Unearthed by B.A. Tortuga #mm #review @batortuga @DSPPublications

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Some ancient secrets are better left buried….

When Jacob Keys gets the call every man dreads, he leaves his Wyoming home to find his mother’s killer. A whole archaeological team in Sardinia is dead, all of the bodies accounted for—all but Caleb Paulsen, consummate scholar and Jacob’s former lover. In Italy, Jacob sets out to discover the cause of the tragedy. And to find Caleb.

Meanwhile, a shipment arrives for Jacob in Wyoming. Jacob’s friend, Ben Walking Turtle, and his partner, Sam MacDougal, retrieve the box… and with it, a ruthless and cunning entity that’s been biding its time.

From Sardinia to Wyoming, Phoenix to Denver, this lethal ancient evil travels toward its bitter last stand, leaving death and destruction in its wake.

None of the men who touch it will ever be the same.

First Edition published as Diggers by Dallas Coleman, from Torquere Press, 2008.addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da14rachelle-tag

I have never read a non-romantic story by B.A. Tortuga before and I have to say, Give Me More. This was superb. The writing was tight, the story compelling and suspense filled. There are romantic elements between two separate couples. Ben and Sammy are long time lovers and friends of Jacob. Caleb is Jacob’s ex-lover who has been pining for Jacob, wanting an opportunity at a second chance with Jacob. But the relationships are secondary to a plot that is filled with adventure, mythology, and page turning suspense mixed with elements of horror and bittersweet incidents. The spelunking and archeology added a richness when blended with the mythology, making me wonder how a modern-day archeologist can stay pragmatic during a dig and not get sucked into the lore of the places they investigate.

There is so much that I want to talk about regarding this story but it would give away spoilers. I can say that it kept me on the edge of my seat and up way into the night when I should’ve been in bed. The plot is one that will stick with me for a while and I have a bit of a book hangover. Even though I love this to pieces, it isn’t for readers who want a romance central to the plot. There were horror and bittersweet elements, but without those, the story wouldn’t have had the dramatic punch it dif and would’ve fallen flat. But, if you want something that grips you and won’t let you go until the culmination, where the characters come alive, and you keep reminding yourself to breath then I recommend Unearthed. It was a fantastic ride.

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