Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Inca's Death Cave: An Archaeological Mystery, by Bradford Wheler

Where do I start. I thought this book was about Archeology. Well, it is. BUT, it is also about history, technology, the Vatican, a Billionaire and well, a bunch of young adults who have nothing better to do than develop cutting edge software while helping solve an archeological mystery of hundreds of years.

TECHNOLOGY: Wheler will describe so many computer ideas both hardware and software that you will need a degree in computer science to keep up. He also will hit on drones, surveillance devices and cutting edge aircraft to make you think the book is about modern toys of the rich. Then he will have a Billionaire that seems to be just a bit to nice for us to believe, but believe we must.

ARCHEOLOGY: Now we have a Cornell University Professor and his Graduate Assistant who become the main focal point of the novel. They are bright, engaging, fun loving and just plain normal people, or are they? Abbey is a Phd student who has a steel trap mind for details and information. She may be about archeology, but her grasp of information makes her a waking computer data base. Not just about archeology but history, finances, economy, computers, etc. It's almost unreal to think someone can be this gifted. But gifted she is.

Abbey is going to help the professor work through the historical documents that they need to find the Inca Death Cave and the secrets that is holds. She will become proficient in ancient 1600's era Spanish as well as modern Spanish so that she can read the history and texts of monks and scribes in their original languages instead of in the rough English translations. The professor is not that gifted.

Then there are the "Reject Team" members that Walter Falone (the billionaire) assigns to help the professor. THEY ARE NOT REJECTS by any stretch of the imagination. They are geniuses in their own fields. These young people will help the professor and Abbey achieve the unachievable.

Now, don't get me wrong, Professor Rob is not an old dottering fool. He is brilliant in his own way and understands people, students, issues and science enough to lead the group to achieve what Walter Falone hopes they can achieve.

This book is so well written that even though you start to get lost in the descriptions of technology and science you can't help keep reading. You want to know what is going to happen.

I kind of lost track but I think there are maybe six plot lines that you will follow. They all are fun. They all are interesting, and they all pull together to form one giant great novel of mystery and intrigue.


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