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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Goldhead by Jaeme Haviland is a pleasurable read that is well-crafted for fans of adventure, a tale of a treasure hunt and courage, but above all a story that powerfully depicts the perils of greed. It’s a story with a complex, yet fascinating setting, shifting between the 16th century and the 20th century. Long ago, in the sixteenth century, Mano del Rey’s crew suffered a shipwreck and ruthless massacre. One person survived the shipwreck and chronicled what happened. Now Ben Wheeler, Bill Walden, and Dan Hampshire are about to discover what really happened, so they start following clues from the survivor’s musty journal. They are after a treasure of great value. However, what awaits them is more than the coveted Aztec gold. They might have properly prepared for everything, but not the artifact and the ancient curse that await them.
Godhead is a fascinating read, an epic tale of adventure with well-sculpted characters. Aside from the strong and compelling storyline, the author has done a great job in exploring human nature, working with themes like greed and adventure. The conflict is masterfully developed and it features at different levels of the plot, driving it forward. The shifts in setting create a powerful sense of suspense which allows the reader to keep on turning the pages. At times it is dizzying, but delightful. Jaeme Haviland’s writing is very beautiful and I enjoyed how he allowed the contrast between the sixteenth century and the twentieth century to come across in the use of language. The descriptions are vivid and absorbing. If you love adventure, then read this book. You’ll be hugely entertained.