BOOK REVIEW: SATAN’S GOLD
AUTHOR: MICHAEL HINZ
REVIEWED BY: BETTY HORAK
If books were rated like fine restaurants Michael Hinz’s book Satan’s Gold would have four stars behind the title. And another four after the author’s name. The book is fantastic!
Being an avid reader, and having read all kinds of literature, ancient and modern, non-fiction and fiction, adventure, murder, westerns, romances—written by every author you can name, this book is the best balance book I have had the pleasure of reading. By balance, I mean that there is the right amount of excitement, adventure, description, dialogue, mayhem and romance. The book never has an extra word—whether text or dialogue that does not move the story forward. An exciting plot that carries the reader on, turning each page with anticipation and expectation, with is well satisfied throughout the book.
The characters are not only believable, but the hero and heroine and the other “good guys” are actually likable, and they are introduced by the author in a manner that makes you know them, and as the book progresses you know them better. The “bad guys” are just that, and through the main character’s eyes, you can see they are shells of people with nothing but greed, cruelty and immature mentality. The dialogue is fast moving, yet you don’t feel that it is pushed. It contributes to the overall plot, and each piece of dialogue is important in moving the plot forward. There is tension, there is violence, there is murder, there is mystery, there is everything a book needs and Hinz has presented it in its best form.
A master in the use of words, whether description of nature, which is necessary in the movement of the book, or in the vivid feelings of the characters, Hinz has proved to be a master in all fields.
This book is recommended above any Steven King, John Saul, James Patterson or John Gresham novel on the market. It is very well written, but leaves out the tiresome “more is better” so prevalent in today’s best sellers. Most best selling authors or their agents work under the concept of “more violence, more bloody gore, more psychopathic morbid behavior, more foul language (from even the lovely leading lady) and more explicit sex (which ends up getting a little boring, unless you are a pre-teen just finding out about the subject). Not so in Hinz’s book. Here again is the perfect balance. He has all the things in these best sellers, but in a perfect balance, which makes you wish the story would go on for another twenty chapters.
Throw into this perfect mixture, the spice of the true history of Cortez and his conquering of the Aztec nation and some of the truths of the Aztecs way of life, giving a lesson in history with such a flavor that makes the reader want to learn more, giving the book added interest and again balances out the action. Wonderful!
Hinz also introduces a character that is the odd man of the story. Although you do not like him, you—like the lead character, learn to tolerate him. Hinz uses this character in a cleaver ending, which leaves you with a chuckle, wishing for more as you close the back cover of the book.
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