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.
I received a free copy of this audiobook from AudiobookBoom in exchange for an honest review.
"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
I was provided this audiobook in exchange for an unbiased review.
This offering has some interesting concepts and imagery and is worth the credit, esp. for historical conspiracy theory fans, such as I am.
"fun action adventure"
I received this book free from ebalst, the author, and publisher and this is my unbiased opion. good story worth a listen. Cool to think vikings may have been all over the country.
"A little like Clive Cussler."
This is a great legend of Vikings in America before Columbus. Wonderful narration. I received this audiobook for free and voluntarily reviewed.
"Needed to be better edited, otherwise fine."
I love Dan Brown kind of novels where "ancient mysteries" is part of the plot. This book achieves that by weaving Vikings into the story.
Strong, Understandable, Good
At places, the story drags a little and there are unnecessary details. But other than that, it keeps moving from one scene to another at regular pace. There's lots of action and thrill. The race against time kept me on edge of the seat and I wanted to finish the book asap.
I received a free copy of this audiobook from author / narrator / publisher in exchange for an voluntary and honest review.
"A Long and Winding Plot"
Probably not, it seemed very long and stretched credibility at every turn.
The most interesting concept was an underground river that the Vikings used to access locations across America.
There are way to many plot lines crammed into this book. Consequently it felt like it lasted 12 hours instead of 8. Some of the twists are interesting (Vikings and underground rivers), some are confusing, and some are pointless.
Terrorists trying so blow up US military sites from underground utilizing an underground river discovered by Vikings is a bit of a stretch. Much of the surrounding plot should either be developed more and the terrorist plot removed or the rest should be removed and the terrorist plot developed better so things don't drag on and on.
Not the worst book I've listened too, but I kept wondering when it was going to end.
Richard Rieman does a good job narrating.
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"Modern age Indiana jones"
Ancient artifacts, modern technology, FBI, DEA, terrorists, and more. Take a cast of a swashbuckling scientist, a love interest, rogue agents, mysterious kidnappers and more. Get ready for a wild romp through a wild idea that could drastically change American history as we know it and endanger its future. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
"Thriller with Vikings!"
Yes I would. Including The Coelho Medallion, I’ve read three Tumlinson books so far. Common to all are strong characters that leave me wanting to know what’s next in store for them. Somar from Citadel: First Colony is probably my favorite, but Daniel Kotler is a close second. He’s a thinking man’s action hero, a modern day Indiana Jones. He fights to save Evelyn not to end up with the girl, because he doesn’t, but because it’s the right thing to do. Another strong character is FBI Agent Denzel. Kotler and Denzel are pseudo adversaries at the start of the book, but soon develop a mutual respect for each other and start working as a team. I really enjoyed the evolution of their relationship and hope that it continues in future books in the series.
The plot was excellent. I'm not really a thriller guy, but Tumlinson keep me highly entertained. Ancient Native Americans and Vikings! Who wouldn't like it?
There is a varied cast of bad guys in this story.l. They are the standard types, but Tumlinson uses them well. Without giving anything away, I particularly liked the plans of the terrorist Anwar Adham. And Evelyn’s captor turns out to be a lot worse than I initially thought.
I have not listened to any of Rieman's other performances, but the guy does a stand-up job. I enjoyed his voice. If I ever meet him in person, I'll definitely give him a fist-bump and buy him a Coke Zero.
Kotler, Dan Kotler.
"Adventure and adversaries"
This is a great, thought-provoking adventure story with a conspiracy twist. I was immediately captivated and didn't want to stop listening. The narration style didn't appeal to my ears but he does a fine job of delivering a fine story.
"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review." Thanks!
"Well worth the listen"
It's hard to say where this ranks in comparison to all the books I have listed to on audiobooks. However, I have no problem saying that I found this book to be incredibly enjoyable, and I would highly recommend it to anyone.
The plot was quite invigorating, and I really enjoyed the twist on Eldorado. The only downside to this book and plot was that it felt like it was trying to make the bad guy a mystery, but it was really easy to find out who it was early on.
Richard Rieman did a wonderful job with all of the characters. I was a little worried with how he did the prolog because it sounded as though he was a Hollywood voiceover guy, but I was greatly relieved when he went to reading normally after that.
If I were to make a film of this book it would be the meme of fry saying "Shut up and take my money."
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