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City of Gold

(Matthew Connor Adventure #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  586 ratings  ·  90 reviews
Finding the Incas' lost City of Gold would be the discovery of a lifetime. But failing could mean her death…

Archaeologist Matthew Connor and his friends Cal and Robyn are finally home after a dangerous retrieval expedition in India. While they succeeded in obtaining the priceless Pandu artifact they sought, it almost cost them their lives. Still, Matthew is ready for the n
Kindle Edition, 337 pages
Published November 27th 2015 by Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.
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Sherry Fundin
I love treasure hunting and am very excited to travel to South America to search for the Lost City of Gold with Carolyn Arnold.

Matthew was the reason Cal was the Indiana Jones type, a modern day treasure hunter. An adrenaline junkie and thrill seeker. Danger is part of his game.

Matthew, and his friends, Cal and Robyn…could danger have followed them home?

Sophie has ‘feelings’ and they are not good ones.

Have you heard of the Lost City of Gold? Carolyn Arnold made me curious enough, I had to Google
Nadene  (Totally Addicted to Reading)
When it comes to FBI/Police procedurals, Carolyn Arnold is the bomb. I enjoy her writing style and she knows how to hook her readers and keep them entertained. I never knew she wrote adventure stories until I came across The City of Gold. When I realised she was the author, I was excited and the blurb confirmed my decision to read this book.

The prologue, which set the pace for the rest of the story, was suspenseful, adrenaline pumping and nail biting. From that moment I knew this would be a page
Mar 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book just didn't do it for me and by the end I was sorry I'd spent the time on it. This is NOT anything like realistic in characterization or actions of the characters, and was written in a fairly simplistic style. I felt like I was reading a bad Hallmark movie, but kept thinking it had to get better. The word 'sneer' must have been a new vocab word it was used so much. Could have been a good story if by Clive Cussler or other true adventure writers. I'm not going to read the sequal.
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I am a new Carolyn Arnold fan and I'm enjoying getting to know her different characters. I usually read one series at a time, but somehow it hasn't worked that way this time. The first book of hers I read was Remnants, which was not the first in the Brandon Fisher FBI series, but I plan on reading the rest of that series. The second one I read was The Day Job is Murder which i ...more
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-be-reviewed
I remember going to the theatre to see Indiana Jones when it first came out (I know, I’m giving away my age), and it quickly became one of my favorite movies. It was so exciting and Harrison Ford was perfect for the part. So, when I started reading this book, I kept seeing Indie as the main character, Matthew Connor.

How couldn’t I? The book starts out with him and his two friends running through India. They have found the coveted Pandu artifact and are being chased by bad guys. They make it out
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book from the first page to the last.  The opening pages grabbed me and attached me to the characters... "The sound of his thumping heartbeat was only dulled by the screeching monkeys that were performing aerial acrobatics in the tree canopy overhead.  Their rhythmic swinging from one vine to the next urged his steps forward but not with the same convincing nature as did the bullets whizzing by his head"... and that is the first paragraph!  Try reading the rest!

The plot
Tracy Helps You
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
City of Gold is the first book in the new Matthew Conner Adventure series. Matthew (an archeologist), Robyn (a museum curator) & Cal (a travel photographer) are friends and form a team of treasure hunters. They are thrill seekers to the extreme, and seem to thrive in dangerous situations. This trip has very high stakes, their friend Sophie is being held hostage until they produce the treasures from the fabled city of Paititi. Is it even real? Or just a legend? They have a lot riding on it being ...more
Nicki Conroy
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was always a fan of the very first Indiana Jones movie. As more were made, they got too hard to really believe in but Carolyn Arnold has restored my faith in that archaeology/mystery genre with her Matthew Connor Adventure Series. While I have long like Arnold's Brandon Fisher FBI and Madison Knight books, I was hesitant that the love would carry over to an adventure series like this. I was so wrong. Arnold has all of the locations down. Her descriptions of the areas Connor and friends are in ...more
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If this novel isn't made into a movie I will be VERY surprised!! It definitely reminded me of Indiana Jones (one of my favorite movie series of all times!!) There are enough thrills and twists and turns to keep the attention of any lover of adventure thrillers. I also enjoyed reading about the history of the ancient Inca civilization. I read this novel in one sitting--no way was I going to put it down!!

Carolyn Arnold is one author that I will be continually following--yes--she is that good!!
Amy Reade
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great adventure story!

