Tuesday, 25 October 2016

The Smoke Hunter - Jacquelyn Benson - adventure and romance

My Review

This debut novel is a girls own rip roaring adventure, pure escapism. It’s a jolly good yarn and I enjoyed reading it immensely, despite it being a bit of a mish-mash of styles with tongue in cheek nods to many other works.

It’s just before the turn of the century and Eleonora (Ellie) Mallory is a rarity for her time, an educated woman who longs for adventure and exploration, yet due to gender constraints is prevented from using her education to do what she really longs for and become an archaeologist in the field exploring ancient ruins in far flung places, instead she has to work as an archivist, a back room girl in a rather dull job cataloguing other peoples finds. She is feisty yet innocent, brave and resourceful but just a touch foolhardy.

Leaving her job one day, she happens upon a fascinating old map and an artefact which leads her on an adventure beyond her wildest dreams.

In a steamy. Exotic South American jungle she joins forces with a dashing enigmatic hunk of man – Adam Bates, explorer to search for a mysterious lost city.

He is Indiana Jones coupled with Bear Grylls and Mr Darcy.

She is Lara Croft, Anne of Green Gables and Jungle Jane.

The story is pure Enid Blyton meets H Rider Haggard with a strong leaning towards classic Mills and Boon. It’s mushy and slushy with lashings of buckets of blood and danger galore.

There is excitement, mystery and lots of Derring do. The whole book simmers with chaste passion and unrequited lust. Puzzles worthy of the Crystal Maze rub shoulders with dastardly deeds carried out by absolute cads.

It is terribly tongue in cheek however if you like good old fashioned romance and rip roaring adventure enter the jungles of British Honduras (now known as Belize) with our hapless couple and join them in their search for the Mirror of smoke.

My thanks go to Katie Bradburn @katie_bradburn at Headline for my review copy.

The Blurb

THE SMOKE HUNTER by Jacquelyn Benson brings you the thrills of Indiana Jones, the action of Scott Mariani, the conspiracy of Dan Brown and the authenticity of Clive Cussler. Are you ready to join the adventure? 

'Intrigue and suspense aplenty. A refreshing and original new voice' Scott Mariani

'The illegitimate love-child of Lara Croft and Indiana Jones... Fast-paced and action-packed' Stephen Leather

Chasing a threat born in smoke... 

London, 1898. Archivist Eleanora Mallory discovers a map to a legendary city . But is it the key to unravelling an ancient mystery or a clever hoax?

Compelled to find out, Ellie journeys to Central America - with a merciless enemy hot on her heels.

In a race to uncover the map's secret first, Ellie is forced to partner with maverick archaeologist Adam Bates, a man she's not sure she can trust. Together, they venture into an uncharted wilderness alive with smoke and shadows, where an even greater danger awaits them.

For what lies there whispering to be unearthed has the power to bring the world to its knees.

Join Ellie and Adam as they battle rivers of scorpions, plummeting waterfalls and pre-historic death traps on the journey to uncovering a deadly secret that could shake the fate of the world.

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