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Showing posts with label Dane Maddock Adventures. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dane Maddock Adventures. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Book Review: Cibola by David Wood


Cibola by David Wood is the second book in the Dane Maddock Adventures and it continues in the same fast moving action we found in Dourado. A slightly new cast is brought in, new locations are explored, and a hot fire romance is in the air. Twists, turns, and everything in between are brought into this new adventure but,with Dane and Bones around, there's nothing to fear - unless you work for the Dominion.

Dane Maddock and Uriah "Bones" Bonebreak, ex-Navy SEALs turned marine archaeologists, are back and they seem to like to accidentally fall into great adventures. Maddock starts off by rescuing the beautiful Jade Ihara from an underwater dig where she has found a Spanish breastplate that's more than just a historical artifact. After close examination of the breastplate, and a little of each other, they discover that it gives clues to the legendary Seven Cities of Cibola. Bones is out in Utah, far from the ocean, helping his cousin at a dig when they suddenly make a startling discovery that Jesus may have visited the New World during His ministry. As more information is uncovered, the dig comes under attack, Bones finds a gold disc, and, with the help of reporter Amanda Shores, Bones escapes. The highlight of all this is that they learn who was attacking them, the Dominion. While this has all been going on, both Dane and Jade set off to follow the clues but the Dominion follows them at every turn. Maddock, Bones, Jade, Saul (Jade's assistant), and Amanda all get together to collaborate recent events and find that their separate digs actually work together! They also discover that someone is feeding information to the Dominion as they go and this starts to create stress throughout the group as they begin working on the last clue. It's a roller coaster ride as they fend off attacks from the Dominion, find and decipher the clues, and work together (or against each other at times) to find the Seven Cities of Cibola.

There is a lot that goes into this series and I believe that David Wood has done a fabulous job in not only telling a cool story (that could be made into movies, ahem) but also developing the characters into people you care about and want to know more about. They are rich characters and each has their own unique personalities that clash or compliment each other well. Bones gets on my nerves a bit but A) that's his personality and B) I'm more like Maddock anyways and his reactions pretty much parallel mine. I actually get the relationship they have and it's a perfect match. The love interests take us into a different area of their personalities as well and it helps to break up the testosterone levels a bit. It's a nice twist and definitely made Cibola a very enjoyable read.



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.