Matthew Connor, son of the mayor of Toronto, has a secret he's keeping from Dear Old Dad. He's a treasure hunter, not merely the archaeologist his father thinks he is. And he's on a mission to find the stuff of legends, lost City of Gold. I'm not saying whether he finds it or not, but I will tell you that this is a thrilling story, complete with jungle adventures, murder, and a hostage crisis. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. Carolyn Arnold knows how to tell a grippin
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
City of Gold is unlike Carolyn Arnold’s previous books.

Previous books I have read were mysteries that required being solved.

City of Gold is a kidnapping, a treasure hunt, and a hostage situation all in one. We know all the key players but we have no idea what surprises lurk

While it lacked the “who done it” mystery, this suspenseful adventure was a great read! I cannot wait to read what treasure seeking adventure we go on next!

City of Gold definitely has enough of a thrill to keep you engrossed a
Sonya Neal
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was so much fun! It's an intriguing treasure hunt, but on the lighter side. It was an easy read, although it could've moved faster in some parts.

I can't wait to see more from this wonderful group of friends! They love treasure hunting, but they also couldn't or wouldn't do it without each other. Their histories and the way they work together is a great twist.

I definitely recommend this story for an adventurous fun read.
Julie Baswell
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Matthew Conner is a treasure hunter, kind of like a modern day Indiana Jones. Not many people know this. Matthew credits his discoveries to Gideon Barnes, an imaginary persona that he invented to keep his identity secret. His father is the mayor of Toronto, and Matthew knows he wouldn’t accept such a dangerous occupation for his only son. Matthew covers his time away as being on archeological digs. He always includes his friends Robyn and Cal. But it seems that Matthew‘s past has come back to ha ...more
Crystal Martin
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved it! I'm a big fan of archaeology thrillers and novels like Indiana Jones, National Treasure etc. City of Gold did not disappoint. I really enjoy Carolyn Arnold's writing style and the way she writes her characters. Matthew Connor is someone you are immediately intrigued with and want to learn more about. He is bold and daring while also being someone who will fight for those he cares about.

This story takes us on an adventure searching for long lost relics and items of the past. Aside fro
May 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
It's an entertaining adventure story if you're willing to ignore the clichéd characters and questionable motivations. For me, after all the heavy and depressing stuff I've been reading lately, this light read was a welcome change, but I don't think I'll continue with the series.
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is an entertaining, action packed adventure with the plus of police procedure. My rating 4.25.

I generally begin my reviews with a synopsis of the story. However, in this instance it would be repetitive of the blurb which covers the summary very nicely. There are some interesting personal dynamics and conflicts that add to this adventure.

Only a handful of close friends - Robyn, Cal and a few others - know that Matthew is more than an archaeologist. He hides the truth from his father who is f
Nancy Silk
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"An Exciting and Suspenseful First Novel of the Matthew Connor Adventure Series"

I received an ARC copy of this incredible story, "City Of Gold." Matthew Conner is a treasure hunter under the faux name of Gideon Barnes. However, his father William Conner, Mayor of Toronto, Canada believes his son is a working archaeologist. Matthew's team consists of Cal Myers and Robyn Garcia, for whom he has a deep love and respect. The team has recently brought back a Pandu statue which is placed in the local
Fee (Ebook Addicts)
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, read-in-2017
Delve into the fast pace, deadly world of treasure hunting that will have you gripped from the very start!
Matthew Connor is an archaeologist by day but by night he is Gideon Barnes renowned treasure hunter - only a few people know his true identity and not even his father has any idea about his sons alter ego of Gideon, all he knows is that he can find just about treasure in the world.

The start of this book will pull you in with a fast paced race through the jungle and a heart thumping jump into
Stephanie (Between the Coverz)
An exciting and mysterious adventure!

City of Gold is an adventurous tale that will give you some history of the Incas while the treasure hunters are searching for the City of Gold. The beginning was a little slow for me yet at the same time held some intrigue that I had to continue to read to find out what was going on. I never anticipated the different twists and turns that happened throughout the story. When you think that is the last thing that they could encounter, something else happens.
Aug 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Matthew Connor is the privileged son of a billionaire senator who travels the world as archeologist and treasure hunter Gideon Barnes. When his photographer's girlfriend is abducted as leverage for him to find the Incan lost City of Gold by the too-lazy-to-do-it-herself villainess, he is forced into his latest adventure.

