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While on a mission for the CIA to recover stolen Iraqi artifacts, Lara Croft narrowly escapes death–only to be thrown headlong into her next action-packed adventure. After destroying years of his research on the ancient Méne cult, archaeologist Professor Frys is murdered by an unknown assassin. Lara Croft knows her colleague must have stumbled upon a dangerous secret–an While on a mission for the CIA to recover stolen Iraqi artifacts, Lara Croft narrowly escapes death–only to be thrown headlong into her next action-packed adventure. After destroying years of his research on the ancient Méne cult, archaeologist Professor Frys is murdered by an unknown assassin. Lara Croft knows her colleague must have stumbled upon a dangerous secret–and someone took his life to ensure it would remain in the shadows. So Lara jets to the mysterious cloud forests of eastern Peru, home of the Méne ruins, and makes a shocking discovery: A group is attempting to revive the sinister cult and its mind-controlling ways. One of the followers is Lara’s former friend and failed protégé, Tomb Raider Ajay–and she is determined to see Lara silenced . . . permanently. But Lara, never one to run from a challenge, has other plans.


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While on a mission for the CIA to recover stolen Iraqi artifacts, Lara Croft narrowly escapes death–only to be thrown headlong into her next action-packed adventure. After destroying years of his research on the ancient Méne cult, archaeologist Professor Frys is murdered by an unknown assassin. Lara Croft knows her colleague must have stumbled upon a dangerous secret–an While on a mission for the CIA to recover stolen Iraqi artifacts, Lara Croft narrowly escapes death–only to be thrown headlong into her next action-packed adventure. After destroying years of his research on the ancient Méne cult, archaeologist Professor Frys is murdered by an unknown assassin. Lara Croft knows her colleague must have stumbled upon a dangerous secret–and someone took his life to ensure it would remain in the shadows. So Lara jets to the mysterious cloud forests of eastern Peru, home of the Méne ruins, and makes a shocking discovery: A group is attempting to revive the sinister cult and its mind-controlling ways. One of the followers is Lara’s former friend and failed protégé, Tomb Raider Ajay–and she is determined to see Lara silenced . . . permanently. But Lara, never one to run from a challenge, has other plans.

30 review for Lara Croft, Tomb Raider: The Lost Cult

  1. 5 out of 5

    Quentin Wallace

    The best way to describe this novel is what if Tomb Raider was set in the world of HP Lovecraft. Lara ends up facing a cult that worships the "Deep Gods" and after tracking them through a Peruvian rainforest where she deals with giant wasps and spiders she ends up on the other side of the world facing creatures right out of Dagon and even what may as well be Cthulhu himself. Overall not bad, a fairly straight forward adventure that's exactly what you'd expect from a Tomb Raider novel. The best way to describe this novel is what if Tomb Raider was set in the world of HP Lovecraft. Lara ends up facing a cult that worships the "Deep Gods" and after tracking them through a Peruvian rainforest where she deals with giant wasps and spiders she ends up on the other side of the world facing creatures right out of Dagon and even what may as well be Cthulhu himself. Overall not bad, a fairly straight forward adventure that's exactly what you'd expect from a Tomb Raider novel.

  2. 4 out of 5

    James Caterino

    This entertaining, addictive, fast-paced short novel far exceeded my expectations. Author E.E. Knight takes Lara Croft into the format with a smooth, functional, workman-like prose that take us into the action. This novel has an irresistible storyline. But I have to confess I am a sucker for “Lost Cult” type plots ala “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”, “Young Sherlock Holmes”, or the type of story you might find in just about any “Conan” or “Tarzan” story. But truly Knight makes the most of This entertaining, addictive, fast-paced short novel far exceeded my expectations. Author E.E. Knight takes Lara Croft into the format with a smooth, functional, workman-like prose that take us into the action. This novel has an irresistible storyline. But I have to confess I am a sucker for “Lost Cult” type plots ala “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”, “Young Sherlock Holmes”, or the type of story you might find in just about any “Conan” or “Tarzan” story. But truly Knight makes the most of this pulpy premise and provides a wealth of informative and downright super cool back story about archaeology, ancient civilizations, and myth. Bottom line: Although not as exciting as the Top Cow comic book adaptions, “Lara Croft, Tomb Raider: The Lost Cult” is well-crafted good time and left me craving some more “Tomb Raider” novels.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Gouin

