Riddle of the Sands

riddle of the sandsTitle: Riddle of the Sands
Author: Geoffrey Knight
Publisher: Cleis Press
Genre: Contemporary M/M
Buy link: Amazon.com
Length: Novel
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5

five star + DIK read 2





The clock is ticking! Blackmailed by Jake’s nemesis – the vengeful Pierre Perron – Professor Fathom’s team of five horny gay adventurers is sent on a seemingly impossible mission to uncover the legendary Riddle of the Sands in order to save one of their own from a rare and deadly poison. But what is the Riddle of the Sands? Where are the long-lost clues and hidden maps that can lead to its whereabouts? Is it a myth, a mirage, or the greatest engineering feat in the history of ancient Egypt?

From the icy plains of Siberia to the shadowy bathhouses of Cairo, from the scorching valley of the Nile to the heart of the Amazon jungle, readers join these hunks — treasure-hunter Jake, Brazilian biologist Eden, Texas cowboy Shane, art expert Luca, and quarterback Will — in search that blends nonstop action and high-octane sex!


Riddle of the Sands opens with a bang and doesn’t stop, not even on the last page. Professor Fathom, Shane and Daniel West a Foreign Correspondent for the London Town Crier, visit Laptev Prison in Siberia to meet with Caro Sholtez, a hardened killer who claimed he had important information to sell the Professor in exchange for his freedom from the living hell that is Laptev Prison. Sholtez becomes enraged when the Professor refuses his offer but it soon becomes apparent that the offer of information was a ruse to get the Professor to the prison to put him in harm’s way, since Sholtez  had already arranged for his prison break by helicopter.

My first clue that this was going to be even more exciting than The Cross of Sins, something I thought was impossible, was when the walls of the prison literally blew out by a bomb that had been timed to go off. The escape from Siberia is the stuff of movies as Shane, the Professor and Daniel battle ice, treacherous weather conditions and a deranged killer. The world building around the prison was simply extraordinary.

The adventure continues without stopping for anyone to draw a breath, as the protagonists race to find an antidote for a slow acting rare poison, the Deldah-sha orchid, that is killing Sam, Jake’s unofficial ward who had been shot by a poisoned dart by Ra, one of Pierre Perron’s henchmen at the end of book 1. In exchange for the antidote Perron demands that the guys find the Lost Pyramid of Imhotep which disappeared thousands of years ago. If you read The Cross of Sins you will remember Mr. Perron, a collector of rare objects who lives in a fortress and uses his money to kill and maim, and he’s up to his old tricks in Riddle of the Sands. The plot is complex with more action than any reader could expect, starting with Professor Fantom and Sam being  kidnapped by Perron as insurance that the guys will go all out to find the Lost Pyramid, and they must race against time to find the key to the pyramid and unlock the riddle before Sam succumbs to the poison that’s gradually taking over his body. 

 The trek takes our heroes from Berlin to Paris, to New York, to London, San Diego, Brazil, Cairo, the Amazon and countries in between. But for me the most thrilling part of the book was in the Nile Valley, Egypt. This was such an exciting sequence that I won’t even attempt to describe the danger and the impossible escapes that happened in the nick of time. I’ll just say that Will should have been dead. No human being can survive the punishment he endured. There is so much plot in this book that it’s not possible for me to give you even a small slice of  it’s contents  – just think of the best adventure movie you have ever seen and increase the action sequences tenfold

If you think the book is all adventure, racing from one country to another, you could not be more wrong. The sex is  hot, hot, hot!. You definitely won’t be disappointed since there’s lots of sex in the book, starting with 19 year old Will and professor Nathan James in James’ office doing the nasty. I felt this scene was worth the price of the book. Shane’s seduction of Daniel in the steam room was another hot number. What would a steam room be without some steamy sex?

I didn’t think that Geoffrey Knight would be able to increase the heat level in Riddle of the Sands  from book 1, The Cross of Sins but he proved me wrong – from the action/adventure sequences that are indescribable, to the wonderful characterizations and the sex. Riddle of the Sands is for the true adventure lover. This is not a book for sissies because the action sequences are so intense I felt as if my heart was pumping on adrenaline alone. This story takes off right after The Cross of Sins ends and it’s not a standalone book. You must read the first book to get a sense of the characters because the strength of the series is definitely the characters. All of the bells and whistles, wonderful though they are,  pale when pitted against the 5 men who are the stars of the books.

This story sizzles with fun, sex and adventure. I could not put it down –  it was like a drug. The characters sparkled, the prose and dialogue were outstanding and Riddle is better than The Cross of Sins which I didn’t think could be topped! If you’re looking for a series that will entertain you, grab you by the throat, make your heart go into overdrive, and give you 5 of the hottest men, gay or otherwise, who are so sexy and who put out at every opportunity, then run don’t walk to your nearest book store or online bookseller to buy a copy of Riddle of the Sands.


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


  • I just received the first book so I’m not reading this review right away, but I just wanted to say how happy I am to learn that the second book is as thrilling as the first. And it’s got Egypt in it!!! *squeeing* I love Egypt. I’ll try to read Cross of Sins ASAP, and if I like it half as much as you seemed to I’ll have this opus on order at Amazon by the end of the week :). Thanks!

    • Mary
      If you love action/adventure with lots of hot sex and great writing, then you can’t help but become a fan of this writer.

      Don’t order from amazon, try The Book Depository in the UK — they are reliable and there’s no S & H, and the prices aren’t bad. That’s where I bought my copy of Riddle of the Sands.

      • Mary M, I just put a couple of beautiful feluccas on the Nile pics on my blogspot which inspired me throughout the book! Check it out!

  • Tam
    Geoff Knight is an incredible writer. I didn’t think he could do any better than equal the first book but I was so wrong.

    He’s being interviewed later today I think it uploads at 3.00 P.M. our time because of the time zone difference – and this interview is one of my best and the hottest 😀

  • I’m only on about Ch. 5 of the first book (not getting much time to focus) but I have must have though a half dozen times already “This should be a movie, that would be wild.” 🙂 Glad to hear the next book is equally good. Hopefully I’ll get some more read tonight before the interview tomorrow.


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