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Several years after the end of World War II in the Pacific, a San Francisco travel writer is assigned to a bizarre search in Dutch New Guinea: find a remote native temple ...
Several years after the end of World War II in the Pacific, a San Francisco travel writer is assigned to a bizarre search in Dutch New Guinea: find a remote native temple said to have scores of human skulls with silver dollars embedded in the eye sockets.
An ex-GI who stole into the temple in 1945 swears that some of the dollars were dated 1804, the most valuable rare coin date in the world! As news of his mission leaks out, the writer is mugged, slugged, drugged, and duped as other adventurers join in the race to reach the Temple of Skulls before it is engulfed in a cataclysmic volcanic eruption.
Posted November 22, 2000
This book is a well-written story that will take you back in time to Dutch New Guinea shortly after World War II. The book is filled with action, adventure, hidden treasure, native head hunters and wondeful descriptions of the islands of Dutch New Guinea. I found the story compelling and couldn't put the book down until I finished. It reminds me of a Humphrey Bogart/Lauren Bacall movie. Recommended!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 4, 2000
Set in the early 1950's, The Silver Dollar Eyes features San Francisco newspaperman Hal Decker, who is on assignment to revisit some hot spots in the Pacific theater of World War II, and to report on the changes time has wrought. Hal carries with him the scant but intriguing details of an adventure experienced by a group of American servicemen who, during the war, stumbled across a hut full of human skulls, each with silver dollars wedged into the gaping eye sockets. It's possible, he's told, that some of the coins are rare and valuable. In pursuit of his story, Hal encounters an interesting collection of characters while island-hopping around New Guinea,among them: not one, but two beautiful young women who may not be quite what they seem; a glad-handing Australian who acts a little too friendly at times; an aged and wealthy Oriental with a perverted hobby; and a whole tribe of angry headhunters. Along the way, Hal and various companions brawl and drink and drift through uncharted waters to savage islands, risking their lives time and again as they spiral ever closer to the truth about the skulls with silver dollar eyes. The action is fierce, the characters are well-rounded, the dialogue rings true to the ear, and the tropical settings are rendered with the eye of a seasoned traveler who's been there and done that. With a plot that twists and turns like a venomous snake stalking its prey, The Silver Dollar Eyes is guaranteed to entertain in the old-fashioned tradition of 'The Moonstone.'Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 30, 2000
Anyone interested in adventure will find this hard to put down. The author has dedicated his novel 'to the men of Co.B 543rd Engineer Boat and Shore Regiment U.S. Army for their steadfast devotion and sacrifices while serving in New Guinea and the Philippines.' This is a tale of intrigue beginning in San Francisco shortly after WW2 and taking the reader into the wilds of Dutch New Guinea after the the almost mystical 1804 silver dollars, the rarest and most prized of US coins. Every page held my interest and the action never seemed to wane. Those who have read 'The Maltese Falcon,' and have longed for something to come their way with the same hold on the imagination, will not be disappointed in this read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.