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Dark Gold

3.29 of 5 stars 3.29  ·  rating details  ·  68 ratings  ·  16 reviews
"Sunken gold, black magic, sea monsters, a beautiful Brazilian in a bikini-what more could you want from a summer thriller?" –Kirkus, starred review

His summer after college graduation was never supposed to turn out this way. But when Jack Duran’s older, vagabond brother Dan goes missing in Mexico, Jack heads to Puerta Vallarta to find him. With two friends in tow, Jack fol
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 31st 2007 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published June 27th 2006)
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Gandalf the Red
Sep 21, 2013 Gandalf the Red rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of cryptid adventures and tech-thrillers


I am obsessed with cryptozoology. However, other than Peter Benchley and Michael Crichton, I had been fighting against the idea of tech-thriller adventures being a genre I could ever get swept up in, even those featuring cryptids or prehistoric creatures.

Tech-thriller adventures seemed to be like 70's rock to me: a little too dad-friendly and maybe not surprising enough for my tastes, added to the fact that I prefer period-piece settings and pulp-style oldschool adventures over modern books you
Entertaining. A fun sort of summer book, that had less to do with the ocean and the giant, man-eating, albino manta ray than I had hoped. It was mostly about gold - an African-slave-ship-gold-rush-sort of treasure hunt. The most shocking part of it was the rather graphic sex scene that was so obviously written by a man. It was, I suppose, rather enlightening and laughably male... Still, overall, the book held a touch of the ridiculous, but remained rather engrossing. I suppose I would keep an ey ...more
Keith Pyeatt
I really enjoyed this novel. The main characters were well developed and relatable, not some super hero type who can see through walls and snap the neck of five strong men at a time. That was really a plus for this reader.

I never skimmed pages! That's big for me lately. The writing kept me reading, and I enjoyed soaking up each page and seeing how the protagonist got in deeper and deeper. There was just enough atmosphere to let me visualize, but not enough to bog me down. The situation near the
May 29, 2009 Vsfeely is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
So far it appears to be well written. If you like diving and traveling it is good w/ some accurate references on both. Well balanced w/ suspense and romance. Getting to the crescendo part now...will post more
Aug 29, 2013 Lexxie marked it as might-read-1-day
Recommended to Lexxie by: Gandalf the Red
Shelves: horror, suspense, thriller
Even if this is a little out of my normal comfort zone for books, Michael's review made me want to maybe try it anyway.
Debrah Neal
Makes you want to find a beach, kick back... and enjoy the ride! Deliciously chilling.
Rick F.
A quite unusaul combo of thriller, family drama and mystery- really well done.
Trashy adventure/monster story, but it was fun to read at the beach.
A great choice for summer reading (provided you aren't vacationing on beach) with overall satisfying writing. Towards the end, the use of metaphors began to drag down the action and plot and at times became confusing in whether the crux of the plot was truly supernatural or a simple question of finding some greater meaning in life through near-death experiences. The side characters were decently described, but often read as plot devices and came off as 2-D. The main character was more fleshed-ou ...more
Dec 30, 2008 John rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who enjoy ocean/exotic location-themed thrillers
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Kara Jorges
Jack Duran and his two best friends, Rock and Duff, have been painting houses and saving money, and now they’re ready to take a trip around the world. Their first stop is Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, the last known location of Jack’s wild older brother Dan. Jack’s mother has been frantic with worry since she hasn’t heard from her eldest son in months, so the three young men spend several weeks scouring Puerto Vallarta for any sign of Dan with no success. When Jack finally finds a scrap of informatio ...more
This novel started off really well. The trio of guys searching for the missing brother in Acapulco, and Puerto Vallarta was very good. I've visited Mexico a few times and the author caught the vibe of what its like to walke the streets there. Where the book really went south for me was when they finally started diving for the gold. There were just way too many unlikely plot devices, and the ending ugh. The missing brother appearing in the nick of time. It would have been better if the book had e ...more
After Jack Duran finishes college, he realizes that his older brother goes missing in Mexico. Jack and a group of his friends all got to Puerta Vallarta to find him. He thinks that his brother was killed and decides to finish what his brother had left off, his search for the gold from the sunken ships. Slowly all the divers go missing one by one, but what they don't figure out until they started finding the dead bodies and until they go into the depths of the ocean, they find out that the el Dia ...more
A few scenes really grabbed me, it was enough to bump it up from 1 to 2 stars.
A treasure hunt mystery that involves a large stingray.
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