The Indian Queen would risk torture and worse to keep her secrets from these barbarians in suits of metal and their search for cities of gold. They never found the gold. Empires rose; empires fell, the centuries passed. Legend became fireside myths, but no treasure was ever found. Yet, among the grey-green drapes of wisteria and wild jasmine along the misty shrouded lowlands of bayous and marshes of the Westo River, the folktales persist.
In the lazed creep of a near-tropical dawn lit the pungent Turkish coffee permeates Moccasin Hollow. Beyond the kitchen door Lucky, Craige Ingram’s German shepherd gnaws a favorite bone. Looted burial mounds seem a world away until plundered mounds on Moccasin Hollow land brings amateur archaeologist PI Craige Ingram into the cross-hairs of kidnapping. Stealthy hideaways are concealed in old colonial brick-lined river grottoes beneath the big house of Ardochy plantation. Sex-tape underage blackmail and thrill killings on federal land spur a medical examiner’s preliminary postmortem to more than a hired cleaner’s quickie cover-up passed off as drug deals gone sour. Greed tangles a witch’s pigswill of illicit affairs and murder-to-hide-murder. Shady investigators and shadier politics stir an unexpected concoction that threatens the lives of those at Moccasin Hollow in a spiteful plot against ex-SEAL Craige Ingram and the woman he loves.
My Review : 4 out of 5 stars
A very well written story. Full of suspense and mystery. I was surprised about how well I liked this story. I am now instreasted in checking out more of the author’s books in the future.
There was a lot of crime in this story and it made me keep reading to see what is going to happen next. It had me on the edge of the seat and turning the pages for more.
The characters were very well developed and very interesting. I loved reading there journey and what happens to them. The plot was good as well and the autor did a very nice job on it.
If you like mystery and crime this book is for. I would only recommend 18 and older to read this book.
THE BEAST IN WRITING
We readers are a wide-ranging diverse eclectic collection of interests, and we writers are the flip side of that coin. Most of us have a yen for extended character-driven backgrounds in tales spun around/against the interplay of personalities, goals, and hidden agendas. These tales that writers spin are even better if they are helped along by the shabby glitz of media overkill—the scraggly weeds of the Id harboring its own rules in each of us—we naked apes. The beast lurks ever so near the surface. We see it every day…all around us in our civilized and not so civilized societies.
The historical romance, Moccasin Trace, is just a glimpse of the beast. It establishes the historical bloodlines of Craige Ingram in The Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series, but the twist of the love story is played on a stage where unsavory animals have been loosed. In The Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series, Book 1, Hidden Chamber of Death, and this new release, Book 2, Westobou Gold, the love story is plot and character driven while the setting adds touches of flavor, history and tradition—yet the bad-guy beast is loosed.
The cover design of Hidden Chamber of Death makes a graphic hook…the vault door. It teases the reader with nasty allusions veneered by the tranquility of Moccasin Hollow. The cover of Westobou Gold with its bright colors is even better in adding hints of darker promises…something this writer thoroughly has fun doing. Action and characters drive the interplay to show what/who/why/how, while the plot drives the tale as readers try to figure this-an’-that. Thrillers gotta have bad guys and gals. Highly intelligent killers cocked-and-loaded with ready-made paranoia make their own rules, confounding mayhem and chaos and removing perceived adversaries in the most unexpected ways; i.e., warm or cold, marinated or dismembered bodies. The Id is very much alive and healthy.
In the sci-fi series, The Cairns of Saintuarie, Volume I, The Bleikovat Event, and Volume II, The Missing Planets, setting and plot drive the action of kith-an’-kin serial generations focusing on characters. The interplay between Eklam and Korvo may seem sci-fi, BUT we biped space-species hominids have already begun taking baby steps into what’s out there beyond twinkle-twinkle little stars. Researching the evolution of new idioms and languages of far-flung worlds was a bit tricky and a whole bunch fun, along with keeping the glossary handy so not to fumble the technicalities of different syntax and lexicon.
Bottom line…genre doesn’t exist except for which shelf and what catalog number it is assigned. No matter what it is labeled—historical romance, science fiction, mystery—each tale has certain givens or requirements. Character, plot, setting, action—these are the things that drive the tale and make a book worth reading. Ain’t it fun!
Internationally acclaimed author and public speaker, Hawk MacKinney began writing mysteries for his school newspapers. He served in the US Navy Reserve for over 20 years, and was a tenured faculty member at several state medical facilities, teaching postgraduate courses in both the United States and Jerusalem, Israel. Since retiring Hawk has authored several novels that have received national and international recognition. Moccasin Trace, a historical novel, was nominated for the prestigious Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction and the Writers Notes Book Award. The Cairns of Sainctuarie, his science fiction series, includes The Bleikovat Event and The Missing Planets, with a third book in the works. Hawk’s latest project focuses on The Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series. Book 1 in the series, Hidden Chamber of Death, was released early 2016.
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