The Seventh Treasure: An International Thriller
Reviewed by Tamra LeValley for Reader Views (9/13)
This thriller, “The Seventh Treasure” by Len Camarda, takes you on a quest that was started over 500 years ago with one family’s determination to take back what was once theirs. It started when Granada, Spain was taken over by the Christian sect and the Moors surrendered. Seven treasures were buried in the mountains in hopes that one day it could be used to take back the land and everything that had been built. Six of those treasures were found but one still remained. The death of a young woman and her brothers need to capture her killer unravels more than just a treasure hunt, but a global takeover.
Camarda did a great job of capturing my attention from the start but it soon fizzled out because the story was bogged down with too many details. I loved the general camaraderie of Gino and Mercedes, the two protagonists in the book; but after that, too many people were introduced in too much detail for me to keep them straight. The author also went into so many technical terms that it made me shake my head just trying to figure out why it was in the book. I believe the book could have shaved off a good 150 pages of unneeded information. There was also not enough action in the book to keep me interested. There was some in the beginning and just a wee bit at the end when they caught the bad guys.
The book itself was very heavy and the pages were too thick. The font was perfect for reading any time of the day. The storyline of “The Seventh Treasure” by Len Camarda was really good and well thought out and I really appreciated that when a Spanish word was used, the author would put the English words in parentheses so I would know what he was trying to convey. It was also hard to believe that so many people were involved in gathering information for these two investigators that somehow the bad guys did not get wind of them until the end of the book. I believe that the author should rethink some of the in-depth writing, i.e., the banking systems set ups and procedures, each persons job title, what their job entails and their past accomplishments, etc... It just makes for boring reading.