Rivers of Gold

Rivers of Gold

by Adam Dunn

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ISBN-13: 9780996208208
Publisher: Dunn Books
Publication date: 04/30/2016
Series: More Series , #1
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Adam Dunn is a freelance writer whose byline has appeared in eighteen publications in four countries, including the South China Morning Post, BBC News Online, CNN.com, the San Francisco Chronicle and the New York Times. He lives with his family in New York City.

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Rivers of Gold 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic debut novel! Homeland security threats in New York City force NYPD's Sixto Santiago to work with Everett More- a highly trained, secretive special ops spook and they, in turn, are forced to work with the FBI and other law enforcement branches to fight drug lords and terrorism on the streets of New York City- all focused on New York's taxis. It is fast, suspenseful and often quite (darkly) funny, too. Fans of suspense with a noir-ish style will love it!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 2013, the second Great Depression has led to the rise of crime especially in the urban centers. NYPD established the controversial Citywide Anticrime Bureau to prevent the further increase in criminal activity. Already having strong objections to the creation of this unit, the Aubrey Bright fatality has led to rioting against the cops and especially CAB. CAB Detective Sixto Santiago works undercover, but when he finds the mutilated corpse of Egyptian cabdriver Eyad Fouad near the Holland Tunnel, he sees an opportunity for career advancement. Thus expecting to solve the case quickly and obtain kudos and a promotion, Santiago investigates the brutal homicide of the immigrant. However, his inquiry soon proves this was not a simple murder of a cabbie, but much more. Rivers of Gold is an intriguing near futuristic tale that extrapolates the economic crisis from a lingering recession into a deep rooted depression and consequently its affect on people. The investigation is entertainingly filled with twists and spins as a simple homicide that smacks of promotion turns into a convoluted job killer. Although the ending inanely and overly hyperbolizes the previously somewhat subtle farcical plot, readers will enjoy this fun police procedural. Harriet Klausner
TiffanyHickox on LibraryThing 10 months ago
There is no doubt the setting of New York City plays such a large part in this novel it can almost be considered a main character. However, this character exists mostly through the naming of intersections and buildings that its true nature is never fully conveyed. Unless one is from New York City, these geographical references are lost on the reader. Reading this book felt like being a tourist or an imposter at some secret club. Instead of working to build up the character draw me in, the setting pushed me out.I found the main character brash and arrogant, especially the way he viewed women. However, I can see that the novel may be appealing to men. Women are to (Insert Harlequin Novel Title Here) as Men are to Rivers of Gold.The supporting characters were riddled with cliche.Despite a few sparse (yet fabulously beautiful) one liners, this novel left me wanting . . . well . . . another book.
PghDragonMan on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Rivers of Gold, by Adam Dunn, is almost believable for a futuristic police novel. Almost. My main problem accepting the premise was the time period: the future was altered too much too soon. If Dunn had chosen 2023, ten years after this novel¿s present, I would have far less problems believing the economic mess New York has become. Once I got over that, however, I had no trouble buying into the greed and crime culture Dunn gives us.The novel has a slow takeoff. It seems as if the first half, almost two thirds, of the story is devoted to giving us the required history lessons, network setup and character introduction. I almost get the feeling there are more books planned for this version of NYPD. Real police work can be like that, however. Long boring surveillance and background investigations until a break finally come along. Once the story takes off, however, buckle up and hold on: it is a real action packed story.Despite the extended introductions, some of the characters still come off as flat. Oh the central characters are fully fleshed out for us, but some important secondary players are not so well done. New York City is a multilingual city and many of these secondary characters spoke something other English. Sometime the expressions were translated and other times they were not and the meaning was not subject to being figure out through context clues. In Losers¿ Club, many of the characters used Hispanic slang so Richard Perez, the author, included a short glossary to help non-Spanish speakers follow what was going on. This would have been even more helpful here.Without giving away too much of the story, I think the author did not begin hitting his stride until the end of the story. I saw the irony that various government agencies were trying to take over New York as their jurisdiction, just as the various drug cartels and other underworld factions all wanted to take over New York.While I enjoyed the story, there were too many problems to consider this much more than average. I would expect to have more action throughout the story when dealing with a cop story about a drug cartel and features a shady mercenary plying on the same team as the good guys. I¿ll go three and a half stars for this.
beccareads on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I wanted to like this book. I did. I wanted the promise of the blurb: future noir, dark, gritty, suspenseful. But as I got close to the halfway point and was still confused by the plot, put off by the oversexed narrator, and increasingly bewildered by the overwrought language ("She laughs, a pearly peal of fine teeth draped in shades of coral velvet.") I realized this book was going to let me down. I expect a bit of flowery metaphor in noir fiction, but it became ridiculous. Two stars. I want to give it three, but in good faith I cannot.
