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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; First Edition edition (June 27 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312343736
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312343736
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3 x 24.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,147,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

Take a quest to find a lost brother, hot sex with incredibly beautiful babes, a giant man-eating beast that may or may not be a god, a sunken ship and a fortune in gold. Throw in some evil, demented villagers and a pirate or two, place these plot elements into the hands of a stylish, intelligent writer, and you've got yourself a page-turner that will take readers back to the days when a good book meant you stayed up all night under the covers with a flashlight. Jack Duran heads to Mexico with his two pals, Duff and Rock, on the first leg of what they plan as an around-the-world adventure. Their immediate goal is to find Jack's errant brother, Dan, who has been missing for months. They become involved in a treasure hunt led by the mysterious Leopold Bellocheque, a Bahamian businessman with a fancy yacht and the aforementioned babes as his crew. The hunt quickly develops disastrous and deadly consequences. Screenwriter Angsten's tall tale is for grown-up boys who lust for swashbuckling literary adventure set in tropical climes. Extra batteries for that flashlight are recommended. (July)
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"Sunken treasure, gorgeous women, and a nightmarish sea creature…luridly readable."
--Entertainment Weekly 
"Take another look at this book's cover. What's hidden inside will make your eyes widen."
--David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of Creepers

"A page-turner…for grown-up boys who lust for swashbuckling literary adventure… will take readers back to the days when a good book meant you stayed up all night under the covers with a flashlight."
--Publishers Weekly
"[A] pastiche of Crichton, Lovecraft, Jules Verne, and Robinson Crusoe."
--Entertainment Weekly
 "I sat down with Angsten's thriller this afternoon, and I was still reading at two A.M. Dark Gold builds to a frantic and explosive climax."
--Royce Buckingham, author of Demon Keeper
"Taut and well-crafted. I couldn't put it down."
--John Scott Shepherd, author Henry's List of Wrongs and The Dead Father's Guide to Sex & Marriage, and screenwriter for Joe Somebody and Life or Something Like It
"Thrills and chills…sunken gold, black magic, sea monsters, a beautiful Brazilian in a bikini--what more could you want from a summer thriller?"
--Kirkus Reviews
"A first-class roller-coaster ride of a novel."
--Nick Redfern, author of Three Men Seeking Monsters

"Like Benchley's Jaws, David Angsten's debut will once again chase swimmers out of the water. Fraught with shivering suspense and a hauntingly eerie atmosphere, Dark Gold grips with feverish intensity. As literate as it is frightening. Read it with both a silver cross and a speargun at your side."
--James Rollins, the New York Times bestselling author of Map of Bones and Black Order

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A menacing and atmospheric thriller! Sept. 25 2006
By Susan Tunis - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I love a good thriller, especially if it has an exotic location, a sunken treasure, sexy characters, and all kinds of menace. Dark Gold delivers all the above and more.

The story opens with three college grads, Jack, Rock, and Duff, about to embark on a world tour, a last hurrah before they have to get serious about real life. However, Jack's wandering older brother Dan has gone missing somewhere in Mexico. The last anyone has heard from him was an enigmatic postcard from Puerto Vallarta four months ago. So the three friends decide to start their trip in Mexico to hunt down Dan. As readers of The Ruins will attest, these quests never end well.

Early on, Jack has a scary encounter with a drug-dealing biker gang. No one will admit to knowing anything about Dan, but Jack does learn the name of a town that doesn't mean anything to him---Punta Perdida. None of the locals are willing to ferry Jack, Duff, and Rock there to investigate, for any price. But fate (and a beautiful woman) leads them to Leo Bellocheque, a wealthy Caribbean Islander with a million dollar yacht and a drop-dead gorgeous crew of two. Leo's intrigued by their story and offers them a lift.

Punta Perdida is a dangerous place. The local priest has been deafened and muted. Things aren't looking at all good for Dan. But Jack and his friends soon discover what enticed Dan to this desolate location; the lure of a fortune in sunken gold. Of course, in a place like Punta Perdida, you never know what else might be in the water...

I don't want to tell any more, because the joy of a novel like this is the plotting. The story is fast-paced and offered me big, gasp-out-loud surprises right up to the very end. There are definitely elements of the story that are familiar from many other books and films, but Angsten has done a great job making familiar thriller conventions seem fresh and new.

