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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
The Curse of Cortés by Guy Morris is a mystery/thriller that is aptly subtitled “An abandoned billion-dollar plunder. A forgotten sacred pilgrimage. A cursed family legacy.” The story follows Sophia as she comes across relics that she does not recognize and a log book with stains of something that looks suspiciously like blood. The log and the relics together create a mystery that Sophia cannot ignore. A little digging around reveals that she and her family might be up against some real danger very soon. Before Sophia knows it, she and the rest of her family are racing against time and scrambling to protect themselves from the unknown. What exactly did she find in that logbook? Why did she find those relics inside the family home? What happened to her ancestors?
Wow, The Curse of Cortés by Guy Morris was a roller coaster ride! The intricate plot goes back centuries and intrigues the reader into reading more. I had the urge to read on, to know more, and to figure out why everything wrong was happening to Sophia and her family. History plays an important role in this story, but so does family. Sophia’s struggle to find why the relics were so important and why her family was targeted for them was pivotal to the progress of the story. Her conversation with Estefan made an impact on me. Her dialogue, “I’m looking for facts, not folklore,” encompasses the whole story! In fact, the dialogues are some of the most vivid and richest I have read. Sophia’s character is strong; she is only strong as long as she has the support of her family but that does not stop her from taking risks. The story is intense, it demands your attention and wants you to remain stuck to it until the end. I was scared that if I blinked, I would miss something. This book is perfection!