City of Gold (Matthew Connor Adventure Series, #1)

City of Gold (Matthew Connor Adventure Series, #1)

by Carolyn Arnold

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Action-adventure books for the mystery lover. In this series, modern-day archaeologist and adventurer Matthew Connor travels the globe with his two closest friends to unearth treasure and discover legends the world has all but forgotten. Indiana Jones meets the twenty-first century.

Finding the Incas' lost City of Gold would be the discovery of a lifetime. But failing could mean her death…

Archaeologist Matthew Connor and his friends Cal and Robyn are finally home after a dangerous retrieval expedition in India. While they succeeded in obtaining the priceless Pandu artifact they sought, it almost cost them their lives. Still, Matthew is ready for the next adventure. Yet when new intel surfaces indicating the possible location of the legendary City of Gold, Matthew is hesitant to embark on the quest.

Not only is the evidence questionable but it means looking for the lost city of Paititi far away from where other explorers have concentrated their efforts. As appealing as making the discovery would be, it's just too risky. But when Cal's girlfriend, Sophie, is abducted by Matthew's old nemesis who is dead-set on acquiring the Pandu statue, Matthew may be forced into action. Saving Sophie's life means either breaking into the Royal Ontario Museum to steal the relic or offering up something no one in his or her right mind can refuse—the City of Gold. 

Now Matthew and his two closest friends have to find a city and a treasure that have been lost for centuries. And they only have seven days to do it. As they race against the clock, they quickly discover that the streets they seek aren't actually paved with gold, but with blood.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940152726916
Publisher: Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.
Publication date: 11/27/2015
Series: Matthew Connor Adventure Series , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 200,430
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international best-selling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.

Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

She currently lives just west of Toronto with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada.