    The second book in the Tomb Raider trilogy, I'm assuming this continues to take place following Angel of Darkness? Just going off her design on the cover. The Lost Cult has Lara traveling to Peru in pursuit of an old friend from college alongside a Russian man with two prosthetic arms. Ajay has joined the Mene, a cult obsessed with raising the Dark God to the surface from a beach resort. Ajay's fiance, Borg, slowly becomes a love interest for Lara but can't shake his devotion for Ajay. I really The second book in the Tomb Raider trilogy, I'm assuming this continues to take place following Angel of Darkness? Just going off her design on the cover. The Lost Cult has Lara traveling to Peru in pursuit of an old friend from college alongside a Russian man with two prosthetic arms. Ajay has joined the Mene, a cult obsessed with raising the Dark God to the surface from a beach resort. Ajay's fiance, Borg, slowly becomes a love interest for Lara but can't shake his devotion for Ajay. I really enjoyed that subplot since we rarely see Lara with any sort of vulnerability. E.E Knight did a fantastic job in capturing Lara's complex personality. Playing out just as a typical Tomb Raider game might, I really enjoyed this book! The villains were a bit weak and the plot a tad slow to start rolling, but overall I enjoyed this book just as much, if not more, than its predecessor.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

    3.5 stars. I was expecting something cheesy or campy, with a sexy twist on the Lara Croft character. Instead, I got a fun adventure where Lara is trying to find a friend who has gone missing. I was surprised at how much I liked it. Lara is hot off the retrieval of some stolen artifacts when she is contacted by a double amputee climber who is engaged to an old friend of Lara, Ajay, who holds a grudge against Lara for dissolving their partnership when she was unable to keep her head in a dangerous 3.5 stars. I was expecting something cheesy or campy, with a sexy twist on the Lara Croft character. Instead, I got a fun adventure where Lara is trying to find a friend who has gone missing. I was surprised at how much I liked it. Lara is hot off the retrieval of some stolen artifacts when she is contacted by a double amputee climber who is engaged to an old friend of Lara, Ajay, who holds a grudge against Lara for dissolving their partnership when she was unable to keep her head in a dangerous situation. Lara and the concerned fiance named Borg travel to Peru to find Ajay and stop an ancient cult from raising an ancient god. Classic Tom Raider story. The characterization is a little off and there are several overly long backstory segments, but other than that, a fun read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    The adventure is great - maybe not as good as The Amulet of Power, and definitely not as good as The Man of Bronze, but also definitely more Tomb Raider-y than either. Lara going all goo-goo over a man is not great. To be precise, it's ridiculous, and the love triangle subplot really detracted from the book as a whole. Nonetheless, the adventure was good enough for me to enjoy it. I'd say 3.5 stars, but I'll be generous and round up. The adventure is great - maybe not as good as The Amulet of Power, and definitely not as good as The Man of Bronze, but also definitely more Tomb Raider-y than either. Lara going all goo-goo over a man is not great. To be precise, it's ridiculous, and the love triangle subplot really detracted from the book as a whole. Nonetheless, the adventure was good enough for me to enjoy it. I'd say 3.5 stars, but I'll be generous and round up.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ana María

