When a forgotten journal materializes decades after Drake Ramsey's father vanished in the Amazon jungle, Drake decides to follow in his footsteps and search for the legendary treasure of the Inca empire hidden in the lost Inca city of Paititi.
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"From hesitation to enthralled"
First off, I have over 40 titles in my library, listen to a book a week roughly. I have favorite authors but have never felt compelled to writing a review... Until now. Ramsey's Gold was a great book, good characters, story, pulled me in quickly. What really set it apart was the narration, never have I heard such an incredible reading. It came to life. I would have to write a short book on how perfectly this was done. I will be listening to any book by this author and without question I will listen to anything I can find read by this narrator- even in a genre that isn't typical of me- with his skill I'm sure even then I would enjoy it and be able to relate. Most excellent work all around!
"Fun Read ...."
I thought the entire story was fun. It wasn't rocket science and I read it to be entertained, which I was.
Sure. I liked all of the characters. I liked the storyline. it was fun.
It's Ray Porter. He narrated a book to me. I love Ray Porter.
Nothing extreme. I go out of my way to listen to Ray Porter because I love the Joe Ledger series and I love the sound of his voice. This was nowhere near that series. But it was entertaining and it was Ray Porter reading it to me.
"A Cussler Protege hits a homer ...."
I knew Blake had co-written a novel w/ Clive Cussler so I felt pretty safe going in. And with Ray Porter as narrator I was doubly safe. With due respects to Scott Brick, Dick Hill et al .... RAY PORTER is my NumeroUno audible narrator.
Yes, this is "intrepid young man sets out to follow in adventurer father footsteps".... teams up with pretty girl with spunk and a mysterious "guide".... battle Amazon jungle, Russians who sound like Boris Badenov (of course), etc etc etc .... use Indiana Jones -ish metaphors.
1/3 of the way through I was hoping Blake will consider a series.... He is .... now I'm on to Emerald Buddha.
I think I'm in love with Ray Porter! I can listen to him again and again. The story was good, exciting, and I'm looking forward to the next one. I hope Spenser tags along on the next adventure.
"Ray Porter rocks as usual"
...and is the only redeeming aspect of this trite story with weak character development. What intelligent woman with a PhD in Anthropology would be stupid enough to carry her passport in her purse at the beaches of Rio de Janero? This is just one example of how inane the story can be. If Mr. Porter wasn't the narrator I wouldn't have purchased the audio book and I wouldn't have missed anything.
"Super fun listen"
Great story, always exciting. I had a hard time pressing pause when I had to go back to work or sleep. It's an audio page turner, if you will.
"Great story fantastic narrator"
Enjoyed the book. Excited for next one. Writer has a good style. Kept me interested through to the end. Watch out Scott Brick because Ray Porter's performance was outstanding. Each character had a distinctive voice where most of Scott's are repetitive. He made audible a great way to enjoy this book. Time to get the next Blake book
"Entertaining, but very cliched and derivative"
I would definitely listen to another Ray Porter narration. As for another Blake novel ..... maybe. But not at full price.
Maybe. But not for full price. If there was a sale and I just wanted some fluff adventure time, then I would pick up another of his novels.
Porter is amazing. I can't believe that I've never come across his work before. His voices are great. Timing is perfect. His female voices are good and not falsetto. All around a great narrator.
Yes, but barely. And largely due to the incredible voice of Ray Porter.
This is obviously a set up novel for a continuing series that takes a young, handsome, intelligent and restless adventurer and sends him on an adventure where he will find a treasure worth BILLIONS and thereby be able to fund his future Dirk Pitt-style escapades.
Of course, he also meets up with a beautiful, young archaeologist arm candy and a world-wise, gruff, former special forces badass who I'm sure will be his companions in future books.
While the book moves along at a good pace and can be quite fun at times, there are some ridiculously over-used tropes that keep showing up:
~ The hero has a photographic memory
~ He's also very good at martial arts
~ And becomes an expert marksman in about 24 hours
~ He's oh-so-handsome
~ Stunningly beautiful 24 year old archaeologist
~ Said beauty falls into quicksand .... seriously, QUICKSAND
~ The hero's father left him a cryptic treasure map
~ That the Russians want to get back from him
~ Said Russians are right out of central casting's "Russian Thug" lineup.
I could go on, but I think you get the picture.Blake is a former self-published author who rights about 10 novels a year and is very proud of his prolific output. That volume is very clear from the lack of any real character development and his overuse of adventure cliches that we loved during Saturday morning cartoons, but which have lost their punch and thrill-factor.
"This book is ridiculous"
Only Ray Porter narrating got me to within a couple hours of finishing. The scenarios in this book are silly.
I'm not sure I'm going to invest a lot of time in this review. The book has already taking up more hours of my life than I was willing to part with.
I never wanted to put this one down. Some parts of the book took my breath away. The story provides many opportunities for speculation. Russell Blake did an excellent job describing the story's details thus creating great mental imagery for the reader. Lots of intrigue, some love tension and unexpected twists!
Ray Porter, awesome!
Ray Porter is one of the best. His narration on the Raymond Chandler books is brilliant. Nothing wrong with his performance here but he can only elevate the story so far
I wanted to like this, I really did. Ray Porter is really good, but there is very little excitement in the story. If you read the books synopsis, you know what is going to happen. It is all pretty much telegraphed the whole way through. Despite the prerequisite life or death moments, it all seemed a bit easy.
However, I give up on books quite easily if they don't grab my attention and I finished this so there's that.
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