with cliched characters, grandiose dialog, and wandering plot threads. This author should be worth watching as he hones his craft and publishes more books. Hopefully in the same genre!
Meet Alexander--Harry Potter as a genius!: Janet Elaine Smith "Author of the Patrick and... (ND, USA)
If you are a mid-teen and a genius who is about ready to enter college, you don't need the magic of a wizard. Your ingenuity will get you into as much trouble as any one young fellow can handle.
Yes, that is Alexander. When he finds a mummy in the big old house in England where he has been raised by his adoptive family who found him alongside a road when he was a mere toddler, his nose begins to twitch. That twitch, however, doesn't lead him into the excitement of Bewitched, but takes him to the long forbidden and hidden halls of the pyramids of Ancient Egypt.
You will want to turn the pages as fast as you can to see what devilish adventures Alexander will get into next. Meanwhile, he has to keep up his studies at the College.
G. M. Masterson has etched a fetching tale that will have you spellbound, and the story in itself is almost magical. If you can't get enough of Harry Potter, this is your next best bet! And just like Harry, I can guarantee that kids and grownups alike will want to know where Alexander is going to travel next. We can only hope this is the start of more Alexander adventures!
A fantastic debut novel by an Oxford scientist!
ALEXANDER: HALL OF THE GODS: Piyasi Karbal (NOTTINGHAM, UK)
When the book arrived I soon found myself compulsively turning the pages. Things take a dramatic turn when an orphan by the name of Alexander learns that he is the last survivor of a cursed aristocratic dynasty. Why were his parents killed in a freak accident? What was behind the mysterious disappearance of one of his ancestors, Victorian archaeologist Algernon Northgate? What happened to his journals? And what was behind the curse that killed off his entire family? Brainy Alex receives help in his quest for the truth from his tutor at Oxford, the eccentric professor, Frank Malone. 'Hall of the Gods' is a great read. There are two fast moving story lines, one in present day Oxford and the other in Victorian Egypt, combining shocking twists with action thrills until a powerful climax brings them both together in a breath-taking finale.
Highly Recommended: Mr. R. J. A. Pettinger (Leeds, UK)
Set between the nineteenth century and the present day, and apparently inspired by a true story, Alexander: Hall of the Gods is a stirring tale of obsession and revenge that revolves around themes of parapsychology, the occult and Egyptology. When a Victorian archaeologist excavates an ancient Egyptian tomb he finds a number of mysterious artefacts that he has long been searching for. But what he has unearthed ultimately leads to a trail of vengeance, death and destruction.
The book opens well, launching straight into the story without any unnecessary preamble to slow down the action. The reader is introduced to Baron Algernon Northgate, an English archaeologist and his assistant Salim, as two mummies are discovered. The mummies are transported back to the baron's ancestral mansion in England - only to set in motion a sinister and awe-inspiring train of events. The storyline is kept constantly on the boil as event follows event: the wealth of characters and sub-plots keeps the reader on his/her toes without ever becoming overtly convoluted. Masterson creates some fine moments of tension and horror, yet there is also humour, most notably in the antics of the Irish professor, Frank Malone.
Although this could be considered a largely plot-driven novel, characterisation is well handled. There is, for example, the wealthy baron whose confidence in his own abilities and place in the world is unshakeable - until the menacing presence of the two mummies take over his home; the irrepressible, 'volcanic' tempered Irish academic, Frank Malone, with his antiquated views on women and passion for the occult and 'fine alcoholic beverages'; no-nonsense, risk taking private eye Zoe, with her talent for mimicry; easy-going bikers Rosie and Jim, who find and adopt young Alexander; violent, ruthless Douglas Flint, etc. Then, of course, there is Alexander himself, a memorable and sympathetic player, with his astonishing intellectual gifts combined with charming boyishness, yet capacity for great courage, hatred and obsessiveness.
This is an eminently readable novel with tautly paced narrative. It manages to be at once action-packed, highly topical and philosophically provocative.