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.
Yes....fascinating, kept me on edge of seat
Prey of the eagle, much accurate history as well as a plot
would like to listen to another by this author
I don't try write a review as if it were the only review a potential reader will see. I write things that I noticed.
Mostly. I wouldn't re-listen though, because of the accent issue. I would instead find the paper book or eBook to re-experience it.
Probably, but not one with British characters. Her overall style and pace are great, but she has an underlying accent--I think Midwest or maybe Canada--which doesn't work for a main character who is supposedly from Boston. The characters from northern England sound like either confused cockneys or in one case, like a man from Northern Ireland.
Also, the pronunciation of some of the Mayan/Mexican names and places didn't sound quite right. My knowledge on the Mayan/Mexican is from a couple brief visits to the area, so it is real, but slight. On the other hand, though I am American, my father was English and from the north--Lancashire, and I watch tons of British TV including things set in Yorkshire (James Herriot series for one) so I have pretty darn good sense of those accents.
Probably. The book is interesting and fairly well paced. I like the combination of locales.
Overall a good mystery/thriller. Some aspects a bit far fetched.
I tried to listen to this one. Despite the fact the premise was clearly a direct port of every archeologist trope you can imagine ported into the modern world. It had a series of issues, but the bulk of them boiled down to two things. In the first instance the aforementioned tropes don't always work in the modern world and the main characters ability to consistently do the stupid thing, for the sake of the story, rather than the logical thing wore thin pretty quickly. Additionally, as an added feature, the story appears to randomly switch from one first person perspective to the next, from paragraph to paragraph, without reason or warning. When you combine this with the constant whining and inner turmoil of each characters thoughts that have little to no bearing on the story, you have an amazingly excruciating experience. I made it half way through this one and gave up. I would suggest you avoid this one altogether.
Too far fetched for my liking. Questionable pronunciation-still not sure whether the text read "interment" or, as was narrated "internment".
Minimal character building. Crazy plot. Unlikable characters. No plot buildup. Lots of Spanish mispronounciations...very distracting! Just wanted it to end. I finished it though. Not sure if I will read this author again.
This story is filled with suspense, intrigue and action. You'll have to follow closely or you'll lose the story line. I loved the complexity of the characters!
It has a sub storyline of a family dispute between mother and daughter which was boring to say the least.
The search for the truth was like a detective novel which I enjoyed.
improve men's voices
Selena Gomes, Jennifer Lopez
This is definitely a woman's book, I needed a shot of testosterone after listening to it.
There were so many exploring emotions moments in the book it ruined the story, which if done differently could have been a good action/adventure book.
Took me ages to listen to this book, sitting in my library, so it was not suprising that I enjoyed, but no more. It is not a bad book, or badly delivered, its just there are soo many books out there.
I bought this audiobook some time ago and have tried to listen to it several times. I get part way into the story and realize I have not been listening to the book, but have been focused on the narrator's lisp and patterns of speech. This is one of several books I have purchased with the same narrator (not realizing it) and in each and every case, I simply cannot finish the book. I might have a completly different opinion if I read in print. My poor rating has to do with the narrator being an insurmountable barrier to actually reading the book.
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