Curse of the Ancients Book Review & Book Tour Giveaway

This morning, I am sharing my review of the latest mystery/suspense novel in The Moccasin Hollow series by Hawk Mackinney.  I have read and reviewed Hidden Chamber of Death and I read and  reviewed Westobou Gold from this series--and really enjoyed both.  What did I think of Curse of the Ancients by Hawk Mackinney?  Check out my review of Curse of the Ancients, learn about the author & enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

Book Title: Curse of the Ancients by Hawk MacKinney
Series: The Moccasin Hollow Series Book 3
Category: Adult Fiction, 278 pages

About the Book

As Craige Ingram climbed the stairs of the derelict building, that peculiar stench of a dead body hit him. It was the same smell no matter where—SpecOps SEAL encounter gone sour, or in a vacant, roach-infested apartment. Inside, his SEAL buddy-turned head of Buckingham Parish Homicide’s Investigative Support Division, Grayson MacGerald, was huddled with the coroner next to a swollen decaying corpse that was days old and hardly more than oozing dead meat.

The PI inside Craige had a gut feeling that there was more to this than a dead body, and Craige’s Grannie always told him, “Trust your feelin’s.” But that was before Mih├íly Keaulescu set down two of his Black Falcon choppers on Craige’s Moccasin Hollow private airstrip in an uninvited stopover. It got worse. From his airstrip to Israel, to Turkey and a nightmare-dream of one-of-a-kind ancient artifacts that not only threatened the serene life Craige knew and loved at Moccasin Hollow, it would destroy the world.

My Review

The Moccasin Hollow novels are standalone novels. The author does a great job of introducing new readers to his characters with enough backstory to keep them fully engaged with the characters and the storyline--but, not so much that returning readers feel that they are reading too much "old news".    Curse of the Ancients offers some mention of events from the previous books--and parts certainly discuss the relationships of various characters--but, the story line of this novel is launched from the first few pages and is very much a stand alone story from start to finish. 

Curse of the Ancients is packed with mystery, suspense and fast paced action.   I love Hawk Mackinney's writing style.  He creates a fast paced adventure for his characters with unexpected twists and turns for readers.  His characters have a realistic, down-to-Earth feel & the author takes readers through the adventures to far off places with great detail and depth to set the scenes.  This novel has a strong military / government / world focus throughout--but, it is written in a way that allows mystery fans (who may not love military / espionage) to fully enjoy the storyline and its plot twists.

Would I recommend Curse of the Ancients?  Like, the first book of this series, I settled into the story quickly and found myself unable to set the book aside. The author creates a well rounded mystery with surprises and fast paced action to please both new readers to the series and old fans.  This novel was a bit graphic in detail at times--and there was a very strong military / government involvement storyline that crossed continents and added layers to keep readers guessing.  If you enjoy mysteries with strong, likeable characters--but, complex, well developed plots--this series is certainly one to check out.  While the novel is a standalone--I would recommend reading the entire series!

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Meet the Author

With postgraduate degrees and faculty positions at several medical universities, Hawk MacKinney has taught graduate courses in both the United States and Jerusalem. In addition to his work in classrooms and laboratories, he has written numerous professional articles on chordate neuroembryology and authored several novels that reflect his southwest upbringing in Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma. Moccasin Trace, a historical novel nominated for both the prestigious Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction and the Writers Notes Book Award, details the family bloodlines of his protagonist in the Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series. Hidden Vault of Secrets and Westobou Gold, Books 1 and 2 in the series, have received national and international attention. Hawk is also writing a science fiction series, The Cairns of Sainctuarie.

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  2. A Mama’s Corner of the World/Angela Thompson - Thank you for hosting the review & blog for Curse of the Ancients, Book 3 in the Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series. Book 4 in the mystery series as well as the next sci-fi title are in galley-edit. An earlier title, Moccasin Trace, a prequel historical romance establishes the bloodline(s) of serial protagonists Craige Ingram in the Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series…

    Hawk MacKinney



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