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Queen's Gold Paperback – April 13, 2012
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Reviewed by Paul Johnson for Readers Favorite:
I have a fondness for action-adventure along with a little mystery and this book fits the bill nicely. I found the characters well-conceived, particularly the main character, a man who suddenly finds his world turned upside down. The dialogue is very good as well. The plot moves along at a solid pace with enough action to keep the readers' interest. There are some serious action sequences that will completely grab the reader. Overall, I found "Queen's Gold" to be a well-written and enjoyable story.
The plot is fast and the characters are credible and yield just enough curiosity and willingness to make this one heck of a great adventurous yarn. Great summer reading or for any other season! So relax and get ready to explore the amazing, awesome wonders of past lives! --Viviane Crystal
About the Author
Melissa Bowersock is an eclectic, award-winning writer who turns her hand to any kind of story that moves her, be it contemporary, fantasy, action/adventure, spiritual, romance, or western. She thrives in a small community in northern Arizona with her husband and an Airedale terrier.
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Her stories flirt with fantasy/paranormal in a way that makes you think twice about things of which you might say, `Nah! No way!' And in this particular story, one of the main characters says exactly that: it's a tale in which both reader (well, this one!) and protagonist find themselves in agreement.
Widower Hal Thompson's two children strike a bargain with him: fervent believers of hypnotic regression, they promise to stop trying to convince him that there really is something in it if he will just agree to one session. If it doesn't `happen' for him, then Brian and Wendy promise they'll never raise the subject again. Backed into a corner, Hal agrees. The experience proves to be unsettling for Hal when he `remembers' not only the whereabouts of some ancient Aztec gold, but also...disarmingly...a long-lost love. Reluctant to admit to his children his scepticism might have been misplaced, he is soon shocked into shedding his misgivings when things get gravely personal. His 'memories', it appears, are of crucial importance to some ruthless people.
This story changes gear dramatically after the first few pages: it starts off at a very pleasant, leisurely pace, and suddenly, it's `sit up and take notice'.
I must confess, however, of all the books I've read by this author, I'm not so sure I'd put this one at the top of the list. I fell in love with the wholesomeness that was the Thompsons, but parts of the plot were just a teensy bit unsubstantial, hurried even. That said, the ending is climactic and gripping.
Notwithstanding, this was an enjoyable read and a very welcome addition to my collection of this author's books.
I received a complementary copy of this book in order to review it.
I am a huge fan of historical fiction. I love going `back in time' and learning of people and cultures that existed long ago. I love the `mysteries and legends' that make my imagination run wild. The story of Cortes and his Aztec gold is one of those gripping historical tales that makes you want to live the adventure.
That being said - as a writer - I have always felt bad when, after months of work, my book is taken, and the dreaded editors start telling me what's wrong with it. They say `clean it up' almost as many times as I tell my teenage daughter to do that with her room. However, there is a reason for them - and, unfortunately, this book needed one. There were times when I was completely engaged in the story, when all of a sudden it fell flat with misspellings, duplicate words, and lines that led the reader nowhere. (Note: I noticed that the author decided not to have Publish America edit her work. This I understand, after hearing other writers comment on their `process.').
There is a wonderful line about reincarnation in this book, said by a character who truly believes we come into this world again and again. She says, "It seems rather harsh to only have one chance to get it right." Well, the upside is we have more than one chance, and an author needs to revise again and again, to meet the editor's wishes. Even Stephen King thanks his editor - and there is a reason why. He's a master storyteller, but he knows that others are needed to make his work the best it can be.
This writer has talent and a great imagination. She has written many books, released through other publishers, and was a finalist for Foreword Magazine's Best of the Year. I just think that for Queen's Gold to be a work of art - it needs a `cleaner' frame.