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There are several twists and turns in the science involved in this book, which I can not discuss or it will ruin the book for you. The odd science is the main reason I like to read P&C. The odd science in Relic, Mount Dragon and Ice Limit lead me to buy several P&C novels when they went on sale last year. What is cool about most of these books is that these weird science anomalies are usually based on some small fact or myth.
With this book and a couple of others though I have been distracted by the poor characters and plots that surround the science. Most characters are cliche and plots predictable. In this book the main character is a tragic figure. Bad things happen to this guy and people around him die. This leads him to be a really true Sad Sack. In this story his high school sweetheart marries another man who quote "Has never laughed". The sorry thing is I know women like this, who are attracted to sad characters and then later wonder why their lives are so sad.
P&C string you along, by giving you a mystery you want to see solved, but you have to suffer through all this other sad crap they throw in and (sorry P&C fans) truly bad writing. Why two science guys think they can write romance is beyond me. If they would stick to science they could write some truly great books. At least in this book, unlike "Still Life With Crows" they got the small town right, except the church. They treated the small town a little better in this book, I guess since it is on the East Coast and not in Fly Over Country.
Part of the book reminded me of Gold Rush on Discovery Channel. Just as soon as you think you are getting somewhere something breaks or goes wrong. It amazed me how often the characters would celebrate, just to have something go wrong. Every time they celebrated I would mentally cringe, knowing that something tragic was about to happen.
Scott Brick whose narrating style fits P&C books, held back a little on his usual dramatics, making the book a little easier to listen to .
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This novel is centered around a real mystery in Nova Scotia called the Money Pit. The authors have done a great job fictionalizing this real phenom and asking what if some zillionaire with all the most high tech toys and dream-team crew attacked the problem. And then, what might the most awesome truth underneath the treasure actually be, in the most cinematic of circumstances. Well played, I say. My only complaint is that the inevitable "turning evil" of certain people is a touch too predictable, sudden, and extreme. But the thought they have put into the above issues is thrilling in its thoroughness and sophistication. Nice job.
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