Treasure Hunter: Caches, Curses, and Deadly Confrontations
By W.C. Jameson
Published by Seven Oaks Publishing Company
Electronic book edition, 263 pages
Movies like Pirates of the Caribbean, National treasure, and the Indiana Jones The franchise awakens a deeply ingrained idea: adventure will break the monotony of life and you never know when you might find treasure beyond your wildest dreams. The quest for discovery requires young and old alike to travel the world in search of elusive treasures – or even just digging in your parents' backyard. For some, the quest for adventure is insatiable.
Such is the case of W.C. Jameson, a self-proclaimed adventurer and treasure hunter, whose Treasure hunter tells tales of wandering around the Sierra Madres and various borders of the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts of Mexico. This shaggy dog tale amplifies the escapades it endures when its motley crew of treasure-seeking companions throw caution to the wind in search of obscure treasures.
It may be too hard to portray the treasure hunt any differently in the dozen or so stories Jameson describes. After reading the first adventures, the storyline became disappointingly predictable: one of the members is an expert on Mexican lore and has discovered a map, or the location hint. treasure. Next, a brief historical narrative is presented to intensify the drama of the Buried Treasure and then, without fail, the crew rediscover the treasure that has been forgotten for years. Inevitably, calamity strikes, and generally the treasure remains unrecoverable.
Jameson's implication is that he probably still exists where his team left him and, while he's too old to go back and collect the treasure in question, you, the reader, could probably discover these treasures with the necessary research.
Although somewhat predictable in places, the book is powerfully written. The reader feels drawn to the drama and can truly experience what it must have been like to crawl through impassable cave spaces or even navigate perilous excursions with a rattlesnake lair. Ever since Jameson issued proper initial disclaimers that names and places have been changed to protect the identities of everyone involved – one has to wonder what part of the story has been embellished for a dramatic effect.
The film Three kings, popularized by actors George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg in 1999, offers a close parallel with the screenplay that Jameson puts forward. Three kings describes the story of four soldiers who had originally set out to steal "stolen" Kuwaiti gold in the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War. Leaving aside their initial desire for wicked behavior, they let go of their thirst for treasure when they discover people who are in desperate need of their help. In contrast, Jameson says with speculative pride: scavenger hunting should not be declared illegal: “It's important to understand that almost everything that treasure-collecting professionals like me do is illegal. So the bizarre laws and unreasonable people involved in collecting treasure have become honest, dedicated and assiduous fortune hunters and outlaws. "
An African proverb states: "Until the lions have their historians, the accounts of the hunt will always glorify the hunter". Treasure hunter is a series of evocative quests that will make you want to step out of your hiking boots and search for riches buried for hundreds of years. Who knows? Maybe you are going to usurp the odds and earn the fortune beyond your wildest dreams.
Assessment written by Steven King, MBA, MEd