hairball on LibraryThing 10 months ago
You know how some writers can take a bunch of old, tired tropes, throw them together in a book, and make them seem, if not new again, at least pleasurable enough to read? (In other words: Why are there three versions each of Law & Order and CSI getting top ratings at any given time in the last five to ten years?)This is not that writer. This is not that book.Sex, blah blah blah. Drugs, blah. NYC, urban jungle wasteland. Cop stuff and something hinky going on--and the hinkiness turns out not to be very exciting. Tie that up with attempts at hip lingo, a plot that isn't particularly involving, and more writing about flatulence than I've seen in a book not about a dog named Walter, and this is a tome I really, really couldn't wait to put down.
usagijihen on LibraryThing 10 months ago
(Crossposted to goodreads.)I honestly couldn't even really finish this book - I got about 2/3rds of the way through and then had to quit. The writer has talent, I will grudgingly admit that, but the rest was so disorganized with so many differentiating POVs that I got dizzy whilst reading. As other reviewers have also noticed, the character development was done in far too much abundance early on when the author could have stretched it out and appropriately interspersed it between chapters.And then there's the whole "tech-noir" label that's been slapped on this novel. Nope. I see a very depressing near-dystopic near future for NYC, but that's about it. Unless you include the amount of guns used, it's not really living up to its label. This is more of a crime book than anything else. Which is fine, really, once you call it what it is: a crime book. The one good thing about this book is that it taught me what not to do while writing my own novel. Thank you - the knowledge will not be misspent, I promise you.
pinprick on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Rivers of Gold follows three characters as they traverse New York City's underbelly in the year 2013. One is a cop, one is a drug dealer, and one is the drug dealer's boss. Sound thrilling, doesn't it? Unfortunately, after a promising few chapters, the story gets bogged down in its own weight and goes nowhere fast. The writing is quick and sharp, and Dunn has genuine talent for words, but the plot kept getting in the way, and the characters went from being interesting to being caricatures of characters from other noir novels. I also thought it was a bit unwise to set a book in such a near future, and incorporate common technology (like the iPhone) so readily. There's always the chance that iPhone's won't be the height of high-tech in a few years, and a few years after that, obsolete. Including them in the book could make it seem dated sooner rather than later. As a woman, I also thought all the sex talk from one of the characters in particular was sort of sophomoric. I get it, he's young and under the influence of hormones and his desires, but YAWN. Reading soft-core Penthouse Letters got old, and his assessment of which women to trust based solely on their sexual availability and prowess was just a touch misogynistic. With a proper re-working, some notes from an editor, and some tidying up loose plot points, this could have been a great, fun book, instead of a confusing, dull mess.
elli0188 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I am glad to see I am not the only one who is having trouble finishing this book. I am currently a little more then half way and am struggling to continue reading/finish it. The book is not keeping my attention so I am having trouble following the story. Dunn seems to be a good writer but the plot doesn't appeal to me and from what I see a few others. I thought the book sounded really interesting from the LibraryThing giveaway summary but unfortunatly it was not what I expected.
aethercowboy on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Adam Dunn has talent as a writer. You can tell by the way he arranges words on a page that he is no neophyte to this field. In Rivers of Gold, he uses this prowess to tell the tale of a not-too-distant-future in which undercover cops ride taxicabs in hopes of getting atop of the rampant drug running in NYC.While Dunn may be talented as a writer, his content reads more like a teenage boy: guns, swearing, women, violence. It gets old quickly.The story focuses around two characters, Santiago, one of the CAB police, stuck with an enigmatic (and, in my opinion, disappointingly resolved, character More, and Renny, a photographer and pusher working for NYC¿s biggest drug lord. Eventually, their paths cross in their elaborate and sometimes unwary game of cat and mouse.The book is set three years in the future (2013, for those who don¿t have a calendar handy), and takes place in a post-financial-meltdown NYC, in which every single local government organization must scrimp what it can just to get by. Blurbs described the book as future-noir, with elements of Blade Runner mixed in. Sure, it may have been future-noir, but it didn¿t have enough elements of Blade Runner mixed in to properly uphold that claim (particularly, where More is concerned).The book is not perfect. It¿s well written, but not perfect. And it would probably be worth reading if gritty crime fiction is your thing. Otherwise, avoid.
