This book follows an archaeological research team leader as she sets out to discover what her father may have died trying to discover: the famed City of Gold. It is basically divided into three parts: 1) the inspiration to make the journey; 2) the journey itself; and 3) inside the city.
The first two parts are of moderate importance to the story, but they could have been written much more briefly. Part 1, the inspiration, brings the story together opening to closing. Part 2, the journey, was important in showing that ((**SPOILER ALERT** it would have been impossible or nearly so to return once the problems started)). However, they both probably should have been shortened, while keeping the highlights or the crucial scenes.
The third part is what the readers came to see. And it is great. The author keeps the readers guessing as to whether or not any supernatural influences are present, and I won't reveal the answer.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this book. My disclaimer would only be that if you feel bored during the first half, it's still worth it to read to the end.
Once again a grate book from Preston / Child, its my 4. and once again it keeps me in suspense
from start to finish..
If its grate art ??
I don't know, but its good value for money, and a book i enjoyed much listening to..
A suspenseful tale of the past meeting the present with just enough twist to keep it interesting. I have never read a bad book by theses authors.
Perhaps if you are new to the Preston/Child series, you will find this book to be more interesting but since I have listened to most of their collaborations, I had the story line figured out pretty early on. I did not have all the specifics sorted out but no one could have as they held back the pertinent info to be able to do so. It was cool to see how Nora and Bill got together but the other characters were a little too pat as was the way the story was all neatly wrapped up. Not at the top of my recommendation list but not a terrible book.
I work for a Medical Company and I'm supposed to be using my knowledge and influence to help patients and doctors alike with conditions such as PAD, Venous insufficiency, DVT, etc. However this book was so fantastic, so intriguing, so filled with history, ancient facts, nail biting excitement...that I sometimes delayed meetings so that I could find out what was happening next!
Would highly recommend this book, and anything by Preston and Child alike!
Unlike other books by D. Preston this book is boring, full of uninteresting details and descriptions. The characters are sometimes behave unrealistic, especially the main one and the end is very predictable. Unfortunately I can't recommend this book.
I loved the premise of this story, and I'm a big fan of archeological thrillers. This is a classic 'search for a lost city' plot. However, it is the precipitous drop of IQ in of some of its characters at the most predictable moments that is used to built much of the tension. I'm finding this an all too common way for thriller writers to make their plotting work for them. Preston and Child also indulge in the irritating habit of having their characters indulge in long, meandering observations or reminiscences just at the cresting of a crisis. I gather it's a device for building anticipation, but in an audio book, it's just annoying.
Finally, I'm not terribly keen on Scott Brick as a narrator. Although he's got a nice timbre to his voice, he reminds me of an funeral director, hell bent on communicating how deeply he feels your loss with the tone of his voice. It is artificial and, often, badly timed. It's not neutral enough to allow the writing to communicate emotion through the language itself, nor does it give the reader a chance to arrive at their own emotional reactions naturally.
I love Preston/Child books. They are usually right up my SciFi alley. Sadly, many of their books are narrated by Scott Brick. He is definitely not the worst narrator I've ever heard. The narration could be made worse by a woman trying to read them (I can NOT stand women narrators)...but he definitely takes some of my listening pleasure away. Though I did get impatient with some of the characters- Preston and Child still kept me entertained though I wouldn't say that this was one of their best. It's not enough to not buy the book. This book took me through several days of intense yard work- and made the time pass much more quickly.