Denibus Ar

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The discovery of a six-sided pyramid creates a stir in the archaeological world. A team of international archaeologists are sent to excavate the site in the bleak Sahara; however, in the midst of unexplained phenomena, military corruption and paranormal sightings, they uncover a sinister presence. Archaeology adventure. More

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Published: Aug. 15, 2011
Words: 80,100
Language: English
ISBN: 9781927117361
About Chris Turner

Visual artist, musician, meditator, writer of fantasy, adventure and SF.

Chris's books include: The Relic Retriever, the Rogues of Bindar series, Future Destinies, Fantastic Realms and Denibus Ar.

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Review by: Elizabeth Miller on March 20, 2013 : star star star star
Wordy archeological adventure following a group opening an unknown tomb. If you can get past the first couple of chapters it is a pretty good read. The story does pick up speed and become a decent thriller type story and other than the beginnng being so slow this was an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon in the sun.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Lynn Light on Oct. 22, 2012 : star star star star
Chris Turner has done an excellent job of transporting the reader to the hot Egyptian desert, land of the Pharaohs, to an archaeological dig. Down in the dark tunnels and chambers of the Pharaoh's labyrinth-like tomb, you can actually feel the cramped dark spaces of the tunnels closing in on you, as well as the excitement of the discovery of new chambers to explore, and the terror that awaits below.

Denibus Ar is the richly told tale of Hexsase, a 6-sided pyramid, newly uncovered and exposed. Archeologist Carl Langley has a bad feeling he can't quite explain on the dig of the mysterious female Pharaoh Koruka. In addition, a strange cat he calls Goldie, turns up with uncanny precision, and seems to be a troublesome cohort.

The dig becomes fraught with tension, with the military commander, Captain Sarsenska, breathing even more hotly down Langley's neck than he cares for. Finding an artefact, which he uncharacteristically pockets, Langley realizes that he is falling ever deeper into the clutches of the ancient Pharaoh Koruka's mystical presence. His attempts to get rid of the artefact prove futile as it just keeps finding its way back to him.

Denibus Ar is an enjoyable read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Stephanie Wolf on May 16, 2012 : star star star star star
If you like reading about ancient Egypt, the Queens and Kings of long ago, their riches and their treasures, buried with them in pyramids, the archaeologists who long to discover them and the thieves who try to steal everything, then you will like this story.

Travel along with Carl Langley, a group of others and a mysterious cat who have discovered a six-sided pyramid and the maze like passages underneath. Some things are better left alone and the most evil sometimes get what they deserve.

Extremely descriptive, you feel as if you are in the desert with the heat, sun and sand, and the deep, dark tunnels of the numerous passages of the unique pyramid. Would definitely recommend to others.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: cdnshopaholic on Feb. 26, 2012 : star star star
I received this book as part of the member's review program. I enjoyed the storyline and characters, although it did move a bit slow at the beginning. The author was very detailed with descriptions, and I found myself losing focus with some of that. Overall, it was a good read and I would purchase from this author again.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Chrissy Peebles on Dec. 02, 2011 : star star star star star
DENIBUS AR by Chris Turner had received 5 stars (the highest possible score) from The Hampton Reviews and totally grabbed my attention. After reading the sample on Amazon, I knew this was my kind of adventure! DENIBUS AR is beautifully written, and the language and descriptions of this fantastic place are magnificent. I was taken in by this author's powerful prose, eloquence, and fluency.

A plane crashes in the white Sahara sand and an American Greek pilot uncovers an amazing discovery that will turn the world upside down when they unearth a towering six-sided pyramid! This rocks the archaeological world because usually pyramids are five-sided, not six.

It takes seven months to move 35,000 tons of earth to uncover the pyramid, and then it was painstakingly excavated for another five months by forty-five dedicated workers. Its one of the world's greatest treasures, but should it be respected and left alone? The Egyptian government loves their priceless gold relics, artifacts, and unspoiled mummies so they get the military involved, sending soldiers (including a crooked captain) to guard the precious find. Thrust into a spooky Indiana Jones setting, (weird things are happening that can't be explained) Carl Langley is an Australian archaeologist who is assigned to the excavation of this amazing archaeological find. The team uses the old fashioned methods, but also incorporates high-tech equipment and intricate technology as they investigate deeper.

