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Editorial Reviews

Performing his own work, Geoffrey MacSkimming brings dramatic flair and a sense of fun to this latest novel from his Cairo Jim series.

In Cairo Jim and the Chaos from Crete, the series’ archaeologist hero is called to the ancient ruins of the Palace of Knossos in Crete. It’s there he must investigate toxic gas emissions that are bothering tourists. Soon he must foil his nemeses, Neptune Bone and Desdemona the Parrot, who are searching for the lost power of Knoss.

MacSkimming serves up tension in his voice, but also lightens his performance with the exaggeratedly comic voices he uses for his characters.

Publisher's Summary

Strange, toxic gases are spreading through the ruins of the ancient Palace of Knossos in Crete, forcing tourists and visitors to abandon the site.

Where are these gases coming from? Who is the rambunctious man in a gas mask and rubber suit who appears amid these foul odors? And what extraordinary secret lies beneath the ruins of Knossos - a secret that many have believed was, until now, a mere myth?

Cairo Jim (that well-known archaeologist and little-known poet) and his friends uncover one of the grossest distortions of history.

©2002 Geoffrey McSkimming; (P)2003 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

Critic Reviews

"Grab your pith helmet and join Cairo Jim on a rollicking adventure sure to tickle the funny bone of young and old alike." (AudioFile) "[McSkimming] knows his material intimately. We can feel the heat of Athens in his reading, smell the city. He draws his characters finely, using his voice to sharpen each in our minds." (Reading Time) "When you tire of stories about the places and people you know, try the witty word play and over-the-top adventure of Cairo Jim for an outrageous tonic." (The Age)

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  • Tanya
  • 01-27-17

My favorite Cairo Jim story

It has everything and its silly enough to get my mind off my stresses. I do wish Audible had some kind of timer feature though, as I listen to this story to go to sleep and it runs far into the night long after the ear phones have fallen out... lol.