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City of Gold (Matthew Connor Adventure Series, #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
JGuyone More than 1 year ago
I love adventure thrillers, especially when treasure hunters have to fight off evil challengers in order to secure long-forgotten antiquities. I thought Author Carolyn Arnold did a masterful job of setting the stage, but thought she got a bit hasty at the end when Matthew Connor and his friends were returning to the U.S. from deep inside Bolivia. That said, I loved the characters and their interactions, and I look forward to seeing what kind of trouble lies around the corner for Matt, Cal and Robyn. Arnold has earned a place on my bookshelf next to David Wood and Ernest Dempsey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book in a new genre.
SherryF More than 1 year ago
I love treasure hunting and am very excited to travel to South America to search for the Lost City of Gold with Carolyn Arnold. Matthew was the reason Cal was the Indiana Jones type, a modern day treasure hunter. An adrenaline junkie and thrill seeker. Danger is part of his game. Matthew, and his friends, Cal and Robyn…could danger have followed them home? Sophie has ‘feelings’ and they are not good ones. Have you heard of the Lost City of Gold? Carolyn Arnold made me curious enough, I had to Google Patiti, Bolivia and El Dorado. Check it out for yourself. Due to circumstances beyond their control, their journey is thrown together, with less research and planning than the other adventures they had been on. Danger looms from more than the jungle. She came from his past and all their lives are on the line. A cross between Indiana Jones and the Lost World, without the dinosaurs, add a kidnapping, and a lot of action and adventure in the jungle and I find it impossible to go wrong with City of Gold by Carolyn Arnold. I loved the book and I am super excited to have my hands on the next adventure in the series, The Secret of the Last Pharoah. I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of City of Gold by Carolyn Arnold.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Between the dialog and storyline lies a corny piece of fiction that must have been written for a 12 year old.
Harpist More than 1 year ago
Excellent book! It is a gripping adventure with all the necessary twists and turns to keep me up at night reading. Well-told story. I can't wait to read the next book in the Matthew Connor series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The gold fever is in Matt and his friends blood. They are coerced in finding the lost city after Cals girlfriend is kidnapped. The story had many twists and turns to make the reader want more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot has a slow start but once the main action began, it was very interesting and engaging.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great ancient historical adventure. Characters are well thought out. You see them as your friends, and root for them as such. They are on a quest to save a kidnapped from death. Many perils on the way that must be overcome. A definite great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to put down. Well writen with a fast moving story line. You learn to root for the good guys and feel glad when the bad guys get thier due.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great group of characters! And a page turner!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the intrigue and story line, but felt the end was rushed, but still a great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Strong characters and an interesting plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a page turner that was ever so hard to put down. Well written, and very enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
beckvalleybooks More than 1 year ago
This book has everything, kidnap, murder, police investigation and the hunt for lost treasure. A real page turner full of thrills and emotion with excellent descriptive writing and characters that jump out of the pages and come to life. The story takes us on a rip roaring roller coaster of a ride through the jungle to find a hidden city of gold in order to save his girlfriend from a kidnapper. A lot of research has obviously gone into this novel, I feel the story is a cross between the Indiana Jones stories and the old Tarzan adventures with a mythological creature and old fashioned defence mechanisms thrown in. The chapters are small and the story flows smoothly. I think each reader will pick out their favourite character and will want them to succeed. A riveting read for all adventures lovers who have an interest in history. I enjoyed this book along with the authors other novels and anyone who likes adventure mystery and suspense will enjoy it too.
Cowgirl2Fireman More than 1 year ago
An exciting and mysterious adventure! City of Gold is an adventurous tale that will give you some history of the Incas while the treasure hunters are searching for the City of Gold. The beginning was a little slow for me yet at the same time held some intrigue that I had to continue to read to find out what was going on. I never anticipated the different twists and turns that happened throughout the story. When you think that is the last thing that they could encounter, something else happens. There was so much intrigue and action that I didn’t want to put the book down. Carolyn Arnold really knows how to build up the suspense and keep just enough action to keep your attention up to the very last page. Carolyn Arnold has written a fantastic story with characters that are well developed and engaging. Every character has challenges that they have to work through that adds to it. Carolyn’s stories are brilliantly written, entertaining, and enthralling. This is a definite winner from this author. I can’t wait to read the next adventure that involves Matthew Connor. This is the second book that I have read by Carolyn Arnold and will certainly not be my last. I was not disappointed at all. I recommend City of Gold to anyone that enjoys reading an adventurous mystery with unexpected twists and turns.
BookMomto6 More than 1 year ago
I was always a fan of the very first Indiana Jones movie. As more were made, they got too hard to really believe in but Carolyn Arnold has restored my faith in that archaeology/mystery genre with her Matthew Connor Adventure Series. While I have long like Arnold's Brandon Fisher FBI and Madison Knight books, I was hesitant that the love would carry over to an adventure series like this. I was so wrong. Arnold has all of the locations down. Her descriptions of the areas Connor and friends are in amazes me. They made me feel like I was there. The characters in this new series are amazing. There is everything from romantic/sexual tension to deep friendships to family dynamics. All of this runs in the background of treasure hunting. I know that a true archaeologist would not call it treasure hunting but these are much more fascinating than the average dig. I definitely recommend this book and am looking forward to the next in the series. I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
theresjonesie More than 1 year ago
I remember going to the theatre to see Indiana Jones when it first came out (I know, I’m giving away my age), and it quickly became one of my favorite movies. It was so exciting and Harrison Ford was perfect for the part. So, when I started reading this book, I kept seeing Indie as the main character, Matthew Connor. How couldn’t I? The book starts out with him and his two friends running through India. They have found the coveted Pandu artifact and are being chased by bad guys. They make it out alive and come back home to Ontario, where the statue is put into the Royal Ontario Museum’s collection. As they are settling in, Matthew's friend and photographer on their archaeological expeditions, Cal’s girlfriend is kidnapped. The kidnapper demands the Pandu in exchange for her life. Because the artifact is already in the possession of the museum and is too risky to try to steal, Matthew suggests a different reward. Paititi, the fabled City of Gold. Can Matthew, Robyn and Cal lead the kidnapper’s goons to the City of Gold, with little to go on in the way of location? You have to read it to find out. This was a fast-paced and exciting read. With unexpected things happening all the way through, this was a difficult book to put down. I can’t wait for the next book in this series. If you’re a fan of adventure and archaeology, you definitely want to read this one. I received this book for free from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
ebookaddictsuk More than 1 year ago
