Michael Belmont and the Tomb of Anubis

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Michael Belmont is a normal boy with big dreams, but life suddenly changes when his parents disappear while working at an ancient Egyptian necropolis. Michael, his sister Abigail, and his best friend Liam soon discover that they may be the only ones who can help their parents, if only they can survive the horrifying creatures, outsmart perilous traps, and solve the riddle of the Tomb of Anubis. More
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Published: Nov. 29, 2011
Words: 80,010
Language: English
ISBN: 9781466061934
About Ethan Russell Erway

Ethan Russell Erway, author of the fantasy novel MICHAEL BELMONT AND THE TOMB OF ANUBIS, has been a life long fan of the fantasy and science fiction genres. His second book, MICHAEL BELMONT AND THE HEIR OF VAN HELSING, is due for release in the fall of 2012. Ethan has a Bachelor of Sacred Literature degree from Summit Theological Seminary, and is the Minister at Agua Fria Christian Church in Humboldt, AZ where he lives with his wife Kara and sons Gabriel and Caleb.

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Review by: Andrea on Oct. 21, 2013 : star star star star
Michael Belmont (12 years old) and his sister Abigail (9 years old) come from a family of world travelers. They are going to stay at McGinty Castle in Scotland with the McDonald family and their son Liam. Liam's father will be accompanying Michael's parents on a trip to Egypt to a dig that has been reopened. It is thought this dig is a necropolis with a gateway to another world as some diggers died there in 1995. While staying at the castle Michael discovers a hidden corridor that only appears at night and contains an armory and artifacts. Michael, Abigail and Liam get an unexpected visit from Uncle Link telling them their parents have disappeared. They all go to Egypt to help search for their parents. The children sneak into the tomb at night and meet a stranger named Zuriel who says he can help get their parents back if they can give him an artifact known as the Staff of Anubis. This search will take the children back to Scotland where they will have to face werewolves and they will need the help of faeries as well if they are to save their parents.

What a great adventure! I really loved how MIchael was so protective of his younger sister throughout this story. This was a page turner for me as I couldn't wait to see what the children would do next! There were some typos that were a bit distracting but they didn't take away from the story at all. The action never really lagged and the story flowed smoothly. The children would have to be brave and count on each other through the journey as well as discover who they could really trust.

I received this ebook free through LibraryThing member giveaways in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Kelli Flores on June 21, 2012 : star star star star
A story that combines elements of ancient Egyptian and Celtic mythology, with shape-shifters, fairies, and multiple other elements also included. The novel follows a pretty fast pace, and sometimes it was a little fast for my taste, as I would have liked the visual descriptions to have more detail. Despite that, it pulled in really disparate elements very nicely, in a believable manner, as the protagonists jumped between Ireland, Arizona, and Egypt. It pulls you in and keeps you reading.

The main protagonist is a 12 year old boy, and the first review on Library Thing says it is marketed to children. I would have to say, as an adult, I found it an enjoyable read. I would buy it for older children as the reading level may be a little high for readers younger than middle school age. Overall, this was a good book.

Reviewed for the Member Giveaway Program
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Bill Thibadeau on April 21, 2012 : star star star star
This book reminded me of the Hardy Boys in a fantasy land. As an older adult, I am not a fantasy or YA genre fan but I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

Aside from some problems with misspellings and wrong choice of words, I was actually surprised that I did enjoy the book. The storyline was well conceived and planned. Aside from the fantasy aspects of the immortals, werewolves, and shape shifters the story was plausible.

Even though the characters are not deeply developed, I did somewhat feel for them. The story is fast paced and easy to follow.

If you like the fantasy and YA genres, this book is for you.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Doskoi Panda on Jan. 20, 2012 : star star star star
Ethan Russell Erway's Michael Belmont and the Tomb of Anubis is a sort of young adult, Indiana Jones style adventure that collides with supernatural beings, folklore, Egyptian mythology and Christian theology. Michael and his younger sister are staying at a castle Scotland over the summer with family friends, while their parents head to an archaeological dig in Egypt. Michael discovers a mysterious wing of the house, the passage to which only appears at night, and is filled with all sorts of legendary objects, including a sort of living movie/memory box of Anubis and some slightly disturbing werewolf lore. Then their parents are reported as missing, and the children head off to try and help find them.

The first thing I need to praise is Erway's creative use of mythologies and folklore (though the whole "where the power comes from" bit left me feeling exactly the same way I did when they downgraded Pluto from being a planet: unhappy and twitchy.) He gave good depictions of the kids, especially the sister - she was just ornery enough to be believable, but not Scrappy -doo annoying. The objects in the night corridor were also particularly well done - just enough detail to identify, but not an overload of information. Overall, this was a good, fun, rollicking adventure.