As an ancient history buff and huge Josh Gates fan, I was excited to get to read this book. The cast of characters was big and diverse, the chapters were short, and the plot move
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I got my hands on one of Arnold's books a few years ago and loved her style. She is very well-versed in the subject at hand - from the FBI to Archaeologists, this author does her digging! (See what I did there...this book features an archaeologist and I said "digging"...okay, okay, I know, bad joke...)

As a child of the 80's/90's, I am drawn to mystery and intrigue with a whirlwind adventure. I thoroughly enjoyed that Arnold took her typical detective route into a historical direction without lo
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of murder-mysteries and all-action thrillers
City of Gold - a review by Rosemary Kenny

Matthew Connor is forced to turbo-charge his Indiana Jones-style treasure hunting skills in this heart-stopping thriller from the Queen of the Murder-Mystery Thriller, Carolyn Arnold.

Matthew's current inamorata Sophie Jones, has been kidnapped and held for ransom by Veronica, a money-grabbing ex of his. When the solid gold statue of Pandu she wants becomes unobtainable, only finding Patiti, the fabulous legendary City of Gold, will save Sophie from a dead
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
Matthew Connor and his friends Cal and Robyn have finally made it home after an exciting adventure in Cambodia where they found the priceless Pandu artifact which almost cost them their lives.

Matthew, Cal and Robyn receive new information as to the location of the City of Gold. They would very much like to go look for the City of Gold but Matthew doesn’t feel as if they have enough information.

But when Cal’s girlfriend Sophie is kidnapped the City of Gold is looking as if it might just be thei
Sharon Martin
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book has everything, kidnap, murder, police investigation and the hunt for lost treasure. A real page turner full of thrills and emotion with excellent descriptive writing and characters that jump out of the pages and come to life.

The story takes us on a rip roaring roller coaster of a ride through the jungle to find a hidden city of gold in order to save his girlfriend from a kidnapper. A lot of research has obviously gone into this novel, I feel the story is a cross between the Indiana Jo
Tim Seabrook
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a good adventure yarn with several twists and a number of quirky characters both on the good and bad side of the story.

Matthew Connor and friends have just completed retrieving an idol lost in time and delivered it to a museum though it is coveted by another who want them to steal it back for an anonymous indiviudal as ransom to someone that has been kidnapped.

Unwilling to risk jail for theft of the item, they offer up something much more valuable - The City of Gold - and soon Matthew an
Jay Williams
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If I wanted to write an archeological thriller, the recipe would look something like this. The characters are drawn from a broad pallet that includes someone for everyone's taste. the story is told very well, and many little surprises create thrills along the way. The style of writing is flexible, sometimes describing direct action and sometimes reporting on events of the past. Matthew Connor is an interesting hero, and he is not described as a superhero, he does screw up along the way. You will ...more
Gerald Guy
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love adventure thrillers, especially when treasure hunters have to fight off evil challengers in order to secure long-forgotten antiquities. I thought Author Carolyn Arnold did a masterful job of setting the stage, but thought she got a bit hasty at the end when Matthew Connor and his friends were returning to the U.S. from deep inside Bolivia. That said, I loved the characters and their interactions, and I look forward to seeing what kind of trouble lies around the corner for Matt, Cal and Ro ...more
Sheila Walker
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Is it real a Golden City you must read the book to find out

Fast and heroic intriguing the adventure of a life time all rolled into one but unfortunately it wasn’t the pleasant adventure it was forced upon him Mathews friend Sophia is kidnapped and he Robyn and Cal (Sophie’s boyfriend) have to set out to find the Aztec golden city murder, threats, and hidden poison arrows awaits them the story is fast moving so you need to read to keep up highly recommend thank you CA for a great story
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought the treasure hunting group gave the book a separation from the plot itself and intrigue that they kept their identities secret to all, but themselves. Then there was Veronica. I really wanted to see a jungle monster get her. The descriptions of the jungle were real enough to give nightmares and goosebumps. I felt shortchanged with the ending. It was like time was up for this story and it needed a fast ending. This was not a favorite series character that Carolyn Arnold writes.
Crystal Toller
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Matthew Connor

This story is about an archaeologist, Matthew Connor and his friends who go on adventures to find lots treasure which they then donate to museums. When one of his friends girlfriend is kidnapped the friends travel to Peru to find the list Incan City of Gold. This was an interesting book with lots of twists. Good editing, good characters and engaging mystery. Highly recommend this book.
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Carolyn was born in a small town, but that never kept her from dreaming big. On par with her large dreams is her overactive imagination that conjures up killers and cases to solve. S

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