- File Size: 632 KB
- Print Length: 326 pages
- Publisher: Three Dog Publishing, LTD.; 3 edition (September 20, 2015)
- Publication Date: September 20, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01557MW80
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,845 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kevin opens his novel with a telling Prologue that visits the source of the all-important crystals that serve as the guide through this mystery thriller. The place - New Mexico where we encounter a young warrior girl - 'K'aalógii wondered whether her father might be watching her from the ancestral lands, the Navajo place of origin to which all dead returned. If so, she knew he'd be both proud of and terrified for his daughter, for she had chosen to face "them" with a courageous heart and sharp spear.'And from this reenactment of origin of the crystals flows the exciting story Kevin spins and that is well described in this synopsis.
It is rare that an author can intertwine archeological history with politics but Kevin has done a magnificent job of resolving these polar extremes. His writing is penetrating and propulsive and in Leah Andrews and Jack Hobson he has create an irresistible pair of sleuths whose future adventures promise the rise of a cinema worth team.
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A great premise, but Tinto's research is haphazard at best and completely off base at worse. He links Native American tribes as living together that were hundreds, if not thousands, of years apart while ignoring the Apache, which were native to the Gila Forest where the site is discovered. Also, the author got the distances and geography of southwest New Mexico painfully incorrect. You can't drive in an hour from Albuquerque to the Gila Cliff Dwellings, it's a 6-7 hour drive with only one road in and out of the cliff dwellings monument. There are several other issues with the story just with the Gila Forest setting (note that the Gila Cliff Dwellings are surrounded by the Gila Wilderness, a region that doesn't allow any motorized vehicles within it, yet people in the story drive trucks and ATV all over the pristine and protected forest, including government officials).
In any event, if you are a fan of a well-plotted thriller with a unique premise and solid action, then this book is worth the 99 cents(If you can tolerate all of the aforementioned issues). My advice to this author would be to charge $1.99 next time and hire a professional to catch all of the errors before putting it out there for public consumption.
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The characters are about as preposterous as the plot, over the top and out of sight. Even trying to make a valid précis of the plot is difficult without sounding plain daft.
The female lead has more testosterone than a 1960's eastern European lady hammer thrower and is a cold un likeable self centred person. Her male lead - sort of ex husband, may be able to climb Everest in his underpants but is totally subservient to her, making him a less than admirable hero. There are several more standard issue American characterless characters to make quite a large cast. If you can follow the plot, which develops at breakneck speed, and accept all the tenuous links, co-incidences and down right silliness then you are more likely to enjoy this book than I did. BUT I am the only 1 star reviewer to date versus 80 four and five stars.
Nitpicking aside I would happily recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good action romp with enough technical detail to convince me that the author either knows their stuff or has made the effort to do their research, yet at no point did the detail detract ftom the plot or momentum. Enjoy.
Now i never start ranting about plots etc,just read the cover of the book itself if you want to know,but i absolutely loved the book and with the teaser at the end for the new one i went straight to look for it,only for disappointment to realise it's not out yet.
There are alot of action adventure writers,stories sometimes get similar,but this had plenty of mixtures.These type of books are to be enjoyed for what they are,to get you away from the drudgery of normal life into another world.You don't buy them for the grammar or the deep profound meanings,just enjoy,and this certainly does what I wanted.Bring on more Mr Tinto
What hope do we have if a superpower like America can be led by two Richard-heads like the ones portrayed here? And
How can anyone with a reasonable knowledge of English allow publication with so many missing words and nonsense sentences?
Dr. Leah knows only her former husband, Jack, has the wherewithal to help her find the source of the crystals. With realistic characters and a riveting plot, this is a super read which will keep you turning the pages. I can’t wait to read the next on in the series!
There are many instances of words missed out and where the author has changed his mind how he wants to phrase something but then forgotten to make sure it reeads correctly.
Enjoyed the book but Kevin, get youreslf a decent proof reader.