Chris Turner is a master story-teller as he brings you right into the scenes. I felt like I was right there when Langley donned his headlamp and descended into the mysterious, dark chambers. The underground world is amazing and breathtaking! And I even got a little spooked when the paranormal vibes started kicking in. Like, just as Langley goes to snap a picture, this carved snake's green eyes turn luminescent. Spooky! And I loved it!

Strange things begin to happen. A bizarre voice echoes in Langley's head, he experiences strange visions, an amulet with faint inscriptions is found, and nobody can explain where a mysterious stray cat came from. I love the mystery with the amulet, especially when a voice commands Langley not to `bag' the weird object, and when he tries to he can't. Instead, he tosses it away, but later, while exploring one of the chambers, he notices small paw prints etched in the dust. Not only is the cat there which is impossible, (love the paranormal element) but upon further exploration, he is shocked to find the amulet has crossed his path again. Déjà vu. So this time Langley keeps the amulet hidden and continues to be mesmerized by it. Does it hold some kind of mystical, Egyptian power...one that seems to possess him? Is there an evil presence lurking around? A prophecy from Koruka (first pharaoh-queen of Egypt) says: my final resting place is hallowed land, sacred beyond belief; it will not be defiled by mortal man. The book makes me wonder if archeologists should tread on sacred land or should the mysteries of the sacred past be left alone? Are people plundering treasures and defiling crypts all in the name of archeology and historical exploration?

The adventure continues and the plot thickens and I don't want to say any more for fear of spoiling it. But I will say this: The author's descriptions and extraordinary knowledge of history from ancient Egyptian history held my interest...and captivated me. I was hooked from the beautiful words, the fantastic descriptions, and the creative plot line. It was different...not the same old stuff. And I loved the ending, especially when I got my answer as to why the pyramid is six-sided!

I also loved the unique and memorable characters Turner created. Especially the mysterious saffron-gold Siamese cat (named Goldie) that hangs around the site! But out of all the characters, I have to say that Langley was my favorite because he was just so cool and I could really connect with his character. He was like my very own `Indy'. And I absolutely adore his love interest, Yisella.

This book is a paranormal trip that sends you into a world of hidden secrets, and into a secret place that has been hidden by time for 5,000 years. The story is interesting, imaginative, and exciting. I'd encourage all readers to come experience this fantastic world of archaeology, adventure, supernatural suspense, forbidden discoveries, and ancient mysteries. You won't be disappointed! This is definitely recommended and five stars without a doubt.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Chrissy Peebles on Dec. 02, 2011 : star star star star star
DENIBUS AR by Chris Turner had received 5 stars (the highest possible score) from The Hampton Reviews and totally grabbed my attention. After reading the sample on Amazon, I knew this was my kind of adventure! DENIBUS AR is beautifully written, and the language and descriptions of this fantastic place are magnificent. I was taken in by this author's powerful prose, eloquence, and fluency.

A plane crashes in the white Sahara sand and an American Greek pilot uncovers an amazing discovery that will turn the world upside down when they unearth a towering six-sided pyramid! This rocks the archaeological world because usually pyramids are five-sided, not six.

It takes seven months to move 35,000 tons of earth to uncover the pyramid, and then it was painstakingly excavated for another five months by forty-five dedicated workers. Its one of the world's greatest treasures, but should it be respected and left alone? The Egyptian government loves their priceless gold relics, artifacts, and unspoiled mummies so they get the military involved, sending soldiers (including a crooked captain) to guard the precious find. Thrust into a spooky Indiana Jones setting, (weird things are happening that can't be explained) Carl Langley is an Australian archaeologist who is assigned to the excavation of this amazing archaeological find. The team uses the old fashioned methods, but also incorporates high-tech equipment and intricate technology as they investigate deeper.

Chris Turner is a master story-teller as he brings you right into the scenes. I felt like I was right there when Langley donned his headlamp and descended into the mysterious, dark chambers. The underground world is amazing and breathtaking! And I even got a little spooked when the paranormal vibes started kicking in. Like, just as Langley goes to snap a picture, this carved snake's green eyes turn luminescent. Spooky! And I loved it!

