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Dark Gold [Hardcover]

David Angsten


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Book Description

June 27 2006
"Sunken gold, black magic, sea monsters, a beautiful Brazilian in a bikini-what more could you want from a summer thriller?" –Kirkus, starred review
 
Three college buddies, two ravishing shipmates, a wealthy yachtsman (and plenty of Mexican tequila) combine and combust in this thrilling tale of a search for sunken treasure—and survival against an awesome creature of the sea.
 
After graduating college, Jack Duran and his two best friends, Rock and Duff, are looking forward to a carefree trip around the globe—a last stab at freedom before tackling the “real world.”  But when Jack’s vagabond brother, Dan, vanishes in Mexico, they head off instead for Puerto Vallarta on a mission to find him.
 
Following Dan’s trail of shady dealings, and fueled by a potent Mexican tequila, they soon join forces with a Bahamian yachtsman—a charismatic eccentric with a mysterious past—and become hopelessly enamored with his two enticing shipmates. Sailing down the jungle-covered coast of Mexico, they discover that Dan was searching for a 19th-century shipwreck reputedly laden with gold. When they finally locate the sunken wreck in the bay of a remote fishing village, they enter its eerie, black waters and begin their hunt for the treasure.
 
But, one by one, the divers begin to appear
 
Jack soon discovers that a mysterious leviathan seems to be guarding the wreck.  Could it be the fabled Diablo Blanco—a deadly local legend come to life?  Blinded by the prospect of untold riches, Jack pursues his harrowing quest to the very brink of the abyss, bringing him finally face-to-face with an awesome, mythical terror.
 
A fast-paced, high-adventure thriller reminiscent of The Deep and The Beach, Dark Gold is the hair-raising tale of a lost ship, a dark obsession, and a terrifying denizen of the deep.
 
"I sat down with Angsten's thriller in the afternoon, and I was still reading at 2 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 of 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
 
"Sunken treasure, exotic locations, adventure and intrigue on the high seas, and a dark and disturbing undercurrent of mystery that H.P. Lovecraft himself would have been proud of are all key ingredients of David Angsten's first class roller-coaster of a novel."
--Nick Redfern, author of Three Men Seeking Monsters

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: 23.1 x 15.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,401,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

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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Review

"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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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  34 reviews
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A menacing and atmospheric thriller! Sept. 25 2006
By Susan Tunis - Published on Amazon.com
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!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Gold: a captivating story! Aug. 28 2006
By Daniel P. Waterloo - Published on Amazon.com
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great summer read July 8 2006
By L. Tracy - Published on Amazon.com
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to like Aug. 10 2007
By Mercurycats - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A giant killer sea creature, sex, cool action, hidden treasure- what's not to like. A killer read, well written, can't wait for the next one.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Gold Aug. 27 2006
By Jerome H. Tepperman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
One of those rare "can't put it down" type of novels. Very intelligently written and conceived. Highly recommend it!!

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