Book Talk: The Seventh Treasure by Len Camarda
"... some might see echoes of Dan Brown in its fictionalization of history based on a few truths. But the novel is awash with the rich culture and vibrancy of the Iberian Peninsula. Camarda has obviously done his research and his travels in the region lend credence to the book's fertile setting and story. Readers who appreciate a complex plot and engaging historical fantasy with find much room to roam in The Seventh Treasure."
Len Camarda brings you to the Spanish countryside in his international thriller, The Seventh Treasure.
The novel starts with an apparent roadside accident and devolves into a story that spans generations. A young woman is killed when her car goes off the road in Granada. Her brother, Gene Cerone, a secret service agent, flies to Spain to retrieve his sister's body. Her death is tragic in and of itself, but what Cerone did not expect is to be intertwined in a conspiracy that dates back to when the Moors surrendered their kingdom to Ferdinand and Isabela in 1492. As authorities uncover the truth that Cerone's sister's death was no accident, a cascade of other mysterious, related murders confounds investigators, leaving them at a dead end. With nowhere to go, the investigation is virtually abandoned.
Cerone cannot accept that his sister's death will not be brought to justice and relocates to Spain to continue the quest. Aided by a female lieutenant in the Spanish National Police Force, Mercedes Garcia, the two soon have to confront an evil empire that dates back 500 years, now threatening the government of Spain, with implications for Europe and the USA. As an unofficial mission, Cerone and Garcia must convince American and Spanish authorities that what they have uncovered is a real, albeit unfathomable, threat, not just fantasies and conspiracy theories.
Friends from the Secret Service, CIA, a Spanish forensic unit, and even a Hollywood movie studio come to his aid. This unorthodox investigative team must find a way to wade through fables and legends that have long masked crimes, to document the truth before it is too late.
The Seventh Treasure is a book of two adventures, travel and conspiracy. It is written from the lens of someone who knows the terrain. Camarda takes the readers to the mountains outside of Granada through breathtaking descriptions without losing the plot. He delves into Spanish and Moorish history and weaves an exciting story set in the 21st Century.
Fans of historical fiction, mystery, and conspiracies have much to enjoy in The Seventh Treasure. The story takes fables from The Arabian Nights and connects it to a modern revolution creating a multi-layered story steeped in crime and conspiracy.
All royalties are donated to the Wounded Warriors Project and the Hilton Head Humane Association.
Reviews and What Readers Say
"... some might see echoes of Dan Brown in its fictionalization of history based on a few truths. But the novel is awash with the rich culture and vibrancy of the Iberian Peninsula. Camarda has obviously done his research and his travels in the region lend credence to the book's fertile setting and story. Readers who appreciate a complex plot and engaging historical fantasy with find much room to roam in The Seventh Treasure. "
— BlueInk Review
" You can tell from the detailed descriptions of the Spanish countryside, that the author knows what he is talking about. His words, literally paint a rich picture of the culture and the people. If you like mysteries and like to figure out the ending before you get half way through the book, you are going to think twice about this one -- because you're not quite sure how it's going to end. The story is an amazing one. The details of a civilization going back some 500 years and how that civilization rears its deadly head in modern times. Working backward, layer by layer, the hero Gino Cerone, tries to figure out why his sister was murdered. The more layers he strips away, the more his life is in danger; and those around him seem to mysteriously die. You are going to love the ending!"
— Cookie, Amazon Reader's Review
" Brilliantly written, it's like traveling thru Andalusia again, interwoven with superb suspense to the very last page. I hope very much, there will be a sequel !!"
—Maille Keulle, Amazon Reader's Review
" Len Camarda gets it. He knows his subject, the locale and the history. He weaves a believable tale of intrigue, suspense and mystery sure to keen the reader coming back for more. Camarda writes with the skill of an experienced traveller who has seen it all, yet reports it through the eyes of sure footed though wary visitor. It is an excellent read!"
Review by Sophia Andelman
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Len Camarda has published a few short stories, but The Seventh Treasure is his first novel. Recently, Len's second novel, Prey of the Falcon, has been published. He is also an accomplished painter and believes writing and painting are very inter-related, as the writer must paint images in the reader's mind to be effective.From Brooklyn, N.Y., he is a graduate of St. John's University, with B.S., and M.B.A. degrees.
A 40-year business career, mostly internationally, took him virtually around the world, including working and living in Panama, the Netherlands, and Spain with his wife and daughter, "George." Living abroad was truly life-changing, experiencing different cultures, awesome vistas, and creating friendships that have endured for more than thirty years. The majesty, magic, and mystery of Spain, however, were the inspiration behind this novel. The lifestyle, the people, the food and the unique character and traditions of each region of Spain open up new vistas and experiences that create an indelible mark. He returns often to Spain for an almost annual infusion of España.
Len, his wife Terry, and two toy poodles ― Demi Tazza and Cappucino ― now live in the low country of South Carolina.