THE ANCIENT NINE by IAN SMITH

The Ancient Nine

Spencer Collins thinks his life at Harvard will be all about basketball and pre-med; hard workouts and grinding work in class. The friends heโ€™s made when he hits the storied ivy-clad campus from a very different life in urban Chicago are a happy bonus. But Spencer is about to be introduced to the most mysterious inner sanctum of the inner sanctum: to his surprise, heโ€™s in the running to be โ€œpunchedโ€ for one of Harvardโ€™s elite final clubs.

The Ancient Nine is both a coming of age novel and a swiftly plotted story that lets readers into the ultimate of closed worlds with all of its dark historical secrets and unyielding power

Spencer is at Harvard to play basketball and hopefully get into med school. Spencer is a really good character. From the wrong side of Chicago to the Ivy Leagued and wealthy Harvard, he seems to fit in just fine.

Spencer was raised by a single mother and never knew his father. But his father left money for his education and somehow this is all connected to a very old final club, The Gas. At the Delphic House rumors abound concerning a secret room and several deaths.

When Spencer’s friend Dalton steals a book from his dying Uncle, the two of them set out to find out the truth behind the disappearance of a student and who are the Ancient Nine? A secret society, a hidden secret from King James I, and throw in some Nazi’s and you have yourself an unstoppable mystery with thrills around every corner.

From the very first page you know this is going to be one of those you can’t put down. It’s got a little bit of everything in there and I found myself actually heading to the catalogs to verify some of the historical portions. Very interesting. I can’t wait for the next one!

Well Done!

Netgalley/St.Martin’sย  September 18, 2018

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