Book & Author Details:
Sealed Up by Steve Dunn Hanson
Publication date: August 1st 2016
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
The Da Vinci Code unsettles. SEALED UP shakes to the core!
UCLA anthropologist Nathan Hill, in a funk since his young wife’s death, learns of staggering millennia-old chronicles sealed up somewhere in a Mesoamerica cliff. This bombshell rocks him out of his gloom, and he leads a clandestine expedition to uncover them. What are they? Who put them there? No one knows. But, self-absorbed televangelist Brother Luke, who funds the expedition, thinks he does. If he’s right, his power-hunger will have off-the-charts gratification.
Striking Audra Chang joins Nathan in his pursuit and brings her own shocking secret. As they struggle through a literal jungle of puzzles and dead ends, she finds herself falling in love with Nathan. Her secret, though, may make that a non-starter.
When a shaman with a thirst for human sacrifice, and a murderous Mexican drug lord with a mysterious connection to Brother Luke emerge, the expedition appears doomed. Yet Nathan is convinced that fate—or something—demands these inscrutable chronicles be unearthed.
And if they are . . . what shattering disruption will they unleash?
Intricately layered and remarkably researched, this enthralling suspense-driven and thought provoking tour de force begs a startling question: Could it happen?
Once again, I find myself writing a review for a book which I did not finish. I don’t like writing these reviews. I particularly don’t like writing them when the book has garnered an average of 4.4 our of 5 on Amazon, based on 90 reviews.
As I have previously explained for those who read my reviews, I scheduled this book for review by a certain date. I started reading well in advance, as I always do. And whilst I got to about 41%, it still felt to me like the scene was being set.
And, honestly? I had become bored with the story. I had no connection with the characters. And I’m afraid that I was finding that reading the book was becoming a chore. I am firmly of the belief that reading should never be a chore. And so, it was with a measure of regret and disappointment, that I decided to put the book away.
As I mentioned previously, this book has received some good reviews, so if you are intrigured by the synopsis, like I was, then I recommend you reach your own decision.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
I’ve lived in places that grew me . . . from a small Idaho farm town, a run-down neighborhood in St. Louis, and Orange County, California, to Sydney, Australia, and Bucharest, Romania.
My experiences are as varied as the places I’ve lived. I have a hopper full of “reality” including being a volunteer chaplain in Orange County jails and flying with presidential nominee Barry Goldwater in his small plane when an engine conked out.
I’ve been active in community and Church virtually my entire life and have been married to my beautiful wife, Joyce, for over 50 years.
We live on a hill in scenic Spokane Valley, Washington, along with gobs of pine trees, deer, wild turkeys, and who knows what else. Peaceful and serene are descriptors. And the setting is perfect for me to do what I love to do–write!
In the past, with very limited time, I have written and had published a couple of self-help books and a short novel for a sectarian market. Now that I have gobs of time, I am concentrating on suspense-thriller novels for the general market. SEALED UP is the first of a series of three. The second and third books are going to be futuristic by definition, but not fantasy or science fiction. I’m a fanatic for research, and realism is the cornerstone of all of my books.