An ancient medallion is unearthed in Pueblo, Colorado, revealing a secret that will rewrite the history of North America - the Vikings somehow made it to the continent's interior, centuries before Columbus made landfall, and there they built a city of gold.
But today the Coelho Medallion has been stolen, and a linguist and researcher has been abducted in connection with the crime. Could the abductors be after the fabled city of gold? Or do they have a more sinister plot in mind?
Dan Kotler is an independent researcher who often finds himself in more trouble than he was expecting. But when his colleague is abducted, he finds himself being investigated by the FBI, and he must use all of his brilliance and expertise to find her and absolve himself.
Anwar Adham has plans for a terrorist action on US soil, and information from the Pueblo research site can give him everything he needs to put his plans in motion. Unless Adham is stopped, thousands and possibly millions will die.
Whoever wins this contest of wits and wills will hold the fate of thousands in his hands, and will also lay claim to the fabled city of gold.
It's an adventure that can redefine the history of America as we know it. Kotler finds himself facing off against both the FBI and Adham's terrorist network as he struggles to solve the mystery of Vikings in Colorado, to rescue Evelyn, and stop Adham's plans before it's too late.
©2016 Kevin Tumlinson (P)2016 Kevin Tumlinson
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"Tracking the Vikings in America"
The plot of "The Coelho Medallion" reminds me a bit of Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt series. The premise is that the Vikings discovered an underground river that allowed them to sail a longboat all the way to Colorado, where they interacted with the native cultures (Aztecs, Mayans, etc.) Doctor Coelho's team has discovered a gold medallion and pieces of the boat in a hidden cave, and there are terrorists hot on the trail of the artifacts.
Our hero is a private researcher with multiple PhDs and an insatiable curiosity. Because of his ties to a number of murdered or missing people, the FBI has him at the top of their suspect list. He has little choice but to help them in their search for the terrorists, especially when his ex-lover/friend is abducted.
Expect lots of action, references to real artifacts believed by some to be Viking in origin, confusing clues, and ruthless bad guys.
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"Sprawling and confusing but oddly interesting"
Clearly needed some aggressive editing. The concepts are abit of a mashup, but the root of a fast moving, multifaceted story are here.
Sure, he is clearly a good researcher and writer.
Unlikely, I wait until home release
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This offering has some interesting concepts and imagery and is worth the credit, esp. for historical conspiracy theory fans, such as I am.
Loved it. what an adventure! kept me intrigued the whole time. highly recommended. EXCELLENT AUDIOBOOK.
"An action-packed adventure from beginning to end"
A medallion has been discovered that could rewrite American history and shock the research community to its core. While this is happening, a group of terrorists are also after the same artifacts that have been recently discovered and their reasoning is completely lost on everyone including the FBI. Dan Kotler is a researcher and a jack-of-all-trades looking into this recent change in historical fact when he stumbles across the real reason for the terrorists peaked interest in the Coelho Medallion.
The Coelho Medallion was narrated by Richard Rieman who does a great job. He allowed me to get completely immersed in the story which is pretty awesome considering I was driving to and from work when I was listening. His narration provides the perfect timing and "feel" to grab the user and keep them interested.
I love stories like this. I have no idea what genre they actually are, but the action-packed-treasure-hunting-with-lots-of-clues-and-intrigue genre I guess. But in all honestly, the way that Tumlinson set this story up really hooked me. It wasn't a slow burning book by any means. It lit a gas fire from the start and didn't burn out until the book was finished.
The main character Dan Kotler was really fun and easy to follow along. He was the perfect mix of egotistic and actual real and helpful kind of person that was needed for this role. The supporting roles around him were also well thought out and executed. Everyone in this book felt real and necessary.
Overall, The Coelho Medallion was an enjoyable action-packed ride from beginning to end. Tumlinson's writing was reminiscent of Dan Brown and Boyd Morrison.
You won't see me say this too often, but I really hope that I see more books from this series.
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A terrific adventure right from the beginning
Just finished listening to this and had to post a review right away. What an enjoyable listen. The story will please Clive Cussler fans with creative adventures, an unusual lead character who is more than you might expect, and a story that moves quickly along, much as the underwater river it includes. Everyone is after the river and the city of gold it is rumored to contain. Yet the reasons for the race are widespread. I was hooked from the beginning and didn’t want it to end.
I see a book two is coming in November, featuring researcher, Dan Kotler. The author writes very realistic scenes and dialogue, backed up with research and history.
He will be on my 'must read' list now. You can read my full review on Mystery Suspense Reviews.
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"Great archaeological thriller"
This book started out somewhat slow but quickly becomes more interesting. It's pretty much got everything I'd ask for in a archaeological thriller/mystery/adventure novel. The story was interesting and well written. Loved the characters. The end was interesting, not what I expected. Wonderful variation on the El Dorado myth.
The narrator gave a good performance. Not very good at accents or the female voices but overall a great performance.
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action-adventure, kidnapping, theft, murder, archaeology, artifact, law-enforcement, archaeologist, suspense
Read from October 19 to 20, 2016
I was hooked at the idea of Vikings roving all the way to Colorado, and the action and adventure never stopped. Does this make it speculative fiction? And I rubbed my hands with glee over the issues involving one of the feds (skirting the spoiler problem here). In fact, the only problem I had was a vignette at the beginning that was never really addressed later on. Otherwise it was a real brain grabber.
Loved Richard Reiman's audio interpretation of the plethora of male characters, it was a tough task, but he really aced it!
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The book started out a little disjointed with things happening to different people in different places and there wasn't a clear main character for awhile. The pace was steady after the main character was established and the events began to tie together. The narration was good but the soothing voice of narrator had my mind drifting at times. Over all it was a good listen.
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Enjoyed the twists and turns! Kept you totally wrapped throughout the book.
Copler was well-versed in many fields, tenacious, brave and caring.
When we find out why so many smoke detectors were stolen. Mystery solved!
There are a lot of sick people out there!
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"Terrorism, Gold, Vikings, and a Lost City! Oh, My"
There is a little bit of everything in this action adventure. The story moves at a fast pace and is quite enjoyable. The pairing of an FBI agent and archeology nerd works very well. If there is another book in the series I would definitely listen to it. Richard Rieman did a good job bringing the story to life.
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