Author- K. D. McNiven
My Rating- 5 STARS
An idol...A crude map...and a race to find the truth.
After the murder of their colleague, Leonard Romero, Decker and Callie Hayden are catapulted into a turbulent adventure through the Honduran jungle, seeking a lost city and justice for Leonard's widow. Relentlessly pursued by Bruno, a madman who will stop at nothing to claim what could be one of the greatest finds of the century.
My Review- K. D. McNiven has written an adventure book that plays out like an Indiana Jones/Jewel of the Nile film (which, by the way, I absolutely love those films). The story throws us into the deep end with a man sending a priceless artifact to his wife just before suspiciously losing his life in the jungle where he believes he has made an ancient discovery. His poor wife, now widowed is being followed by his enemies and calls on two young, experienced archeologists Decker and Callie, for help.
From here it is non-stop action with gun fights, treacherous hikes through the Honduras jungle, run ins with tribes and an enemy that wants the Monkey Idol for themselves at any cost, even murdering the innocent. The twists and turns are fun, figuring out who is trustworthy and who is double dealing.
And through all of the action and adventure, Decker and Callie are a sweet couple. They show love for each other and work great as a team. Callie is brave and strong and Decker is charming and smart. At some points, they felt like the characters in the film The Mummy (the Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz one) a bit of humour, posh accents and fun supporting cast making up their travelling team. Especially Holly, the poor widow. She has the worst luck throughout this story, yet it was sweet to watch her and Garret interact, despite the trauma they were put through at times.
A fun, adventurous tale with great editing and a lovely writing style.