One of the best ways to prepare for a trip abroad is to enjoy novels set in the region, If the writer is intimately familiar with an area, it's possible to get an "insider's look" at the region which may inspire some off-the-beaten-path excursions of your own. Ordinary guidebooks can be great to give you a quick rehash of facts and figures, but fiction can often give you a better sense of how people actually have lived their lives in the area you are about to visit.
"The Seventh Treasure" is one of those books, combining a centuries-old conspiracy theme reminiscent of "The Da Vinci" code with spy-novel action, all set in Grenada, Spain and other adjacent areas. Author Len Camarda has lived and worked in Spain for years and his love for the region and in-depth knowledge are apparent on every page. Gene Cerone, a U.S. Secret Service officer, arrives in Spain to investigate the death of his younger sister, an apparent victim of a car accident on a steep mountain road. Joining up with the capable and beautiful Lieutenant Mercedes Garcia, he soon discovers his sister's death is just one of many in a conspiracy that stretches all the way back to the Moorish Occupation.Since many of the clues he needs to solve the mystery of his sister's murder are encoded in Moorish architecture, the book serves as a handy travelogue. And for foodies, since many of the conversations and meetings take place over food, which Camarda obviously relishes and describes in luscious detail, it's a nice introduction into what to order on your own trip to Spain.
Overall, it's a fast-moving and engaging book, worth reading on its own, but an especially ideal addition to your research for a trip to this region of Spain.
The Seventh Treasure
Hardcover ISBN: 9781477290040 31.99
Paperback ISBN: 9781477290033 23.95
E-book ISBN: 9781477290026 8.99
Author's Website: Len Camarda Homepage
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