Genre: Adventure thriller
Reviewer: Mark Woods
Rating: 4 stars - Recommended Read!
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.