Book Review: Chakana

cover-chakanaTitle: Chakana

Author: W.E. Lawrence

Genre: Historical, Romance

Rating: 1 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

Can a romance save the world? Maybe this one could. Chakana is a historical romance novel filled with action, adventure, suspense, and intrigue.
In 1939, before the start of World War II, James Fleming, the original British secret agent, races on a high-stakes chase to track down the ancient lost treasure of King Huascar of the Incas. He must recover it before the Nazis do or the whole world will be in imminent danger.

But this is no ordinary treasure hunt. The Incas have proven their cunning and intellect in not only how they hid their treasure, but how they protected it. Fleming joins forces in the remote ruins of Peru, South America with Kate Rhodes, a policewoman on leave from the United States, her archaeologist brother, Nick, and their college professor, Dr. Charlie. Together, they must decode, interpret the clues, and face the challenges of the Chakana on their hunt for the treasure.

If this wasn’t difficult enough, the group is hounded throughout their search of the ancient Sacred Valley by international artifact smugglers, familiar with the Chakana and working with the Nazis, who are determined to acquire the treasure to help finance their war effort. Intrigue, danger, suspense, action, adventure, and even romance abound in this brave band’s quest to save the free world.

WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW

I wanted to like this book – I really did, but I could not get into it. Though the characters were charming and the writing was clear and easy to read, I found it hard to push past the first few chapters.

The writing style was simple – which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it bordered on the kind of writing you’d find in a middle-grade book. That’s not to say that it was juvenile, but it was so simplistic and lacking detail, that it threw the pace of the book off. Everything was happening incredibly quickly, and there wasn’t a lot to ground the story as far as atmosphere, dialogue, or detail went.

The way the action and character dialogue were written came across as staged and not quite real, and it made it hard to enjoy the story or feel any sort of tension even in the most dramatic moments. In the end, I just couldn’t sink into it like I wanted to. If you aren’t a heavy reader, and you’re looking for a simple, fast-paced read, this may fit you perfectly, it just wasn’t my cup of tea.