Title: Gold Cavern: The Legend of Goldum
Author: Zola Blue
Genre: Action Adventure Mystery
The only thing that could summon Estelle from her New York apartment was a desperate call for help from the man who had saved her life as a child. Her grandfather, who had raised her from a child after her mother's tragic death, needed her to return for an urgent family matter Convinced of the legend of the missing village of Goldum, he gathers a group he can trust who can handle the journey into lower mountains before the snow arrives. With Estelle to lead, she follows her grandfather's map, into foothills on ATVs. Much to her surprise, she and the others come upon another group of ATVs along their trail. Lofton, a geologist, appears to lead a group that includes two hydro dam workers and his female assistant. With a massive gold nugget as evidence, the two groups continue together, having no real choice. Together they discover the source of the gold is most likely coming out of an underground river, and they need scuba gear to continue. The underground journey takes several days and tortures all physically but mostly mentally. The smell of abundant amounts of gold has them all planning glorious futures. Alliances and enemies are made in the small group. Still, all seems forgiven when they find the legendary lost village of Goldum buried almost intact. However, things go poorly when Estelle, who claims to be the rightful heir to the village and fortune, tells the disbelieving group that removing any gold will result in all of their deaths.
A couple pans for gold in a river when the husband finds a huge gold nugget. He’s heard the legend of the lost gold of Goldum and is instantly excited. When he brings it into town for someone to take a look at it, little does he know he’s just signed his and his wife’s death warrants. Greed leads to murder as two groups head into the lower mountains of Goldum, each with their own agenda. When they agree to work together to discover the lost village, things go from bad to worse. The gold itself weaves its spell on everyone involved then sits back as they risk it all to possess the gold. Will any of them survive or will they one by one be murdered by a truly evil person hellbent on getting rich?
Gold Cavern: The Legend of Goldum is a captivating adventure story I couldn’t stop thinking about, even after finishing it. From the start, this is unlike any other treasure hunt story I’ve read. We meet groups of people I wouldn’t want to meet alone on a street, each with their own backstory. Trust me when I tell you, you’ll have an almost physical reaction to them. The only redeeming characters are Estelle and Lofton. The plot moves at a slow pace with a large cast of characters. The story unfolds at a great pace because there’s plenty of interactions between the groups as well as each character’s background. I never once got lost or didn’t know what was going on. The descriptive narration carries the plot well. There are mature themes going on in this story including treasure hunting for gold. There’s a fair share of world-building as there are a few myths and legends interwoven into the story. The Native American mythology was so well done, I really enjoyed those parts. There’s also quite a bit of adult situations, violence, drug abuse, and language. If you’re looking for an action-adventure mystery that’ll leave you wondering what will happen next, pick up Gold Cavern: The Legend of Goldum.
My Rating: 5 stars
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“Reading is knowledge and explores all the wonder in the world, or beyond it, while you only meditate in your own mind in the sanctity of your space.” Quote Zola Blue Born in Florida, I am a resident of the US. Now I reside on a lovely island in British Columbia, Canada, with my husband, two dogs, and one cat. During the early years of my life, I worked in the business industry, thus obtaining my degree in Business Management and have worked in the industry until close to retirement. I love to read, and over my lifetime, I have probably read hundreds of books. Now that life has given a bit more time to concentrate on my personal ambitions, I am following God and writing fun, fanciful fiction stories, which blend over from reality into the fantasy realm. I hope that each time I put words on the paper, it makes you want to read it. I always hope someone has fallen in love with my words and wants to continue reading them.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N