I opened Tom Ryan’s A Sword for Pizarro, and, like so many books, didn’t know what to expect except that it was going to have diving and treasure; two of my many favorites subjects to be sure. I jumped aboard “The Roustabout” for an Amusement-type adventure ride with Marshall Cross and his sidekick Diego in a modern Hemingway “Old man and the Sea” tradition. This may not be Hemingway in a traditional sense, but more on the light-hearted adventure side of a new and inventive adventure ride. It also reminded me of the styles of Jimmy Buffett in his latest book. Right from the start you are thrown into the excitement of a shark attack, a new treasure-finding tool, big land deals, and all the resorts in central Florida, not to mention politics and intrigue! On top of all this, the sky is falling and Marshall is dealing with an ex-wife and a new romance! Just like a good ride, the action and fun never slow down till it’s over.
It was an easy read that could have gone on for a few more chapters. It educated me on the Spanish conquest of South America and told a great story about the misfortune of man and ship along the east coast of central Florida. I got a chance to dream of treasure, follow the exploits of Marshall’s underwater adventures and land excursions, and take a personal look into the minds of a callous tycoon and a wannabe commando thug-for-hire – all while the sky continues to fall like central Florida’s land prices. It’s like Magnum P.I. meets Mike Nelson on the Ponderosa owned by the bad guy, with interesting people popping up all over. Did I mention the Space Shuttle launch?
Tom Ryan has packed all of this action into an easy-to-follow fun thrill ride; there’s no other way to put it – it’s just fun and no seat belt is required. The other part of this book that I liked was Tom’s knowledge of his subject. He made it all believable and put you right in the middle of the action and excitement. Tom has allowed us to join him in Marshall’s search for treasure and feel the thrill of the hunt, and yet finds time for some light romance and a look at a guy whose feet are clay when it comes to relationships with the opposite sex.
This could easily be a series and I would read every book in it! Good Job Tom!
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