Friday, January 23, 2015

Catching up: PLUNDER OF THE SUN by David Dodge

Plunder of the Sun (Hard Case Crime #10)From the back of the book
ON THE TRAIL OF THE LOST TREASURE OF THE INCAS – WITH EVERY FORTUNE HUNTER IN SOUTH AMERICA CLOSING IN!

Al Colby should never have agreed to smuggle the package from Chile to Peru. Now one man’s dead, two beautiful women have betrayed him, and a couple of gunmen are hot on his trail. All because of an ancient Quechua manuscript pointing to the hiding place of a priceless hoard, lost for centuries. 

Now the race is on – by train, by plane, by motorboat and by mule – first to find the treasure and then to escape with it alive…


My Review
PLUNDER OF THE SUN is good old fashioned pulp with substance. It takes the reader on a cross continent journey full of mystery, intrigue, broads and bullets - and some murder to liven (or deaden) things a little.

I enjoyed PLUNDER OF THE SUN more than I had anticipated after no being able to get into THE LAST MATCH (the other Dodge book published by Hardcase Crime) - it's always a pleasant surprise when a book exceeds expectation.

The plot is pretty simple and that's part of the attraction, allowing the characters to develop and assume roles in a more fleshed out and realistic capacity. Given the page count (a tick over 200) this is sign of a good writer. 

I won't give much away as it's easy to spoil the mystery to prospective readers but I will say, PLUNDER THE SUN has loads of twists and turns - everyone isn't necessarily who they are perceived to be. 

This is the second Al Colby book and I reckon I'll track down books two and three (images below) - who couldn't love those covers?

The Long Escape (Al Colby murder mystery)  The Red Tassel

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