‘Upon it no mark showed, no river, no mountain, no city – only the single word UNKNOWN.’
It is the 15th of December in the year of our Lord’s birth 2013, your journey begins with this review and continues onto New Spain the setting of this high adventure, so please venture yourself to gather quills, compasses and star charts and have them at the ready…
It begins in a cell in a fortress situated on the East coast of Mexico, the drawing of a map and the tracing of a story, a story of vast distances and also of life.
Does it not interest you to know what lies there? What glittering cities of gold and treasure?’
Treasure maps, you have to love ’em and as History will attest, greedy Europeans were right at home brutalising other nations in order to gain this infamous metal. Just like real history though, the lengths gone to for the hunt and the distressing situations the treasure seekers get into are utterly fascinating and create timeless stories.
The author has made this a book for all ages, down to a simple narrative that is as compelling, as for adults as it is for the younger reader, it helps to have a central character who is only 15 as well in that respect. Just like treasure island, King Solomon’s Mines et al, the exploration is immediately evocative of the time period, that pushing into the emptiness of the map, a sense of country as yet unspoiled by mass human inhabitants, the need to know to seek new minerals, push frontiers and above all to be dramatic and ignore the plight of the indigenous people.