Frozen Treasure by Sean E. Thomas

Frozen Treasure by Sean E. Thomas
A Robert Sable Mystery
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (323 Pages)
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Cyclamen

An archeology professor, Edward Stone, and a friend stumble onto Aztec tablets in the Alaskan Wilderness that have the potential to lead to a vast treasure. They pay for it with their lives. Sable and his team are assigned the case, which becomes dangerous immediately. Sable finds corrupt elements of the Mexican government who will use any method to get to the gold first, killing anyone in their path. Sable and his team must bend the law by using extraordinary measures to stop the killers.

Two professors stumble across Aztec tablets in the Alaskan Wilderness, leading them to suspect that the Aztecs had hidden a vast treasure somewhere in Alaska. Unfortunately, thugs from the Mexican government come after the professors, torturing and murdering them without getting any information. Robert Sable is placed in charge of the murder investigations and soon a number of law enforcement agencies are involved in a search for the man behind a growing number of murders.

Sean Thomas has written an exciting mystery with lots of action and an interesting fast-moving plot. Sable is an engaging character with a tough exterior, but he also has a caring nature. His partner and his team are loyal beyond question and people who command that kind of respect definitely have integrity. There is a peripheral romantic interest with an FBI agent, which adds to the reader’s knowledge of Sable and also provides more suspense.

Thomas’s use of Indian names and speech adds authenticity to the characters and the story. His use of technical jargon also lends credibility to the various enforcement officials. I did get a bit tired of all the anacronyms but I do understand that they are used in such situations. I also wasn’t entirely convinced that foreign governments would actually mount large invasions into Alaska, but it fits so well with the story that I was perfectly happy to suspend my disbelief. While I definitely wanted the evil doers caught, I would hope that the methods used would never actually happen. The law was definitely bent if not broken.

I liked the way the bonds between various characters, especially between Sable and his nephew Kyle, are explored as that deepens the experience for the reader. These people seem very real and I held my breathe every time they were in danger. If you are looking for an exciting mystery which explores the possibilities for Aztec involvement in Alaska, I recommend you try Frozen Treasure.

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