Wednesday, November 4, 2009

REVIEW: Golden Conspiracy by Robert James Glider

Golden Conspiracy: A Jacsen Kidd Mystery
By, Robert James Glider

(Summary from Amazon)  In Robert James Glider’s fast-paced and electrifying thriller, Golden Conspiracy, readers will find themselves pulled from the comfort of their chairs into a world of greed, danger, and unparalleled adventure. Treasure hunter Jacsen Kidd and partner Pericles Schmoond find themselves in possession of remarkable documents giving proof of a 1503 shipwreck and a cargo of gold bullion reputed to have gone down with the ship. Digging further into this mystery, the men uncover proof of a conspiracy. These clues carry them from the Hawaiian island of Molokai to the Caribbean, and then to the Brazilian island of Fernando de Norhona. Along the way, Jac and Peri find themselves stalked by a nefarious French antiquities collector and a former KGB operative. Throw murder, risk, near-death battles, and a passionate love affair into this mix and readers have an adventure that jumps off the page and leaves them guessing right up to this novel’s very dramatic and satisfying end.

Click here to read an excerpt from the book. 

My thoughts...I really enjoyed this book.  If you are a fan of action, treasure hunting, secret messages, and exploring ancient places, this is the book for you. 

The prologue starts in 1503 with a clue that was left in a cave behind a waterfall in the beautiful Hawaiian Islands.  Then the story jumps to Thanksgiving Day 2010 and we meet the main characters of the story.  Jacson Kidd, a descendant of the infamous pirate Captain Kidd, is a charming, cunning, adventure seeker who has discovered his share of treasures in life.  Our other hero, Pericles Schmoond is a world class chef.  They unlikely pair have a strong friendship, much like brothers.  An ancient artifact is discovered on a beach in Hawaii and the pair is off to find the missing gold.  But, they are not the only ones. 

This fast paced story kept me turning pages until the very end.  I enjoyed the author's style of writing.  He provided great details of the settings.  I could imagine myself trekking through the ancient trails on the island of Molokai.  The story is told through several characters point-of-view, but it still flowed nicely (once I figured out the main players were).  There is a bit of romance in the story, just enough to create a softer side to the heroes. 

My favorite part of this story was the treasure hunting.  The author used historical references to Columbus, Balboa, and Queen Isabella.  The treasure seekers travel from Hawaii to South America in search of the riches.  I found myself holding my breath at times wondering if they would survive some of the treatcherous situations they found themselves in.  This was an edge of your seat book! 

After visiting the Robert James Glider's website, I learned that there are at least two more books planned in the Jacson Kidd Mystery Series.  The next two titles are Golden Legacy and Golden Footprint.  They will be on my wish list!

For more information about Robert James Glider and his books, please visit his website.   
To purchase Golden Conspiracy, click here

If you liked this book, you may also enjoy:
1. The Davinci Code by Dan Brown
2. Pirate Latitudes by Micheal Crichton
3. The Doomsday Key by James Rollins

Disclaimer:  This book was submitted by the author and bostick communications in exchange for my review.



Juju at Tales of said...

Great review. Interesting pick.

Natalie W said...

Sounds like a great read! Love adventure thrillers.
Thanks for stopping by my site too!
Natalie :0)

Anonymous said...

Sounds like one my husband might like.

The Couch Critic said...

I like reading this type of stories. It sounds like it has an Indiana Jones feel to it. Great review.

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