Review: Chakana

Title: Chakana
Author: W.E. Lawrence
Published: December 2015
Paperback, 346 pages
ISBN: 978-1519518057
Genre: Romance, Action and Adventure
Source: Author


Can a romance save the world? Maybe this one could. Chakana is a historical romance novel filled with action, adventure, suspense, and intrigue.

In 1939, before the start of World War II, James Fleming, the original British secret agent, races on a high-stakes chase to track down the ancient lost treasure of King Huascar of the Incas. He must recover it before the Nazis do or the whole world will be in imminent danger.

But this is no ordinary treasure hunt. The Incas have proven their cunning and intellect in not only how they hid their treasure, but how they protected it. Fleming joins forces in the remote ruins of Peru, South America with Kate Rhodes, a policewoman on leave from the United States, her archaeologist brother, Nick, and their college professor, Dr. Charlie. Together, they must decode, interpret the clues, and face the challenges of the Chakana on their hunt for the treasure.

If this wasn’t difficult enough, the group is hounded throughout their search of the ancient Sacred Valley by international artifact smugglers, familiar with the Chakana and working with the Nazis, who are determined to acquire the treasure to help finance their war effort. Intrigue, danger, suspense, action, adventure, and even romance abound in this brave band’s quest to save the free world.

My Thoughts

This is a likable story, but it was predictable at times. The characters were okay. James and Kate were a bit too one-dimensional. They made a good team, though. I also thought the bad guys could have been a little more intense. The story line was good, but the finding of each piece of the puzzle and deciphering of them seemed almost too easy and not much of a challenge for the characters. This was a average book, but it fell flat in several places for me. I thought it could have been way more than it was. However, I think it's a good beginning for Lawrence and I would like to see how his writing progresses in the future.