I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is mostly set in Mexico. The primary characters are Dr. Nathan Hill, an anthropologist at UCLA and Audra Chang, a DEA agent working undercover.
A popular televangelist, Luke Clinton is under surveilance by the DEA. He has a mission in rural Mexico and it is thought that he has some ties to a drug cartel. Chang has been placed in his employment to discover if there are any irregularities.
A shaman in Mexico, Kish, is passed a box with secrets by his mentor. The contents causes Kish to set in motion a plan to get Hill and a few select others to his remote village. He offers them, through intermediary Clinton, something ancient that is worth the risks they might endure. Chang gets involved when Clinton asks her to accompany the expedition as his representative.
Hill, along with Chang and a couple of others head to Mexico on a quick expedition guided by Kish to search for hidden secrets. There are hidden motives for the trip and before long all of their plans are disrupted. Complicating all of this is interest by the drug cartel that has indeed been working with Clinton.
I thought that this was an interesting 8.5 hour read of 404 pages. This is more of an adventure story than anything, with the pursuit of ancient artifacts interwoven with intrigue. I liked the characters and the plot, though it was a little dull at times. There was a bit of action, but certainly nothing ‘edge-of-your-seat’. I liked the cover art for the book. It does a good job at hinting at what is to come. I give this novel a 3.8 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.
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