Fury From the Tomb (The Institute for Singular Antiquities, #1) by Steven Sidor

Fury From the Tomb (The Institute for Singular Antiquities, #1)

Mummies, grave-robbing ghouls, hopping vampires, and evil monks beset a young archaeologist, in this fast-paced Indiana Jones-style adventureSaqqara, Egypt, 1888, and in the booby-trapped tomb of an ancient sorcerer, Rom, a young Egyptologist, makes the discovery of a lifetime: five coffins and an eerie, oversized sarcophagus. But the expedition seems cursed, for after unearthing the mummies, all but Rom die horribly. He faithfully returns to Ame...

Details Fury From the Tomb (The Institute for Singular Antiquities, #1)

TitleFury From the Tomb (The Institute for Singular Antiquities, #1)
Release DateMay 1st, 2018
PublisherAngry Robot
GenreFantasy, Horror, Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Pulp, Adventure

Reviews Fury From the Tomb (The Institute for Singular Antiquities, #1)

  • Dan Schwent
    Romulus Hardy, Egyptologist, heads to Egypt to go a-digging and unearths a sarcophagus and six caskets. Upon getting them to America, the mummies are stolen by ghouls and hauled off to Mexico. Will Rom ever find his mummies?This was a Netgalley find, chosen by my love of Indiana Jones and similar tales.Okay, I didn't technically finish reading this book but I'm finished for all intents and purposes. I'm not going to tear into the book. I'll just ...
  • Josh
    Horror, adventure, the supernatural, and Egyptology seasoned with a spice of the wild-west fuel this journey into the unknown. Romulus Hardy, an eager Egyptologst is commissioned to travel to Egypt to unearth the tomb of a mysterious yet powerful Pharaoh - he ultimately succeeds but success comes at great cost with the band of men on his expedition loosing their lives. On bringing the sarcophagus back to America, his mysterious benefactor remains...
  • Dana Kenedy (Dana and the Books)
    Review can also be found on my blog, Dana and the Books. Fury from the Tomb is a wild pulpy romp start to finish.For me, the cover is what sold me (I totally judge books by their cover). Before I even read the description I knew I had to experience this story reminisce of a 1980s B-movie-esque tape cover. Boy did it deliver!It has everything your adventurous heart desires: mummies, magic, Egyptologists, excessive amounts of blood, vampires, gunsl...
  • Chad
    A Mummy story set in the Old West. Romulus Hardy, burgeoning Egyptologist, sets out on his first expedition and uncovers more than he bargained for. While bringing the mummies to California, they are stolen and he has to track them down before they are used to take over the world.This is setup as some kind of Indiana Jones, pulpy adventure. The problem is that it's told first hand in letters from Romulus Hardy. He's a huge windbag and drones on f...
  • Bob Milne
    The shifting sands, the mouth of stone, the claustrophobia, the river of blood, the massive man-eating worm, the earthquake . . . damn! The opening 50 pages of Fury From the Tomb: The Institute for Singular Antiquities was some of the most exciting stuff I've read in ages. It's just a shame SA Sidor had to go and shift genres, and an even bigger shame he didn't pick a more engaging narrator.Romulous Hardy (Rom) is a young Egyptologist, in over hi...
  • Roy
    A solid Indiana Jones/The mummy style pulp noir that just never gets out of 3rd gear. The narrator is a bore and probably is the main reason for this stagnation in the story. Not the most overly original plot lines but was fun. The story is told from a 1st person POV style diary entries. The scenes throughout Egypt were great, with a nice blend of thrills and horror. The narrator didn't make things very exciting. The writing was great, and this i...
  • Timothy Boyd
    I love the old Pulp adventure stories. I am always wary of someone writing a "new Pulp style" book. They much of the time just don't get the feel down correctly. Well I was pleasantly surprised with this writer efforts. Great story and characters very much in the old Pulp story style and feel. Nice fast paced action yarn. Very recommended
  • Nerine Dorman
    Rom Hardy is no Indiana Jones, but what he lacks in terms of whip-cracking and wisecracks, he makes up in determination and unexpected bravery. Fury from the Tomb by SA Sidor is best described as Indiana Jones meets The Mummy, and it’s fast-paced, pulpy and fun, taking readers from the sands of Egypt to the desolation of the Arizona desert. Okay, okay, I was sold on this book when I saw the cover. I mean, look at this glorious beast. How could ...
