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Rivers of Gold: A Novel Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 28, 2010
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In a/the New York City of a few years from now, we meet the normal group of cops and drug dealers and cab drivers. Cab drivers? Yeah, and they are the cops. Or, are they the drug dealers? Both? Dunn's NYC is based on a nominally plausible projection of today's world; but extremely unlikely to occur in my reality. Your reality may vary.
I don't think there is one character in this book that I want to actually meet (no offense to those modeled after some real and presumably very nice folks). But the characters all fit into this world - and some of them are lulus. Psychiatry as a field is secure with people like these around.
There is action throughout this book and absolutely no way to catch your breath without putting the book out of sight for a while. The pursuit of justice, or whatever, is relentless and the hero's cop partner is not to be believed - but it's healthier to do so anyway. The bad guys (and gals) are very, very bad and the good guys are very, very not necessarily much better.
If you are not offended by bad language, blood, sex (obligatory, consensual, illegal, etc), drugs (illegal, etc), blood, guns, violence, and blood - then order this one. If any one or a combination of those features disturb you, you'll miss out one heck of a good book; but you don't dare risk it. There are enough folks like me to amp up the sales.
I am astounded that this is a first book and I am glad that there is ample opportunity for this to be a series. Don't worry though, this is a complete book in itself. Keep writing, Adam.
Rivers of Gold is filled with some of the oddest and most interesting characters I’ve read in a long time. Renny is a fashion photographer by day, drug runner by night. If he can keep making enough money selling drugs at night, he can continue his leisurely quest to shoot the photos he likes, when he likes. For me, his voice is the prominent one, although equal time is given between himself and Detective Santiago.
While Renny was sometimes hard to like – he can be a bit of a womanizer – I liked Santiago almost from the start. He had a rough childhood but didn’t let it hold him back nor did he let him lead him down the wrong path. He’s constantly conflicted when it comes to his job because his new partner continually crosses the line between what he thinks a cop should and shouldn’t do.
Everett More, Santiago’s partner, is like nothing I’ve ever read before. Even after having finished the book, I’m not sure whether I like him or not. He was over the top, a little scary and downright odd from the moment you meet him. Something that nagged at me in regards to the series is that they’re referred to as the More series and yet, More’s point of view isn’t one you get to see at all during the novel.Read more ›
The novel has a slow takeoff. It seems as if the first half, almost two thirds, of the story is devoted to giving us the required history lessons, network setup and character introduction. I almost get the feeling there are more books planned for this version of NYPD. Real police work can be like that, however. Long boring surveillance and background investigations until a break finally come along. Once the story takes off, however, buckle up and hold on: it is a real action packed story.
Despite the extended introductions, some of the characters still come off as flat. Oh the central characters are fully fleshed out for us, but some important secondary players are not so well done. New York City is a multilingual city and many of these secondary characters spoke something other English. Sometime the expressions were translated and other times they were not and the meaning was not subject to being figure out through context clues. In Losers' Club, many of the characters used Hispanic slang so Richard Perez, the author, included a short glossary to help non-Spanish speakers follow what was going on. This would have been even more helpful here.
Without giving away too much of the story, I think the author did not begin hitting his stride until the end of the story.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Storyline was ok. Too many unnecessary tangents that don't tie in. The writing was difficult to follow at times. Felt like the author was trying too hard.Published 7 months ago by emwong
Fantastic debut novel! Homeland security threats in New York City force NYPD's Sixto Santiago to work with Everett More- a highly trained, secretive special ops spook and they, in... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ed Katz
Rivers of Gold fascinates. It is a novel that in the way that a dream is a dream only after you’ve spent half the morning convincing yourself it was just a dream. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Rosemary Perras
It was a very good tech noir novel. I enjoy the set up of the story, the fear of it all and not knowing what the next day will bring. Overall it was a good read!Published 23 months ago by Denise Smith
I like reading history. And I had heard good things about Hugh Thomas.
But I gave up reading this halfway through. Read more
Awesome read! I love his twisted mind! I want to know more about the ones that lived! Enjoyed the history as well.Published on October 16, 2013 by Melissa Caruso RN
I thought this novel started out on a very measured rhythm. Main character was easy enough to like, and hate, depending upon what he was doing. Read morePublished on April 17, 2011 by J. Frizzera
I'm always up for a dystopian novel, so I thought I'd try Rivers of Gold. The backstory- that the U.S. Read morePublished on December 31, 2010 by Bryan