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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Treasure of the General Grant is a work of fiction in the historical fiction, contemporary mystery, and interpersonal drama sub-genres, and was penned by author Brian Wilson. As the title suggests, the work makes reference to the sunken clipper, the General Grant, as the central theme of its mystery, notably the large amounts of gold that were said to be on board at the time of its disaster. We meet protagonist Robbie, a native New Zealander, who is determined to find out the true origins of his deceased uncle’s connection to the ship, and if indeed there is hidden knowledge which might take him to the treasure that nobody else has been able to find.
Author Brian Wilson takes one of history’s most fascinating mysteries and turns it into a fantastic tale of adventure, mystery, and intrigue for his reading audience. One of the things I really enjoyed about this concise novel was the amount of real history which it packs in, delivering an educational background to the trade routes and sailing practices of the nineteenth century. This wealth of research makes the novel all the more engrossing and provides solid foundations for the fun, fast-paced adventures of Robbie and his discoveries to take place. The dialogue too had some really witty touches, providing colorful characterization but also some great, accessible plot exposition. Overall, I would definitely recommend Treasure of the General Grant for fans of historical mysteries and modern-day capers with some great action and real history behind it.