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Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite
Ancient Enemy by Mark Lukens is an exquisite tale. Stella, a specialist in Anasazi culture, had been recruited to join the team on what some thought may have been the greatest archaeological discovery of all time. What they found instead was evil incarnate. Dating back to at least the time of the Anasazi Empire, an ancient evil was inadvertently reawakened by the team of archaeologists as they worked the dig. One by one, team members disappeared, until the rest of the team realized their survival was dependent upon unwavering obedience to the random, horrific instructions given them by this ancient enemy. Unwilling to follow the ultimate instruction, Stella takes a young Navajo boy with her, and escapes in the middle of the night. Or does she?
Screenwriter Mark Lukens is not new to the world of writing. With Ancient Enemy, Lukens has shown the world that he can imagine and write with the best. A number of his books will soon be available in Kindle format; if those books are as good as Ancient Enemy, Mark Lukens soon will be a household name. His writing is concise, and this story is extraordinarily plausible. Ancient Enemy is a genuine pleasure to read. Lukens has set a place at the table for the reader to join the characters and become a part of this story. You won’t want to miss your opportunity to be a part of the action – even the parts where the anxiety attacks start to occur with increasing frequency. Superb writing and my interest never flagged for one moment.