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“The nervous and scared, yet determined, foursome headed out onto the highway, for the long, almost four-hour drive east from Cuenca, nearly all the way to the border with Peru. Into the rainforest and into the unknown. Hoping against hope that all was not already lost.” Rick Braeden vows that he will be the one to find a mysterious lost metal library, filled with powerful ancient and otherworldly knowledge. It's located somewhere in the Tayos Caves system in the rainforest of Ecuador. Unfortunately, a powerful organization is also interested in the ancient site and they are willing to sacrifice lives to find it. The Lost Metal Library is the second installment of the Ancient Quest Mystery series by Rai Aren.
Set in the region of South America that is rich with history and biodiversity, the story premise of The Lost Metal Library uses both facts and fiction in this fast-paced and well-developed plot. With a combination of actual locations and a fictionalized ancient site, the world-building is sufficiently vast for characters who have their own agendas; the protectors, the rescuers, the power-hungry organization, the one who seeks personal justification, and a complex antagonist who’s looking to achieve unlimited success. As the clear and engaging narrative contributes to the story’s sense of suspense and mystery, the way the power that resides in the ancient library affects the characters differently is fascinating; the knowledge it offers is unlike one would expect. Simply put, this second volume of Rai Aren's Ancient Quest Mystery is a great read for fans and newcomers alike as its ending promises more archaeological adventures for Rick and his newfound friends.