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Posted September 16, 2000
In his debut novel, Michael Marcotte proves he is a master storyteller more credible than Clive Cussler. His authentic characters and details bring his exciting tale to life, and like an ancient fable, the reader comes away with a far greater gift than the gold relics sought in his adventure story. It is the wisdom found in 'Gold in the Shadow.'Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
<P>Oklahoma anthropologist Rachel Carson Aguila worries about her twin brother Kenny, a pilot, whose plane allegedly went down somewhere in the Peruvian side of the Amazon Jungle. Having spent some time there amidst the local populations, Rachel knows first hand how dangerous the beautiful terrain and its people can be to an outsider. Unable to patiently sit back when her only living relative is in danger, Rachel flies to Peru to encourage local search missions. <P>In Peru, American Egyptologist Dr. Harold Gallagher recognizes Rachel from her university days. He informs his expedition leader Max Arnold that she may be the only white person in the world who speaks Yaminhua, a local Indian dialect. Max realizes that she is the answer to a prayer, as the expedition party desperately needs someone to talk with the dangerous Yaminhua when they enter the territory. He uses the downed plane to persuade Rachel to join his team seeking a treasure from a three thousand years old map of stone found in Morocco by the jungle guide Tristan Sloan. If she wants to save her brother, the conniving Max seems her only chance, but he knows her sibling is safe in a remote area of Bolivia. <P>GOLD IN THE SHADOWS is an exciting anthropologic-archeological thriller that works because of the powerfully but divergent cast. The thrilling story line entertains the audience with its non-stop action. However, the tale clearly belongs to the characters including the jungle. All the key players are fully developed so readers understand their motives including the cruel mad Max. Michael Marcotte shows he is a talented author who provides fans with a gratifying novel worth reading. <P>Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 21, 2000
Marcotte has written a thoroughly delightful novel of suspense, adventure and even terror. This book had no problem keeping my interest . He created a story that is both incredible enough to be exciting and believable enough to be scary. While I didn't enjoy all aspects, namely the convenient wrapup, I would recommend this book to anyone.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 17, 2000
Set aside a whole weekend for this one! I was not able to put it down. Gold in the Shadow is so well written that its rich visual images will transport you to the scene. Pack your imaginary backpack for a dangerous trek deep into the steamy tropical rain forests of the Amazon. When you finally catch your breath, you'll wonder if you didn't really live this adventure yourself in some other more exciting but forgotten life. Whether you are an adventurer in real life or just at heart, you will truly enjoy this book. I highly recommend it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.