  • Nikki
    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian.Received to review via NetgalleyI loved the idea of this, a pulpy horror story in the tradition of something like The Mummy (not that I’ve seen that film). And honestly, it was quite a lot of fun, in a fast-paced way, with interesting stuff going on with the various mythical stuff brought into the story. It’s fairly tropey and predictable, and the pacing is a bit jerky, but I stuck with it and had a reasonable a...
  • Diz
    What would happen if mummies were unleashed in the deserts of the wild west? That is the premise of this story. The supernatural elements are quite interesting. For example, when the mummies are first unearthed in Egypt, the shocking and supernatural incident that occurs hits you like a ton of bricks. That may partly be attributed to the dullness of the main character. The setup is pretty dry, so when something actually happens, it feels exciting...
  • Angus McKeogh
    Pretty good for what it was. Just a rip-roaring thriller. One thing to the next. No pauses. Just supernatural weirdness. My only complaint would be I was expecting a little more camp and humor, but this book was all seriousness.
  • Paul
    Take it from me, I work in higher education, Dr Romulus Hugo Hardy is your quintessential academic. He is the consummate scholar, happy to wax lyrical about bygone ages and learn the secrets of times past. He dreams about travelling to Egypt and discovering what once was lost. Enter mysterious benefactor, Montague Pythagoras Waterson. Hardy is offered the opportunity of a lifetime. Throwing caution to the wind Hardy embraces his inner explorer an...
  • Amanda
    I believed I only barely just liked this book, but when I thought I'd accidentally deleted it from my device before finishing it I was surprised at how crestfallen I was. I really wanted to know what happened next! Sure, the main character/narrator was kind of annoying (and had a ridiculous habit of waxing rhapsodic over the virtues of the cowboy guide out of nowhere in the middle of the action), but the plot and creepy supernatural elements kept...
  • Laura Hughes
    A fairly fun, pulpy adventure. Has all the hallmarks of a story I'd usually adore (archaeology, mummies and monsters), but the prose made enjoyment a struggle. Despite a few delicious turns of phrase here and there, the writing style was something I - or rather, my editing brain - just couldn't engage with or get past, despite my best attempts. The characters also felt pretty shallow (especially Evangeline, who felt like little more than the 'tok...
  • Jeff Harris
    I enjoyed this one a lot. It took longer to read than it normally would have since life was a bit hectic the last few weeks. Normally I probably would've read this one in less than a week. Each chapter ended with me wanting to keep going without unnecessary cliff-hangers. It read like a book in its time, which I find adds to the enjoyment. I read this as part of a book club so I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did. Another example of why...
  • Robert Bose
    I fantastic cross between weird western and classic pulp. Loved it.
  • Tim
    I want my mummy! And S.A. Sidor's novel provides; there's more than one ancient, enwrapped, dead mofo a-lurchin' about in "Fury From the Tomb" (no, that's not a side project of band Rocket From the Crypt). A title like that and a B-movie-poster cover promise fun — and it is, though maybe not quite as much fun as it thinks."Fury From the Tomb" is an unholy (of course; there's mummies brought back from the dead!) fusion of old-school pulp fiction...
  • Ctgt
    This should have been in my wheelhouse but it never really seemed to hit its stride.5/10
  • Daniel
    A short take:After a strong, swift start that successfully mimicked the pulp adventure of yesteryear, the plot slowed down to a lazy shuffle. By the halfway point, I was sad to find my attentions wandering. There are some fun moments to be had (I especially liked how Sidor worked in Chinese vampires), but they got lost in the lag. I might have liked this more at half it’s published length.
  • Elaine Aldred
    It’s 1888. A time when it was still possible to make wondrous discoveries of antiquities in ancient Egyptian tombs.When young Romulus Hugo Hardy sets forth to make his name in the world of Egyptology, little does he know what remarkable and terrifying events his uncovering of a booby-trapped tomb of an ancient sorcerer will set in motion.After surviving a near-death experience, Rom makes it to America with his cargo of mummies, only to have the...
