All archaeology student Jane Barnaby had to do was deliver a box of pottery shards to her professor at his dig site, along with his new car. Yes, his office was in Oxfordshire, and his dig site was in Spain, a trip of 1,400 miles across three countries and two bodies of water. Still, it should have been simple.
That is, until everything went wrong.
Now, Jane has the wrong box and is being chased by thieves who want it and aren't particular about how they get what they want.
Add to that, she's picked up a pair of passengers who both claim they can help her get her professor's pottery back and return the artifacts to their rightful owner. If only she knew who was working with the thieves and who she can trust in this high-stakes game of finders keepers.
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About the Author
J.J. (James) DiBenedetto was born in Yonkers, New York. He attended Case Western Reserve university, where as his classmates can attest, he was a complete nerd. Very little has changed since then. He currently lives in Arlington, Virginia with his beautiful wife and their cat (who has thoroughly trained them both). When he's not writing, James works in the direct marketing field, enjoys the opera, photography and the New York Giants, among other interests. The "Dreams" series is James' first published work.
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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite Finders Keepers by J.J. DiBenedetto introduces readers in an unforgettable way to The Jane Barnaby Adventures, a series that seems very promising. Jane Barnaby receives the simple assignment to transport her archaeology professor’s tool box and car from Oxfordshire to an archaeological site in Spain, a distance of 1,400 miles. It would have been an easy task except for the fact that Jane picks up the wrong box and it just happens that it contains a coveted treasure, one that people will kill to lay their hands on. The box she carries contains artifacts from Ancient Egypt and this makes Jane a target. This breathtaking story presents nonstop action that will entertain readers immensely as they watch Jane and her companions — fake or real — racing against time and distance, fleeing from enemies they cannot name. A brilliant plot, out-of-the-box and utterly engaging characters, and heart-stopping suspense are elements that make this story a fun read. I love Egypt and everything about its history and tradition, but it wasn’t the idea of Egyptian artifacts that gripped my attention so much. It was this urge to know what would happen to the artifacts, in whose hands would they be found at the end of the story, and how the archaeology professor would react when he discovers the wrong item has been picked up. But there is so much action for the reader to speculate upon. J.J. DiBenedetto knows just how to build up the tension in readers. He’ll have you enthralled, turning the pages, and plagued with the desire to find out what will happen to the lovely protagonist. The writing is polished and beautiful. Finders Keepers is the book that will excite and entertain readers beyond measure. Highly recommended!
Imagine being the prey in a car chase and having to drive on what you perceive as the "wrong" side of the road, in a totally unfamiliar car, and the directions are wanting. That's all the spoiler you get, so I don't insult the author. The publisher's blurb is fair at hinting the plot, but doesn't tell you what a great imagination wrote this, or how totally interesting he makes it. The writing draws you in and holds your attention (good thing it is not awfully long, or there would be no sleeping), the characters are all too realistic. I am looking forward to more! This book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBOOM.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, AND DEVELOPMENT: This is an action filled novel with skillful character development and plotting. The plots just keep coming; Jane questions her opinion of her sidekicks, their intentions, and her attraction to Alex. "Obviously this man wasn't just gorgeous, with a killer voice and charm to spare-he had real talent and serious brains going for him as well. He was too good to be true." Ms. Dibenedetto kept the drama at high peak as her characters race to find the original box of antiquities, elude the thieves, solve the mystery, and retrieve Professor Welldon's box. Ms. Dibenedetto's talent in keeping the suspense at high pitch was clear. I thought several times I had the plot worked out, to find I was wrong. At first I found Jane an odd duck; she has a memory tree on campus under which she places one rock a day at the base as she talks to her deceased mother. However I came to understand, this is just part of Jane's personality. She is a quirky American with a lot of moxie, courage, strength, smarts, and oh boy, can that girl drive a car! Look out "Smokey and The Bandit", here comes Jane. I howled with laughter reading some of the scenes Ms. Dibenedetto created. I liked Jayne's character quite a lot. "....Pure instinct or maybe the spirit of Burt Reynolds taking hold of her for an instance. Without warning she shifted straight into reverse, turning the wheel hard to the left. She heard screaming, she couldn't tell if it was hers or Tom's and she saw a black blur as the BMW blew past on the right, clearing her with an inch or two to spare. .....That was her cue to go straight back into first gear and floor it." Tom's conversations with himself were hilarious. "The girl....(Jane)simply had to be a lunatic. There was no other explanation...It had to be her American upbringing. That was it. They were all crazy. Grandfather Alfred had strong opinions bout them. .....Tommy if you get mixed up with one of them when they're on a mission you've only two choices. Hang on for ride, or get the hell out-of-the-way" Ms. Dibenedetto portrayal of Alex and Tom was intriguing and skillful. Was Alex a villain or an innocent bystander assisting Jane in her quest to find the antiquities or was their meeting on the ferry prearranged by the thieves? Alex was sigh worthy with a large portion of "is he trust worthy". Is Tom a hero or a villain? Was he really an employee of the Bodleian Library or was he part of the theft ring? Have they suddenly appeared to help her or harm her? So many questions, have no fear, Ms. Dibenedetto will weave all the threads together, answer all your questions and create a cohesive tale of theft and mystery. The pacing of the book was spot on as Ms. Dibenedetto kept the action, suspense, and mystery at top-level. I could not wait to see who was the villain, who was the friend, and how the thieves instigated their plan. Was Tom their inside man or was Alex the dastardly villain? You will become invested in Jane and her adventure. RECOMMENDATION: I recommend this book to anyone that likes a solid mystery adventure. I look forward to installment 2 with Jane and her future adventures. I received this book from the author and publisher in return for an honest book review. Book reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion; book reviews on line under my name and on my blog are my opinion.