Published: August 2014
Series: A Rare Book Mystery #2
Michael Bevan is barely scraping by with his used bookstore and rare book collection when he discovers a timeworn journal that may change everything. Dating back to 1768, the tattered diary appears to be a chronicle kept during the first of legendary seafarer Captain James Cook’s three epic voyages through the Pacific islands. If it’s as valuable as Mike thinks it is, its sale may just bring enough to keep his faltering used bookstore afloat for another year.
Then he meets a pair of London dealers with startling news: Adrian Hart and Penelope Wilkes claim to possess the journal of Cook’s second voyage. Is it possible a third diary exists? One which might detail Cook’s explosive final voyage—and his death at the hands of native Hawaiians? Together, all three would be the holy grail of Pacific exploration. But before Mike can act, the two journals are stolen.
Chasing them down will sweep Michael, Adrian, and Penelope across the globe—past a dead body or two—and into a very sinister slice of paradise. High in the Southern Alps of New Zealand, in a remote and secretive Maori compound, a secret rests in the hands in of a man daring enough to rewrite history . . . and desperate enough to kill.
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A new culture and world is always a great mystery to explore.
The author, Thomas Shawver, transports the reader to a different culture in wonderful detail making the cultural differences tangible for an average person who’d otherwise have never known of the Maori’s existence. The history and adventure were well played out, though Mike Bevan, the main character, easily tweaked my nerves. He’s by no means a “good” guy but it’s hard to appreciate a character who easily switches ideals and morals to suits his state of mind at the time. This made him untrustworthy to me as a reader.