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Crusader Gold by David Gibbins

Crusader Gold (original 2006; edition 2007)

by David Gibbins

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Title:Crusader Gold
Authors:David Gibbins
Info:Dell (2007), Edition: Reissue, Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
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Crusader Gold by David Gibbins (2006)



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read it in dutch: "Menora" ( )
  StefanNijenhuis | Aug 7, 2011 |
I thought Crusader Gold's premise had promise. Unfortunately, while I found the main characters interesting and attention-worthy, and the history was complex and fascinating, the rest of the book felt like tissue paper trying vainly to hold these jewels into some semblance of a whole skein.

The pacing was entirely off. Most of the book is loaded down with complex historical exposition disguised as dialogue. When excitement does happen, it feels sudden, jarring, and out-of-place. In particular, Crusader Gold see-sawed back and forth between over-explaining and repeating information and skipping over things as though the author suddenly realized he needed to speed things up; unfortunately he often skipped just the wrong information, leaving things confused.

There are two distinct "feels" in this book that don't jibe with one another. The over-explaining of historical and technical portions of the book gives the feel of an ultra-real adventure novel in which the author wants you to know that everything he writes is absolutely possible. However, everything having to do with the bad guys (the Nazis) in this book is one-dimensional and overblown---something you might be able to get away with in a brain-candy thrill-ride, but not in a 'realistic' adventure. In addition, the main characters find their way through the plot courtesy of just enough improbable coincidence and happenstance that such ultra-realism is similarly stretched to the breaking point. Crusader Gold really needs to be one or the other: quick brain-candy thrill ride with just enough information to make it somewhat real, or ultra-realistic info-fest with all aspects given equal attention. Speaking of Nazis, the bad guys are so utterly one-dimensional that they might as well be rabid dogs.

As if all of that weren't enough, the ending is quite anticlimactic. I won't give away the details, but suffice it to say that just when you're sure you still have some interesting mileage left because the characters haven't yet found their objective, it's all cut short and solved through a little dialogue.

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  errantdreams | Dec 14, 2007 |
This being Gibbins second novel, it was a marked improvement from Atlantis. The story is a bit implausible at times, with a lot of coincidences, and yet that's how a lot of history has been discovered. Gibbins knows his material, and is really passionate about it, though he is a bit effusive at times - like many of us who are given free reign to write about that which we love. I can't wait until February for the next book with Jack Howard. ( )
2 vote pandorabox82 | Oct 25, 2007 |
Gibbins tries to blend a whole lot of historical facts to form a cohesive storyline and almost succeeds... He presumes his readers would've read Atlantis before they start this one... ( )
  xavierroy | Jun 18, 2007 |
Although it could have done with some harsh editing, this isn't a bad read, lagging in places when the author felt a need to pass on some of the historical facts to the audience so almost losing my interest a few times by the end though it had me firmly gripped by the story and I really did want to know if some of the characters survived.

Better written in many ways than the Da Vinci Code and there's a blurb from the Mirror that suggests crossing Indiana Jones with the Da Vinci Code and getting this book. It spans the Atlantic going from Iona to Greenland to Canada to Mexico to Instanbul to Rome and sometimes the galloping pace almost left me behind. Still a good thriller. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0440243939, Mass Market Paperback)

From the fall of the Roman Empire to the last days of Nazi power, marine archaeologist Jack Howard and his team of adventurers are hot on the trail of history’s most elusive and desired treasure: the lost golden menorah of Jerusalem. And what they discover could change the world forever….

Deep beneath the windswept waters near Istanbul, Jack and his crack team of experts have uncovered a surprising clue to the location of the fabled treasure plundered during the Crusades. Meanwhile, in a dusty cathedral library, someone unearths a long-forgotten medieval map. Together the two discoveries will solve an ancient mystery—and spark a race to stop a present-day conspiracy of staggering proportions.

From diving into the core of an arctic iceberg to the last stand of a Viking warship to an extraordinary revelation deep in the jungles of Central America, Jack is headed straight into a globe-spanning clash of civilizations, into an astounding underground labyrinth steeped in blood and horrors—and to a confrontation with a killer on a shattering crusade of his own.

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Marine archaeologist Jack Howard launches a dangerous search for one of history's most priceless treasures, the long-lost golden menorah of Jerusalem, following a trail that takes him from the waters off the coast of Istanbul to the core of an arctic iceberg.… (more)

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