My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Nick, a presumed archeologist in Mesoamerican migrations (an apparent excuse to info dump historical tid-bits for the reader but little else) with his new indigenous girlfriend investigates the death of his treasure hunter dad. A big bad drug runner dreams of restoring the Aztec empire beyond its historical boundaries. A legendary Aztec treasure, long hidden from Conquistadors … this story has all of the elements for a fun and interesting diversion ...
I did NOT expect the drama (I was hoping for something more like a Cussler action story). The historical POV was mostly as expected, with a little moral preaching that was a blatant appeal to emotion, but over all pretty decent if you don’t mind revisionist history. The current day POV (the bulk of the story) was a frat party drama that was totally unexpected and didn’t really appeal to me much. Not only was there way too much trivial detail and pointless dialogue … which made the story drag significantly (hard to skim over these as an audiobook, but you can tune out a bit). Seriously … we don’t need all of that background for each character dumped on us all at once (and we def don’t need you to repeat it later). I suppose that could be somewhat expected in what amounts to an origin story for the main protagonist, but there are enough tropes throw in that the story comes across as a mechanical paint-by-the-numbers piece that was interesting, but lacked any plot tension to really pull the reader/listener into it.
I was given this free advance review/listener copy (ARC) audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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