Strange things begin to happen. A bizarre voice echoes in Langley's head, he experiences strange visions, an amulet with faint inscriptions is found, and nobody can explain where a mysterious stray cat came from. I love the mystery with the amulet, especially when a voice commands Langley not to `bag' the weird object, and when he tries to he can't. Instead, he tosses it away, but later, while exploring one of the chambers, he notices small paw prints etched in the dust. Not only is the cat there which is impossible, (love the paranormal element) but upon further exploration, he is shocked to find the amulet has crossed his path again. Déjà vu. So this time Langley keeps the amulet hidden and continues to be mesmerized by it. Does it hold some kind of mystical, Egyptian power...one that seems to possess him? Is there an evil presence lurking around? A prophecy from Koruka (first pharaoh-queen of Egypt) says: my final resting place is hallowed land, sacred beyond belief; it will not be defiled by mortal man. The book makes me wonder if archeologists should tread on sacred land or should the mysteries of the sacred past be left alone? Are people plundering treasures and defiling crypts all in the name of archeology and historical exploration?

The adventure continues and the plot thickens and I don't want to say any more for fear of spoiling it. But I will say this: The author's descriptions and extraordinary knowledge of history from ancient Egyptian history held my interest...and captivated me. I was hooked from the beautiful words, the fantastic descriptions, and the creative plot line. It was different...not the same old stuff. And I loved the ending, especially when I got my answer as to why the pyramid is six-sided!

I also loved the unique and memorable characters Turner created. Especially the mysterious saffron-gold Siamese cat (named Goldie) that hangs around the site! But out of all the characters, I have to say that Langley was my favorite because he was just so cool and I could really connect with his character. He was like my very own `Indy'. And I absolutely adore his love interest, Yisella.

This book is a paranormal trip that sends you into a world of hidden secrets, and into a secret place that has been hidden by time for 5,000 years. The story is interesting, imaginative, and exciting. I'd encourage all readers to come experience this fantastic world of archaeology, adventure, supernatural suspense, forbidden discoveries, and ancient mysteries. You won't be disappointed! This is definitely recommended and five stars without a doubt.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: jordan chapman on Nov. 08, 2011 : star star star star
Very good read. Library thing giveaway has done it again! Provided me with a good adventure book and I loved it. It was a bit slow at the middle but near the end and the beginning were really captivating!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: jordan chapman on Nov. 08, 2011 : star star star star
Very good read. Library thing giveaway has done it again! Provided me with a good adventure book and I loved it. It was a bit slow at the middle but near the end and the beginning were really captivating!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Shannon Walters on Nov. 08, 2011 : star star star star
I received this book from Library thing member giveaway.

A vividly written story of supernatural suspense in an Indian jones-esque manner. The author has a flair for describing the surroundings so well that I felt I was nearly sweating in the Egyptian sun. The story line was a bit trudging through the middle but overall a very good read!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: marand on Oct. 30, 2011 : star star star star
I received this book as a Library Thing Memner giveaway - this book grabbed me right from the beginning and held my attention right the way through. All things Egyptian capture my attention and fascination. Well researched and very believable - the ending came all too soon and was a bit of a let down as the middle was jam packed with adventure. I would recommend and look foward to more books by this author.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Mike Koets on Oct. 25, 2011 : star star star star
Received this book from Library Thing member giveaway

I really enjoyed this book. I recently learned that the ancient name given to Egypt, by the Hebrews, was Mitzraim. The time that this 6 sided pyrimid was built seems to coincide with that time frame. Right from the get-go I was hooked. The booked moved along well and the ending was great. I will definately read more from this author.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kim Stone on Oct. 23, 2011 : star star star star
Received this book from Library Thing member giveaway

I enjoyed the book. I liked the intro to the book; it grabbed my attention and I knew it would be a thriller. The book held my interest and I couldn't stop reading..the ending was a blur though. The authors pace was a little slow to begin with, sped up and the end was too hurried. That being said, I did like the book and would definitely read more by this author.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Donna Lawrence on Oct. 22, 2011 : star star star star
Received this book from LibraryThings member giveaways for an honest review.

