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January 9, 2017

SEALED UP: The Course of Fate/Giveaway


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January 3 - March 31, 2017


The Course of Fate

Book One


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Inside the Book:

Title: Sealed Up
Author: Steve Dunn Hanson
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 402
Genre: Action/Adventure/Suspense

The Da Vinci Code unsettles. SEALED UP shakes to the core!

UCLA anthropologist Nathan Hill, in a funk since his young wife’s death, learns of staggering millennia-old chronicles sealed up somewhere in a Mesoamerica cliff. This bombshell rocks him out of his gloom, and he leads a clandestine expedition to uncover them. What are they? Who put them there? No one knows. But, self-absorbed televangelist Brother Luke, who funds the expedition, thinks he does. If he’s right, his power-hunger will have off-the-charts gratification.
Striking Audra Chang joins Nathan in his pursuit and brings her own shocking secret. As they struggle through a literal jungle of puzzles and dead ends, she finds herself falling in love with Nathan. Her secret, though, may make that a non-starter.
When a shaman with a thirst for human sacrifice, and a murderous Mexican drug lord with a mysterious connection to Brother Luke emerge, the expedition appears doomed. Yet Nathan is convinced that fate—or something—demands these inscrutable chronicles be unearthed.
And if they are . . . what shattering disruption will they unleash?
Intricately layered and remarkably researched, this enthralling suspense-driven and thought provoking tour de force begs a startling question: Could it happen?


Meet the Author


I've lived in places that grew me . . . from a small Idaho farm town, a run-down neighborhood in St. Louis, and a middle-class southern California community, to Sydney, Australia, and Bucharest, Romania. My experiences are as varied as the places I've lived. I have a hopper full of "reality" including being a volunteer jail chaplain and flying with a U.S. presidential candidate in his small plane when an engine conked out. And all of this is fodder for my writing. For more of what I do and who I am, check me out at

This book is really different.   You have an anthropologist professor and a televangelist as the main characters.  The story is about a treasure in the Guatemalian jungle.  I got the anthropologist but the televangelist.?   That just didn't make sense.   The book seems like history in the making,  the events about the happen. 
Then to make the plot even more strange,  a Mayan shaman, a guru, a minister's ex-wife, drug lords and I could go on and on.  I felt like there were too many characters in the mix.  True, they each had their own personalities and added a small amount to the story, but way too many characters for me.  I did like that the author added the mystic Edgar Cayce who was known as  the Sleeping Prophet.  I could relate to that.
The secret that lies in the Guatemala jungles is some kind of documents that  could connect with Cayce's prophecies. The journey brings human sacrifices, mystic abilities and a few surprises along the way.   I did enjoy the folklore, the cultures and the geography.
The title does seem appropriate, Course of Fate.  We never know what will happen nor when.  Only Fate has that answer. There is lots of action, lots of anticipation on the part of the reader and it does make the reader think.  History that hasn't even happened yet!   Grab a copy and go on the journey to the jungles along with all the other characters in the book.  You may like this book that seemed to me to be similar to Indiana Jones but with a lot deeper plot.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and PUYB
 and voluntarily decided to review it.
I would give this book 4 STARS.



Steve Dunn Hanson is giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card PLUS an autographed copy of his book, Sealed Up!

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1 comment:

Ally Swanson said...

Excellent review! This book sounds like a very interesting and intriguing read! Looking forward to checking out this book!