Old Gold Mountain

Old Gold Mountain

by Bradley W. Wright


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Justin Vincent is a San Francisco based artist who leads a secret double life as a cat burglar. He likes the freedom, money, and self-determination his unusual career provides but also increasingly feels that it is a life he fell into by accident. When a valuable painting is stolen from his lover, Valerie, Justin agrees to use his underworld contacts and knowledge of the black market to help. The search leads him to an antiquities dealer who has fallen on hard times and a mysterious European middle man. With the help of his friend Ashna, a skilled hacker, and Gabrielle, owner of an art gallery in Nice, Justin gathers clues that lead him to a mysterious chateau in the South of France and a dangerous web of secrets and lies. To escape with his life and complete his objective, Justin’s skill, luck, and perseverance will be tested to their utmost limit.

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ISBN-13: 9781626948815
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Publication date: 03/17/2018
Pages: 268
Sales rank: 1,207,760
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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Old Gold Mountain 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is an immensely enjoyable read. The author's story and characters are believable, and the plot was engaging and fun without diving overboard into ridiculous and impossible situations. Wright created a likable protagonist who is capable and detail-oriented while avoiding eye-roll-y tropes such as having tingly 6th senses (to the point that it's a reliable plot point or crucial personality trait), crazy ninja skillz or freaky military special ops-type expertise, etc. (and I don't even dislike these categorically; I just frequently find what appears to be very earnest writing more cringe-worthy than cool). He also did a great job of creating fully dimensional settings (San Francisco, Nice) that are colorful and readily visualizable. In particular, the protagonist's hometown San Francisco is detailed so nicely, it feels like its own character in the story. I'm ready for the next book :)
MaxG456 More than 1 year ago
fast-paced, high-stakes thriller with exciting twists and turns that keep you intrigued for hours! In a way “Old Gold Mountain” is modeled after a classic mystery-suspense, but it impressed me by its originality in many areas and terrific detailing and a substantial (and genuinely clever) plot. Bradley W. Wright took some well-used tropes and turned them on their head more than once – he is a talented author whose creative vision breaks new ground but follows comfortingly familiar elements for the genre. This is a story that kept me glued to the pages for hours, lost within an interesting world that fascinated (and sometimes puzzled) me to no end. I have to say that there were some times where I felt there could be some trimming down of narration that seems to just add more wordiness than necessary. I didn’t feel like we needed to know “everything” about ‘everything”… meaning sometimes I felt there was too much backstory for the characters and events and felt like overall the focus was looser than I like as Justin went through his scenes. Still a riveting journey that entertained me, and I will gladly read more from him in the future. Recommend to mature fans of suspense crime thrillers
AprilDawn More than 1 year ago
I totally liked this book way more than I even expected to! I was looking for something a little different than my usual reading fare, and this really hit the mark… in fact, now other books will seem boring by comparison! I like that it felt very plausible (for this type of book) and even though on the darker and edgy side at times, I was all in from the very beginning and believed that this was something that could happen in the sense that some of these events are things that probably do happen in real life, yet the whole story presented in a way that is ‘entertaining’ (for lack of a better word!) and is exciting. I literally could not put my e-reader down for the last half of the book, at least. I would describe “Old Gold Mountain” as being an addicting mystery and drama, that is more like contemporary suspense fiction than some serious highbrow ‘arty’ literature. The way they delve into not only the art world, but the different pieces, players and places gives in an extra depth and uniqueness to set it apart from just a regular crime/mystery. Ashna was awesome – she should get her own book! I read this book in just a few nights – hard to put down at any one place as the momentum continued to build and build. An intelligent and wild experience that feels authentic and solidly researched. I’ll look for more from Wright in the future.
BellaReadz More than 1 year ago
this book was terrific! Once I started reading I didn’t want to stop until I’d finished the whole thing. It pulls you in from the beginning, and I enjoyed Bradley Wright’s “voice” and style of writing. The interweaving plotlines were thoroughly developed and not predictable, and gets to it right away, first when we see Justin as a cat burglar, and then later also as an artist/sculptor – interesting paradox and one that allows him to delve into the seedy underbelly of the crime world when hunting down another art thief. But of course there are complications and more than one snag to throw him off the trail and things get pretty dangerous. Is interesting to see this kind of book also from the perspective of someone who is also a criminal (even if his conscience bothers him). The dialogue was genuine and real, like how real people talk, I just wish there’d been a lot more of it, and sooner. This book is heavy on the narrative which is troublesome for me at times, but we also really get inside Justin’s mind and see everything happen and his reactions, so in a way it is more intimate than if done in 3rd person… The characters were mostly pretty good – a few didn’t seem to add a whole lot, but the main ones worked well together. I liked watching the pieces all come together and thought the ending was great. If there’s more to come I’d be happy to read it! Some language but nothing crazy. Recommend for fans of mystery and thrillers.
MegKing More than 1 year ago
"Old Gold Mountain” by Bradley W. Wright was definitely a lot of fun, and I liked that it involved a different look at the art world and things that happen ‘behind the scenes’, as well as being a mystery/thriller. Justin is an interesting character to root for as he is sort of an ‘antihero’ in a way – he’s a sculptor but also a thief. So he’s definitely not perfect, but it is this darker side to him that makes this story more interesting and complex, in my opinion. Although I thought the beginning was kind of slow, and it seemed to take a while for me to reach that magical spot where I just *had* to keep reading, once I was there I was totally hooked. There is quite a bit of ‘setting up the stage’ of action on the beginning, and the pacing suffers at times because it is written in first person from Justin’s POV with a LOT of narrative (not nearly as much dialogue as I’d like in this genre and for 1st person) so we feel trapped in his head a lot with the action being ‘told’ to us. The supporting cast was pretty good, I liked Valerie and Ashna and Boothe… there definitely were several unexpected surprises I didn’t see coming and liked how the action moved to a few different cities as well as being in San Fran. Descriptive and well-crafted, the storyline unfolded nicely, but then it seemed like the ending was a little too ‘summed up’, and a few things surprised me there too (like with him and Val). But even though the story wraps up well the door is definitely open for more hijinks form Justin and crew in the future! Recommend to fans of crime thriller, suspense and mystery
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was genuinely surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Wright's story is full of twists and suspense. And there's an intriguing penchant for detail; whether the narrator expounded on history, geography, art, or technology, there was just enough information to keep me interested, yet still connected to the characters and plot.