Quintana Roo, Yucatan by scott harper
Genre: Adventure thriller
Reviewer: Mark Woods
Rating: 4 stars - Recommended Read!
Fresh from a troubled relationship break-up, Rikki Breitenberg leads a expedition out into the deeps of the Mexican Rainforest to investigate a recently discovered ruined Mayan temple. But with the Mexican Government only giving them a limited time in which to explore the ruins, the team soon begin to question whether their Guide is leading them the right way. Left to fend for themselves at the site of a different temple, after a harrowing and dangerous trek through uninhabited jungle, the team, lead by Rikki, quickly learn that they have been placed in the hands of a Death Cult who intend to sacrifice them to their God. A startling and important discovery at the Temple could have ramifications for all the future of mankind and force us to take a fresh look at our origins.....but first, Rikki and her team must survive long enough to share the news of that which they have uncovered....and the odds are slowly starting to stack against them...
This was an interesting novel that started off really well. The description of the team’s trek through the Rainforest was so vivid and rich that I almost had to look around my room whilst reading to check and see if a jungle hadn’t sprung up all around me like something out of the
classic children’s book! The various perils the Archaeological team face on their journey leave the reader literally gasping and there is a real sense of danger conveyed when the team first begin to suspect that they are being lead astray.
However, once the team reach their enforced destination, things do go a bit awry. The plot rapidly descends into a game of cat and mouse between the Archaeological team and their Mexican attackers and though this is all very thrilling, still one cannot help but feel that some of the charm and magic of the early chapters is lost. The big discovery that the team make, which I won’t reveal and spoil, never really takes the story anywhere and could well have been left out with no noticeable absence or decline in plot. It almost feels as though its inclusion is there for the sake of it. That said, I DID really enjoy this and found the characters, for the most part, warming and believable. If you remove the whole “Big Discovery” angle then this is quite a thrilling modern-day adventure tale in the style of King Solomon’s Mines or Indiana Jones. There are enough twists and turns to keep the story moving along and it is quite an enjoyable read ~ however, the ending when it comes is a little unsatisfying and brings little closure to the story, leaving several questions remained unanswered.