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 m..Show More »ovies, 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.