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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Lulu.com (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140922807X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409228073
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,271,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

My first novel, which I have self-published via Lulu.com. Knowledge of geocaching is not a prerequisite. If you happen to be in the South East of England, you can actually follow the trail outlined in the book and "discover" the hidden caches.

About the Author

I am a retired computer software strategist, who used to travel the wolrd for a living. I am now indulging my hobbies of music, golf, photography and geocaching before the taxman steals all my money!

More About the Author

Peter Armstrong was born in the UK and still lives there. He has also lived and worked in Germany, France and the US. He used to be a corporate strategist for a software company, which involved him travelling the world, but now he is retired and enjoying his hobbies of music (playing keyboards in several bands), photography and geocaching.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bassocantor TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 17, 2013
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I heard about this novel on one of the Facebook Geocaching pages, and decided to try it out. I read the novel whilst traveling to the Geocaching Block party in Seattle recently.

The author has clearly done a considerable amount of research on the main subject of the novel--i.e., fossil fuels. Interesting mystery tying in energy to geocaching. Wish I was in that area to try some of the puzzle caches that use similar puzzle encyrption.

I thought the first part of the book was a bit slow, but then again, i am not familiar with many of the local landmarks, so I couldn't really relate to the locations described. I bet local readers would find those parts more meaningful.

I was mystified that another reviewer called the book, "pompous," with no supporting facts. I found no evidence at all to support that nasty remark.

Nicely written, and enjoyed the clever puzzle! Now, come across the pond and place some caches out here!
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This was a marvellous mystery, and a terrific introduction to geocaching in general and puzzle caches in particular.

As a story, it has all the things we crave: mystery, action, humour, the "s" word (though handled tastefully), and a satisfying blindside at the end of it all. Totally "brill" as some might say.

As a caching appendage, let me just say that while I am temporarily unable to hunt them down myself, reading this novel is very nearly the next best thing. TFTRead!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Helen Highwater on October 11, 2011
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Ignore the one-star reviewer who just said it was rubbish without any information as to why.

I really liked this book - as a geocacher myself who has found a number of caches in the area described by the author it was particularly interesting to see the area described. But that's an aside.

This book is mostly written from the perspective of the daughter of an unfortunate Professor who meets his demise at the hands of some very nasty people, and her battle to find his secrets before they do. Along the way she has to consider her own safety as the bad guys think she is also dead (and would certainly change things if they found out otherwise), while at the same time get inside the head of a very clever man and follow the trail of clues he has left for her. Needless to say the bad guys are also hunting the exact same clues.

At the end of the book are a couple of twists, one of which wasn't entirely unexpected but the other did bring a smile to my face.

I gave the book four stars rather than five simply because some of the language seemed a little excessive. You can't expect the kind of thug who kills people for a living to say "excuse me, my good man" but in places it just didn't add anything to the story. It's a small point, so I'd score 4 going on 5 rather than 4 going on 3.

Not only was it a fun read, at 99 cents you can't fault the value either!
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