Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Southern Gold

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Book Review - Southern Gold

About the Book
The seeds of James Campbell’s Southern Gold were planted 150 years prior to the end of the Civil War. Before surrendering, General Johnston of the Confederate army hides two billion dollars’ worth of gold in Atlanta. A century and a half later, General Johnston’s descendant and partners are on a hunt for the gold, equipped with a detailed map of the gold’s location—under Zone 3 of a police precinct in Atlanta.

When precinct commander Major James Butler finds out about the hidden gold, he devises a five-year plan to get the gold out and vanish into thin air.  Butler’s plan knows no bounds as he murders his own half-brother’s family and plants a bomb in the precinct, instantly wiping out thirteen members of his police force.  

Butler and others on the force have established an environment of corruption and greed within the Atlanta Police Department.  Perhaps the lone “good cop” is Butler’s half brother, Lieutenant Calvin Gates.  However, he and his family perish in an ambush allegedly orchestrated by members of his own force.   

Enter John Sinclair, who helps readers realize that Gates is not really dead, but rather has lost his memory and has undergone plastic surgery after the blast.  Sinclair, along with the beautiful Sevilla, are mere puppets of Major Butler, as is just about everyone else.

Southern Gold is full of bizarre events, such as dead people coming to life, and rogue cops who end up dying as they try to eliminate Butler.  Major James Butler’s self-proclaimed “perfect crime” is working flawlessly—transporting readers from Atlanta to Cuba.  Throughout the book, Campbell explores modern themes of greed, value of gold over the dollar, and others to help readers relate to the text.

Ultimately, Southern Gold is like an Indiana Jones adventure with one major exception: the protagonist is rooted in evil, and will do whatever is necessary to get the gold.  Will Butler and his partners succeed in pulling the gold out of the police precinct?  Can John Sinclair, formerly Lieutenant Calvin Gates (Butler’s half brother), and Gates’ love interest, Sevilla, put an end to Butler’s heinous ways? Truly a must-read for anyone who loves adventure and mystery!

My Take on the BookThis book was a fun and engaging book. Full of a little bit of everything this book take you on a suspenseful ride that makes you work on solving the crime from the beginning to the end. The book intertwines modern themes to connect the reader to the story and introduces characters that will not soon be forgotten. 

The book itself is full of adventure and for most of the book you are taken on an adrenaline rushed thrill ride that will keep you engaged and will make it so that you do not want to put the book down. The book also acts as a mystery as I mentioned and the author does a great job at getting the reader to make guesses on who will get caught and what will happen in the end as any great story will.

Overall, this book was great and one that I would highly recommend to all!

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