Wilson Dowling is the Overseer, a man transported from the year 2081 to carry out a series of vital missions encoded in the Dead Sea Scrolls. His latest assignment had seemed simple enough - to lead the American explorer Hiram Bingham to Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. However, he discovers that history has gone dramatically off course. The Golden Cube of the Sun God - safely hidden at Machu Picchu for hundreds of years - has been stolen. Whoever possesses it could potentially unleash a dangerous power that is beyond their comprehension - and their control. Not only that, but without it Wilson can never gain transport home.
Pursued by a tribe of fierce female warriors, the ancient guardians of the Lost City, Wilson races to find the deadly treasure before he is stranded forever in the past. And before the entire world is thrown into chaos.
©2012 Christopher L. Ride (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
I loved Chris Rides first two novels...and although this one had the same characters, it just wasn't as good. I think the biggest thing missing is humor. Unlike the first two books, Wilson doesn't seem to enjoy anything in life in this one. It is a dark, hopeless quest that he finds no light in. I wonder if Ride had the feeling of "I HAVE to write another book about Wilson" and it translates into the book with the main character feeling "I HAVE to time travel again to save the world"? This novel is also missing the geographical range of the other two, meaning it all takes place in one small spot. You would also need to at least read the first novel to understand what all is going on. There are quick references to the FASCINATING time travel theories and mechanisms that are all laid out in the first book, The Schumann Frequency. Sadly, in this one, nothing new is discovered about the mission, nor any skirmishes with fellow time travelers, just half naked giant amazon women. The research is excellent and its fun to follow along on Wikipedia. I don't know if I would recommend this to someone because its fairly lengthy to end up with Wilson having nothing substantial. The FIRST BOOK works because you are learning about the characters and time travel and the mission. The SECOND BOOK works because of the unanswered questions and unexpected severed relationships from the first book. This book doesn't contribute anything substantial to the characters in my opinion.
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