Lessons From Experience

Consider these two premises: First, in 1865, the Confederacy is collapsing, and President Davis, concerned about the funds in the treasury, sends a young naval officer out on a wild expedition to hide the gold, to be used some day to help the South.

Second, in 2005, knowledge of the whereabouts of the hidden gold comes into the possession of a young descendant of the naval officer, and the members of a “neoconfederate” society known as the Fellowship of the South are determined to keep the gold and put it to its intended purpose, but first they have to frustrate the schemes of federal agents.

If this sounds like the plot outline of a cheap thriller, that would be half right.  The Hunt for Confederate Gold is a thriller with many familiar elements: an alienated hero who only finds himself in accomplishing his mission; a stubborn young woman who challenges his assumptions before joining the crusade; a crusty old scholar of the Old School who just happens to possess the encyclopedic knowledge necessary to put key pieces of an historical puzzle together; a power-crazed federal agent so obsessed with his own virtue that he is happy to trample on the Bill of Rights and destroy the lives of ordinary people.  H. Rider Haggard meets Dean Koontz.

As a novel, Hunt is little more than a good read for a weekend at the beach.  Indeed, Thomas Moore’s first piece of fiction...

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