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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Victoria Pitts Caine's novel, The Tempering Agent, is a romantic novel set against the backdrop of Egypt. Dr. Priscilla Hackling is working with the police to find the murderer of her fiance, Trey Whittington. He was murdered by Zarka El Din, an Egyptian artifacts trafficker. During that time, she finds herself drawn to Agent Donnie Barnes, but she holds herself back from falling in love due to her past. But she realizes that that she has to reconcile with Donnie and work towards finding out the reason of Trey's murder before the Egyptian artifacts trafficker kills her, too. A blend of historical fiction and Christian romance, the archaeological theme makes a compelling story.
The book is a good read and the backdrop of Egypt gives it an exotic vibe which will expose readers to the art and culture of Egypt. The characters are well developed and the story has the right amount of action and romance that builds up the urgency of the plot effectively. There is a kind of richness associated with the settings and the plot that will keep readers glued to the book. The twists and turns in the story keep the suspense alive to the very end.
The archaeological setting is interesting and the subtle faith message is conveyed beautifully to readers. We are told about the Oasis in Siwa, protecting the ancient artifacts and gems. The plot has intrigue, information, romance, and good Christian message - all the ingredients of a good romantic suspense thriller! A very original theme packed with information and intrigue.