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City of Gold (Matthew Connor Adventure Series Book 1) by [Arnold, Carolyn]
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"...a very well-rounded and thrilling adventure...heart-pounding escapades and near-misses..."
--LuAnn Braley, Back Porchervations

"It's fast-paced...edge of your seat..."
--Kym, Tea and A Book

From the Author

About the Mathew Connor Adventure Series:

Action-adventure books for the mystery lover.
Strap yourself in for an adventure with archaeologist and treasure hunter Matthew Connor and his two closest friends as they travel the globe to uncover legends the world has all but forgotten. Indiana Jones meets the twenty-first century.
 
This is the perfect book series for fans of Indiana Jones, Lara Croft, National Treasure, and The Relic Hunter.

Product Details

  • File Size: 585 KB
  • Print Length: 371 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 198806435X
  • Publisher: Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc. (November 27, 2015)
  • Publication Date: November 27, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B016LLDQIY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #466,027 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Kindle Edition
I received an advanced Reading Copy of City of Gold and promised to write an honest review of the book. Since this book is an adventure novel, I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it. It is not my typical genre for reading, but I have read Ms. Arnold’s detective and FBI series and decided it was worth my time to give the book a chance. I was curious to see if her talent would also shine in this new book. I was not disappointed, and Ms. Arnold has written an exceptional book.

I do not write reviews with spoilers, but I must comment on the cast of characters in this book. They are fully described and real. Matthew Connor, a trained archeologist who prefers adventures to archeologic digs, and his best friends Cal Myers and Robyn Garcia need to find the legendary golden city. El Dorado if you will. The place of dreams and countless failed expeditions. It doesn’t exist, but Matthew is determined to prove everyone wrong. If he fails his life and those that he cares about are in danger.

As the three set out for the Bolivian jungle with two guides and an unwelcome and edgy hired killer, the fast-paced adventure begins. Ms. Arnold’s ability to weave a story with twists and plots and unexpected surprises will take you deep into the jungle that she describes in perfect detail. As I read through the story, I felt as if I were living the adventure beside Matthew, Robyn, and Cal.

Don’t this miss this first book in an exciting new series. I can’t wait for the next book’s release.
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Wow. This was such fun to read. An intriguing plot, strong characters and nonstop action made this a real rollercoaster. I am seriously going to miss Matthew and the gang! This is book 1in a new series and I am looking forward to more, more, more!
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I received an ARC copy of this incredible story, "City Of Gold." Matthew Conner is a treasure hunter under the faux name of Gideon Barnes. However, his father William Conner, Mayor of Toronto, Canada believes his son is a working archaeologist. Matthew's team consists of Cal Myers and Robyn Garcia, for whom he has a deep love and respect. The team has recently brought back a Pandu statue which is placed in the local museum. Veronica Vincent wants the statue stolen and will go to any length to increase her wealth, even kidnapping Cal Myers girlfriend, Sophie. There is a legend about a hidden city within a remote rain forest of Peru, bordering also Bolivia. It is referred to as the location of the City of Gold. To save Sophie's life, the treasure team has one week to bring back proof of the location. Each character in this brilliant novel has individual challenges which the reader will find engulfing. Carolyn Arnold is a powerful and prolific author who successfully writes a wide range of genre. Her stories are excellently written, gripping and captivating. She'll definitely keep you well entertained.
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City of Gold by Carolyn Arnold is the 1st book in her new Matthew Connor Adventure series. I have read two of Carolyn’s other series, which are Police/FBI themed stories. It was a surprise that she was going a different direction with this new series, which is more like an Indiana Jones mystery archaeology theme; especially since Arnold is one of the best at police stories, with her wonderful knowledge of police procedurals. I am happy to say, even to my own surprise, that I really enjoyed City of Gold.

Matthew Connor is our hero, and a well known Archaeologist. From the start, the story begins with Matthew and his friends Cal and Robyn having just found a priceless artifact, running for their lives, literally over the cliff. Now safely back home at a Gala celebrating the finding, Cal tells Matthew about his girlfriend’s worry that someone is following them. A short time later, they learn information that could possibly lead to finding the legendary myth, City of Gold. All three are interested, though doubtful that it was real, since many people have searched for this for centuries. They are also very tired and need time, maybe months to consider if this adventure is worth undertaking.

As best laid plans do not always work out, someone is watching them, and wants the Pandu artifact that is now securely locked in a museum; and they have kidnapped Sophie, Cal’s friend. Matthew knows he cannot get the artifact anymore, and uses the temptation of finding the City of Gold to bargain with the kidnapper to save Sophie.

What follows is an exciting action packed adventure that will take Matthew, Robyn and Cal, as well as two people from the kidnapper’s side to Bolivia to join two guides who will help them try to find the City of Gold.
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This was a fun, exciting and adventuresome novel. It's a great start to a new series and I'm excited to look for book two. This well written book has made me buy a couple of Arnold's other books and am excited to see if they are as good.
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My rating 4.25.

I generally begin my reviews with a synopsis of the story. However, in this instance it would be repetitive of the blurb which covers the summary very nicely. There are some interesting personal dynamics and conflicts that add to this adventure.

Although I don't agree with Matthew's estrangement and immature attitude towards his father, it makes some sense and adds a side conflict to the story. Cal’s girlfriend, Sophie, is suddenly taken by someone who thinks they can trade her for an Indian statue that Matthew recovered. As Matthew bargains with Sophie's kidnapper he recognizes the hand of an old nemesis. Matthew cannot deliver the statue but he offers the lure of bigger treasure: the lost city of Paititi, or the City of Gold.

Matthew, Robyn and Cal rush off to Bolivia with two goons along to keep them honest and in hand. Matthew leads the team in the jungle like Indiana Jones, solving puzzles within tunnels and hopefully dodging deadly traps. Tensions are high and not everyone is careful enough to make it out of the jungle alive.

Meanwhile, back home, Sophie suffers the fears and trauma of being kidnapped. The greedy villain isn’t aware that Matthew has tasked the household butler (and treasure researcher), Daniel, with finding clues to locate Sophie from the proof of life videos. Also a bulldogged police detective is investigating the nice car found in a seedy part of town that leads him to a missing young woman who has connections to the mayor's son.

This is definitely akin to an Indian Jones story set in modern times. There is very fast paced action and danger in one scenario with some good investigative twists at the home front.
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