Easy Go By John Lange (Michael Crichton) A 4/5 Star Adventure is a Spoiler-free Book Review.
Beneath the sands of the Egyptian desert lies treasure beyond imagining. If you found a hidden message deciphered from hieroglyphics would you dispatch a treasure hunt?
How would you fund the dig and sell the treasure?
Who would you trust to hire?
Barnaby, an astute archeologist with a specialization in hieroglyphics, finds himself in this peculiar situation.
By pure happenstance, he puts trust in someone he would have never expected to: a bold journalist who proved to have connections and all the answers.
Here is the story synopsis, and the book review continues below:
Beneath the sands of the Egyptian desert lies treasure beyond imagining. And when a professor of archaeology finds clues to the location of a Pharaoh’s lost tomb in ancient hieroglyphs, he hatches a plan to find the burial site – and plunder it.
But can a five-man team of smugglers and thieves uncover what the centuries have hidden? And even if they find it, can they escape with it…and with their lives?
Original Title: Easy Go
Author: John Lange (Pseudonym), Michael Crichton
The following TFF book review of John Lange’s Easy Go is Spoiler-free*****.
Would they pull off the largest archeological heist in history? Can a five-man team of smugglers and thieves uncover what centuries have hidden?
And even if they find it, can they smuggle it…and escape with their lives?
Easy Go is an adventure novel about a small group of thieves who find information about the hiding place of the last tomb of the Pharaohs, secretly excavate the tomb, and make plans to escape with the treasure from Egypt.
The story of this heist, told with humor, is reminiscent of an Oceans Eleven scheme.
This read is among Crichton’s earlier works, and this novel is not a masterpiece but it is a fun, quick, worthwhile read.
Critics argue it suffers from a number of flaws both in terms of character development and in terms of the plot. However, keeping in mind this was written in a medical student’s free time, the story flows well and the discovery of the tombs is quite compelling.
Easy Go was Crichton’s third published novel while he was enrolled at Harvard Medical School in 1968 as John Lange.
The Andromeda Strain was released the previous year and published under his real name. Before abandoning the practice in 1972, while writing The Terminal Man, Michael Crichton actually published 10 of his first 11 titles under pseudonyms such as John Lange and Jeffery Hudson. While two of those titles were eventually republished under his own name, the rest were abandoned to the dusty shelves of used bookstores around the world, becoming collectibles for those who knew what to look for.
Ultimately, it’s not going to make you forget the likes of Jurassic Park or State of Fear, nevertheless Easy Go is an amusing little adventure that offers some compelling glimpses of the Crichton we’ve come to appreciate.
The Forgotten Fiction Grade: YEA (read it!)
“Easy Go By John Lange (Michael Crichton) A 4/5 Star Adventure” was written by Peter Maisano.