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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 h
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Published September 25th 2007 by Bantam (first published 2006)
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If I were a smarter man, or had more self-control, this is a book I would never have read. Having found Gibbins' debut novel "Atlantis" to be little more than a weaker version of a Clive Cussler novel I was in no hurry to read another. But then my wife decided to borrow his second novel, "Crusader Gold", from our local library and, finding "Atlantis" a quick if uninspiring read, I decided I probably had time to read this before it was due to be returned.

"Crusader Gold" is the story of a golden m
Sep 04, 2012 Marla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Evander v
Oct 19, 2014 Evander v rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: david-gibbins, kindle
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.
Nov 21, 2010 Jeremy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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'..
Julie O'Leary
Apr 12, 2015 Julie O'Leary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast moving and exciting in most parts - it was definitely as described - Indiana Jones meets Cove Cussler. However I was disappointed with the anticlimactic end and that's all I'm going to say so as not to be a spoiler! Meanwhile the authors node at the end of the novel separated historical fact from historical fiction and was very interesting to read. This novel provided elucidation on the Viking explorers of whom I previously didn't know to much.
Jeff Dickison
Jun 28, 2015 Jeff Dickison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in this series that I have read and it is by far the best of the three. A fast paced tale of archaelogical mystery concerning the Vikings and their wanderings. Recommended.
Apr 01, 2015 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of history for buffs of same. Narrated well by James Langton. ©2014
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Feb 18, 2017 Sandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#Review of Lost Temple: #Thriller #readers, in Tom Harper's novel, Lost Temple, the main story takes place in 1947 with the primary objective of recovering Achilles's shield. The shield is supposedly made of a rare metal, Element 61, Prometheum, which the Brits, the Yanks, and the Russians all want. The main objective of the author appears to be to share insights into archaelogical facts and mysteries. The former being the translation of Linear B from an ancient tablet, which occurred in 1952. ...more
Susan Hutchinson
Absolutely wonderful really enjoyed
Rodrigo Oliveira
Mar 08, 2012 Rodrigo Oliveira rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
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
Dave Fellows
0/5 stars. God. I include this on my bookshelf simply because it holds the title of 'The Worst Book I Have Ever Read'. Unlike one other reviewer, I couldn't bring myself to not finish it (I've finished every book I've ever started), but every letter of every word of every page was a form of torture for me. I started to dislike READING, simply because of this book. I didn't forget to give it a star rating - it just deserves none. If anything, the book should give ME stars for having SURVI ...more
Sep 22, 2010 Linn rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 10, 2009 Kayeb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Book Two in the Jack Howard Series

Fast paced and quick to start the action. I liked that Gibbins jumped right in with the interesting history and got the team moving very quickly. I didn't feel like I was coming into a story already in motion even though this is the second book in the Jack Howard Series.

There's a scene that really had me by the throat simply because I'm terrified of water and drowning so that was not cool but it clearly didn't stop me from reading the rest of the story.

Very simp
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
Jun 01, 2013 Janice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action-thriller
Involving as it does a lot of underwater archeology, this series reminds me a bit of the Dirk Pitt series. Without the heavy sexism, or bizarre timeline changes. (Lincoln wasn't REALLY assassinated; just kidnapped. To Africa. It was a stand-in that was assassinated... Say what?) Not to say that these books don't have their fantastical element, they do. But there's nothing that will make you go, "Well, okay, so this isn't OUR world." More along the lines of being feasible, just not totally believ ...more
Feb 26, 2010 Jose rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gibbins-david
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
Oct 30, 2013 Stephen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Inês Montenegro
Jan 19, 2012 Inês Montenegro rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aventura, ac-o
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
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
Sep 21, 2009 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
This story is about hunting for a lost Jewish symbol of faith known as "The Golden Menorah", which is believed to be stolen by the crusaders in the year 1209.

This book is based on the possibility that the Vikings may have discovered "The New World" before Columbus. It has a lot of history about Jews, Romans, Vikings and Mayan during the medieval age. It also includes the secret expedition set by Nazis during World war II.

This had the feel of Dan Brown's book. The author has done a lot of resear
Aug 13, 2013 Stefan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
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
Apr 28, 2011 Stuart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Carlos Barradas
Sep 06, 2013 Carlos Barradas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 26, 2009 Jeff rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 10, 2013 Jesse rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-fiction
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
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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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