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Archaeology graduate writes ambitious novel set in Ancient Egypt and the planet Mars

Published: 10 February 2014

Archaeology graduate and writer Luke Talbot has used some of his experiences at Southampton in his first novel Keystone, a technothriller set in 2036 and in the ancient world.

It follows the adventures of a University PhD student Gail Turner in Egypt, where she stumbles upon ‘the most incredible find in living memory’; the action also moves to Mars and the United States. The Hartley Library features in the plot, together with the Avenue Campus.

“Growing up in southern France with a famous Roman amphitheatre and aqueduct on the doorstep, I was always interested in Archaeology and graduated in 2000,” he says. “I started writing while I was at the Avenue Campus, so it was important to me to go back to my roots and give it a role in Keystone. Although I took a masters degree in Computing after graduating from Southampton and now work for a telecoms company, I have kept my interest in the subject over the years and it makes a great subject for a novel.”

Keystone is available in paperback and ebook formats and has attracted several favourable reviews from readers on the Amazon website including ‘a tasty mix of Clive Cussler and Arthur C Clarke.’
As demand outstripped supply in the run-up to Christmas, a second edition is now on sale. Luke’s second book Embee Woods will be published in summer 2014.

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