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The Secret of the Lost Robber Baron Gold [Kindle Edition]

Dennis James Browne
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Book Description

National Treasure meets Pulp Fiction.

Today's Wall Street and banking crooks are choir boys compared to the great Robber Barons of the Gilded Age--J.P. Morgan, Commodore Vanderbilt, J.D. Rockefeller, Daniel Drew--until Josephine Zacchariae, a twisted young street thief with killer looks teams up with Uncle Jiannos and his two Greek wards, Alexander and Niko, to outfox the greatest Robber Baron of them all--Jay Gould, the Mephistopheles of Wall Street!

Gould is furious when he finds out he's been conned, and Josephine and the Greek brothers are forced to flee for their lives to California--where they run straight into an Irish widow, Maureen O'Donnell, and the Riddle of the Lost Robber Baron Gold.

Widow O'Donnell and her teenage partners have thirty days to solve the riddle and find her dead husband Vito's gold, or his entire estate will fall into the hands of two evil bankers, whose ideas of foreclosure turn out to be far more medieval than Bank of America could ever dream of!


Product Details

  • File Size: 405 KB
  • Print Length: 269 pages
  • Publisher: St. Michael Press/Cambridge Fine Arts Associates Press (April 11, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004W82RIY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #869,416 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT READ!! May 18, 2011
By rsr2627
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I enjoy reading adventure novels that are fast moving with a lot of exciting surprises. I really enjoyed The Secret of the Lost Robber Baron Gold: National Treasure Meets Pulp Fiction because of its biting humor, addictively funny characters and surprise twists and turns that at time remind me of Sleuth, and at other times National Treasure.

The hunt for Vito's gold has to be one of the most entertaining adventures I've ever read, and I doubt that many readers will be sharp enough to figure out where Vito's gold is hidden--even though it's right in front of everyone's eyes.

And there's nothing outdated about these characters or the plot. The title sounds like it might be a quaint historical novel, but the characters and the dialogue in The Secret of the Lost Robber Baron Gold: National Treasure Meets Pulp Fiction will match up against the best of today's film/fiction crime characters.

The author calls this a filmbook--even the prose sounds like a fast moving, entertaining monologue--and I agree.

I'll be the first one standing in line when it comes out as a film.

D.A. Iannaccone
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and Wildly Entertaining, Must Read! May 10, 2011
Dennis James Browne's The Secret of the Lost Robber Baron's Gold: National Treasure Meets Pulp Fiction is what the author calls a "filmbook," the next step in the evolution of the novel, with equal parts high-octane dialogue and power-packed prose (See a detailed definition at dennisjamesbrowne.com). As a result, the story moves along at warp speed, with humor and spine-tingling adventure filled with secrets, hidden treasure, and a great deal of characters who firmly believe that "risk is a necessary part of life, and the greater the reward, the greater the risk."

Set during the post-Civil War era, Browne depicts a time of economic growth and prosperity. There were plenty of opportunities for those who wanted to become millionaires, and this includes Niko and Alexander, young Greek brothers raised by Uncle Jiannos, described as a "towering, usually dormant volcano of a man." The naive brothers are thrust into this rich world of limitless choices, opportunity, and, ultimately, fatal deceit.

In a series of comedic, yet valuable lessons, Uncle Jiannos shows his young nephews that life is a game, yet one cannot expect to be greeted by a shower of gold coins falling from the sky. Frequently, Uncle Jiannos tests Niko and Alexander with a game called chrystiglos, where his nephews--in vain--try to outwit their uncle for a gold coin. Essentially, the game is a measure of who can outwit, or out-cheat the other.
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