Monday, March 27, 2017

First Chapter Review: Sealed Up: The Course of Fate: Book One by Steve Dunn Hanson



Is that a fantastic cover or what? I wanted to review this but because of time restraints I am going to post a first chapter review.


The Da Vinci Code unsettles. SEALED UP shakes to the core! UCLA anthropologist Nathan Hill, in a funk since his young wife’s death, learns of staggering millennia-old chronicles sealed up somewhere in a Mesoamerica cliff. This bombshell rocks him out of his gloom, and he leads a clandestine expedition to uncover them. What are they? Who put them there? No one knows. But, self-absorbed televangelist Brother Luke, who funds the expedition, thinks he does. If he’s right, his power-hunger will have off-the-charts gratification.


Striking Audra Chang joins Nathan in his pursuit and brings her own shocking secret. As they struggle through a literal jungle of puzzles and dead ends, she finds herself falling in love with Nathan. Her secret, though, may make that a non-starter.
When a shaman with a thirst for human sacrifice, and a murderous Mexican drug lord with a mysterious connection to Brother Luke emerge, the expedition appears doomed. Yet Nathan is convinced that fate—or something—demands these inscrutable chronicles be unearthed.
And if they are . . . what shattering disruption will they unleash?
Intricately layered and remarkably researched, this enthralling suspense-driven and thought provoking tour de force begs a startling question: Could it happen?


As I mentioned above, this cover is strikingly attractive and matches the theme of the book. I just love it.


We start out with Nacom dying. He motions for Kish to reach for the key around Nacom's neck to open a special box. Kish turns the key and opens it. There are two cloth-covered objects.  Kish goes to open the one on the bottom and Nacom stops him, telling him to close the box. And then Nacom dies.


The imagery with this first chapter is amazing. The author uses descriptive verbiage that helps you to visualize the story happening. Hanson is a great wordsmith. So what's up with the box? And why did Nacom say the word "priest" to Kish?

I will definitely keep reading!

About the Author

I've lived in places that grew me . . . from a small Idaho farm town, a run-down neighborhood in St. Louis, and a middle-class southern California community, to Sydney, Australia, and Bucharest, Romania. My experiences are as varied as the places I've lived. I have a hopper full of "reality" including being a volunteer jail chaplain and flying with a U.S. presidential candidate in his small plane when an engine conked out. And all of this is fodder for my writing.

My latest book is the action/adventure/suspense novel, Sealed Up.

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I give this first chapter 5 book trees!

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