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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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Dourado

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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.

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A modern Indiana Jones

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.

Thoroughly enjoyable.

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.

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I enjoyed this novel

The story here really had be captivated. I really enjoy having a series of books to listen too. I will definitely look for more from this author!

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Very interesting way to twist a bible story

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.

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Action Packed Thriller

Would you consider the audio edition of Dourado to be better than the print version?

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.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

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.

Which scene was your favorite?

I enjoyed the whole book. There are too many good scenes to try and single one out. I like the part about the sword.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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.

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Great characters+great voice actor=I highly recommend this audiobook. I received a review copy of this audiobook.

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A great listen

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!!

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Not Enough to Keep Me Going

Have you listened to any of Jeffrey Kafer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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.

What character would you cut from Dourado?

Honestly, just about any of the characters could have been cut and I wouldn't have noticed.

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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.

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excellent

Loved it !! this story. the narrator is so fantastic it's like your really there!! excellent overall

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A very very rough diamond

I neither liked nor hated the novel because I felt the author was try to build the base of series but was trying to hard to get the reader intrested by not pulling his punches crazy plot ideas and over usage of lucky events to move the plot with limited ideas to get to the next action. Then was the lack follow threw into the badguys after beating them there's no reference of the chacthers looking to there organization even fo they have the name of them.

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A Must Have

Loved it. A bit addictive in fact. Narrator made for a very easy and enjoyable listen.

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Good

Sunken treasure, action adventure what's not to love. Maddox and Bones latest installment well worth a listen. Jeffery Kafer's narration takes you on the journey without distraction
I received this audiobook from Free Audiobook Codes for a review.

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Great Adventure

As a big fan of things like National Treasure or Jeremy Robinson's Chess Team series (which Later also narrates) and other historical/mythological quests, this proved to be a great opening entry into this series. it has definitely left me wanting to dig further into the rest of the (many) books.

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  • 06-26-21

Engrossing, well written tale of drama & intrique.

I was looking for a book that would take my interest in the same way as the Alex Lukeman books had done, having listened to all of his books, I needed something new. I am so glad I found Dourado. The story is engrossing, I liked the links to known history and who knows, the story told here may well be true?! David Wood weaves a good tale, well worth listening to. The narrator has an earnest voice that builds the drama well. I can definitely recommend this book and am looking forward to listening to others in the series

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  • Shane Scott
  • 05-22-20

A nice surprise

I'm really starting to like this series. Very fast pace with zero padding. more please

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A surprising delight

This was one of those books I thought was full of potential but wouldn’t live up to it - I am happy to report that I was wrong. It was an interesting story with a decent narrator and kept me listening right through to the end. The characters were both believable and likeable and the plot thickened about half way through to the extent that I started to crave listening to the book and ended up going to bed early so I could do just that. A creative and entertaining story which I would not hesitate to recommend. This is the first book in the series and I shall be looking to download the next one very shortly.

[I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review]

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  • 01-15-21

easy listening

another fantastical listen! David writes easy to listen to , unbelievable fantasies that draw you in and take you for a ride...although this has at least 1 loose end...who was the main baddy who was after them and will they be in the next books? i hope so because i was left dangling.