    Read complete review here: http://positivelyamazonian.tumblr.com... First thing to be said about this book, the story is totally unbalanced and its pace is inconstant. The main plot doesn't start until page 40, after a prologue and two chapters where nothing interesting happens, being just an introduction with Lara involved in a mission more like James Bond and training with a gear more like Terminator. Then, Borg contacts her, but again, the journey doesn't start until chapter 9 (p.117) being th Read complete review here: http://positivelyamazonian.tumblr.com... First thing to be said about this book, the story is totally unbalanced and its pace is inconstant. The main plot doesn't start until page 40, after a prologue and two chapters where nothing interesting happens, being just an introduction with Lara involved in a mission more like James Bond and training with a gear more like Terminator. Then, Borg contacts her, but again, the journey doesn't start until chapter 9 (p.117) being the story focused on Lara's research about the Mène. This is not necessarily wrong, since Lara Croft is not just a fighter, but also an educated, intellectual woman who makes her researches about she wants to investigate; and it's really good that the author considers this too. However, this slows so much the book's pace and keeps like that the next chapters, until Borg and Lara arrive to the Whispering Abyss to recover the plates. Then the book gets a bit interesting until the end, but it's a collection of adventure movies clichés. The plot is not the half of thrilling and exciting than in a Tomb Raider game, and not because it's a book and not a game. It's just like TR movies -and sorry if you're a fan-: a collection of cliché situations like the baddy manipulating his minions, Lara used and betrayed for a purpose, action scenes, trash-talking on both sides, and a lot of complex vocabulary about sophisticated Bond-like gear which never appears at the games. Also, a lot of characters and side-situations which are meaningless and contribute nothing to the main story, which seemed added to the book just to make it look thicker, mostly on the prologue and first chapters, but also at the epilogue. All this makes the book so full of checkered pace and constant interruptions that makes it very difficult to feel caught. The plot line never gets well developed, not much said about the Mène and an ending no more than a typical "kill the final boss, save the world and get the hell out." He could have developed much more the Mène's historical background and their cult of Cthulhu (which is in fact a character from Lovecraft's literature, not a historical cult), but he chose just to make another Lara Croft's adventure focusing more in action than in background and character developing. Anyway, I've to give him one thing: he actually based his work on Core Design's original biography of Lara Croft, and this is -sadly- really outstanding. If something I've learned from TR comics, movies and novels and Crystal TR games, is that they just give a damn about Lara's true story and original biography. So it's really encouraging to see that at least one person cared about that. The author gives many details about her life -having Von Croy as her mentor and personal inspiration, her training at the Swiss Armed Forces, her engagement with the earl of Farringdon, the aircrash at the Himalayas, her disownment by her parents, and so on-. Until the first half of the book, the writer makes a great effort to prove that he actually played the games, but the references he provides strike on the eye of a TR fan. In fact I want to laugh when I read reviews telling this book focuses more on character development than in action: Lara Croft is far better portrayed in The Amulet of Power than in The Lost Cult. Mike Resnick, author of the first, and who seemed not having played a TR game in his life, was far more loyal to Lara's spirit and personality than E.E. Knight and all his “many hours of gaming”. So, I repeat the question... the writer is supposed to have played TR games? Doesn't look like. Yeah, he has a great collection of references to the games, but no heart, no warmth when exposing them. His vision of Lara is cold and vague. I only like the actual reference to the Fiamma Nera, when she tries to lie to the journalist about the alleged powers of the Dagger of Xian. As for the rest, he seems to just have shoot and beat the games without paying not special attention to the plots and to Lara's reactions towards certain characters and situations. Which is sad. And finally, the best part of the book -and yeah, I'm being sarcastic now-: in a book full of clichés, we can't do without the horrible and compulsory love interest cliché. I don't know why on earth in every movie, comic, book, Lara needs to have a love interest, and for one which was truly interesting and totally canon -TRAOD, Kurtis Trent- got ruined by the sequel's cancellation. Geeez. So, in the end... This book was ok, not a great reading, not really exciting, and despite the best intentions of the writer as a TR gamer, not much worth of being read. I give it 2 of 5 stars because it's not that bad, but it's not just more than a piece of merch with the trademark printed in the cover. My advice? Don't waste your time with this one. The Amulet of Power is far more fun, well-researched and Lara's a thousand of time more well-portrayed than in The Lost Cult. And better advice than this: go read some TR fanfiction. There are wonderfuls fanfics out there which just beat the shit out of this novel. For sure.

