Dr. Sean Casey is a skilled neurologist who deals with death and the intangibles of the nervous system on a daily basis. From the lips of a beautiful woman who claims to be the dead man's sister, he hears that his friend Jose … see full wiki
My review is based on an advanced copy I received directly from the author but reflects my personal opinion.
The story opens with a daring theft of a valuable artifact, the Volto Santo, which gets stolen from a museum in Europe. It appears someone in the Vatican is behind it and is looking for something inside of the artifact. This will come into play later.
In Arizona we are introduced to Jose Santiago, a university researcher who practices sky jumping with his friend Sean Casey. Jose takes Sean to the university and Sean notices that Jose gets into a heated discussion with a professor. Later Jose makes a trip to Guatamala and discovers an ancient temple (possibly pre-Mayan) but can find no way to enter it. As it is very dangerous where he is, he decides to come back the next day but he is set upon and killed.
Jose's sister Alexis goes to see Sean Casey and tells him of Jose's death and tells Sean that Jose thought that Sean was a man to be trusted. Sean receives and encoded message that was sent by Jose. Alexis and Sean are able to figure out what is in the message and decide to go to Guatamala to find what happened to Jose and to finish his work.
They face danger at every turn as they are being watched and followed and in Guatamala there is a ruthless drug lord named Guerrero who also wants them dead. Eventually, the story will lead for them to have to locate the "real" Votto Santo (the stolen artifact was actually a copy).
The author does an excellent job of keeping the reader engaged throughout and has brought into play more theories about the past that made me run to Wikipedia to try to determine what is actually fact. Both Alexis and Sean are both intriguing and I wanted to know more about them then the author allows. The author writes several tense action scenes but where he could improve the next time is to provide better description of what is happening. At times I had difficult picturing the action taking place, especially when the author was describing things happening very fast.