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The Mayan Secrets
The Mayan Secrets by Clive Cussler (Other)
Having visited several Mayan sites in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras, I enjoyed reading this fictional novel about modern Guatemalan problems, Mayan history and civilization, and the historical figure Bartolomé de las Casas. Guatemala is recovering from a 36-year long civil war and is hampered by a ruling class of a few extremely wealthy families who treat the indigent descendants of Mayans as peasants. The Mayans were first treated abominably by the Spanish Conquistadors and missionaries who nearly removed all vestiges of their ancient culture by destroying their civilization and burning their books. Our book's modern heroes, Sam and Remi Fargo, are in search of Mayan secret sites and look for clues in the works of the 16th Century priest Bartolomé de las Casas, who strove to convince the Spanish royalty and forces to convert the Mayans through peaceful means rather than forcefully. Sam and Remi must also thwart the attempts of one of the wealthy landowners to find those sites first. Many battles ensue. The book is an educational blend of history, fiction, Indy Jones, and high-tech mayhem. -- Added by 6thgenhoosier on 02/16/2014

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St. Barts Breakdown
St. Barts Breakdown by Don Bruns (2000s)
Having visited St. Bart's on a cruise because it was once Swedish, I was especially interested in reading this adventure, which I thoroughly enjoyed, that was set there, an island of wealth and celebrities, where, the author claims, a character spotted a T-shirt labeled: ST. BARTS: A SUNNY PLACE FOR SHADY PEOPLE and where, the author claims, the authorities have no interest in admitting that crimes exist and has a character say: "Celebrities get way with murder. Literally. They never have to pay" and where the protagonist is compelled to purchase a 350 EURO bottle of champagne in a night club, and where a vile music-business character needs to be brought to justice. -- Added by 6thgenhoosier on 02/07/2014

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Lestrade and the Mirror of Murder
Lestrade and the Mirror of Murder by M. J. Trow (1910s)
A good story, but a bit tedious. Best line is ascribed to Arthur Conan Doyle: "If Sherlock Holmes hadn't existed, I should have had to make him up." -- Added by 6thgenhoosier on 02/03/2014

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The Orkney Scroll
The Orkney Scroll by Lyn Hamilton (2000s)
Having visited the Orkneys, I enjoyed immensely this book's excursion to these ancient isles. -- Added by 6thgenhoosier on 01/27/2014

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Shadow of the Bomb
Shadow of the Bomb by Robert Goldsborough (1940s)
By the author of Nero Wolfe stories (follow-ons to Rex Stout's), it is set at the time and in the place of the development of the atomic bombs. -- Added by 6thgenhoosier on 01/27/2014

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The Marseille Caper
The Marseille Caper by Peter Mayle (Other)
By the Author of Summer in Provence, it is a charming novel about the way the French do business--corruption, bribery, intimidation--with hints of fine wines and gourmet food. -- Added by 6thgenhoosier on 01/27/2014

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In the Wet
In the Wet by Nevil Shute (1980s)
Written in the 1950s, the book forecasts a Great Britain in the 1980s that is failing because of radical socialism and consequent action taken by Queen Elisabeth. The author manages these time differences most creatively. The main characters live in Australia, and the title is a phrase used by Australians to describe the rainy season. The author, an aeronautical engineer, was expert at telling intriguing stories in natural language and with no superfluous characters or subplots. All of his books were reprinted four years ago, demonstrating his continued popularity. -- Added by 6thgenhoosier on 01/15/2014

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