jennmaine on LibraryThing 10 months ago
For a book described as "future noir," I expected more on both counts. 2013 is just too soon for the degeneration of NYC described to ring true and there was little here to evoke any sort of connection to other examples of film or literary noir other than unrelenting bleakness. Renny, the drug dealer/photographer protagonist just isn't compelling. Sixto Santiago, the policeman closing in on him, is better drawn and adds some interest, as does his enigmatic partner, "Ever" More. In fact, a prequel focused on More could work well, or sequels with Santiago as the main character. The sexual content didn't bother me and just highlights the empty hedonism that Renny wallows in much of the time. The pace of the second half moves along well and Dunn is apt with description. I would give a follow-up a try, but can't recommend this one overall.
mposey82 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
So I have been putting off writing a review for a bit now because I wasn't particularly inspired to write anything. So perhaps that says something about the book. The core premise was interesting, I'll leave it to you to go read the publisher's summary, but several things were really frustrating. The biggest issue for me was the scope of the changes given the short time. We are to believe this book only takes place a few years in the future but that the whole landscape of NYC has totally collapsed. The city might be described as existing in a pre-apocalyptic state. But the rationale for the changes wasn't remotely compelling for the time frame proposed. This feature of the background story really prevented me from getting drawn into the world. There were definitely some good ideas (e.g. the mobile clubs, the taxi ring, the guarded restaurants) but I kept being drawn away from the story because of the juxtaposition of some very recent cultural references with this "future" world.
unluckycharms13 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Rivers of Gold is a tale of an extremely near future (2013) where the world has gone to hell in a handbasket. The economic recession has devastated the country and now the seedy underbelly of New York City's drug and speakeasy scene rules the city. The cash-strapped NYPD is trying to fight back with a program putting undercover cops in cabs. Dunn's worst-case scenario strikes a chord of plausibility for those of us living in the current economic recession; his realistic portrayal of hell seems like it could come true. The parallel stories of his two main characters, Renny and Santiago, are equally captivating, and it is hard to pick which character to root for. Although the story is not life changing, the best book about New York City, nor clever, it's fun read, particularly for people who love books set in New York.
CKmtl on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I had expected to find an interesting speculative element in Rivers of Gold, but never did. The Great-Depression-2.0 New York City and its citizenry seem exactly like plain old normal New York City, except for the occasional vague hand motions by the author about failed restaurants.Other reviewers have mentioned the stereotyped secondary characters. This was especially the case when it came to the gay/lesbian characters. The gay men are fops or fluttering socialistas. The lesbians are man-hating ice-queens or lesbians-just-waiting-for-the-right-man-for-a-threesome. Eyes were rolled often.One decision that I found particularly jarring--and I will admit that this may be totally idiosyncratic--was the change in quoting style between Renny and Santiago chapters. When the POV is Renny's, speech is marked with British/European dashes; when it's Santiago, North American inverted commas are used. I'm not entirely sure what effect they were trying to achieve, but I didn't care for it.
TadAD on LibraryThing 10 months ago
When I was looking forward to receiving this, my comment was "a mixture of mystery, thriller, dystopic future. Sounds like a perfect escapist read!" Well, definitely take the word "perfect" out of that sentence. Have you ever seen the results of a digital photo in the hands of someone new to Photoshop? Overblown colors, harsh grain from too much unsharp mask, odd cropping? Well, that's this book and, yes, I picked that metaphor only because one of the main characters is a photographer.It's an interesting take on a near-future New York City: the brick and mortar economy of the city has been destroyed by repeated economic crises, the police budget has been slashed to the point where they don't have a prayer, and the sharks of organized crime swim everywhere. That social picture is about the only interesting thing in this book. The rest is a tired plot that feels awkward and disjointed, filled with two dimensional inhabitants. It's not particularly enlivened by sex that has a distinctly high school boy fantasy feel. The "mystery" cop is so over the top he's caricature instead of character. The author's attempts to write military jargon are distinctly lacking.Give this one a pass.
jayfwms More than 1 year ago
An abrasively-told story using multiple first-person points of view, with the reader having to determine who the speaker is. The problem is heightened by the use of initials rather than names to identify characters. Fortunately the task becomes easier as you get into the book. The several main characters are quite well described and quite unique. The fun comes from the fact that no one in the story is a typical person, and the descriptions help to create a wonderful mental image of each person. I would call this a graphic novel with words used to define the graphics. The action takes place in New York City, and familiarity with the layout would be helpful in appreciating some of the humor, but the reader's enjoyment doesn't require geographic knowledge. A glossary at the end provides some assistance for the reader in dealing with acronyms, but it isn't necessary for understanding, It just adds to the knowledge. This is a fun book to read, just don't be set off by the early chapters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I call my watrior ancectors to look down on this young warrrior and change her name to silverfish.i would also want to make her my loyal deputy in honor of rocktail.silver fish!silverfish!