Maximilian's Treasure

Fiction - Mystery - Legal
354 Pages
Reviewed on 06/01/2020
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Author Biography

James D. Bell is an award-winning author and retired Judge who received the highest bar association approval ratings ever given to a Mississippi Circuit or County Judge. He is listed in Preeminent Lawyers, Outstanding Lawyers of America and Top 100 Attorneys of North America. He is the author of two novels, Vampire Defense and Maximilian’s Treasure. His short story, The Adventures of Sherlock Hound, was published in Mardi Allen’s collection, Dog Stories for the Soul, alongside stories from Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, Willie Morris and others. The son of a Choctaw mother and a Mississippi businessman, Judge Bell is devoted to his wife, Joanne. They live near Jackson, Mississippi and have four children. Judge Bell returned to law practice but is frequently called back to the bench by the Mississippi Supreme Court for short term assignments.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite

Maximillian’s Treasure is an exciting legal drama tale by James D. Bell. Law partners John Brooks and Jackson Bradley assumed saving the farm for their Choctaw Indian client, Frank Dalton, would be easy. That was before they realized how desperate and dangerous some people were to get the farm for its ancient treasure. While attending a Dalton function, shooters kill Frank’s uncle. Dalton seeks revenge and is later arrested for the shooters' murders. A painting of hummingbirds found in Frank’s home by Karen, John’s secretary, holds the secret to the treasure. Jackson takes a vacation in the Caribbean, unaware that he’s being followed by ruthless killers and a beautiful vixen who always gets what she desires. John wonders how the defense team always knows what he’s doing and is surprised when he learns how.

“It’s legal because I wish it.” Attorney-at-law and author, James D. Bell will keep you enthralled with his novel, Maximillian’s Treasure. It is steeped in romance, never-ending action, and exciting adventures looking for the treasure of Emperor Maximillian 1 of Mexico, as well as being a very entertaining courtroom drama. Readers will be flipping from one main drama to another without being confused since the author is an expert at intertwining the stories with satisfying outcomes. There were times I thought John was too trusting and gullible, but he proved me wrong, especially in the courtroom. There are light Christian undertones in the plot that made reading it even more pleasant. The book cover is also amazing, just like Maximillian’s Treasure.