The Emerald Cave

The Emerald Cave

by James B. McPike

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BN ID: 2940162136057
Publisher: Rogue Phoenix Press
Publication date: 07/01/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 883 KB

About the Author

The Emerald Cave is the third book in the Ramsey trilogy. McPike’s previous book The Lost Prophet won the Pacific Book Award for Christian mystery/thrillers and the Beverly Hills Book Award for Religion fiction. His 700-page debut novel Final Outcome won a silver medal from Readers’ Favorite in the Christian/fantasy genre. He enjoys writing action thrillers with a biblical theme. He lives in Fresno, California. Readers can email him at

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The Emerald Cave 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Literary_Titan 12 months ago
The Emerald Cave by James B. McPike is a fast novel. It’s not fast in the sense that it’s a short read. Rather, The Emerald Cave works by having prose and plotting that takes readers for a whirlwind of a story that involves action, firefights, terrorists, heists, and a dozen other elements that contribute to an engaging and incredibly engrossing novel. Being the third in its series, The Emerald Cave follows the story of Vince Ramsey, an Israeli detective searching for an arms dealer whose whereabouts are murky at best. He enlists the help of April Fulton, an expert on historical artifacts, and the two set off on an epic investigative chase that brings them from one part of the world to the another, with obstacles and betrayal meeting them each step of the way. The book is fast, and it starts off with a tense standoff initiated by terrorists of the Hezbollah organization. From there, the plot takes no chances, pushing onward with a feverish speed that helps heighten the book’s sense of urgency and impact. This is juxtaposed by appropriately placed moments of quiet that allows both the characters and the readers to ponder on events as they unfurl. Beyond these points, The Emerald Cave shines in its effective usage of characterization. The relationship between April Fulton and Vince Ramsey highlight a realistic dynamic that allows the two to play off one another. Sequences in which the two work together in solving a puzzle or identifying various clues reveal key differences in the characters’ logical approaches and methodologies that help make each character feel individual. In certain moments, I found myself working out these puzzles with April and Vince, identifying my own thought processes and “aha!” moments in conjunction with their own. At the same time, there is a clear sense of growth these two protagonists go through as the novel moves forward and while some trends are easy to note, this sense of maturity one finds is rare in many stories today. This characterization is aided by James B. McPike’s effective prose. Sentences are generally terse and filled with the details necessary for the story. Long, drawn-out sections are rare to find and each word McPike utilizes is one that is necessary for the story being conveyed. This helps create a tense atmosphere that works incredibly well with the fast plotting designed by McPike. As a whole, The Emerald Cave by James B. McPike is an incredible story that doesn’t let up. Events fly at neck-breaking speeds while readers becoming connected with the protagonists as everyone tries to uncover the mysteries and secrets the story presents. While the story could have used some additional quiet moments in order to allow the reader to collect themselves before continuing onward, The Emerald Cove remains an engrossing piece. The stories narrative design and effective characterization makes this story an incredible journey and an enjoyable ride.
cyndecat1 More than 1 year ago
After reading the Lost Prophet( which won the Pacific Book Award for Christian mystery/thrillers) I was looking forward to more from this author and he delivered!!! The Emerald Cave is a nail-biting thriller filled with action and twists. Vince Ramsey, the lead investigator for the Ministry of Jerusalem is called in to track down an elusive arms dealer. He and April Fulton,an antiquities expert, team up to follow the clues which lead them to a remote village in France where the arms dealer was last heard from. This leads them separately to follow clues in Geneva and Antarctica. April and Vince's boss, Daniel Kopinsky go to Geneva posing as scientists a the Hadr0n Collider to see if they can find out who the arms dealer is. Vince takes a flight to Antartica to follow the lead to a mysterious Nazi treasure that supposedly was buried in a cave there. Throw in a few ruthless mercenaries and the story escalates into a very satisfying read. I will be reading more from this author!!!!