Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Author: Diane Wylie
Sub-Genre: Historical (American)
Page Count: 318
ISBN E-Book: 1-60154-753-6
ISBN For Print: 978-1601547538
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Reviewer: Rhonda Callum-King
Coded letters, cryptic symbols, and a beautiful woman. Agent Skelding sets out to find stolen gold but soon discovers complications he didn’t bargain for.
Pinkerton Agent, Adam Skelding is on assignment. He must find the missing gold and stop the secretive Knights of the Golden Circle before they start another war. Following a suspect leaves him staring up a lady’s skirt and heading straight into trouble.
All Marilla Logan wanted was a way to avenge her brother’s death. When a dark stranger with the piercing blue eyes sneaks into her room, her life changes forever. Swept up into a life of intrigue, she becomes ensnared in a tangled web of clues, danger, and emotion.
Adam’s Treasure was a wonderful cloak and dagger style story set among the upheaval of the aftermath of the Civil War. James Bond style his and her spies, Adam and Marilla penetrate a secret society, Knights of the Golden Circle, who are bent upon restoring the South to its former glory and ousting the current government of the United States of America. Pinkerton agents, Adam and Marilla, must decode a treasure map and discover the hidden gold before the Golden Circle can use it to buy their way back into power.
Ms. Wylie’s story was great fun and a good all around read. Anyone that favours conspiracy, treasure hunting, mystery novels will enjoy Adam’s Treasure. The story flowed nicely from start to finish and I would definitely recommend it.
I didn’t feel that the cover depicted the conspiracy/mystery plot as well as it could of. Looking at it, leads one to believe there might be some sort of bondage aspect to the tale. In fact, that cover depicts one tiny scene of the group initiation into the Knights and may have been better served by a more Civil War couples type theme. Although, the gentleman on the cover is certainly attractive. The only other issue occurred on page 281 when Allan Pinkerton, the Scottish founder of the Pinkerton Agency, somehow develops an Irish Brogue after consuming too much whiskey.
Those minute details aside, the editing was great. You will love Adam’s Treasure from start to finish. I highly recommend this book.
Posted by Siren Book Reviews at 6:27 PM Monday, December 6, 2010