I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
My Review: We’ve all had that professor who wrote and published a book and then required their students to buy it for class. Or maybe that was just me and my budget conscious professors. Anyway, I had several professors—especially in grad school—who wrote their own books and then we, the poor put upon students, had to buy them. Some of them were really good, actually, and some of them, even though written by a professor who was the top of his field, weren’t that great.
I have a point.
This book was written as if by a professor who was doing archaeological work. In a good way. He was mild-mannered and studious and had kind of a nerdy professor-like sense of humor. He interacted with his students in a very professor-like way. He was chummy and enjoyed being ironic in a way that the students probably rolled their eyes at but still liked. I mean seriously. It’s like this book was actually written by a real archaeological professor. And I’ve read books by archaeological professors.
The good thing about the way this is written is that it feels authentic. It has a day-to-day feel even though there are some dramatic things that happen. They are taken in stride as a mild-mannered professor might do. It’s written conversationally, which makes for an easy read, and the author obviously did quite a bit of research, which made it feel realistic as well.
The downside of this style, unfortunately, is that it made the ending somewhat anti-climatic. It builds up to this really cool place and then just kind of skips past it. I thought that was somewhat disappointing. Don’t get me wrong—there is action and drama and all that—but the actual BIG event is alluded to, and then the book just kind of ends without discussing it.
I enjoyed this book and although it wasn’t heart-pumping all the time, it was interesting and the characters were enjoyable.
My Rating: 3.5 stars