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The Coelho Medallion: A Dan Kotler Archaeological Thriller Kindle Edition
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- File Size : 2626 KB
- Publication Date : May 31, 2016
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 376 pages
- Publisher : Happy Pants Books; 5th Edition (May 31, 2016)
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01FEMX6PO
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #45,213 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Ever since the discoveries that Eric the Red visited the shores of the New World centuries pre-Columbus, we've been fascinated by the possibilities of early Viking connections to our continent. While I'm as intrigued as anyone about how their penetration of the continent could have played out with the indigenous people, the underground river is a stretch. I'm willing to suspend disbelief for the story, and I love the City of Gold alternative meaning, but I'm left skeptical about the origins of the buildings, the lack of native awareness of the river and its natural characteristics and the unlikely totality of the Vikings' demise without any external evidence.
The redeeming feature of the book is the two brilliant linguists who independently reach viable conclusions and also figure out a way to communicate despite constraints – and that they aren't in a romantic clutch as the book ends. Without Evelyn's ambivalence about continuing uprooted attraction, my rating could have degenerated from 3½☆ instead of rounding up.
The action is continuous and exciting.
If you've read other books in this series, you'll learn how Kotler and Agent Denzel of the FBI become friends and develop their working relationship.
Dan Kotler is the primary, well fleshed out character. His good friend, Dr. Eloi Coelho, finds a rare, unique, and unusual artifact, named for him, which could change early American history. Dr. Kotler is involved in the dig site, too, for he will dig in the dirt, brush dirt off objects, and even crawl through caves to find treasures. There are both good and bad characters, some of whom are very misleading and responsible for the thrilling action and mystery in this book. I think you will thoroughly enjoy reading it.
The entire book hinges on the presence of Vikings in North America, before the United States even existed. But do we hear any significant history about the Vikings? Any meaningful insight into their runes or linguistic traditions? Even just a substantive fact about their society, as a whole? Nope. What information Tumlinson provides about the Vikings looks to be little more than a glorified, cursory Wikipedia search. It’s like someone wrote a book report without actually reading the book. I really marvel at how the publishers missed this glaring problem.
Speaking to the literary devices in the book, there are barely any to mention. The plot moves along well enough, but seems sluggish and unnecessarily encumbered in places. If you’re looking for a fast-paced, Dan Brown-esque thriller, you won’t find it here. The main action in the book takes place over the span of months, when it could have easily taken place in a week or two. To compare, the bulk of Dan Brown’s book, Angels and Demons, takes place in 24 hours.
Furthermore, the actual scenes of action take up very few pages. When Kotler and Denzel engage the antagonist at the end, they kill him in an exasperatingly fast fashion. I remember reading that part and thinking how wasteful it was, to kill off the antagonist without hearing his motives (which Tumlinson never satisfyingly explains anyway).
The “big reveal” of the book is also something that could’ve taken up a lot more page space. You don’t find out what the whole mystery was really about until the EPILOGUE. And again, here is where we could’ve benefitted from some historical background to appreciate the big moment. Without it, the ending seems very empty and shallow. A dine-and-dash type ending, if you will.
In my opinion, the most comical thing about this book is that Dan Kotler miraculously has PhDs in SIX fields - archeology, anthropology, etymology, symbology, quantum physics, and quantum mechanics. Ignoring the fact, of course, that quantum physics and mechanics are more or less the same thing, let’s really question how a young-ish man, who is a practicing archeologist and scholarly lecturer, found the time to earn six PhDs. This is so absurd that it detracts from the story, by making the character of Dan Kotler seem - literally - unbelievable.
But the thing is, I could’ve forgiven ALL of that, if I didn’t read the self-indulgent, self-aggrandizing “statement” at the end of the book by the author. I wasn’t even going to write a review until I read that part. Tumlinson laments the fact that typos are inevitable in books (newsflash - they aren’t) but trips over himself in his haste to mention - twice - that his book is a bestseller and has “won awards”. Really Kevin? It sounds like he’s trying to hide under the umbrella of his awards to avoid facing the book he actually wrote. He also cites a pathetic philosophy called “iterative publishing”, which, when examined with a critical eye, is nothing more than an excuse for putting out a bad book before it was ready. Seriously, I encourage you to read his statement and see this for yourself.
All in all, this was an okay book that could’ve been really good. A thoughtful reader will end the book feeling slightly unsatisfied. Still, it’s enjoyable enough when you let yourself ignore the flaws. But this book will definitely be more palatable (for the history buffs, at least) when supplemented with a hefty dose of Wikipedia.
Top reviews from other countries
The Coelho medallion was named after Dr Eloi Coelho who first discovered it and the fact that the Vikings were in fact the first to discover the Americas. But this is stolen and from there the true reason slowly unwinds. Then when Dr Evelyn Horelica is taken and kidnapped by terrorists Dan Kotler agrees with the aid of FBI agent Denzel to locate and save her. But that is just the start of a twisting and turning merry-go-round to locate save her and the day with a dirty bomb strategically placed to do the worst kind of damage.
The little bit of romance between Dan Kotler and Evelyn adds to the tension and overall albeit the first book I’ve read from Kevin Tumlinson; it won’t be the last. Can’t wait to read the next book and I’m really hoping they make this book into a film. A MUST read.
Dan Kotler, the hero, is an interestingly obsessive character and it is interesting to follow his reasoning.
The only thing that puzzled me about the book was how the supposed Vikings could survive underground for miles and days with little, if any, light and no way of getting any food. Perhaps I am being too practical and have to allow for poetic licence. It is an adventure thriller book after all.
A great start and looking forward to many more.