Another Excellent Adventure Story
5 out of 5 stars
So first and foremost, I don’t like snakes. Now, that being said – this book freaked me out because a lot of it was about snakes, a very very large snake in particular. Now, reading the title of Serpent, that makes sense. It was nothing that I still didn’t fly through and enjoy thoroughly, I just had to say that upfront.
Serpent was one of those books that I just couldn’t put down. I think I finished it in 2 days and in 2 listening sessions. I just put it on and flew through it. Wood’s writing has always done that to me and this series along with its spinoffs are all so darn enjoyable. This one sees the same cast and crew we’re used to just getting back from their last adventure, Contest, and there are some callbacks and I think they mention at least one or two newer people that were introduced more recently – but the best part is that you could pick this book up and read it as a normal adventure book and still enjoy it. Sure, you’d miss some of the camaraderie and the back and forth between Bones and Maddock but the core story is still enjoyable on its own.
The different things that Wood either comes up with or hears about from different cultures and areas make each one of these books so fun and enjoyable. I know that each one is going to feature something absolutely insane and I’m going to love it. This time it had a few things (including a massive twist towards the end) that even throughout I would say out loud to myself “What?”. All of Wood’s stories have that effect on me and I love it.
Overall, Serpent was a blast to listen to. Full of adventure and exotic locales – it was fun and action-packed from beginning to end. Throw in the excellent narration from Jeffrey Kafer and it’s near a perfect book. Especially if you’d read the other books in the series, or happen to like Adventure stories like Indiana Jones, National Treasure, and Dirk Pitt. Also, I’m not sure if I’ve called them out before, but these stories also have a modern-day Assassin’s Creed feel to them. They are always fighting against another force for things and it has that same back-and-forth that the AC games have.
What lurks in the heart of the jungle?
High in the Andes, Dane Maddock and Bones Bonebrake discover a secret prison cell where a Spanish explorer lived out his final days. The words carved into the wall seem like the ravings of a madman, but they are the key that opens the door to an ancient mystery.
Hidden somewhere in the depths of the Peruvian Amazon is the Inca’s lost City of the Serpent, the gateway to the underworld. Boundless treasure and unimaginable power lie in wait for those who are clever enough to follow the clues left by the mysterious Cloud People. But Maddock and Bones are not the only ones searching for the city, and to get there, they must brave the perils of the jungle and the deadly guardians of the underworld as they come face to face with the giant serpent of the Amazon.
Classic adventure for the modern listener! Fans of Indiana Jones, Dirk Pitt, and National Treasure will love the Dane Maddock adventures!
Serpent by David Wood
Narrator: Jeffrey Kafer
Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
Series: Dane Maddock #13
Published by Gryphonwood Press on July 6th 2021
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Also by this author: Quest (Dane Maddock #3), Amber (Dane and Bones Origins #7), Treasure of the Dead, Xibalba (Dane Maddock #8)
Also in this series: Quest (Dane Maddock #3), Xibalba (Dane Maddock #8), Loch, Dourado