Title: The Cross of Sins (Fathom’s Five #1)
Author: Geoffrey Knight
Publisher 1: www.fathomsfive.com (No longer available)
Publisher 2: Current edition available from Wilde City Press
Genre: Contemporary M/M, Action/Adventure
Length: Novel (ebook 276 pages)
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5, DIK
Summary Review: A wonderful adventure that will thrill and wow you. You won’t be able to put this book down. Five gorgeous, sexy men compete for your attention and they will all steal your heart. Don’t miss the hot sex!
Somewhere in the world is a statue so sinful that a secret sect of the Church wants it destroyed at any cost. Somewhere in the Turkish desert, in the streets of London, and in the depths of Venice, are the clues to find it. And, somewhere in the hearts of five sexy, daring, thrill-seeking gay men, is the courage and die-hard determination to unravel one of the greatest mysteries of all time.
Meet Luca da Roma, an Italian model and expert in art, both ancient and modern; Dr Eden Santiago, Brazilian biologist, physician and genetic engineer; Shane Houston, a Texas cowboy and an expert in cartography; Will Hunter, a San Diego college student and football star, majoring in ancient history; and Jake Stone, an adventurer-for-hire from New York and the newest member of Professor Fathom’s team of hot gay adventure seekers. Together, they are Fathom’s Five, traveling the world, solving ancient mysteries, uncovering priceless treasures, and getting into hot, sticky and sexy situations, while thwarting danger at every turn! From Venice to Vienna, from Tuscany to Turkey, from the South Pacific to the seas off Sicily, join in the heroic adventures, hunky sex and hot, high-octane action of Fathom’s Five.
The Cross of Sins is the first in a series of high-octane, sexually charged, mystery adventures
The Cross of Sins has been revamped with additional dialogue and whole sections re-written for this launch of the book in ebook format. There are new chapters added including a bonus short story titled Elsa Strauss, The Dame of Notre Dame which is a standalone can’t-miss adventure about Elsa, the Professor’s housekeeper, that’s very funny and of course, has an impossible ending just like all the books so far in this series.
How do I review a book that defies description? The Cross of Sins is an adventure that I could not put down. This story is a cross (pun intended) between Raiders of the Lost Ark, James Bond, the Da Vinci Code and every other hair raising adventure that’s been around for decades, including Jaws. But first – the players and the story.
The protagonists are Will Hunter, an American; Italian Luca da Roma; Dr Eden Santiago from Brazil; Shane Houston, another American; and Jake Stone, American – a reluctant addition to the team and its newest member. What surprised me is that although the author, Geoffrey Knight, is Australian, none of his characters is from Oz but I understand that this will be remedied later on in the series. The men are all gay of course and rich, incredibly hot, young, charismatic, and sometimes they have mind blowing sex with each other. The head of the team is sixty year old Professor Fathom, who lost his sight 40 years ago but that has not impacted negatively on his ability to lead this high powered group.
One of the things I really love about this book is the way each character is introduced in a separate chapter and we get to know his capabilities before we meet the team and even here there is a new introduction for Shane, the cowboy from Texas, and clues to Jake’s story. Additional clues are included in the book about a couple of mysteries and the excitement starts right away as each protagonist battles volcanoes, fire, double dealing, and escapes impossible situations just barely – in some cases right from the jaws of certain death.
In The Cross of Sins the team is on a quest to uncover the secrets behind a mystery that has long been closely guarded by the Crimson Crown, a secret sect of the Church that goes around killing in the name of God. The main thrust of the plot is the search for an ancient statue of a naked Christ in all his glory known as “the Cross of Sins” that’s been hidden for hundreds of years, which the Crimson Crown considers to be blasphemous. Our heroes race against time to uncover the clues and find the statue before members of the sect find it, or die trying, and each one comes pretty close to paying the ultimate price.
The Cross of Sins is an adrenalin rush from the first page, as the protagonists fly, drive or ride camels from San Diego to Tuscany to Toga, to London to Turkey and the Austrian Alps and places in between, and it was clear from the beginning that I was in for an awesome ride. The pacing of this story is at breakneck speed, including the sex, which makes the book more incredible and hot! There is even a sweet romance between a couple of the guys, which should satisfy the M/M romance readers who need something more than adventure and thrills.
If you love adventure, The Cross of Sins has to be on your must-have list. Geoffrey Knight’s imagination will astound you as he peels back the layers of his story. The danger and the situations that he puts his characters through are impossible to imagine and the thrills are non stop. Of course this tale is completely over the top, since no human being could survive the death defying escapades and injuries that each protagonist endures.The first 20 pages alone are worth the price of the book as Jake Stone fought nature, lava from an erupting volcano, and a double dealing partner, and I can’t remember another book that I read recently which maintained a similar level of intensity throughout. Strap yourselves in for the ride of your lives, if your heart can take it. This is a true action/adventure with enough sex tossed in to make it spicy, but never taking anything away from the main theme of throwing caution and everything else to the winds and letting the gods decide your fate. Geoffrey is such a superb writer that I felt a part of the action. The characters are all well drawn and three dimensional, from the main protagonists to the Professor and his housekeeper Elsa, who is one tough woman that you never want to cross.
Of course, The Cross of Sins is not perfect, no book is. The protags are all human superheroes which we know is not possible, but they sure are fun.
Run, don’t walk, to get your copy of The Cross of Sins if you love sheer escapist adventure and edge of your seat action with a bit of romance thrown in. Highly recommended!
My review of the second book in the series The Riddle of the Sands is linked. Book 3, The Curse of the Dragon God should be out towards the end of the year.