The Bryant Family Chronicles

Death and Gold in Zara Zote

Fiction - Mystery - General
314 Pages
Reviewed on 07/24/2011
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Author Biography

Eddie Hughes is an author of both fiction and technical books. Besides The Bryant Family Chronicles: Death and Gold in Zara Zote, he's also written Site Surveying Guide for Radar and Cameras. Book two of The Bryant Family Chronicles (TBFC) is underway. It takes place in Florida and Hawaii.

Eddie is also President, Co-Owner, and Co-Founder of DMT, LLC ( DMT builds sophisticated radar and integrated security solutions. Eddie designed many of the products sold by DMT. He also served as the radar expert for the National Missile Defense Agency. His background in technology finds its way into his novels. All the technology found in the TBFC is real and exists.

Eddie lives in Herndon, Virginia. He is happily married and has two daughters (ages 13 and 21). In his spare time, Eddie can be found paddling his kayak among the islands off the Gulf Coast of Florida. Saltwater fishing is a passion.

Eddie enjoys researching history for his books. He is particularly interested in Caribbean and Florida history from the 1500's to the present.

Eddie graduated from Lynhburg College with a BS degree in Physics. He also has a BS degree in Mathematics and a Marine Option Program (MOP) Certificate from the University of Hawaii.

Eddie has traveled the world for business and pleasure. Places traveled include most of the Middle East and Europe. Eddie's bio and pictures from his travels can be found on his facebook page and

    Book Review

Reviewed by Stefan Vucak for Readers' Favorite

Rick Bryant, an electronics wizard, gives up the corporate grind and establishes a small research company in Florida, developing sophisticated buoy sensor packages and advanced imaging software. His two precocious daughters discover an old sword on a deserted island that eventually leads them to buried Spanish treasure. Rick gets involved with the local sheriff and the Drug Enforcement Agency, where his advanced gadgets help to break up a major drug smuggling ring.

The Bryant Family Chronicles is packed with continuous action and the reader is quickly swept up with Rick and his wild adventures to corner the drug smugglers. There are enough speedboat chases, flying drones, even a yellow submarine the smugglers are using, to keep the reader interested. His two daughters offer an amusing diversion and insight into teenager life. There is minimal characterization and story depth in this book, but young readers will not find this a problem, being more interested in following the adventures that are unfolding. Although entertaining, for a serious reader, many of the underlying plot assumptions and the variety of super gadgets that Rick employs are hardly credible.

As an adventure writer for young readers, Eddie Hughes has much to offer. His easy style is entertaining and diverting, ideally suited for a teen audience.