The first in a brand new series from the international bestseller Chris Kuzneski - "If you seek, they will find" The Hunters: a team of renegades - an ex-military leader, a historian, a computer whiz, a weapons expert and a thief - financed by a billionaire philanthropist are tasked with finding the world's most legendary treasures. The Mission: recover a vast Romanian treasure that was stolen by the Russians nearly a century ago. Fearing a Germany victory in World War 1, the Romanian government signed a deal to guarantee the safety of the country's most valuable artifacts until after the war. In 1916 two treasure trains full of gold and the most precious objects of the Romanian state - paintings, jewelry from the Royal family, ancient Dacien artifacts - were sent to the underground vaults in the Kremlin only to be lost to the Romanian people forever as Russia severed all diplomatic relations with the country and scattered the treasure to its outlying regions. With a haul valued at over 3.5 billion dollars, everyone wants to claim the vast treasure but its location has remained a mystery, until now. Can the Hunters succeed where all others have failed?
First look at the title and the cover and the cover fails to excite the reader. The title reeks of adventure and the tagline adds to the special effects conjured up. The blurb talks about the brand new series and how a team is assembled to undertake a mission. The blurb could have been kept more precise as it tends to divulge a bit more than what it should have.
The story is set in ancient Transylvania where Romania's most prized treasure has gone missing. Many pursuers and historians have floundered rich opportunities in pursuit of a mythical tale, yet it eludes everyone. The legends and folklore adding to the dilemma. Then comes into the picture, Jack Cobb and his team of highly trained people who have been hired a rich Frenchman to attain the impossible. So will it be a cakewalk for a man of Cobb's stature? Will it become a nightmare for his and his team? Will the team ever be able to find the lock and key and put it together? That's what the story is all about.
The story triggers off ancient sentiments in a way that is protrudes old wounds of a long forgotten treasure. The book is well researched and story woven with the blend of fiction so as to make an exciting prospect. The adventure thriller promises a lot of action and some mystery along the way and hold true in it's initial outburst.
The downside of the book is that it loses momentum and turns out to be pretty monotonous with only minimal references to the adventure. It becomes more of a personal vendetta and a cat-mouse game which serves no purpose at all. The new characters fail to effuse any life into the book and by the end it becomes predictable and finishes off on a sour note. The guns and rail engines have been given too much of an importance which takes away the charm from the original story.
What promises to be a grand affair turns out to be a pale and hollow effort. The book with a gripping story line would have made a memorable outing but to the contrary it bends to the constant interference and falters hard and fast. The story could have opened an entirely new world to the readers but instead it becomes a monotonous personal rambling of Jack and co. There are only few moments to savor but rather than that it's all a futile exercise. An average story.
2 OUT OF 5