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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
In The Artifact by Linda S. Gleason, Laurel Robertson has finally landed funding for the great archaeological project she has been hoping to take on. Her grandmother worked in the same area years before and she could hold the secrets contained at the Cahokia pyramid site. Things start happening fast and even more is to follow. As the visions and frightening dreams continue to appear, Laurel shoves them aside to concentrate on her work. Life gets even more complicated for her when she learns she has to work alongside the person who broke her heart a while back and he could potentially take the project from her.
The Artifact by Linda S. Gleason is riveting with various scenes containing gripping action and near-death moments. The plot is emotionally engaging through Laurel’s experiences. The dreams add an interesting twist to the story, acting as a foreshadowing of future events and also a glimpse into the past. Gleason picks an interesting story line that is unique to the science fiction genre, even adding a strand of romance to enliven the story. As the main character, Laurel fits well into her role. The fact that she has experienced past loss and heartache makes the story even more real. Between trying to make up her mind about which suitor to select and the magnitude of work she has to take on with the project, not forgetting trying to decipher the meaning of the dreams, Laurel takes center stage, adding drama and charm into the story. A unique idea that is well executed, The Artifact is a must-read.