Mining Sacred Ground

Mining Sacred Ground

by David E. Knop

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Mining Sacred Ground by David E. Knop

Ancestral spirits demand that Marine veteran Peter Romero protect the secrecy of a sacred burial ground, and the world becomes a stranger place than he’d ever understood. He is pitted against a psychotic anthropology professor in a life-and-death struggle through the hills, arroyos, and caves of central Arizona, and into another world.

When Romero’s cousin is murdered, the former military policeman is astonished that the local sheriff shows no enthusiasm for solving the crime. He is forced to recognize that, after a military career, greater danger lies ahead in his civilian life.

Romero takes up arms to mete out his own justice, but he must decide if he belongs to the world he sees, or to a spirit world in which he discovers the strength of his ancestors. He makes their power a part of his being. As a spirit warrior, Romero battles self-doubt, his wife’s threats of divorce, and local law enforcement who plan his murder. He confronts an armed gang bent on revenge, skirts federal agents intent on stopping him, and evades the deadly fire of a deranged sniper.

Aided by a wise tribal elder, Romero uncovers a tangle of clues that link his cousin’s death to trafficking in ancient treasures and a deadly conspiracy that centers him in their crosshairs. Romero combines his combat experience and the fighting skills of his ancestors to dispatch his enemies and protect an ancient secret.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781617924644
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 04/18/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 267
File size: 354 KB

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Mining Sacred Ground 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dave Knop is an excellent writer who creates realistic characters against the backdrop of the American Southwest. He paints a great picture of the environment and adds a touch of the supernatural to an already riveting story!
Gary_Stuart More than 1 year ago
Dave Knop's "Mining Sacred Ground" is a story richly told, about people we care about, in a setting we've all seen, and that answers the most important question readers always ask: What happens next? Knop is uniquely sensitive to the cultural and historic issues he so deftly presents. His new book shares, in the best sense of 21st Century fiction, the injustice, the absurdity, and the richness of the world he paints. You cannot read this book without a sense of looking inside a world that no longer exists, hoping that it was all true, and fearing that it was not. He is a master plotter, but still manages to keep his voice inside the characters and never strays outside the story lines. I loved it. Too many novelists follow a tired track of conflict, crisis, and resolution, because that time-honored paradigm often works for readers. But Knop, and his Marine protagonist know that there is only one plot in this kind of fiction ("Stranger Comes To Town"). And together they give us a story that ignores traditional paradigms and narrows down the narrative to the only thing that makes fiction interesting--TROUBLE. Peter Romero loves trouble. You'll love him.
RCoronado More than 1 year ago
Find a comfortable chair and take a deep breath because once you open Mining Sacred Ground everything's going to move pretty quickly. In this literary thriller, author David Knop whisks you at breakneck speed across Southwestern landscapes both familiar and alien. Through the thoughts and visions that confront Knop's complex and tormented protagonist you will experience exhilaration, enlightenment, vengeance, intoxication and intense pain, really a whole lot more pain than any human body should endure. It's a story that pits avarice against spirituality in a world so noir you won't know until the end whether to feel vindicated or disillusioned. Fasten your seat belt, suspend disbelief and prepare for a great read.
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EM-SD-CA More than 1 year ago
Don't miss this one! Jim Chee meets Rambo.... a well crafted tale that I just couldn't put down.
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