The Secret of the Stones (Sean Wyatt #1) by Ernest Dempsey
They tried to kill him to cover up an ancient secret. Now Sean Wyatt is plunged head first into a race against time to save his best friend and the lives of billions.
A four thousand year old mystery lurks in the hills of Georgia. While investigating a strange series of ancient symbols, an archaeologist vanishes, and a professor he entrusted with the secret is murdered.
Former government agent, Sean Wyatt, learns of his friend’s disappearance and the murder. Now he must unravel the clues to the ancient mystery that holds incredible power.
To save his friend, Sean will have to fight off highly trained mercenaries in hand to hand combat, violent shootouts, and high speed car chases through the Blue Ridge Mountains. And in the end, what he learns will change the history books as we know them.
This book first caught my attention because a) the cover and b) I am a huge history nerd, so when the story is about an archaeological mystery, I had to read it. The story follows Sean Wyatt as he tries to save his friend and solve a thousand year old mystery about ancient Native American gold. It is full of action and suspense and is told from multiple perspectives. I would absolutely love to do more research into Native Americans to find if some of the information told is based on truth or is purely fabricated for the story.
I do have a couple of complaints. With the multiple perspectives, each chapter is labeled based off of where in America those specific characters are. I would have much rathered each title give information about who that chapter was about so I know whose timeline to immediately think of. Also, it is a mystery so the characters were obviously moving around so as soon as they drive to a new city, the title is now obsolete.
Secondly, this is a series, which I didn’t realize it when I picked it up. I don’t mind mystery series that keep the same main characters, so long as each book picks up a new story line/ mystery. That is not the case here. Over the course of the trilogy, they will be solving the same case, which I am not a fan of. I have only read the first book, but I don’t plan on reading the others. I feel it could become a little drawn out since I felt they could very well have ended the story at the conclusion of book 1.
My last complaint is, this is a thousand year old mystery. Multiple times in the book they mention how hundreds of scientists and historians have been trying to solve the mystery of hundreds of years, yet these main characters are able to do it in a few days, seems a bit unrealistic. Especially since two different parties are solving the mystery simultaneously.
Those are all minor issues I have with the book, however, overall, I did really enjoy it. Especially the last 100 pages or so, I just wanted to keep reading to find out how it ends. I do recommend reading this book and if anyone follows through and reads the whole series, please let me know if it is worth it. The Secret of the Stones is available on kindle unlimited and print..