The Last Conquistador

The Last Conquistador

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by Michael Elias

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A series of child abductions in Peru leads an FBI agent and an archaeologist to uncover the ultimate secret of the Inca Empire

On a Peruvian Andes mountaintop, archaeology professor Nina Ramirez and her students make two stunning discoveries: the five-hundred-year-old mummy of an Inca girl, the victim of ritual sacrifice, and in another


A series of child abductions in Peru leads an FBI agent and an archaeologist to uncover the ultimate secret of the Inca Empire

On a Peruvian Andes mountaintop, archaeology professor Nina Ramirez and her students make two stunning discoveries: the five-hundred-year-old mummy of an Inca girl, the victim of ritual sacrifice, and in another grave, the corpse of a recently kidnapped boy wearing the same ancient costume. Child abductions are being reported throughout Peru, and when an American boy is snatched in Lima, FBI agent Adam Palma is assigned to the case.
At the home of a manic artist who was the sole survivor of similar kidnappings in 1962, Adam is shown a disturbing mural depicting the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro. In the painting, the conquistador’s face looks exactly like his own. Adam teams up with Nina, and with the help of a mysterious boy named Quiso, their investigation takes them deep into the Amazon jungle in a search for a lost city of the Incas, where the ancient sacrificial rituals may still be alive. As Quiso leads Nina and Adam closer to the city and its secrets, Adam realizes that the only way to save the kidnapped children is to make the past repeat itself. Adam, like his distant ancestor Pizarro, must square off against an Inca high priest.

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Publishers Weekly
The debut novel from veteran screenwriter Elias (The Jerk) spins the improbable premise of the Inca Empire surviving into modern-day Peru into a surprisingly believable, if not particularly surprising, tale. Archeologist Nina Ramirez is leading a research trip in the Andes when she discovers, near an ancient Incan mummy, a young boy's freshly deposited corpse. Her old flame, Adam Palma, a fearless FBI hostage retrieval specialist, comes to Lima to investigate the abduction of a U.S. State Department employee's child, which follows a pattern of disappearances of other young people, including cartel chieftain Olivero Contrero's son. Adam—a possible descendant of Francisco Pizarro—enlists Nina to help determine if someone is trying to revive the ancient Inca tradition of human sacrifice. This neo-pulp adventure story succeeds, despite a far-fetched and potentially xenophobic premise, through sure-footed storytelling and an evident respect and affection for Peru's history. Agent: Ed Victor, Ed Victor Literary Agency. (June)
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“A chilling, thrilling experience. Elias takes us on an exciting journey to a spine-chilling place where the past and present come together in an ancient, but very modern, tale of kidnapped children and Latin American intrigue. Archeologist Nina Ramirez and FBI Agent Adam Palma’s trek to the other world where the dead come alive is a breathtaking whodunit. Put aside your National Geographic and shut off the Discovery Channel; The Last Conquistador is a great visual trip into the unknown.” —Clancy Sigal, author of Hemingway Lives! and Going Away
“Hats off! For those who think there is nothing new under the sun, I suggest they consider Michael Elias’s wonderfully original novel, The Last Conquistador, in which an FBI agent improbably crosses paths with Francisco Pizarro, conqueror of Peru. Elias has done his homework and he writes evocatively of other times and places, spinning an enthralling tale you haven’t heard before.” —Nicholas Meyer, author of The Seven-Per-Cent Solution
The Last Conquistador is a rare thing: a gripping thriller married to a mystery that has perplexed archaeologists for centuries—the existence of an Inca city that disappeared some 400 years ago. Elias has written a fast moving novel about a modern day Peru that can’t escape its past.” —David Freeman, author of A Hollywood Education and It’s All True
“In The Last Conquistador, Michael Elias weaves history, mythology, and romance into an exotic thriller with heart-stopping suspense. It’s an unforgettable journey.” —Aimee Liu, author of Flash House and Cloud Mountain
“To the great ‘Lost World’ tradition of history-fantasy literature created by H. Rider Haggard, continuing through Edgar Rice Burroughs and Jules Verne, and flourishing with Michael Crichton and James Preston, comes Michael Elias’s rollickingly entertaining The Last Conquistador. To his gritty portrayal of contemporary Peru, brilliantly researched recreations of Incan Peru in its royal heyday, with all its ancient pomp and human sacrifice, plus a hot-blooded romance between a Hispanic FBI agent and his long-lost archaeologist lover, Elias brings a veteran screenwriter’s gift for cinematic immediacy to this stunningly imaginative high adventure. The confidence behind its riveting blend of fast-paced modern thriller and time-traveling Lost City setting updates the genre and leaves us panting for a sequel.”   —Peter Nabokov, author of Where the Lightning Strikes: The Lives of American Indian Sacred Places

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Open Road Integrated Media LLC
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Meet the Author

Michael Elias is a screenwriter and director. His credits include The Jerk, Serial, The Frisco Kid, Envoyez les Violins, and Young Doctors in Love. He wrote and directed the acclaimed jazz film Lush Life, starring Jeff Goldblum and Forest Whitaker. Elias lives in Los Angeles with his son, Fred, and his partner, Bianca Roberts, a vice president of the California Institute of the Arts. The Last Conquistador is his first novel.   

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The Last Conquistador 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS The Last Conquistador is entertaining. I would love to visit the Inca tunnels of Peru and see some of the ruins. It is a believable way how the lost city stays hidden in the Amazon. Their was a few parts that I got confused in but overall a good read. Nina is leading a archaeology and they find two mummies. The problem one of them is still fresh, but done exactly like the old Inca mummies rituals. Her group hurries back to the city to report the child murder. The group was followed by Quiso a young Inca boy. They took his brother away. He must follow and retrieve his brothers body so he can rest in peace. Quiso is very brave and smart. He has never been to the Spanish city or ride in moving cars. Adam is a FBI Agent and when a American child is kidnapped he is sent into try and find him. While he is there a few more kidnapped children are taken. A Inca mirror is left in place. He finds out that it has happened before years ago children are taken and not asked for any ransom. Later they are returned with no memory. This book is full of drama, history, real live events but it also brings a Inca city to life in a believable way. What life might be like for a isolated city from the world. It is easy to get lost in the story and want more of it. I really like the character Quiso. He is brave does what he thinks is right. The other characters have likable traits and some not so likable ones. I was given this ebook and asked to give honest review of it when I was done reading by Netgalley. publication: June 25th 2013 by Open Road E-riginal 286 pages ISBN: 1480400033
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters were very likeable. The story was good, if a little far-fetched, but enjoyable. I would recommend reading it and looking for more books by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
[edit] I found all of the characters really entertaining, especially FBI agent Adam. I learned a lot about the Incan empire and the bits and touches of "mythical" elements that Elias wove into the plot line of the kidnappings made it even better. I found myself wanted to travel to the hidden Inca city - walk through the secret tunnels and admire the ruins. Everyone who wants a quick, yet engulfing read should absolutely read this book!
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Unpleasant characters, unlikely plot, and highly improbable archeological procedures and discoveries combine to make this a pretty mediocre book. And, of course, the Incax were not a culture to be celebrated, to put it mildly.