Monday, July 18, 2016

Review: Aztec Midnight by M.C. Tuggle

When drug cartels begin vandalizing ancient Aztec sites throughout Mexico in search of the sacred obsidian knife of Aztec emperor Ahuitzotl, the Mexican government reaches out to the U.S. State Department for assistance.

Dr. Jon Barrett, an archaeologist and pre-Columbian weapons expert, then journeys to Cuernavaca with his wife Susanna at the request of Eric Winwood, a high-ranking State Department official, to find and rescue the knife before the cartels can claim it. Locating the knife proves more challenging and dangerous than Dr. Barrett anticipated, and he and Susanna soon find themselves at the center of the cartels' search.

For Dr. Barrett and his wife to survive, he will be forced to apply his knowledge of ancient weapons in the face of an ancient power he never imagined.

Received for review

This novella is small but packs a definite punch. From the very beginning it draws you in and keeps you interested. It also resolves things quickly and cleanly by the last page so there are no loose ends to leave you wondering after you close the book.

The characters left a bit to be desired, but that is almost to be expected in a story of this size. The plot required a bit more than the usual levels of suspension of disbelief (on par with a SyFy movie) but it was still entertaining.

Overall, this was a fast, enjoyable read that provides a bit more depth than a short story but isn’t so long that you lose interest. I certainly recommend it as a solid beach read.

★★★☆☆ = Liked It


Ryan said...

Sounds like fun!

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