The Cross of Sins (Fathom’s Five #1)

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!

THE BLURB

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 REVIEW

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.

Author

I live in Canada and I love big dogs, music, movies, reading and sports – especially baseball

John

I just got through rereading M.L. Rhodes’ Falling and that is fast paced too.

Did you say ‘cowboy’? I’m definitely interested!!

Wave

John
Falling is one of my faves from M.L. Rhodes. I have re-read it a number of times. What I like about her is that the pacing of her books is always great.

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There are three Americans in this book – what are the chances of one of them being a cowboy:)

Amanda Young

This sounds really good. And it’s probably one I wouldn’t have chosen for myself without having read your review. Thanks!

MikeIL1969

Just yesterday I was doing a google blog search of “gay book” “gay novel” and a site linked me a YouTube video advertising this book. I was interested…now I’m gonna get it.
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But…can we agree that the cover is a clunker? I bet when it goes to a second publishing the cover will be A LOT better.

Wave

Hi Mike
I agree with you on the cover. Not the best, but it won’t make the Ugly Covers competition:) However the next book has a fab cover.

junkfoodmonkey

The cover for the follow up Riddle of the Sands is much nicer. This one is definitely a Friday afternoon job. “Okay, so we’ve got Venice, a volcano, a big-ass cross. All we need now is to sprinkle in five random hot guys with their shirts off and job done!”

Wave

JFM
The cover for Riddle of the Sands could probably be one of the Friday Guys.*g* This one was quite cheaply done but I think that the publisher is not that concerned about composition.

LadyM

I just watched Casino Royale last night and I’m really in the mood for more sexy adventures. Times five? Yes!

Is there an e-book edition? Book Depository isn’t delivering in my country and, frankly, Amazon is killing me with delivery costs.

Wave

LadyM
I’m very sorry but there’s no ebook, unless you have a Kindle. Maybe you could buy a used copy of the book.

LadyM

Thank you, Wave. Now that Kindle is available internationally, the reviews like this can persuade me to buy it. So many great books out there… and only a click away. ^^

Wave

LadyM
Canada is the only country, it seems, that will not have the Kindle for quite a while, for some unknown reason. However you will be able to enjoy even more books at a very economical price.

Ingrid

Nee hoor LadyM!! Bookdepository komt ook naar NL :):)
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But it is kind of bad for your wallet 🙁
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Tam 70$ on yaoi? My goodness what did you buy?
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Back on topic, this book sounds good too Wave

Ingrid

Duuh, it seems like I did not see the flag right. It’s upside down.

Leslie

A sample has been sent to my Kindle. Thanks for this review, Wave. Sounds great!

Wave

Leslie
I hope that the sample entices you to buy the book because it’s a terrific escapist novel.

Jenre

Wow, this sounds great!

Wave

Jen
My original comment was lost so I’ll try again.

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This is wonderful full-out fun book and if you love action adventures, as I do, you won’t be able to put it down.

Wave

Tam
I really loved this book. Charlie’s Angels, VIP, James Bond, Raiders, whatever – the guys perfected the art of adventure. This is the kind of M/M book I love – no crying, no Big Misunderstanding, no who’s on first, just great fun and a lot of hurting, of the physical kind.
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Please let me know how you enjoy the book when you do get it. It’s in print only, unless you have a Kindle (maybe someday amazon will give us the Kindle rather than the finger)*g*

Tam

I’ll likely have to order it since the biggest Chapters here doesn’t even have a GLBT section because “they weren’t sure where to put books so as a fallback position didn’t put any out at all.” Niice. I could phone the GLBT bookstore. Maybe they have it.

junkfoodmonkey

Both this and Riddle of the Sands are available on The Book Depository site, and they ship worldwide free!

gaycrow

Have to agree with this, JFM … The Book Depository’s the best site on the web! (Apart from Wave’s blog of course ;-). )
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I buy most of my books there now, and because our exchange rate is so good, I’m getting some great bargains! Can’t recommend it highly enough.

Wave

Tam
Do what I did – order it from amazon.com – it’s $15.95 + $9 postage. amazon .ca doesn’t have it as yet but they have Riddle of the Sands. You have to read the books in order or you’ll miss out on a lot.

I can’t believe the crap you got from Chapters. I’ve stopped buying from them and order most of my books by mail.

Tam

Oh you hooked me in Wave. A gay Charlie’s Angels but with more danger and exotic travel. Definitely will be getting that. Sounds like fun.
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They are probably all rich because they save money by not having to buy shirts as per the cover. They can go adventuring topless. 🙂

M.L. Rhodes

This sounds like my kind of story! I’ll definitely have to pick up a copy of this!

Wave

ML
This book will have you hanging on trying to catch your breath. You know “they” say that everything is big in Texas, well here everything is BIGGER.:) I think you’ll love the story and I can’t wait for The Riddle of the Sands – I hope it lives up to Volume 1.

junkfoodmonkey

This sounds mad and wonderful. 😀 Definitely going on the To Read list.
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The cover makes me chuckle with the five somewhat random torso guys. I recognise at least one of ’em!

Wave

Hi JFM
This book is several crazy adventures all rolled into one. I LOVED it, but then I’m an adrenalin junkie. If you love adventure stories like Raiders or James Bond you won’t be able to put The Cross of Sins down.

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