Though I liked the story, I really felt as though it was pulled way too many directions to be really satisfying; at times it felt like the author was trying to cram as many ideas in as possible, regardless of whether or not it really fit with the story. The Arizona scenes felt very contrived as part of the cramming (and I still don't quite get the point of the assembled "team") as did the revelation at the end. It just felt like a grocery list of things was being filled, rather than being a legitimate part of the story. Characters seem to have unrealistic reactions and recoveries to/from situations (Michael's sister's quick recovery from her experience in the woods, for example.) The travel seemed excessive, particularly with what I know of archaeologist's salaries. (Arizona again. I think I have it in for that segment.)

3.5 stars
Review copy supplied by the author as part of LibraryThing's Member Giveaway Program.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: trish earl on Jan. 19, 2012 : star star star star star
This is a great book. It is exciting and adventurous and just plain fun to read. Definite recommend.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Shane Demone on Jan. 13, 2012 : star star star star
Michael Belmont & the Tomb of Anubis
by Ethan Russell Erway

I enjoyed Michael Belmont & the Tomb of Anubis, the first in the Michael Belmont series by Ethan Russell Erway. Its a fast paced adventure that leads the Belmont siblings across the globe in a frantic search for their parents who have gone missing in an ancient Egyptian necropolis. The characters are likeable and well-developed, the settings well defined and believable. From a Scottish castle to the Egyptian desert, Mr. Erway has done a great job of blending together an exciting story that is full of life lessons, adventure and mythology. Michael is a good kid, caught up in the same things that affect all tween/teen kids; a pesky little sister, love, loss and learning to trust. And the biggest lesson of all, that being different is not necessarily a bad thing. I had a great time reading Michael Belmont & The Tomb of Anubis and I am looking forward to Mr Elway's next installment in the Michael Belmont series.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: MrsFlicker on Jan. 11, 2012 : star star star star
Michael Belmont was a pleasant surprise. I chose it because I work with reluctant readers and I thought it would be interesting for them. Little did I know that I would be drawn in as well. I literally could not read it fast enough. I was most pleased with the combination of mythologies presented in the story. I think that one of the greatest things to happen to young adult literature is a resurgence of mythology. This is a perfect example of how well that can be done when time, energy, effort and care go into the mix. I eagerly await the next installment.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Melissa Ormond on Jan. 11, 2012 : star star star star star
A fun read for both young adults and adults alike. I found this story of werewolves, shape-shifters, faeries, elves, secret societies, ghosts, ancient Egyptian curses, and dragons, hard to put down. The story is well structured as the characters move between a antique-filled castle in Scotland, an ancient Egyptian necropolis, and a bachelor’s ranch in Arizona. The three main characters are likeable and you cannot help by become attached as the children begin their quest to save the day. My only criticism is the length of the story – I wish it had been longer. I am anxiously awaiting the release of the second book.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Deb Novack on Jan. 03, 2012 : star star star star star
This book although for the young adult readers will suck the adults in also. If you enjoy mysteries, Ancient Egypt,Celtic lore you will totally love this book. Michael,Liam and Abby are wonderful characters and totally believable. The story moves along at a fast pace so you do not want to put it down. I can not wait until the next one is released.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lesli Kerfien on Dec. 31, 2011 : star star star star
I received an Ebook copy of this. I enjoyed reading this book, it kept me guessing and wondering. Loved the different settings and the descriptions. Kind of wish the book was longer because I didn't want to stop reading it. Seemed like it would be great for around middle school/early high school age kids.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: njmom3 on Dec. 26, 2011 : star star
Review first published on my blog: http://memoriesfrombooks.blogspot.com/2011/12/michael-belmont-and-tomb-of-anubis.html

Michael Belmont and the Tomb of Anubis is the beginning of a series for children. Michael Belmont is a twelve year old boy. His parents are anthropologists and archaeologists who travel around the world working on projects. Michael and his sister Abigail sometimes accompany them and sometimes stay with relatives in different parts of the world.

This story has so many elements. It travels between Scotland, America, and Egypt. It unravels a mystery and conflict that crosses centuries. It has monsters, ghosts, werewolves, shape shifters, myths, and legends. Kidnappings and disappearances happen. Adult relationships such as recovering from a loss of a spouse and old loves are discussed. The ending is a clear lead-in to a sequel.

With so many elements, the story felt scattered and difficult to follow. The book is a long one. Towards the end, the different threads of the story do start to come together. However, it is a long process to get there. It will be interesting to see if the follow-up books can develop the central theme.

***Reviewed for LibraryThing Member Giveaway Program***
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tona Cruz Dominguez on Dec. 08, 2011 : star star star star star
This was a great kids adventure story. I read it through first to make sure that it was ok for an 8 yr old. I had no idea that I would love it so much. I caught myself rushing through work so I could get back to it. It was exciting and fast paced. Exactly whats needed to keep their attention. I will be buying the next installment, I just hope he can wait for it.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Tona Cruz Dominguez on Dec. 08, 2011 : star star star star star
This was a great kids adventure story. I read it through first to make sure that it was ok for an 8 yr old. I had no idea that I would love it so much. I caught myself rushing through work so I could get back to it. It was exciting and fast paced. Exactly whats needed to keep their attention. I will be buying the next installment, I just hope he can wait for it.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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