When a sudden rainstorm disrupts an archeological dig at a remote Mayan site, site supervisor Deborah Miller makes an astonishing discovery: a collection of rubies so precious that generations of men have died - and killed - to possess them. Some believe the jewels harbor occult power; others believe they are the key to the arms race; still others see merely their potential for profit. But Deborah doesn’t want power or money - she only wants the truth.
And so she sets out to trace the stones’ complex history across four centuries and two continents, from Mexico to northern England, where the rubies once played a harrowing role in the Lancashire witch trials of 1612. But she is not the only one obsessed with the jewels; close on her heels is a notorious arms dealer who will stop at nothing, not even murder, to claim the prize for himself.
©2012 A. J. Hartley (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I found the Mayan archeological material and location interesting.
I found the diverse set of characters too complicated and scattered.
The only time the plot became compelling was in the final chapters. The problem was that there were so many threads that the story skipped between that the momentum of the story never picked up.
Sh was not good at accents of the various characters.
I listen to audiobooks mainly while commuting 90 minutes a day and when walking. Sometimes when knitting.
Plot is farfetched with all the disparate elements involved. If you can suspend your disbelief it hangs together passably. Narrator's accents are distracting. For some reason she lisps on one of the Spanish names which is not consistent with Mexican prononciations and really bothered me.
It's a little slow to start, but once it gets going, it's a good book!
Good ending - as you would hope!
Narrator was easy to follow - at times fast.
Not at first.
This is the only way to get through all the books I want to enjoy...and still I'm behind!
Although this book has gotten mixed to poor reviews, I liked it because it entertained. Oh, it's nothing earthshattering, nothing new, nothing that might not have been written before, BUT, when processing bushels of apples, it's nice to hear something like this to keep the monotony out of your work.
Maybe the premise is not original but again, light books, not "educational" ones are never original but agian, keeps away monotony and had all the soft thriller stuff going for it: Good guys, bad guys, bad guys who become good guys, good guys who are bad guys, selfishness, faux history, mystery and ancient civilizations as well as New and Old World crossovers.
No, this one is easy to grab at any time and even if you miss a bit, it catches you up in several ways.
Despite what other reviewers have said, I wouldn't say it was terrible, the narration was good with the various accents and it is purely entertainment as so many books are.
After 15 years of listening to 4-8 audio books a month. I finally found one I stopped listening to. I made it 3.5hrs in. I was driving US Hwy 2 in ND and the scenery was more interesting than the book. The story line was extremely slow, the characters uninteresting, and the setting was poorly described. The Voice Artist was ok I'd listen to her again.
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