Sunday, March 4, 2012

Jungle of Deceit by Maureen A. Miller : My Review

Jungle of DeceitMitch Hasslet, a war photojournalist relegated to a desk job, is the sole witness to a heist of Mayan artifacts. Recruited by the enigmatic director of the Museum of Art and Antiquities, Mitch is sent to Guatemala, the last location the shipment was tracked to. Acting as the museum staff photographer, Mitch joins a group of archaeologists. His goal is to locate the artifacts as swiftly as possible so that he can collect his compensation and get the hell out of the jungle.

Alexandra Langley is about to run out of funds. She has yet to discover the lost Mayan civilization she knows lurks in the rainforest. To achieve her grant, she will accept the museum's latest nuisance, Mitch Hasslet, and any other obstacle that is sent her way.

Unsuccessful and desperate, Alex has decided to move the group to a portion of the jungle referred to as, No Man's Land; a sector where archaeological teams have ventured but never returned.

As Mitch and Alex discover romance, will their bond protect them in a jungle filled with deceit?

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

With her archeological grant money nearly exhausted, Alexandria Langley still hasn’t discovered the location of the ancient Mayan city. When she is forced to accept a cocky photographer on her team, she tries to mask her ire. However, he dogs her every move with determination, even as he fails to impress her with his seductive smile.  

Coerced into an unplanned assignment, photojournalist Mitch Hassett nevertheless discovers he has a soft-spot when it comes to the haughty, cool leader of the expedition, Alex Langley. His job is two-fold: find the missing artifacts and protect Alex without letting her know his true purpose.

Sparks fly between the two right from the start. The heat of the humid and unforgiving jungle seems a perfect setting for the fireworks exploding between Mitch and Alex. However, later a blazing inferno forces the tiny group into a hasty retreat. Regrouping at the base of a hulking concrete bunker, the exhausted team members seek asylum within; however, Mitch is nowhere to be found.

The author excels at providing just enough descriptive detail to keep the mind-movie rolling through my head. Carefully calibrated and artfully delivered, the conversations flowed naturally. I loved the writing style and the voice of this novel. There were plenty of twists to keep me guessing what the outcome would be. For me, however, the whole, massive conspiracy operation just seemed too far-fetched. I tried to suspend disbelief but more often than not, those attempts felt futile to me, so I would mentally shrug and continue reading. I enjoyed the rapport between the characters and I adored the vast jungle setting. This book was a fast read for me because I could not easily dislodge the images that cavorted with abandon in the recesses of my imagination.

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