  • Chris Bauer
    This is the first novel from S.A. Sidor I've read. But it won't be the last. "Fury from the Tomb" was a highly entertaining, fast-paced mashup of multiple genres. I would've been perfectly happy with a good ole fashioned "pulp" story, but the author delivers much more.The narrative style is an interesting mix of present and past POV interactions, with a primary narrator leading the reader though the adventure.The pace is about spot on and the pag...
  • Doria
    Lurid and pulpy in the extreme, and not my usual area of interest, but I picked it up at a book swap, and read it in large part because it is conveniently small and light. The constant gruesome carnage makes it a poor choice to read over a meal, but it’s fine for whiling away a dull commute on public transport. There is an unexpected strain of homoeroticism that gave this book more substance than it otherwise possesses. Not enough to make up fo...
  • Sheldon Wiebe
    Not to oversell Fury from the Tomb, but it's a novel to rival H. Rider Haggard's SHE and A. Merritt's The Ship of Ishtar.It's got an intrepid Egyptologist, mummies, a god-slayer (evil, of course0, worm creatures that can take human form, a beautiful (and resourceful) young woman, a Chinese boy with a secret and even a gunslinger/bounty hunter.The writing is superb (little period details like saying "sooner said than done" instead of today's "Easi...
  • Heather
    This was described as being a bit like if Indiana Jones met The Mummy, so I figured it would be right up my alley. I was wrong. The story follows Egyptologist, Dr. Rom Hardy, as he unearths the find of his life: a tomb filled with five coffins and a mysteriously large sarcophagus. Here's where everything goes downhill. After the discovery, all of his men die, and Rom is sent back to America to deliver his undead cargo to his reclusive benefactor ...
  • Tim Fiester
    I was drawn to this book for the obvious comparisons to Indiana Jones, but where Indy is smart and energetic, the protagonist of FRTT was loquacious and ham-fisted. And that, unfortunately, is the book's biggest weakness. The narrator tends to drone on when he's talking about the villain when he should be doing something ... like protecting himself. (At times I had to resist skipping a bit of the text.) No wonder he finds himself at the mercies o...
  • Summer
    Disappointing...The first ten chapters of this book are well-written grisly and fun. After that, the whole tone of the story just changes and I felt almost like I was reading a completely different book. The protagonist Rom Hardy is honestly a bore. There's no significant character depth or development, and everything feels like it is happening around him but he doesn't contribute much to what is going on. Some of the side characters are fun, lik...
  • Morbus Iff
    I quite enjoyed FURY FROM THE TOMB. It knows you bought it for mummies, and mummies you get, without having to slog through half a book for the payoff. The "told via memoirs" scaffolding does take some of the suspense away (you know who survives and who doesn't long before things hit the fan), but the ending turns that into a heartfelt "I want to know everything else that has happened since". Keep up the pulpy monstery goodness (and excise the pe...
  • The Irregular Reader
    In 1888, young Egyptologist Romulous Hardy is offered a vast sum of money by a reclusive millionaire to search for ancient tombs in Egypt. Hardy jumps at the chance to get out of the library and into the field, but soon finds himself dealing with things no one could have forseen. After tragedy befalls his expedition, Hardy is charged with bringing the mummies he recovered (six in all, though one sarcophagus is twice as big as any normal human) ...
  • RF
    Malicious mummies! Haunted tombs! Ancient curses! Giant worms! Mexican ghouls! Chinese vampires (not a spolier)! Hard-drinking gunslingers! Strangely resourceful librarians! Yes, this book has it all, and while its a bit of a memecrash it's a good memecrash. If Angry Robot produce any more tales of the Institute for Singular Antiquities, I'm in!
  • Tommy
    This book was really FUN. Like reading an Indiana Jones movie, crossed with the Mummy. Likable characters, lots of action and adventure, weird & surprising creatures, and plot twists. I thought it was written well, too. I would definitely read another book by this author, as this seems to be the start of a new series.