A sunken treasure. An ancient Biblical artifact. A mystery as old as humankind. On January 25, 1829, the Portuguese brig Dourado sank off the coast of Indonesia, losing its cargo of priceless treasures from the Holy Land. One of these lost relics holds the key to an ancient mystery. But someone does not want this treasure to come to light.
When her father is murdered while searching for the Dourado, Kaylin Maxwell hires treasure hunter and former Navy Seal Dane Maddock and his partner Uriah "Bones" Bonebrake, to locate the Dourado and recover a lost Biblical artifact, the truth behind which could shake the foundations of the Church, and call into question the fundamentally held truths of human existence.
Join Dane and Bones on a perilous adventure that carries them from the depths of the Pacific to ancient cities of stone as they unravel the mystery of the Dourado.
©2011 David Wood (P)2011 David Wood
"A fast-paced adventure with action to spare. Dane Maddock is a hero cut from the Dirk Pitt mold, and 'Bones' Bonebrake is the best sidekick around. If you like your thrillers with a touch mystery and Biblical archaeology, Dourado is the book for you. (Megalith Book Reviews)
Story kept me guessing until about 3/4 of the way through. The story made sense at that point. Narration was done well. Enjoyed the book overall. Will listen to it again in case there is something I missed.
This book is very reminiscent of Indiana Jones, without coming across as a direct copy of it. There are elements there that remind me greatly of the movies, particularly The Last Crusade, although there are elements of the others. A biblical relic to be found. A notebook with clues left by the previous person searching. Supernatural-ish elements. Some military bad guys. And a few other things that (locations and characters) that cannot be mentioned without raising book spoilers. The book however does hang a lampshade on the similarities fairly quickly, with characters mentioning Indian Jones movies as reference points. It knows it is similar and isn’t hiding it.
That said, the characters themselves are quite different. Ex-military guys now turned treasure hunters, they are pulled in by the daughter of their previous commanding officer who asks them to look for a missing ship, sunk hundreds of years ago.
There are some great action sequences in here, along with good character development during the ‘down time’. Wood shows good knowledge and research in the locations and history, but doesn’t overwhelm the book with it. The ending isn’t overly amazing and can be somewhat predicted by the story, but it is satisfying.
Kafer provides good natation. He gets into character, making each distinct and imbuing each with emotion. Very easy and enjoyable to listen to. There are a few little audio flourishes in there – things like during a nightmare a character has Kafer uses a slight echo onto the narration. These are okay, only due to their scarcity.
There was one point where there was a yell or a scream by a character that was very loud – mixed much louder than the rest of the audio – but other than that there was no real issues with it.
Vibrant Lifeforce / Sixth Dimension Audiobook Reviews
I definitely would consider the audio version better as I haven't read the physical book but I'm certainly sure it's great as well.
Yes. The plot was very interesting and full of adventure. Sunken treasure, an old French Bible, maps, an interesting ancient sword, the city of Petra. Awesomeness.
I enjoyed the whole book. There are too many good scenes to try and single one out. I like the part about the sword.
Yes it was a book I wanted to listen to all in one sitting and I'll probably listen to this book again. I enjoyed it. I also really would like to continue with the series.
Great characters+great voice actor=I highly recommend this audiobook. I received a review copy of this audiobook.
I enjoyed this audio book. It has a nice mixture of adventure, action, mystery and intrigue. The characters are great and the writing makes it easy to keep turning the page. I will definitely follow this series.
I throughly enjoyed this book. It has a nice mixture of adventure, action, mystery and intrigue. The characters are great and the writing makes it easy to keep turning the page. I will definitely be reading more in this series.
I have been waiting for this book to become available on audio and it was definitely worth the wait. Kafer does a superb job of bringing the characters to life. He is Bones!!
I have not listened to Mr. Kafer before, but I definitely will do it again. The occasional use of voice modulation/distortion for phone calls or flashbacks tickled my fancy and shines through the dull story. He has good pacing, and overall very pleasant to listen to.
Honestly, just about any of the characters could have been cut and I wouldn't have noticed.
For the first part of the book, we are searching for a mystery MacGuffin item. Once revealed, the importance surrounding the item seems flimsy at best. The hunt for the mystery MacGuffin item is tedious and does little to engage the reader. The rest of the book is dull with characters faffing about while the author tries to develop the plot. He throws in some interesting ideas here and there (looking at you final set piece), but nothing strong enough to overcome the B-movie version of a National Treasure and Da Vinci Code sandwich with a sprinkling of Indiana Jones.
Yes, apparently I have a few audio books narrated by Jeffrey Kafer.
No, this is the first time.
The shark scene was really creepy. (very beginning of the book)
This is about at 3.5 rating book.
This is an adventure story that reminds me of James Rollins books. As unbelievable as his books are, this one is even more unbelievable and not as well written.
If you like adventures, any adventure, then listen to this book. Otherwise, skip it. There is nothing special about it.
The narrator was totally flat. His delivery had no excitement, no real change for characters. I think he was trying to mimic what he imagined a tough navy seal might sound like. Instead, he was just boring.
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