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Solomon's Throne Paperback – July 14, 2012
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About the Author
Born and raised in Rockledge, Florida, Jennings spent her early years reading anything she could get her hands on, when she wasn't spending time in and on the water. She won a prize in the 6th grade for her writing. Jennings attended the University of Tampa, graduating with a B.A. in Political Science, and almost enough credits for B.A.s in both English and History. She spent time over the years doing various kinds of script doctoring, business writing, editing, and teaching writing, but mostly having and raising her family, homeschooling her children, owning and running a business with her husband, and starting a non-profit to Uganda. Thanks to a crazy idea called NaNoWriMo, Jennings got back into creative writing in 2011 and hasn't stopped since. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband, a political writer, and two children, and travels extensively.
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I would probably tag this as a 'cozy' action/adventure novel as the storyline is all about the origin of the clues to find the treasure or the 'follow the clues' instituted by the modern day couple. A bit more travelogue than action. A combination of 'backstory' about the original artifacts and the person who is the foundation of the treasure clues and the couple who undertake to track down the clues and find the treasure keeps this from being dull.
Overall, entertaining but rather leisurely.
By Jennings Wright
This is such a superbly crafted book that it is almost self-effacing. The writing is straightforward and clear, and the various settings are described briefly, but with the kinds of revealing details that make them come to vivid life.
Although this is a plot driven book, the characters are developed enough to get a good sense of them as people and to identify with the 4 main protagonists.
In short, it has everything a good treasure hunt should have ..with the most complicated treasure map you are ever likely to encounter. Everything is here: exotic settings (covering just about the entire spice road, clues that need to be researched, interpreted and somewhat understood before they can be followed, villains who try to stop the protagonists from finding the treasure …and a treasure to be found, all laid as carefully and precisely as the finest architectural drawings.
This book won’t make you hold your breath (at least not much) because the author’s careful presentation makes the impossible sound believable, so despite the fact the people do things people shouldn’t be *able* to do, we understand just how, and can accept the actions as not just plausible, but sensible, in their way.
In fact, this is 2 stories in 1, the tale of the couple who hid the treasure, and the couple who find it eventually, and the parallels between these 2 couples and their relationships add spice to what, in the long run, turned out to be excellent mind fare.
This book had two stories going at the same time. Information that could topple the Roman Catholic church as it is today but at the same time it becomes a treasure hunt.
The bad guys aren't really that bad after all cause they're just trying to save the church with blind allegiance to their order. No one ever questioned their reason for being. Really ?
The hero's find ways to outwit the bad guys and travel all over East Africa and Iraq searching for clues and digging up historic sites and no one ever sees them doing it. Must be lucky I guess.
Then there's the treasure. No rhyme or reason why it's found where it is and how did it get there. A brief off hand remark about perhaps another point of egress existed at some time on the past. Really ?
I think that the author had a good idea and just did not know how to flesh it out very well.
The book had a lot of typos too. Someone needed to do a good proof read before making it available.
It is nothing new, but it works. I've enjoyed myself going through the various stages of this quest. Well written and utterly readable, the plot develops two parallel lines, one that follows Gideon and Rei from Cape Town to Goa, as they find and decipher the letters left by Father Eduardo, whom we simultaneously accompany as he hides his letters in a reverse trip from Goa to Cape Town, in the 17Th Century. This way, present and past intertwine in a careful mosaic of different characters and ages, resulting in and interesting as well as amusing story.
In short, I recommend this books to those readers looking for an classic entertainment.
I plan to mention this book to friends looking for a fun read with exotic locales and a bit of history in the mix. I have no doubt that if you take the time to read the book you will enjoy it.