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Crusader Gold (Jack Howard #2)

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From the fall of the Roman Empire to the last days of Nazi power, marine archaeologist Jack Howard and his team of adventurers are hot on the trail of history’s most elusive and desired treasure: the lost golden menorah of Jerusalem. And what they discover could change the world forever….

Deep beneath the windswept waters near Istanbul, Jack and his crack team of experts ha

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First book I checked out online via my kindle, I'm really liking the online checking out.
This book had a lot of elements I like in a story, but it might have had too much. There were, in no particular order: Vikings, the Crusades, Istanbul, England, Greenland, Nazis, North America, South America, age old secret societies and Aztecs. It got a little confusing at times. Costas, being an engineer and not an archeologist, helped out the reader this time by asking questions so we could try and keep t
This is David Gibbins' second book - the first, Atlantis, I have not read - and it shows. The style is there and the great storytelling is there but it does feel a bit like he is feeling his way into this writer thing. I wasn't too impressed in the diving inside an iceberg bit, probably because I am not a diver and so the jargon (and other descriptions) were quite lost on me. The "almost" being frozen inside the berg was a bit difficult to swallow and the way they get out of the impossible, and ...more
the kind of historical fiction that I enjoy...but nothing spectacular. Light on character development, but lots of history and description.

[close:] From the fall of the Roman Empire to the last days of Nazi power, marine archaeologist Jack Howard and his team of adventurers are hot on the trail of history’s most elusive and desired treasure: the lost golden menorah of Jerusalem. And what they discover could change the world forever….

Deep beneath the windswept waters near Istanbul, Jack and his c
Rodrigo Oliveira
Quando, na altura, li a sinopse deste Ouro dos Cruzados, confesso que fiquei bastante entusiasmado com esta mistura de romanos, judaísmo, vikings, nazis e até segredos do Vaticano! Tudo apontava para uma aventura "histórica", um dos meus géneros favoritos, numa busca por um artefacto histórico de grande valor e cuja descoberta poderia acarretar um conjunto de transformações no mundo actual. Para quem não sabe, a Menorá é um dos símbolos mais importantes do judaísmo e constitui, actualmente, um d ...more
Sep 22, 2010 Linn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who likes these genres
Recommended to Linn by: No one
Well, what can I say more than very interesting? I really liked this book and it “only” took me 2 months to start reading it! That’s an enormous achievement coming from me during a school year... As some of you might know already, I didn’t really LOVE the previous book, Atlantis, since it was a bit too slow ... but I must say that this book was much easier to get into and once starting reading it, I couldn’t put the book away. I didn’t do much else than reading, so I finished it in about 1, 5 da ...more
Evander v
I thought it would be a good idea to read this book so soon after the one on the Crusades, seeing as it's the book I'm on in the series anyway, but it turned out not to be about the Crusades at all! For a historical mystery like this, the characters are surprisingly developed and likable, whereas it's usually a big detraction from such books.
I haven't read David Gibbins first book about Atlantis but I felt intrigued by the 'Crusader's Gold' so much I bought it on this years' book sale. I'm a great fan of historical fiction and I like the idea how authors can take the time to read up on, and none the less actually produce an interesting story of historical facts (not that facts on their own can't be interesting).

Half way through this book; however, it occured to me that I felt it somewhat a mix of 'The Da Vinci Code' and 'Hellboy'..
Lea Locke
I feel like you either love or hate these books. I personally have enjoyed this series. But they are packed full of historical background, so if you are not a fan of the history aspect these books are not for you!! I thought the plot of this story was excellent. It really is incredible how Gibbins weaves so many different historical elements into one's easy to see that all his books are well researched, but with so many different pieces it can seem a bit disjointed at times. The onl ...more
Although it could have done with some harsh editing, this isn't a bad read, lagging in places when the author felt a need to pass on some of the historical facts to the audience so almost losing my interest a few times by the end though it had me firmly gripped by the story and I really did want to know if some of the characters survived.

Better written in many ways than the Da Vinci Code and there's a blurb from the Mirror that suggests crossing Indiana Jones with the Da Vinci Code and getting t
Interesting historical hypothesis. Overall a little slow and they seemed to stumble upon things too coincidentally. Also didn't really get into any action until the end. Wasn't a fan of the ending either. Overall though not a bad book.
This has been a great read. I'm rereading the series because I missed a few books in the sequence and want to go from beginning to end. I'm loving this series, but there is one extremely minor gripe that I need to put out there since I have read Arthur since I was a teen. Gibbins has made a confusing statement. He references The Death of Arthur on page 236 and credits Alfred Lord Tennyson. He uses the French Morte d'Arthur. The problem is that The Death of Arthur comes from Tennyson's Idylls of ...more
Critics claimed it was something like Dan Brown books... but with a mix of Indiana Jones... but I didn't find it to be all that...

This is the second book of a series in which and arecheologist / scientist goes around the globe trying to solve the quest...

On this book they are looking for "The Menorah"... Jewish Gold lamp stand...

