When Mark Honigsbaum discovers an ancient Spanish treasure guide buried in his research notebooks, he cannot help but be drawn into the legend of Valverde, a conquistador with a treasure trail that has proven fatal for the past 400 years. Undeterred by the cursed history of the gold, Honigsbaum embarks on an epic journey into the last uncharted range in the Andesthe Llanganati Mountains of eastern Ecuador. Valverde's Gold is the story of how the lure of gold intoxicates even the most level-headed of historians, and of how menand womenare seized with the desire to claim treasure from one of the most inhospitable landscapes in the world. Honigsbaum battles through mountains, jungles, and conflicting stories, and, as he draws closer to the hidden cache, illuminates the allure of lost gold and the hold it has on our imagination.
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.81(d)|
About the Author
Mark Honigsbaum is a journalist and historian. He lives in London with his wife and two children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Valverde's Gold is a first-hand experience of author Mark Honigsbaum's chase after a legend of lost Inca gold. The story includes legend, some myth, lost and partial treasure maps, and jungle exploration. Sounds pretty cool, right? Sadly Hongisbaum's journey becomes a confused mess of indistinguishable characters, eventless snippets of his investigation, and ultimately a sadly un-impactful conclusion. This might have been better if turned into fiction or perhaps a shorter story. I'm a very big fan of conquest-era Inca and Spanish, but was disappointed by and uninterested in this book.
I quit reading at about page 120 and skipped to the end to see if the author found the treasure. There were far too many side stories. The author was unable to get a sense of adventure, of anticipation going in his writing.