Books with an archaeology theme are my downfall. I just can't get enough of them. Throw in a paranormal aspect and I'm in heaven. This book was no exception. The author has an impressive ability to combine Egyptian archeology and the paranormal aspect of a "mystical connection with a long dead Pharaoh of UpperEgypt".
I enjoyed reading this story and hope for more from this author.
I liked the main character of Carl Langley, the Australian archeologist. He reminded me a bit of Indiana Jones (always a good thing!)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Huibert-Jan Lekkerkerk on Oct. 15, 2011 : star star star star
When I started reading this book I felt myself wondering whether it was somehow grounded on a real site or all imagination. In other words, the writing style is real enough. It was not untill the magic started to appear that I realized it was all a work of fiction. Chris Turner normally writes science fiction and fantasy and this shows in the book. The story is very well plausible (if you believe in magic) and shows a good knowledge of Egyptian mythology / history.
The only real downside that I can name is that near the end of the story the plot seems to move considerably faster than at the start. This gives that part less credibility as the amount of details suddenly become less and make it less believable.

All in all an entertaining read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: vanessa eric on Oct. 14, 2011 : star star star star
The main issue I had with this book was, it wasn’t as thrilling as I had expected it should be. Perhaps I had been watching ‘The Mummy’ too many times that I thought Denibus Ar would somehow match its ‘wow’ factor though not entirely. When the author described the story as supernatural thriller, I anticipated scary mummies, angry Pharaohs, dirty scandals and acts of betrayal happening that give rise to the six-sided pyramid. I was a bit disappointed because the prologue somehow gave me that vague impression of how ‘supernatural’ everything would be like, which turned out to be unremarkable.

On the bright side, I was impressed by the author’s knowledge of the Egyptian history and legends. I had to admit that I had hard times trying to catch up with the archaeological terms, the scene descriptions and everything in between. At some point also, in one particular chapter, I thought I had a private literary tour experience around the site exclusively delivered by Prof. Chesla with her long explanation of the history. Everything was quite believable and convincing, so the author had truly done a great job with that.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: vanessa eric on Oct. 14, 2011 : star star star star
The main issue I had with this book was, it wasn’t as thrilling as I had expected it should be. Perhaps I had been watching ‘The Mummy’ too many times that I thought Denibus Ar would somehow match its ‘wow’ factor though not entirely. When the author described the story as supernatural thriller, I anticipated scary mummies, angry Pharaohs, dirty scandals and acts of betrayal happening that give rise to the six-sided pyramid. I was a bit disappointed because the prologue somehow gave me that vague impression of how ‘supernatural’ everything would be like, which turned out to be unremarkable.

On the bright side, I was impressed by the author’s knowledge of the Egyptian history and legends. I had to admit that I had hard times trying to catch up with the archaeological terms, the scene descriptions and everything in between. At some point also, in one particular chapter, I thought I had a private literary tour experience around the site exclusively delivered by Prof. Chesla with her long explanation of the history. Everything was quite believable and convincing, so the author had truly done a great job with that.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Lori M on Oct. 11, 2011 : star star star
This novel rests on the question of whether mankind will find out about the always intriguing Egyptian ruins of a past or whether the past will find present-day human kind.

Deep down in the catacombs of newly found ancient ruin (Denibus Ar) two archaeologists (originally part of a great team of higher archaeologists) get not only the chance of a lifetime of finding a great six sided pyramid but perhaps begin to feel and be guided by the very ~presence~ of who and what lived in an ancient city 5000 years ago or more. It's a fact that energy cannot be destroyed so could the energy of the ancient pharaohs become entities and live in the past and present at the same time? Could an enigmatic amulet and a furry feline assist more honorable archaeologists to rescue the past and present? Or will mankind's ever and always present greediness and obsession to pillage for and gain materialistic relics ruin everything?

I must say that I almost gave up on the book for many reasons. I didn't feel that the prologue was necessary but I jogged myself through it. By the time I was 18% into this novel I was thrown into an overly descriptive story filled with an excess of unnecessary 10 gallon words and I almost threw in the towel at that point. But I trudged on anyway. The author seemed to be more occupied with impressing the reader with too much description and using those 10 gallon words consistently to do so. I must say that I learned to giggle at finding out the meaning of "niggle." But, really, why use perspicacity instead of insight? Or having a character "speaking pedagogically" or "didactically." Of course there is nothing wrong with these words (and one could indeed increase their vocabulary by reading this book) but such vocabulary need not be as persistent, frequent and therefore annoying as found in Denibus Ar.

