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  • Paperback: 203 pages
  • Publisher: Starbooks/Flf (June 30 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934187313
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934187319
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,181,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Fathom's Five: The Cross of Sins by Geoffrey Knight May 14 2009
By Elisa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In the best James Bond or Indiana Jones tradition, the Fathom's Five are five handsome, skilled and clever gay men working for Professor Fathom as treasure hunter. Almost half the book is spent to introduce us to the five:

- Jake Stone, the newest member of the group, is a bit of a lonely wolf; he is "for hire", means that if you pay him enough, he will find everything you want. Jake is not a bad man, he is only used to take care of himself, and only himself. His only Achilles' heel is young Sam, a street kid he shelters in his New York loft.

- 19 years old Will Hunter is the spoiled and neglected son of an American diplomat; he has everything he wants in life, but it's never enough. Will is young, friendly and careless and in this moment he has nothing and noone important in his life (well he is only 19 years old!) and so he can play like if life is a big game.

- Shane Houston is your classical western hero, hat and horse and all of it. Always ready for an adventure, he faces every new challenge full front, caring very less for his own safety, but as an old fashioned cowboy, you can always count on him when you are in trouble.

- Dr Eden Santiago is the high head levelled of their group; he seems always in control, always ready to face every events. The less playful of the group, he is probably the one that has less open endings in his life and so, for this reason, he is the more reliable of all of them. Everyone can count on Eden, and loving him will never being an hazard.

- Luca da Roma is the most beautiful of all of them, he is beautiful like an angel, and in fact he has a very special relationship with God. Luca is an orphan and he was raised by three nuns in a remote Italian convent. He doesn't know who were his parents, but, after all, he hasn't had a bad life. When he was still a teen he went in Rome and he became the muse of a lot of artists, on the canvas and on the sheet, and as they took from him inspiration, he drank from them the love for arts. But Luca seems never to be happy, he has quite a mourning attitude and he seems in searching of something that always slips from his hands.

The new quest for this five heroes is to track down an ancient holy cross, a Renaissance artwork who caused the death of his creator since it was framed as sacrilegious. To recover the artifact our heroes as to find two stone tables and an ancient book, the three pieces together will led them to the treasure. But obviously they are not the only one in this hunting party, and their enemies know well how to hit them where it hurts, and I'm not speaking of body parts.

The book is really good in mixing fun, sex and adventure, playing all around the World, from Tonga to Italy, from Turkey to England. Our heroes, when not running away from gunshots and explosion, are involved in sexy escapades along a swimming pool or in poshy five stars hotel. There is a bit of "naughty" talk during sex, but it's never too much to ruin the sophisticated feeling that permeates all the book, and, on the other hand, the fun and careless sex helps to balance the adventure part, so that even a less adventurous reader will find it enjoyable and interesting.

All five heroes are enough developed that the reader could care for them, but from my side, my favorite is Luca, maybe since he is Italian. I have no problem to say that I will look forward to the following book in this new exciting series.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A gripping start to the series! Aug. 9 2012
By Nikyta - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Holy Mackerel! What a freaking ride! *fans self*

I think the first thing you need to know is this is not a romance. There are romantic elements in the story but it's not a romance so if you go into this novel expecting a romance, you'll be sorely disappointed. What you will find is an adventure, a mystery that takes you on a wild ride leaving you on the edge of your seat wondering what's going to happen next, what will the Fathom's Five get into and how will they get out of the trouble they inevitably create for themselves?!

One of the things I especially loved about this book was how you are slowly introduced to the characters one at a time. There's no overload of characters and information in the beginning. There's no confusion on who or what the MCs are because each of the five main characters are introduced in a way that suits their personalities and you learn about who they are while they are comfortably in their own elements. It was just amazing.

Each of the Fathom's Five are different. Jake is a brash New Yorker, Shane's the gentlemanly Texan, Luca is the charming Italian, Eden is the calming Brazilian doctor and Will is the bad boy Californian. They each have interesting personalities that somehow compliment each others' characters. For some reason I found it all refreshing.

I found the adventures they all went on to be extremely fascinating. I fell so deep into this book I felt like I was actually living every little detail. It made my heart race when one of them (mostly Jake) teetered on the edge of death and then sighed with relief when they reached relative safety. Then went through more heart racing when they just got themselves into more danger! It was exhausting but at the same time I didn't want to stop reading. And, OMG, how my heart broke for Luca when he found out who the Holy Father was. Poor sweet Luca!!!

