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Showing posts with label Archaeology. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Archaeology. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Book Review: Dourado by David Wood


Dourado by David Wood is the first book in the Dane Maddock Adventures and it brings us on an adventure in finding a mythical sword that may not be of this Earth. We get to meet a variety of interesting characters and backgrounds, travel the world, and have the great archaeology/action combo that has become so popular lately. This is a fast-paced, enjoyable read with an action packed story that goes the distance.

We meet the hero's of the story, ex-Navy SEALs Dane Maddock and Uriah "Bones" Bonebreak, as they are sought after by their former Navy commander's daughter, Kaylin Maxwell, to help solve her father's murder and find the lost sword of Goliath. Dane and Bones, having left the Navy, are marine archaeologists and they are always searching for a new discovery but they don't know what they're about to get into this time. Their search is met with peril right from the beginning as they are attacked while at home looking for clues. As they continue on with their search, they are sent to look for the shipwreck of the Dourado, where the story originates from, and search for more clues to complete the quest that Kaylin's father started. As their search continues, we move from the wreck of the Dourado to New York, where betrayals take place and questions begin to arise as to what, exactly, the sword is, and then on to Petra where their is one confusing underground sequence. Dane also meets his future arch nemesis here, the Dominion, and it sets everything up for future stories.

I, of course, love the genre of archaeology/action so this was a must read for me and it was definitely worth it. This is a series that is spreading into other books so get ready for a whole lot of reading in the future. This was a great story. I could have gone and on but I don't like to spoil the story to much so you will have to read for yourself to find out everything that happens. There is a lot to this, which I like, and it helps to set up a lot of the future novels. There are quite a few characters (which I only mentioned a handful here) that give great life to this story and the way they each interact with each other is impressive. Things have been tied together very nicely in this book and it makes it easy to expand out to other realms in this series. My only disappointment with this was the underground palace. I got so confused and turned around I ended up drawing a map and marking things off as I went so I could try and understand how things were happening. It was good but really confusing. Overall, the Dane Maddock Adventures are a great series and this first novel, Dourado, really gets you going.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Book Review: Atlantis by David Gibbons


Atlantis by David Gibbons is a fascinating and in-depth story that explores the archaeological discovery of Atlantis with just enough action thrown in for suspense. The story is very detailed when it comes to the archaeological aspect of the discovery of Atlantis and I like this refreshing perspective from a novel. Although there are parts that are hard to work through due to the detail, I applaud Gibbins for working through the story with a more academic viewpoint than the usual shoot 'em up scenario where those finding the treasures are not true archaeologists but more bodyguards or guides. There is also quite a bit of action throughout the story and it helps to break up the monotony that can make this a long read at times.

Jack Howard is a marine archaeologist on expedition with his friend Costas and crew when they find a wreckage that delivers to them a unique gold disc with strange markings on it. They discover the wreckage is Minoan and, unbeknownst to them, holds a secret to let them explore a lost civilization in the very near future. This is also the time when a startling discovery is made regarding the lost civilization of Atlantis and a group of the best minds meet together to begin discussing the implications of what has been discovered in the wrappings of a ancient mummy. Howard meets Katya Svetlanova as well during this meeting and she travels with Howard and Costas as they travel and search for the lost city. They begin plotting on ancient maps and travel times to discover the general area where Atlantis will be found and set out to begin the search. As they begin their excavations of the sea they locate structures and land that fit with what they are looking for and begin exploring the area with excitement until they make a frightful discovery. Not only have they discovered the lost civilization of Atlantis but they have also stumbled on a lost Russian nuclear submarine that nations and terrorists will do anything to get their hands on. Time is of the essence as Jack Howard and crew race against the clock to stock a nuclear holocaust and save a lost civilization.

I have to admit that there were quite a few times when Atlantis was very tedious to read through. I had to put the book down for a day or two several times and then start again. I love details in a story so that it helps give you a better view on what the characters are experiencing and the details Gibbins shares helps give the story a more archaeological and scientific feel to it. I do feel that Gibbins went into a bit too much detail on a few things throughout the story though. Overall, this is a excellent book and well worth the read. It's slightly different than the Tyler Locke or Payne and Jones series but still a great read and recommended.