Monday, November 7, 2011

Empire of Gold-Andy McDermott

Empire of Gold

Andy McDermott

Bantam, Sep 27 2011, $9.99

ISBN: 9780553593655

While working as consultants on an Interpol investigation of stolen artifacts, archaeologist Nina Wilde realizes that the purloined relics contain clues to the location of the mythical El Dorado. She and her spouse, former SAS bodyguard, Eddie Chase begin an inquiry that has them leave New York for Singapore.

Clues take the pair to Venezuelan jungles. However, their trek to locate one of the great legends is perilous as several murderous groups chase after Wilde with Chase protecting her. Venezuelan military opportunists, revolutionaries seeking funding for their deadly cause, and drug lords want to obtain the treasures of the legendary city of gold; killing each other and a dedicated archeological pair is no problem.

The latest Wilde Chase thriller (see The Pyramid of Doom) is as always over the top (this time it is Pico Bolivar) but readers who ignore the plausibility of the action-packed story line will relish the adventures of the lead married couple. Fast-paced except for the inane squabbling banter, Andy McDermott provides an exciting entry in his enthralling archeological legends saga though the ending of Empire of Gold is a cliffhanger.

Harriet Klausner

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