Was a rare amethyst mine illegally seized from the Japanese ancestors of a well-known Atlanta family, just after World War II?
Four months ago, anthropologist professor Travis Monahan got shot while on an investigation of the mysterious floating city at Baikal. Suffering from PTSD, he's been holed up in their Atlanta office with his Jack Russell terrier and his brooding thoughts.
One of the partners, Savannah Summers, convinces him to take this case. Their new client, Miya Richards, hires them to search for the purported mine and its missing property deed, which she claims were seized from her grandmother's family.
While uncovering clues in the old quarter of Tochigi, Japan, the intrepid duo runs into a man who reveals that his uncle once tried to investigate and was never seen again. He does, however, tip them off to the Himiko Corporation.
Travis and Savannah go to Himiko, pretending to be research geologists. The head honcho immediately clams up and on their way out, a Yakuza biker gang pursues them. As action and clues lead the adventurers into the mountains, relentless descendants of the evil, rich Kinagawas and their ilk thwart them at every turn.
Their lives are at stake and Travis realizes this case is not as straightforward as it first seemed.
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A thriller with great action and adventure
I liked how the author has a team of investigators rather than just one lone gunman who just happens to be good at everything. I also liked how the investigators have lives outside their work and subsequently have their own set of problems and quirks. It was good to get to know them and see their faults, foibles, fears and of course their investigative skills.
I was reminded of David Leadbetter's Matt Drake books as they also use a team of skilled people rather than just one person. Maybe also Alex Lukeman's work and maybe also Matthew Reilly's style of writing with his Jack West books.
Kerrie Seymour was a great narrator. It's the first time listening to this narrator but I will look out for other books as well as checking out the series as it was very easy listening and very enjoyable.
Yes. I really enjoyed it and was drawn into the story.
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- Tony Bough