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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
The Fishhook Rebellion: Hawai`i 1847 (A Swift and Dancer Adventure) by Dan Gooder Richard takes the action-adventure story to new heights of thrills and excitement. In giving an adrenalin rush to its readers, it also provides a high level of reading pleasure. Jack Dancer and Samantha Swift cross paths in the so-called hellhole of the Pacific and find themselves in a power struggle to rule the ocean, with Napoleon’s hidden treasure as the prize in the conquest. Napoleon is said to have stolen Malta’s treasures in 1798 to bankroll his Egyptian adventure. The trove is reputed to be worth a pope’s ransom. Whoever finds the lost trove first gets to assume power. Dancer will be facing a king to explain what he has uncovered about Napoleon’s treasure, a tribe paying tribute to a lizard god, and the blood connection involved in the power struggle.
The Fishhook Rebellion feels fresh with Dan Gooder Richard’s crisp and engaging narrative complemented by a keen sense of history. Reading this adventure tale becomes far more enjoyable than watching a rehashed adventure movie. The action sequences are engaging and energetic, and even provide clues to what Dancer is trying to unravel. The author takes the historical adventure genre seriously and provides developed characters worth caring about. You get a feel for the high stakes that they are playing for and recognize the level of danger that they face as the plot draws you in. If you enjoy reading Clive Cussler, this book is the one for you. After reading it, you will be glad that you picked it up.