Friday, February 14, 2020

Blog Tour: THE EYE OF RA by Ben Gartner

The Eye of Ra
by Ben Gartner


GENRE:   Middle Grade



Exploring a mysterious cave in the mountains behind their house, John and his sister Sarah are shocked to discover they’ve time traveled to ancient Egypt!

Now they must work together to find a way back home from an ancient civilization of golden desert sand and a towering new pyramid, without parents to save them. The adventures abound—cobras, scorpions, a tomb robber, and more! The two kids have to trust each other, make friends who can help, and survive the challenges thrown at them . . . or be stuck in ancient Egypt forever.

For readers graduating from the Magic Treehouse series and ready for intense action, dive into this middle grade novel rich with meticulous historical detail.


Excerpt One:

Up ahead, almost like an optical illusion in the rocks, a black oval dissolved into the mountain. It seemed to shimmer in the fading sunlight.

“What . . . is it?” John asked, taking a step back.

Sarah moved forward. “It—” She stepped closer, hunching to get a better look at the dark shape about the dimensions of the full-length mirror they had on the back of their bathroom door. “It looks like a cave. Cool!”

“Careful, Sarah. We shouldn’t go in there.”

“That’s a great idea,” Sarah said, standing upright and walking toward the mysterious black shape.

“No, wait, I said we shouldn’t go in there.” John turned to walk away. But he couldn’t leave his sister. “We should get Mom and Dad.”

“I’ll just peek in,” Sarah said, standing only an arm’s length from the entrance. “It definitely looks like a cave, or maybe an old mining tunnel or something. I don’t remember this from before.”

“Come on, Sarah.” John’s tone sounded more urgent now.

Sarah stepped closer, slowly, her lips parted and her eyes fixed on the cave.
Without another word, Sarah stepped across the threshold, and her body disappeared into the black.


My review: The end of 4th grade and the beginning of summer. Normally, John would be excited, except that he was moving away in a week. How could he move to a place where he didn’t know anyone?  

On the other hand, Sarah, Ben’s older sister, couldn’t wait to move as it would be exciting and adventurous.

During a family hike, Sarah and Ben stumble upon an old cave. Sarah wanted to explore it, but Ben didn’t think it was a good idea. Inside, they found a wall with markings—some strange Egyptian hieroglyphics.  The next they knew, they were standing in front of a pyramid. What the…?

The kids soon meet a boy who had never seen a watch or heard of the United States. How could that be?  Somehow they had found themselves back in the days of Aladdin. ..and, somehow, they have to find their way back home.

Story was easy to read and fun. I so enjoy a good time-travel story. What an adventure!

My rating: 4 stars


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Ben Gartner is the author of adventure books for middle graders and thrillers for adults. His writing for both audiences shares an ability to grab readers by their neurons for a thrilling ride, maybe even teaching them something in the meantime. Ben can be found living and writing near the mountains with his wife and two boys.



All available for pre-order except Amazon, which will be available on publication date.

Will be available February 1, 2020 via Amazon and IngramSpark distributors.

The book is only $2.99.



Ben Gartner will be awarding a $30 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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