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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Something Found: A Coin: Something Found Trilogy, Book 1 is an adventure thriller written by Troy Aaron Ratliff. Moving to Key West was a process that began with Todd leaving his mid-Western life behind and setting out for shores unknown, undiscovered. When he finally reached Key West, something told him he had come home; he had found the safe harbor where he could heal and begin to grow again. He also decided to invest in a metal detector, a decent, reputable model. He began finding things: rings, a crowbar that bizarrely enough had been a murder weapon, coins from all over the world, nothing that would make him rich or encourage him to give up his day job if he had still had one. Then, one day, he found a coin. An odd coin, it had an unfamiliar script incised upon it, and the man’s face on it bore a strange helmet. Todd contacted his coin man in Miami to get an idea of what he had found and see if it had any value. He was stunned several days later when Alex called him frantically, begging him to leave his apartment right away, telling him that they were coming and would cut him into pieces if they got hold of him. Suddenly, his bucolic and healing life had been changed drastically. Todd had no idea if Alex was crazy or overreacting, but he followed instructions and learned as he drove north that things had changed forever, and his life was definitely in danger.
Troy Aaron Ratliff’s Something Found: A Coin is a grand and compelling story that kept me on the edge of my seat and absolutely loving every minute I spent reading it. This is one of those stories that gets the reader, at least me, so involved that I started Googling Key West, and then the metal detector Todd purchases, and thinking about my own future odyssey to distant shores. The mystery of the coin is original and thought-provoking, and Ratliff’s characters swiftly began to feel like old friends, especially Todd. What really amazed me is how well the author wrote his action sequences. Battle and action scenes often wear thin for me, and I suffer through them for the most part. Not so with the action in this book -- it works, all of it, especially those scenes where Hamok, the go-between Todd reaches before getting to Alex, springs into amazing action. What sheer delight to find an author who can make action and battle scenes exciting and enjoyable! I’m looking forward to the next book in this trilogy. Something Found: A Coin is most highly recommended.