It was not until well after halfway through the novel where some real action takes place. Before that everything was overly descriptive and so lacking in interest as to cause me mental weariness. Ironically, 38% into the novel, the main character (Carl Langley) is reading a novel that describes, verbatim, how I felt while reading Denibus Ar. Langley was "... unable to concentrate on the text, the action slipped from his memory, the dialogue seemed insipid, maudlin and distant. Despite his almost forcefully attempts at deliberately reading the text aloud word for word he could not follow it."

For these reasons I give this novel only three stars. HOWEVER, I can see this author having GREAT potential as his prose is very good and he was able to make the book a pretty good page turner after 80% into the novel.

Read more if you would like my old long diatribe of a synopsis of Denibus Ar (pardon any redundancies) :

So the stage is set. Denibus Ar is an archaeological compound in a virginal area in Egypt whereby several chief archaeologists get permission to excavate the site that was found when an unfortunate lad lost control of his plane at a much earlier date and plowed right into the sand unearthing that something, indeed, "was below." Because of the miraculous soft sand landing the pilot survived and was paid off happily while the great eager archaeologists began chewing at the bit to find and claim access to excavate a whole new untouched Egyptian area hitherto. One of great promise and great findings. A stark desert far away from any of the other already found Egyptian pyramids and ancient ruins. It becomes a well guarded site for those with power to oversee the excavation and to have their worker bees or underlings doing the hard work.

Carl Langley -- main character and one of many underling archaeologists working on the excavation of a possible find of the century in the form of a deep underground city that was alive 5000 years ago. After weeks and months of working under the blistering heat of the desert a proud pyramid, one-of-a-kind, is found. Using everything from primitive tools to state-of-the-art instruments and technology underground chambers and catacombs are no longer secret. Langley is "under the towering shadows of the hypostyle ruins of Denibus Ar" bored with the work but overly intrigued with a mysticism that has relentlessly grabbed a hold of him.

When Langley is working in the pit of the excavation rather early on he stumbles upon a "scarab amulet" or, rather, it stumbles upon Langley throw power of its own. And that seems to take an almost spiritual hold of him. Not too long afterward a mysterious cat appears out of nowhere when the team of archaeologists FINALLY reached one of the chambers of the underground find. An exhausting feat that takes up much of the story itself. Langley is sure that the appearance of the cat and the finding of the peculiar amulet (that seems to be more than a mere talisman) are no coincidence and, along with the voices in his head seeming to come from a presence or entity, there is more going on than the mere excavation of an ancient pyramid with its surrounding chambers and tombs.

At one point Langley begins to wonder if it is his own madness bringing and brought on by only images and presences that only he can feel and that no one else on the site is haunted by. Langley seems possessed by finding and secretly keeping the amulet that seems to have a power of its own. He is both obsessed and possessed by it.

Langley is eventually able to befriend and confide in another archaeologist at his level (Yasser) who has been keeping secrets of his own. Come to find out he is not alone when Yasser takes him away from the site one night to show him all of the artifacts he has slowly taken from the site over nearly half a year. Keeping them in a chest and well hidden outside the camp. Yasser tells Langley he has been addicted to collecting precious artifacts from gems to ivory. The artifacts themselves have some form of malignant influence over those that find them "precious" like Langley and Yasser. The question becomes WHAT FORCE (via some sort of ancient entity or presence) has them so entranced? Or is it just their imagination after being out in the scorching heat day after day for weeks on end? Yasser tells Langley that he has questioned the other guys on the dig and they don't have or share the same obsession and compulsion that has taken over them and them alone; albeit in different ways.

When Langley first found the amulet it drew him in but within a short period of time it began to take on a power of its own. Right alongside the cat. The "out of nowhere" cat was drawn to the amulet as much as Langley was. When they were found together under extraordinary circumstances (or impossible circumstances) Langley further begins to question HIS PLACE in this whole scheme of things.

When Langley and Yasser dig deeper (pardon the pun) 75% into the book they find trouble more than ever expected and have to run underground for their lives.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Mike Davis on Oct. 10, 2011 : star star star
The author combines a knowledge of Egyptian archaeology with a bit of paranormal contact to create an Indiana Jones type action novel consisting of a mythical hidden pyramid that is temporarily discovered beneath the sand and then reburied and forgotten. Turner considers in the adventure the haunting question of whether ancient relics should be left as intended by their builders, or exhumed and displayed in public museums for public observation and study. The book is well written and sprinkled with a few 'look-up' words, and the storyline moves along at a frantic pace. A good adventure novel.

The book was received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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