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The Find

1 rating: 5.0
A book by James J Valko

Ambitious and beautiful archeologist, Megan Eastwood, embarks on an excavation in the Grand Canyon with her mentor, Dr. Jensen Reinhardt, along with thirteen college students. An ancient map leads them to believe Egyptian artifacts are buried in a remote … see full wiki

Author: James J Valko
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Fireside Publications
1 review about The Find

Action Adventure! Sci-Fi! Supernatural! Romance! = One exciting book!

  • May 31, 2010
Rating:
+5
In his debut novel, James J. Valko proves himself a master storyteller with a vast knowledge of his subject matter. I'm really surprised at how good this book really is; I didn't expect it, so it bowled me over.

When Megan Eastwood and her mentor, Dr. Jensen Reinhardt, are missing from an archeological excavation in the Grand Canyon and the rest of the crew are found murdered, authorities wrongfully blame them for the mass murders. A magazine photographer, Bruce Brackin, pokes holes in the FBI news coverage and decides to seek the truth of the matter for a popular magazine for which he's freelancing.

Eastwood surfaces only to find she's wanted for murder, so she goes into hiding and pursues Brackin to talk him into helping her.

From this exciting beginning, The Find just gets better and better. The author weaves an unbelievable tale of Ancient Wisdom, Quantum Physics and the New World Order into such a well-constructed plot that I suspended my disbelief, taking his tale as absolute truth.

This author is smart! Not only does he know the locale of the Grand Canyon and describe it vividly, he is also almost "geeky" in his knowledge of high technology. He's also great at characterization, dialogue, budding romance...and his pacing is spot on! He grabbed me from page one and never let go.

This mesmerizing book is complex--with so many twists and turns that I kept wondering how the heck Eastwood and Brackin were going to get out of that horrendous situation--but it had a very satisfactory ending. The Find screams for a sequel. I certainly hope James J. Valko writes one.

Meanwhile, he will soon have another book out; this one is a love story titled "Ironwood." I look forward to reading it and anything else Valko writes.

Reviewed by: Betty Dravis, May 31, 2010
Author of "Dream Reachers" (with Chase Von) and other books

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