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American radiologist Peter Ross just wanted a vacation. But when he meets the beautiful Angela Locke on a Spanish beach, he soon finds himself caught in a murderous crossfire between rival gangs seeking a precious artifact.

From Barcelona to the rain-swept streets of Paris, from the towers of the Alhambra to its darkest catacombs, Peter Ross is an ordinary man in desperate circumstances: racing to uncover a secret lost for centuries, before he becomes its next victim.

©1969 Constant c Productions, Inc.; Copyright renewed 2005 by CrichtonSun LLC. “John Lange” and “Zero Cool” are trademarks of CrichtonSun LLC, used under license (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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Great book with odd beginning

I love Michael Crichton and was a bit wary buying this book - after all, this book was written in the late 60's before he really started to develop his writing style / career. After the first hour I almost stopped because the plot was just too strange, but I was on a long training run and didn't have anything else to listen to. After the second hour it got really good and it was hard to stop. I'd recommend this book but there is something fishy (to me) about the claim that it was written in 1968. At the end of the book one of the characters mentions "taking the DVD out of the video recorder and placing it on the desk". Although I was born in 1970, I know for a fact that neither CD Roms of DVD's existed back then - so someone has done some additional writing / editing of Michael Crichton's original work.

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Vintage caper story

This is an early work by Michael Crighton written under his pseudonym John Lange. It’s an old-school pop style adventure story. Almost to shaggy dog story but very enjoyable. The pacing is brisk all the characters are somewhat cartoonish. But it works, it’s fun and you might get some elements of it but you probably won’t guess everything. This is one of his better early works.

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Weak story, top notch narrator

This story is very weak, the dialogue is also very weak, and the simple writing has no complexity to help the story or dialogue; this would be a B movie with B actors...

This is noticeably Crichton’s early and simple work

Narration is superb

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  • emma
  • 09-06-17

Typical Gumshoe John Lange

I listened to this because I'm a big Michael Crichton fan, plus I was up to Z in a self-imposed A-Z reading challenge! This is pretty typical of his John Lange gumshoe pulp-detective tales. There are also a smattering of medical elements to the story - I guess that's Crichton drawing on his medical background. Fairly standard fare, engaging enough but not great.