Fiction - Suspense
367 Pages
Reviewed on 06/18/2014
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Author Biography

Ms. Hulen was born to an American aerospace engineer and a Mexican homemaker who met in the flower shop of the famed Hotel Sylvia’s in Ciudad Juarez. The rich history and mysterious locations of the southwest serve as the setting for her first novel, Misplaced.
She presently lives with her husband in Phoenix where the flavors, traditions, and soul of the southwest continue to inspire her.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite

The universe is full of mysteries and some of the most enduring are the explanation for the building of the pyramids, the disappearance of the Anasazi and the belief that earth has been visited by extra-terrestrial beings in times long past. In Misplaced by S.L. Hulen, all of these questions are dumped at the feet of a very down-to-earth lawyer whose goal is to ease the suffering of immigrants to El Paso, Texas. With the appearance of a young woman who was certainly not the usual client at the Center for Help, Victoria’s world is turned upside down as she struggles to make sense of the situation. Coming to grips with the arrival of a royal visitor from 2181 B.C. Egypt, Victoria works as hard as ever to make the arrangements needed to get Khara back home to fulfill her destiny. Hunted for her priceless jewelry by a discredited Egyptologist, Khara travels to New Mexico with Victoria in hopes of finding the portal through which she can return to take her rightful place as the Queen of the Upper and Lower Kingdoms. Is it possible or are the old tales and legends of the ancient days simply stories?

As unbelievable as the events may seem, S.L. Hulen weaves them together masterfully to create a truly interesting, engaging story full of mystery, love, loss and adventure. The greed of some human hearts is balanced by the self-sacrifice of others so that what is right has the chance to triumph. No one ever said that life is fair – it just takes a different way of looking at things to rise above the disappointment. Misplaced is a story you will be sorry to see end.

Kathryn Bennett

Misplaced by S.L. Hulen is set in the year 2181 B.C. It starts with the coronation of Khara, the stunning golden-eyed daughter of Pharaoh Pepy II. Up until this moment, her life has been spent in preparation. Preparation to rule Egypt; that is, until life takes a turn that is cruel even by olden day standards. Before the ceremony, her father is murdered in a brutal way by his twin sister. The great land of Egypt is then plunged into a chaotic time that history will document as the time of 70 rulers in 70 days. In order to keep her alive, Khara's Nubian guardian tosses her into the future where she must find her way with only one hope to survive - Victoria Barron.

This book is full of all sorts of interesting history, from Egyptian to that of the Anasazi in New Mexico. You would not think that they go together at first, but when you read the seamless way that S.L. Hulen blends it all together you are convinced. Khara and Victoria are compelling characters and watching them handle everything that is thrown at them is interesting. Perhaps because I am so drawn to Egyptian history, Khara was by far my favorite of the pair if I had to choose. However, I enjoyed them both. The story in Misplaced is well written and clearly well researched. It is entertaining and will grip you from the moment you start reading. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who loves adventure and history.

Mamta Madhavan

Misplaced by S.L. Hulen is set in the year 2181 B.C. at Memphis. Khara, the 23-year-old daughter of Pepy II, has her future already written in stone. But when her father is murdered by Menefra, her twin, she finds herself in the middle of the American Southwest in a bid to save her own life. She is unable to comprehend what caused Menefra to do it and wonders how many people had a hand in the murder. Now in the American Southwest, her only hope is immigration attorney, Victoria Barron, who she thinks will help outsmart an artifact smuggler who wants to keep Khara. Will Khara be able to go back to the past or will she be stuck in the American Southwest?

This compelling story set in Egypt captures the mysticism and charm of the ancient land. The betrayal by her twin sister is the main plot, which changes the tone of the theme. Khara's journey takes readers through some extraordinary settings, making it an exciting read. The style of writing is elegant and descriptive, capturing the aesthetic appeal of the lands they visit and giving all those scenes a surreal effect. The twists and turns in the plot add to the suspense and intrigue in the story. All the characters are well portrayed and have been developed effectively to keep pace with the story's progression. It is a story of hope and survival that will interest readers.