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Official Review: The Treasure of Conquistador Haven

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Treasure of Conquistador Haven" by Bruce Miles.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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News reporter Derek Caine receives the assignment to follow a history professor and a group of students across the Ouachita National Forest in an expedition with multiple objectives, as each of the members of the team is from a different department: Dahlia is the photographer, Katie is the botanist, Matt is an orienteering student, Tripp is a drone operator, and three football players are helping them carry all of their equipment. It is just a road trip with some investigation so, what could go wrong?

At the same time, a man has just inherited an ancient map leading to a treasure buried in the forest, youngsters are growing marijuana illegally in the middle of the woods, and other dangers are lurking behind every tree. It appears like the park might not be big enough for all of them...

I enjoyed reading The Treasure of Conquistador Haven. The storyline seemed simple in the early stages, but it tangled soon enough as more characters and their motivations came into play. I appreciate author Bruce A. Miles's style because it was descriptive enough to make you feel part of the scene but not overwhelmingly so. I equally admire the author's ability to maintain the suspense throughout the entire book, which was my favorite part about it.

The characters were engaging and very life-like, especially the college students and their professor, Dr. Krazensky; other characters, like Derek Caine and Carlos (one of the treasure hunters), were both skilled and flawed, and the combination was captivating.

Regrettably, the editing wasn't at its best, as I encountered more than ten errors; most of them were lack of commas that made sentences challenging to understand. On top of that, many other phrases were very awkward and hard to comprehend despite not having an actual grammar error.

Furthermore, there were some scenes that I didn't like. One is when the athletes are sexists, making an inappropriate comment about the women in the team. And the other one is when the adolescents that are growing weed refer to someone as a "Mexican illegal alien." My issue with these occurrences is that they are not only offensive but also unnecessary, and my least favorite parts of the novel.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. Because of the aspects mentioned above, I grant this three out of four stars; since it includes well-built characters, a reasonably developed plot, and a lovely writing style, I think it deserves more than two stars. This novel contains violence and non-borderline profane language, so I would recommend it to adults or teenagers who are fond of adventure and mystery stories.

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Treasure hunting is always a very engaging thing to read about :) Although, I'm sorry that some scenes were offensive. Thank you for a wonderful review!
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I'd love to find out more about the dangers lurking behind the trees. I hope the characters make it back safe. Great review.
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Ellylion wrote: 21 May 2021, 05:37 Treasure hunting is always a very engaging thing to read about :) Although, I'm sorry that some scenes were offensive. Thank you for a wonderful review!
Thanks for stopping by!
El_limitless wrote: 21 May 2021, 07:09 I'd love to find out more about the dangers lurking behind the trees. I hope the characters make it back safe. Great review.
You'll have to read the novel to find out! Thank you for stoping by
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A treasure hunting book seems interesting. Great review!
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It would be good to read about a bunch of young people with different objectives as they embark on a trek through a forest. Thanks for the enjoyable review.
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Gemjay wrote: 21 May 2021, 15:09 A treasure hunting book seems interesting. Great review!
Thanks!
Slater678 wrote: 21 May 2021, 19:53 It would be good to read about a bunch of young people with different objectives as they embark on a trek through a forest. Thanks for the enjoyable review.
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The summary had me feeling that a lot got packed into this book and by the end, I do agree. Glad to read that the plot and characters are well-developed. It is unfortunate about the offensive parts and the errors. Those seem to have brought to full circle the 'a lot' I felt is packed in the book. Hopefully, those get fixed as the book sounds enjoyable in general. Thank you for an honest review!
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The summary had me feeling that a lot got packed into this book and by the end, my feeling was confirmed. Glad to read that the plot and characters are well-developed. The offensive parts and the errors are unfortunate. Those seem to have brought to full circle the 'a lot' I felt is packed in the book. Hopefully, those get fixed as the book sounds enjoyable in general. Thank you for an honest review!
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I like books that don't overdo descriptions. It would also be interesting to read about a treasure hunt. Thank you for the descriptive review! :)
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Mwatu wrote: 22 May 2021, 01:03 The summary had me feeling that a lot got packed into this book and by the end, I do agree. Glad to read that the plot and characters are well-developed. It is unfortunate about the offensive parts and the errors. Those seem to have brought to full circle the 'a lot' I felt is packed in the book. Hopefully, those get fixed as the book sounds enjoyable in general. Thank you for an honest review!
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smolbird wrote: 22 May 2021, 07:25 I like books that don't overdo descriptions. It would also be interesting to read about a treasure hunt. Thank you for the descriptive review! :)
Thank you so much!
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Oh! Mystery and adventure! This book sounds like a great modern treasure hunter story with a twist! I'm glad to hear that the characters were realistic and well developed. Hopefully, the errors will be fixed.

Thank you for an excellent review.
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This book seems to be an interesting one with twists. Thanks for an insightful review and recommendations.
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Josephe-Anne wrote: 22 May 2021, 15:37 Oh! Mystery and adventure! This book sounds like a great modern treasure hunter story with a twist! I'm glad to hear that the characters were realistic and well developed. Hopefully, the errors will be fixed.

Thank you for an excellent review.
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Thank you so much!
Chigo Nwagboso wrote: 22 May 2021, 17:54 This book seems to be an interesting one with twists. Thanks for an insightful review and recommendations.
Thank you for stopping by and reading my review.
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This is a great review, so insightful and honest. Thank you for sharing.
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