The Smoke Hunter
By: Jacquelyn Benson
Rating: 3 Star
Set in London 1898, The Smoke Hunter follows the story of Eleanora Mallory who finds a mysterious necklace and secret map to a lost South American civilization one day at work (as you do).
Excited by the prospect of discovering a new unmapped city in South America, Eleanora sets off armed with her map and a few supplies gathered at short notice with the help of a good friend.
Unfortunately, others have learnt of the map and are in hot pursuit including the
There are treasures in the lost city that people will kill for and The Smoke Hunter gears up for a fast race between Eleanora and her pursuers.
Early on in the book Eleanora teams up with maverick archaeologist Adam Bates and the book then follows the classic friction romance type relationship as they first argue constantly and then... (well, that would be a spoiler).
I really enjoyed the Smoke Hunter. The plot moves along at a good pace and there are enough twists and turns to keep it really interesting.
The romance subplot adds an extra layer of interest but in sections, it felt like that author slowed down the action too much to focus on the character's romantic monologues. However, these were only temporary and we soon resumed the pace.
A really good adventure romance novel.
I loved this quote from Stephen Leather about the book and just had to include it again here.
'The illegitimate love-child of Lara Croft and Indiana Jones... Fast-paced and action-packed' Stephen Leather