Delve into the fast pace, deadly world of treasure hunting that will have you gripped from the very start! Matthew Connor is an archaeologist by day but by night he is Gideon Barnes renowned treasure hunter - only a few people know his true identity and not even his father has any idea about his sons alter ego of Gideon, all he knows is that he can find just about treasure in the world. The start of this book will pull you in with a fast paced race through the jungle and a heart thumping jump into a waterfall for Gideon(Matthew), Cal and co' as they dodge bullets to get the treasure home in piece as well as their lives intact. From here we are met with Matthew's father getting suspicious to the elusive Gideon who never shows up to promote his finds, a kidnapping and the prospect of finding the lost Inca City of Gold. I loved the Indiana Jones movies and if you are fan you will love this book! It is fast paced, thrilling and will have you on the edge of your seat as you follow Matthew and his team on their search to find the myth of the City Gold in the Bolivian jungle and save Cal's girlfriend at the same time. I am looking forward to reading more in the Matthew Connor series, whilst it is slightly different to Arnold's usual FBI/Police procedural books this is just as thrilling and engaging and she is fast becoming a favourite for this genre for me. I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
LynchburgMama More than 1 year ago
I got my hands on one of Arnold's books a few years ago and loved her style. She is very well-versed in the subject at hand - from the FBI to Archaeologists, this author does her digging! (See what I did there...this book features an archaeologist and I said "digging"...okay, okay, I know, bad joke...) As a child of the 80's/90's, I am drawn to mystery and intrigue with a whirlwind adventure. I thoroughly enjoyed that Arnold took her typical detective route into a historical direction without losing that bite that she puts down as you read. City of Gold fulfills your need for a thriller while giving you a cozy feeling with believable, strong characters. They are willing to fight to save one another and even willing to give up the one thing that they have spent a large piece of their lives searching for to save a friend. I'm looking forward to the many adventures that Matthew Connor and his friends face! A must-read for those who love mystery, history, thrilling story-lines, with a touch of Indiana Jones/Ben Gates feel! I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
lifeasleels More than 1 year ago
City of Gold is unlike Carolyn Arnold’s previous books. Previous books I have read were mysteries that required being solved. City of Gold is a kidnapping, a treasure hunt, and a hostage situation all in one. We know all the key players but we have no idea what surprises lurk While it lacked the “who done it” mystery, this suspenseful adventure was a great read! I cannot wait to read what treasure seeking adventure we go on next! City of Gold definitely has enough of a thrill to keep you engrossed and engaged!
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
If this novel isn't made into a movie I will be VERY surprised!! It definitely reminded me of Indiana Jones (one of my favorite movie series of all times!!) There are enough thrills and twists and turns to keep the attention of any lover of adventure thrillers. I also enjoyed reading about the history of the ancient Inca civilization. I read this novel in one sitting--no way was I going to put it down!! I will let you read the description below the book--just know that Carolyn Arnold is one author that I will be continually following--yes--she is that good!!
sleepygirl More than 1 year ago
I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I am a new Carolyn Arnold fan and I'm enjoying getting to know her different characters. I usually read one series at a time, but somehow it hasn't worked that way this time. The first book of hers I read was Remnants, which was not the first in the Brandon Fisher FBI series, but I plan on reading the rest of that series. The second one I read was The Day Job is Murder which is the first in the McKinley Mysteries and I'll be reading the second book in that series soon. City of Gold is the first in the Matthew Connor Adventure series and it's my favorite Carolyn Arnold book so far.  I like Carolyn Arnold's writing style. The dialogue is enjoyable, witty, and her descriptions make things come alive. They can be a little lengthy occasionally but that's just my personal preference. There are a couple of twists which make the book even more exciting.  The characters are engaging and their relationships are complex. Matthew's relationships seem to be the most complex, not only with his father but with the women in his life. City of Gold is full of adventure and suspense. It definitely reminds me of Indiana Jones and I love those movies. Along with the adventure, though, back home is a detective doing solid police work. I hope he'll be in future Matthew Connor books. I definitely recommend City of Gold for anyone who enjoys adventure and suspense and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
IReadWhatYouWrite More than 1 year ago
I am new to this author, but won’t be a stranger for long, this is easily one oft he best books I will read all year. The first paragraph sucks you in and then hang on for a non stop, pulse pounding ride. Matthew Connor is an archaeologist. He and his closest friends Robyn, the curator of a major metropolitan museum and Cal, a travel photographer, make up a treasure hunting team, the likes of which would make Indiana Jones proud. Like Indy, Matt has a nemesis who doesn’t mind playing dirty to get the goods. When Cal’s girlfriend Sophie is kidnapped in order to retrieve an artifact the team had found, the team must make a trek into the South American Jungle to find the fabled Incan lost City of Gold to use as leverage to get her back. The first thing that struck me about this story was how it appeals to the five senses. I could feel bullets whipping by and hear the splintering of the trees. I could smell the perfumed guests at the party. I was trapped in underground tunnels and felt my heart bursting for air while under feet of water. This was an interactive reading experience. The characters are brought to a life-like status. Each carries his or his her own emotional attachment for the readers and none are unimportant. One would expect Matt and his team to carry the story with their adventures, with tagalong bad guys, into the jungle and underground caves with all the inherent dangers and traps along away the way, and they do. However, just as much is taking place back in Toronto where police and Matt’s team are closing in on their investigation of Sophie’s disappearance. There wasn’t a dull moment in this book. I highly recommend this high octane thriller. 5 stars I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
MariaD1 More than 1 year ago
Good Beginning for New Action/Adventure Series I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour for a fair and honest review and rated it 4 out of 5 Stars. Once upon a time I wanted to be an archeologist and planned on becoming the next “Erica Baron” (Robin Cook’s heroine in Sphinx) traveling the world and discovering priceless artifacts of history. While my real life didn’t take off in that direction, I have never lost my love of history, archeology and stories about treasure hunting. Getting a chance to read and review City of Gold, a new mystery and treasure hunting series by Carolyn Arnold, was something I really couldn’t wait to do. Ms. Arnold does a great job with the prologue; a discovered treasure, a chase through the forest, a waterfall jump and more than plenty of lively commentary between the three “treasure hunters” to keep a reader turning the page. While the rest of the book doesn’t necessarily keep up that pace, it’s a good beginning and lets the readers get to know the characters involved. While Matthew Connor is the main character, and the archeologist/treasure hunter in charge, he doesn’t work alone and it was nice to see a team that includes a woman. I don’t want to give away too many spoilers of the book but I will say that their adventure, which begins with a golden statue from India, takes them half way around the world to South America on a quest to find the lost City of Gold, aka El Dorado, in order to save a friend who’s been kidnapped. There’s plenty of tension, angst and bad guys to keep the reader entertained and guessing as to what’s going to happen next. Will Matthew and his team find the City of Gold? Will they rescue their friend and get to take credit for their discovery? Or will the price of treasure hunting be too high this time around? You’ll have to read City of Gold to find out, I enjoyed it and look forward to reading the next book in this series.