Curse of the Ancients Book Review
In Curse of the Ancients, from his airstrip to Israel, to Turkey and a nightmare-dream of one-of-a-kind ancient artifacts that not only threatened the serene life Craige knew and loved at Moccasin Hollow, it would destroy the world.
About Curse of the Ancients
As Craige Ingram climbed the stairs of the derelict building, that peculiar stench of a dead body hit him. It was the same smell no matter where—SpecOps SEAL encounter gone sour, or in a vacant, roach-infested apartment. Inside, his SEAL buddy-turned head of Buckingham Parish Homicide’s Investigative Support Division, Grayson MacGerald, was huddled with the coroner next to a swollen decaying corpse that was days old and hardly more than oozing dead meat.
The PI inside Craige had a gut feeling that there was more to this than a dead body, and Craige’s Grannie always told him, “Trust your feelin’s.” But that was before Mihály Keaulescu set down two of his Black Falcon choppers on Craige’s Moccasin Hollow private airstrip in an uninvited stopover. It got worse. From his airstrip to Israel, to Turkey and a nightmare-dream of one-of-a-kind ancient artifacts that not only threatened the serene life Craige knew and loved at Moccasin Hollow, it would destroy the world.
Curse of the Ancients is an exciting, fast paced mystery full of murder, biomedical warfare, lies and a confusing series of events that will leave you on the edge of your seat.
In this book, we are introduced to Craige and his SEAL friends. They are an intense group of individuals who have learned to trust their gut instincts through many dangerous ops and trust in each other solely. What begins as a seemingly normal murder (if murder could even be described as normal) takes a dangerous turn during the autopsy. That is when Craige is brought when they learn a dangerous poison was used to murder the young woman. Soon after, another body appears and a series of events is unleashed including a train derailment, artifact findings that unleashes deadly and terrifying secrets. Throw in terrorists, spies, possible double agents, biomedical warfare and ancient artifact finds and you will not be able to put this novel down!
I loved the way the plot unfolds in this novel, you really never know what to expect next and it keeps you on your toes. I found I had to reread certain parts to ensure I understood the information. The novel takes you almost around the world with the key players and the extent of the crime. There are so many layers of politics, military and secrets and just when you feel like you know what has happened, Hawk throws in a different angle. It is an extremely well written novel that will keep you engaged and entertained throughout the whole story with its unique plot and characters. A definite must read for those who love a good crime solving mystery.
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About the Author
With postgraduate degrees and faculty positions at several medical universities, Hawk MacKinney has taught graduate courses in both the United States and Jerusalem. In addition to his work in classrooms and laboratories, he has written numerous professional articles on chordate neuroembryology and authored several novels that reflect his southwest upbringing in Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma. Moccasin Trace, a historical novel nominated for both the prestigious Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction and the Writers Notes Book Award, details the family bloodlines of his protagonist in the Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series. Hidden Vault of Secrets and Westobou Gold, Books 1 and 2 in the series, have received national and international attention. Hawk is also writing a science fiction series, The Cairns of Sainctuarie.
You can connect with him on his website.
Disclosure: I received a digital copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.