  7. 5 out of 5

    David Griffith

    It hit all the points a Tomb Raider novel should and frequently reminded me of the old games, of which Lara’s backstory is consistent with. It was a blast seeing that continuity expanded on since the reboot games flushed it down the toilet. A must read for old school Tomb Raider fanatics.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    I love Tomb Raider, and this set of books is a fun read. We pick up with Lara slowly being dragged into looking for her old boarding school roommate. A young lady who has spent her life trying to be just like Lara. This leads Lara into conflict with the Menes cult and to eventually taking them down. Along for the ride is Borg, an extreme sports character who has lost both of his arms in an accident and now has replacement arms. This book is a fun read and refers to events in the previous book, ho I love Tomb Raider, and this set of books is a fun read. We pick up with Lara slowly being dragged into looking for her old boarding school roommate. A young lady who has spent her life trying to be just like Lara. This leads Lara into conflict with the Menes cult and to eventually taking them down. Along for the ride is Borg, an extreme sports character who has lost both of his arms in an accident and now has replacement arms. This book is a fun read and refers to events in the previous book, however sometimes continuity can be a hard thing to follow as events in the prologue are refered to in the previous book as past events. Sometimes you might have a hard time with it. Just chill and enjoy the ride.

  9. 5 out of 5

    An Odd1

    **** "The Lost Cult" by E.E.Knight is based on Lara Croft Tomb Raider. Lara helps mountain climber Borg try to rescue his beloved and her former friend, now entangled in an evil cult. Explosives, fighting, running, daring, and exciting locales culminate in confrontation with telepathic aliens. I prefer to stick with the evil human, but perhaps hypnotic artifacts and wierd beasties are necessary to the series. I do not know because this was the first book I read but I am a sucker for this strong **** "The Lost Cult" by E.E.Knight is based on Lara Croft Tomb Raider. Lara helps mountain climber Borg try to rescue his beloved and her former friend, now entangled in an evil cult. Explosives, fighting, running, daring, and exciting locales culminate in confrontation with telepathic aliens. I prefer to stick with the evil human, but perhaps hypnotic artifacts and wierd beasties are necessary to the series. I do not know because this was the first book I read but I am a sucker for this strong lady. I will also look for more by this author.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mary Bird

    This is a rely entertaining and well written book that captures a lot of what I loved about older, confident Lara. It's clear the author has a lot of respect for her character, and this book is just fun. If you're a fan of Tomb Raider, definitely give it a shot! This is a rely entertaining and well written book that captures a lot of what I loved about older, confident Lara. It's clear the author has a lot of respect for her character, and this book is just fun. If you're a fan of Tomb Raider, definitely give it a shot!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Antonio Hehir

    An enjoyable, guilty pleasure.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Derek

    This series was a lot of fun for fans of Lara and her adventures.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Anne Marshall

    I liked Borg a lot and the book was funny and true to the characters.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jirka Ludvar

    Druhý díl trilogie příhod Lary Croft mezi TR4 a AoD. Změna autora je prakticky nepostřehnutelná, pořád tu máme naši milovanou Laru a její arzenál vybavení, se kterým zdolává nevšední nástrahy.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Candace

  16. 5 out of 5

    April B.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Chris

  18. 5 out of 5

    Julie Roebuck

  19. 4 out of 5

    Slayderd

  20. 5 out of 5

    Clint

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lynne Sawyer

  22. 4 out of 5

    Knightfall25

  23. 5 out of 5

    Gerd

  24. 4 out of 5

    Aishwarya Pansare

  25. 4 out of 5

    Antonio Ortiz

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

  27. 5 out of 5

    David Lloyd

  28. 4 out of 5

    Paola Regine

  29. 4 out of 5

    Vito

  30. 4 out of 5

    M

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