I devoured those pages faster than I thought possible. I was intrigued by every minor character introduced. They all have some type of purpose and eventually I have no doubt all will be revealed, too. I can't wait to read the rest of this series! Especially since it sounds like the mysterious Sam will be a major part of the next book, The Riddle of the Sands.

Absolutely recommended!!!! But be warned it leaves on a cliff-hanger!

ETA: And, the little short about Elsa at the end was so cute and funny but even with how short it was, it was action-packed!! And I loved getting a little more inside information about the boys in the 'Who Is?' section at the end. ;-)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Just plain fun! April 8 2009
By B. D. Whitney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Fans of the action and adventure take note: Geoffrey Knight's Fathom's Five: the Cross of Sins starts with a bang and hardly lets up for a second. Readers will be propelled from the deserts of Turkey to the top of a double-decker London bus to the canals of Venice to the bowels of a volcano with barely a moment to catch their breath. Who has time to breathe, anyway, when the hero is sliding hell-for-leather down a lava tube in the belly of a volcano just barely ahead of a ton of molten rock? Not me, that's for sure.

I wasn't really sure what to expect when I picked this book up. Honestly, I had never heard of a "gay adventure soap opera," as Mr. Knight refers to his Fathom's Five series (and yes, this is the first of a series). Sure, I've read gay romances, but this is not a gay romance. This is Indiana Jones meets Doc Savage meets Charlie's Angels with a strong dash of DaVinci Code thrown in for good measure. And while that description may sound tongue-in-cheek, what it ultimately is...is fun.

Fathom's Five: the Cross of Sins has a large cast. Mr. Knight does a good job introducing all the characters so that each of the five protagonists is unique and distinguishable and each villain is more rotten than the next. With so many heroes, one might expect it to be hard to remember who is where and doing what at any given moment, but Mr. Knight keeps the plot surprisingly organized. I'm not going to enumerate each of the five members of the team, but I will say that they are all very likeable. Will, who is the youngest of the crew, has some maturing to do - of all of them, he's the most willing to boink anything moving - but that's what being nineteen is all about, isn't it? Yes, there is plenty of sex in this book, but except for young Will's escapades, it's not especially gratuitous. Each sexual encounter seems to have a meaning or a goal.

This novel has a very Technicolor cinematic feel to it. Mr. Knight describes the surroundings in such a way that the reader can clearly see the setting in their mind. Everything is larger and more vivid than life - the characters, the plot, the conflict. Moments of humor interspersed with the adventure lighten up the story a bit. Who knew that camels could add a comic touch or that it is potentially dangerous not to get dressed immediately after a shower? (Note to self: towels are not appropriate wear for a shoot-out; pack combat boots next time!) While this may not lend an air of realism to the narrative, it certainly adds to the pure entertainment factor.

Three separate cliff-hangers make the reader beg for a sequel to Fathom's Five: the Cross of Sins. Just a little patience will be rewarded, because the wait won't too terribly long - the next installation, titled The Riddle of the Sands, is due out in October. So my question is this: is it October yet? Because I really want to know what happens next.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Blood Guts and Sex Feb. 10 2010
By R. Gorr - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A vert well written and gripping adventure story with sexy and likable young men. The sex is very good but does not get in the way of the story. I am eagerly awaiting the next book in this series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Explosive in many ways!!! June 20 2009
By Marty Snodgrass - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I normally stick to Urban Fantasy, but this actually drew my attention. From page one I was intrigued. I absolutely LOVED this book and wish the next one would be released already!

If you like tons of action, and I do mean ACTION in every sense of the word, then this is the book for you! I loved the way Geoffery Knight described the scenes and made you feel as if you were there. Damn do I wish I were there in more than one scene!

I've read hundreds of books where the author touches on same sex scenes, but there's always a female involved. This book didn't have that aspect. The great thing though, it's the story that rocks! All the guys have a specialty background. The plot is awesome! The dangers are deadly and filled with excitement.

I highly recommend this book for people who want substance to go with the sex scenes. I have already added Geoffery Knight to my author's to watch for!


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