A big part of it is the writing, which is way above average. It's a pleasure to read a thriller with a nice turn of phrase and characters with real depth to them. I often felt a desire to learn more about these people and their back stories that wasn't always satisfied. You can't complain too loudly, though, about characters being overly interesting.

In the heading of this review I used the words menacing and atmospheric, which sound a lot better than creepy. But the truth of the matter is that Angsten creeped me out. Never has Mexico seemed more foreign or scarier. Seriously, I began to feel a little worried about my own friends down there! And just reading an underwater scene about something that's never seen during an early dive in the novel had the hair on the back of my neck standing up.

I read this book in two days. This is good and bad. I want more! I can't wait to see what Angsten comes up with next. What a great new discovery!
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
H.P. Lovecraft meets James Crumley July 5 2006
By James L. Roberts - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This excellent novel is a difficult book to quantify: Part mystery, part travelogue, part historical novel, part horror yarn, and all thriller.

Usually such an effort slops to the floor an unreadable mishmash. Not so Angsten. It's hard to believe this is a debut novel given Angsten's deft handling of the various threads in his storyline.

This book grabs you and holds you; I even took *Dark Gold* with me to a Fourth of July fireworks show.

A young college grad takes two friends and looks for his older sibling while enjoying a great adventure now school is over. While traipsing through Mexico, they pick up the older boy's trail as well as a travelling millionaire yacthsman whose two companions are drop dead gorgeous women.

After one of the adventurers is beaten and slashed, it becomes apparent there's something sinister in the older brother's disappearance. The adventurers trail the missing lad to an insular, mysterious and violently xenophobic village where it appears the missing young man likely lost his life.

Angsten's world is dark and murky, peopled with beauty and malice, gold and monsters, love and betrayal. It's been a long time since I've read a novel as thoroughly absorbing as this effort. Well done!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Dark Gold: a captivating story! Aug. 28 2006
By Daniel P. Waterloo - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Reading this book 'reactivated' my childhood dreams of 'cool' things: scuba diving, treasures, beautiful women, tropical climates, voodo, pirates, thugs, romance, monsters, and suspense!

This is a MUST READ! I can hardly wait for Mr. Angsten's next book!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great summer read July 8 2006
By L. Tracy - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I only bought this book because the gaudy cover promised a trashy poolside read. But I was pleasantly surprised to find an engrossing mystery-cum-adventure. The thing I liked best was that every time I "knew" what was going to happen next, the author surprised me with an unexpected twist. The jacket says the author lives in L.A. so I suspect this either started out as, or is meant to become, an adventure movie screenplay (how's that for stereotyping). For summer reading that's just what I want - a story that keeps moving and keeps me turning the pages.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
campy over the top thriller July 12 2006
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Dan Duran is globetrotting, but his family worries about him since his last postcard arrived four months ago. He has always kept in touch insuring them all is well. His mom fears her son has gotten into something nasty perhaps even dead so she pleads with her other offspring, recent college grad Jack to find Dan.

Jack and his two best pals, Duff and Rock, head to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; the place where the family last heard from Dan, but soon follow a clue that leads to Punta Perdida, a village considered cursed by outsiders. To get there, the threesome obtains a ride in the Obi-man yacht owned by the mysterious Bahamian businessman Leo Bellocheque; his crew is manned by beautiful Eva and Candy. In the cursed village, Jack meets a priest who insists Dan is dead, but also hands to him his sibling's journal. Jack soon realizes that Bellocheque is the key to his missing brother and finding the sunken treasure of the Argonaut, which Dan apparently located. Teaming up they can retrieve the booty, but must elude the lethal man-eating manta ray "El Diablo Blanco", avoid becoming sacrifices of the devil-worshipping Punta Perdida villagers, and evade gold seeking killers all during a one week vacation in Mexico.

Fans who enjoy a non-stop action-packed over the top thriller will appreciate this fine campy tale that never takes itself seriously in a Tremors sort of way. While winking at readers, David Angsten entertains as Jack quickly goes from one escapade to another sort of like the 1940 cliffhangers. DARK GOLD is a terrific how I spent my vacation landing in one harrowing incident after another tale that is escapist fun to read.

Harriet Klausner