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The King's Gold: An Old World Novel of Adventure (Red Lion #2)
One look at the centuries-old document she receives from a mysterious stranger is all it takes to plunge Lola Sanchez—a brilliant bibliophile and owner of the Red Lion bookshop—into the adventure of an already adventurous lifetime. The ancient writings tell of a stolen fortune in Montezuma's gold—and of the thief's transformation from conquistatore to alchemist . . . to ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published May 13th 2008 by Harper Paperbacks
(first published August 1st 2007)
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Jul 06, 2013 Pamela rated it it was ok
This was an adventure story all right, but the writing wasn’t very good. Too many times I was pulled out of the story by the awkward writing style, let alone how many times passages were repeated. It really felt like the author didn’t trust the reader to remember anything that came before in the story. Some aspects of the story were not very believable at all. For instance in the beginning the main character Lola hardly slept at all over many days, and should've had jet lag as well. I hardly was ...more
When did Yxta Maya Murray become a chica-lit author? Don't get me wrong, I love chick-lit and I have read more than my fair share but I wasn't expecting that breezy, fluffy style from this author. The premise is great - Lola and her fiance tracking lost Aztec gold throughout Italy with the help of her half sister Yolanda and parents all the while being threatened by the half-mad son of a homicidal general and his two henchmen and ancient booby traps that aim to kill. There was a lot of ...more
The storyline itself, a kind of treasure hunt, was fairly decent, but there are several reasons this book received only two stars from me. The start of this adventure was totally unbelievable: an unwitting woman being abducted from her place of business by a man who is sure she can solve the clues which lead to the treasure and then, when they reach the airport for departure, leaving it up to her whether to actually go or not. Adding to that bizarre start, there is also the matter of the ...more
I didn't like this as much as the first one. After a while, there is just too much craziness. I never did get a good feel for why the main charqacter was so invested that she would risk her engagement to a man she loved and her life to chase down (literally) a relatiely obscure literary puzzle. She's sort of manic, her kidnapper is a homicidal maniac, her mother is wild, her hal-sister is a litle crazy, about the only sane person is her adopted father. I finished it but at times I wanted to say, ...more
This was a fun read. It's # 2 in the Author's Red Lion Series. I felt able to jump right in without feeling I was missing information. It's an adventure story of the search for Montezuma's Gold following a series of clues in a letter purportedly by Antonio Medici. Lola De La Rosa is kidnapped by the son of the man her father killed to help him decipher the clues hidden in the letter. Ultimately her whole crazy Mayan family is involved. A great tale.
Another archeological romp featuring the characters from The Queen Jade. This time our intrepid bookstore owner Lola Sanchez and her fiance Erik are chasing all over Italy in search of Aztec gold brought back by a deMedici in the early 1500's. Wild goings on, a bit unbelievable at times, but good fun and the ending hints at more to come. One reviewer dubbed our heroine "Indiana Jane" and it fits.
I read this in Spanish and was impressed that it was translated by someone who used Usted instead of Vosotros. Always a nice surprise for those of us who didn't cross the ocean to learn Spanish! The book itself is fast-paced and intriguing. Kind of a female Indiana Jones with lots of twists, turns, and tricks to keep you thinking. Having said that, it was also somewhat predictable. Made for a very good read while in the 9th month of pregnancy!
Once you get past the idea that a woman could be "kidnapped" and taken on public flight from LA to Florence Italy, (though I suppose it is one of the cheaper ways to go there - being kidnapped, that is) it's a fun ditty of a read. Sort of like reading what you would want to happen if you went to Italy. So - I liked it.
Loved this book, but only gave it three stars because it could have used more information. I wanted to learn more about this period, and wanted more intrigue with the gold being stolen from under the King's nose. Also, the poor slaves mining the gold only got a footnote. In other words...GREAT BOOK, but needed to be more indepth and longer. He didn't do his subject 'justice'.
Don't know if it was the translation or the author trying to sound like some one from the correct time period, (1626) but I found this very hard to read. Also the narrator vacilated between present tense and i already know what happened but I am not going to tell you yet tense and it drove me crazy. Couldn't finish it, just didn't care about characters enough.
The story is captivating enough and I really like the characters, especially Erik, because they're complex... But sometimes, or even often, the writing itself is a bit poor. Even so, I enjoyed this second book in the Red Lion series and I really hope that the author will publish the third and final book.
Yxta Maya Murray is a professor at Loyola Law School and currently lives in Studio City, California.More about Yxta Maya Murray...
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