Drones Over Machu Picchu – An Inca Mystery
By Edward Curry
Create Space, Merlin and Associates, Virginia Beach, VA 23452, 978-0692031940, $ 15.00, 2016, 252 pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake
Ancient Inca History Discovered using the Latest in Modern Technology
Fans of Edward Curry’s earlier adventure novels of the Maya and Inca peoples will be eager to “Drones Over Machu Picchu,” number 5 in the Maya – Inca book series.
James Hamilton, president of Smithsonian, has commissioned Allie Lea Keshaw, executive vice president of Smithsonian’s explorations, to lead an archaeological team to explore the ancient Inca artifacts at the Larco Herrera Archaeological Museum of Lima, Peru. Allie Lea’s husband Ryan Keshaw, owner of RK Consulting, initiates a plan to extend the assignment to include the Smithsonian’s ALSM drone specialists in a search for the burial chamber and final resting place of the great Saba Inca leader Pachacuti and for priceless Inca artifacts.
Detailed introductions of the characters and the role each of them will play are narrated by protagonist Ryan Keshaw. This is done through a series of fast-moving chatty dialog, family banter, and sometimes cryptic conversations. Throughout the character development Curry provides a hint of danger, suspense, and a mystical foreboding.
Once this foundation is in place, the pace picks up and develops into a page-turning plot, adding new insight and perspective into the ancient Inca and their society, including traits of brutality and the barbaric practice of pagan human sacrifice. In addition to strong plot and a cast of believable characters Curry brings ancient historical accuracy in a modern technical thriller that builds anticipation of danger, and a sense of mystery, intrigue and romance.
Curry has done extensive research into the arts, astrology, and ethos of the ancient Inca as well as their enlightened leadership, amazing construction skills, insight into astronomy and the agrarian process. This combination of extensive research, a creative imagination, and a thorough grasp of the elements of a well-crafted novel assures the reader of an enjoyable reading experience and genuine literary entertainment
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.