The author appears to be very knowledgable about archeological terms... espeically when it comes to underwater exploration... maybe someone on this field will find it ex
Another thoroughly enjoyable book inspired by Gibbins obvious love for archaeology and history, based on actual people, events and well known stories enough to be plausible to the reader. Gibbins has kept many of the characters from the previous Atlantis book although there are some additions and the existing characters are developed further. This is another very exciting and fast paced read that has just enough detail but not too much to smother the story or the readers enjoyment of it. And I m ...more
Inês Montenegro
Não sei se foi também por se tratar de um género que logo de princípio não me atrai muito, mas a leitura deste livro revelou-se um aborrecimento tal que, quando me apercebia, tinha começado a divagar durante a sua leitura.
A linha do enredo tem o seu quê de atractivo, roçando vinkings, aventuras em glaciares e até mistérios Maias, mas nem isso foi o suficiente para me salvar a leitura… A ideia não foi bem prosseguida, levada a cabo com personagens planas e pouco apelativas, e diálogos que se res
Peter Carlisle
I am amazed at how difficult these books are to get through. I love history, archaeology, adventure, etc, so I assumed I would love Gibbins' books. Unfortunately, they are tediously paced, the heroes are surpassed in their cliched nature and lack of depth only by the villains, and the plots (also tedious) are given almost entirely through ridiculously long expository dialogues in which the characters make outrageous jumps in logic. So despite the content, which is actually fairly interesting, Gi ...more
Sorry, just could not get into this book. Too much droning history lesson. Actions scenes a little too out there. Had to force myself to read the book through. I am a big fan of Cussler, Rollins and Dan brown, and despite some of the reviews, I see nothing but a low level "homage" to them..nice try but no cigar, so to speak. I really have to take exception to the review that compared it to Angels and Demons..did you really read A&D?? That book was 10 times better than DaVinci code..kept me o ...more
Picked up this copy for a holiday read after enjoying DB's Atlantis novel. Once I started I couldn't put it down. A fast paced book that keeps you wanting to know what's going to happen next. Again the ancient myth and history was combined very well with the exciting storyline. I found the 'secret-sect' bad guys more believable and intriguing than the treasure robbers/ organised criminals with there secret hideout from Atlantis. For me a very enjoyable book, would love to read about another Jack ...more
Carlos Barradas
Uma aventura a grande velocidade leva o nosso herói de Istambul a Inglaterra, Gronelândia, Costa Nova e México, em busca da Menorá que havia sido roubada por Vespasiano, aquando da conquista de Jerusalém e transferida para Constantinopla pelos bizantinos. Mais tarde os vikings levam o precioso tesouro para a Gronelândia, num processo de afirmação de poder do rei Harald que acabou por ter um fim trágico às mãos dos Toltecas.
É um livro de acção e aventura pura, de fácil leitura com momentos de gra
A good book, fun reading, but I wouldn't put it in the same category as Dan Brown or Clive Cussler like the cover suggests.
Michael S.
The character development is almost non existent. The scenes were a lot more gory and disturbing than I was expecting. Too much detailed description of the technical aspects of deep sea diving.(I don't really care what the exact mixture of gases in their breathing apparatus is)
Also, the book's title is misleading. The majority of the historical parts of this book are NOT about the Crusaders- it's all about Vikings instead.

This book was not horrible but I Probably won't buy anything else from t
I was very disappointed. It was billed as Indiana Jones meets Dan Brown and it couldn't have hit farther from the mark. The plot was slow and tedious. The dialog was forced, the reveals could be seen pages in advance, and the action wasn't even in the ball park of believable or intense. I'm a huge fan of Vikings and archeology so I thought it would be a great fit, but instead I felt like giving up on reading every day. I had to FORCE myself to keep reading. In the end, this is a big NO in my rec ...more
Like many of this genre, David Gibbins picks up a thread from history and then surmises what could have happened in the future. In this case it is the missing gold menorah taken by the Romans when they crushed Jerusalem. The story then cleverly links Rome, Byzantium and the Vikings before ending up in the New World. Once again there is a mysterious secret organisation with its ties to the Vatican (Dan Brown must take the blame for this trend!!!!). However, a well-researched, well-written adventu ...more
Katie Middleton
Not as good as Atlantis, but still very exciting. Again up to a point archeologically accurate, this time following in the footsteps of the vikings, particularly Harald Hardrada and his part in the ransacking of Constantinople with the Varangian Guard, and the the supposed taking of some of the treasures from the Temple of Solomon including the Jewish Holy Menorah. It follows his escape from this battle and his alleged journey to America where he has supposedly hidden it.
a very good read, very much like along the line of Clive Clusser.
At times I found this book to be rather confusing, I tend not to pay attention to scientific stuff and there was a lot of it. This book is about a group of archeologists who are looking for a gold Menorah from Ancient Rome. They follow clues that a group of Vikings left all over the world. I didn't read the book that was before this one, and I think that I would have understood a bit more about the technical stuff in this book if I had.
Another in the marine archaeologist Jack Howard adventure series. In this one, he and his crew are searching for treasure supposedly looted by Vikings at the end of the 11th century from Constantinople. The search takes him from Istanbul to England to Greenland, New Foundland and the Yuchatan while also dealing with villains also in search of the lost treasure.

It is a fairly fast moving story with a historical basis.
I would have given it 2.5 stars if I could, because it wasn't what I was expecting. The actual action related to the story takes a very long time to start, in page 329. Previously, there is a lot of suspense and tension during a diving scene in the ice, and it drags on far too long, using too many technical diving terminology, and I was lost many times. This is book #2, but I don't think I'll be looking for #1.
Jenn Sprinkel
Nov 28, 2007 Jenn Sprinkel rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Archeologists, Norse Historians
It's pretty good. A little slow at the beginning but now it's starting to heat up. There are a lot of technical descriptions that can get a little monogamous at times, but once you get past those, the story is pretty interesting...It's almost like a treasure hunt mixed with a bad guy cult that is out to "get you". Similar story line to Angel & Demonds. If you like that book, you'd like this one too.
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Canadian-born underwater archaeologist and novelist. Gibbins learned to scuba dive at the age of 15 in Canada, and dived under ice, on shipwrecks and in caves while he was still at school. He has led numerous underwater archaeology expeditions around the world, including five seasons excavating ancient Roman shipwrecks off Sicily and a survey of the submerged harbour of ancient Carthage. In 1999- ...more
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