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The story includes much historical info especially about the US. I was shocked to discover the amount of "mystery" that exists in Georgia vis a vis Native American "secrets." Generally when someone writes a "mystery search book" it takes place in Europe or the Mideast. Instead, the plot, the first one, begins in Georgia.
The bad guys are really bad. They kill people for knowing stuff, for not knowing stuff, or for maybe knowing stuff. In addition, the good guys need guns, but they aren't the ones killing the bad guys. No the bad guys kill off the bad guys more often than the good guys do.
The story is continued in three books. The mystery concerns, literally, Noah's ark, the Egyptians, the Flood, American Indians, lost treasures, a really despicable bad guy, government cover-ups by government infiltrators, various thugs, mercenaries and idiots.
The search is excellent. And yes, there are a lot of "stupid" things going on, such as the "good guys" don't even think about anyone bugging their offices or homes. Geez, come on. I was also shocked at how "trusting" these guys were. I mean, I suspected everyone, they didn't.
BUT, the story is a really good treatment of a search, it is logical and it is fun and it is informative
However, these books need editing. At the end of the second book two pieces of info are given to the hero. He notes it and is shocked. However, at the beginning of the third book he is shocked by something that happens, which should not have shocked him as he already, supposedly, knew about it. Minor point, but irritating.
I finished the third book and immediately started on the The Grecian Manifesto, which is not part of the trilogy. It is good too.
I have ordered all the books that Mr. Dempsey has written, except one because it is only on Kindle.
The story begins with Tommy Schultz giving Frank Borringer, a professor at Kennisaw State University, a stone disc with writings on one side. The message was written in four separate dead languages and Borringer was one of the few people who could decipher it. Once done, Frank puts the message in an envelope and drops it in the mail. This was done just in time as Borringer was murdered by a German who was after the translation.
Tommy Schultz, a childhood friend of Sean Wyatt, was willed millions of dollars by his parents and used the money to found the IAA, or International Archaeological Agency. Schultz is kidnapped by the German in order for him to help find the four chambers of gold that legend attributed to the Cherokee Indians. Meanwhile, Sean was finishing up an interview with Allyson Webster, a journalist for the Atlanta Sentinel, when a group of mercenaries tried to kill him. The instincts and training he received from Axis kicked in and Sean was able to put down his attackers and flee the scene with Allyson in tow.
Detective Trent Morris and his partner Will Hastings were assigned to head up the murder investigation. Morris had reason to believe that Wyatt was involved and was implicated in the murder of Frank Borringer and the kidnapping of Tommy Schultz. Sean and Allyson were on the run with their main goal of finding his friend Tommy. Sean enlists the help of his friend Joe McElroy, who was an expert in Native American cultures. Tommy, forced to help the German, and Sean were in a race to see who would be the first to find the chambers. One clue led to another as they went to state parks all over Georgia to decipher the riddle of the stones.
Dempsey mixes fact with fiction and legend as he develops a theory on the origins of Native Americans on the North American continent.. The book is filled with action and suspense and we get a history lesson in the process. The book was hard to put down and I finished it in rather a short time. A betrayal by one of the characters caught me off guard and set the stage for the next novel. While I do not agree with Dempsey's theory, it did provide some food for thought. The only negative I found was a poor job of editing, but I am willing to overlook that. If you are a fan of the Da Vinci code, then you will enjoy this book as I did. I look forward to the further adventures of Sean Wyatt.
Mr. Dempsey spends just enough time with descriptions not to bore you. I would recommend this book to others that have an interest in history, archaeology, and the combination of both.
I have already purchased the next two books in this trilogy and am half way through A Clerics Vault.
Worse is the lumping of all Native Americans together and 'theorizing' they came from Egypt. Let's put all that nonsense to bed forever.