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The Sacred Spoils by Will Adams

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About the Book-The Sacred Spoils

To the victor go the spoils…
Historian Carmen Nero, in southern Italy to help a friend search for ancient riches, is caught up in the murderous schemes of the Calabrian Mafia.

Cesco Rossi, a quick-witted conman on the run from a brutal group of neo-Nazis, is about to be confronted by his tragic past.

Israeli Professor Zara Gold is on a mission to find Judaism’s most sacred relic.

For the tomb of Alaric I, the Visigoth king who sacked and looted Rome of its most fabulous treasures, is on the point of being revealed. And who knows what secrets may lie within?

The race to uncover history’s greatest lost fortune has begun…

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The book is running with a lot of parallel stories. Well all of them do actually converge towards the end but you need to have your patience and concentration on each of these storylines to see how it all works out in the end. 

Read on for our review of the book

Our Review of The Sacred Spoils

So basically I learned a valuable lesson while listening to the audiobook of this book. Never go for an audiobook for thrillers especially when there is a high chance of being distracted 🙄So as with anybody who goes for audiobooks, I was listening to this book while doing a lot of other things. So naturally, my attention was diverted …. (Saying It lightly) So I did miss certain parts of the story. So hereon I have decided to watch out for the book that I prefer on audiobook. Anyways coming back to the book, Maybe it was the audiobook or maybe I wasn’t fully occupied in it that I had a very mixed experience with the book.

Please bear with me while I nag a bit. What I missed is a bit more information on Alaric I. I feel that a bit more on backstory or brush up on the history would have made the whole treasure trail adventure more exciting. Right now the history lesson is restricted to a long paragraph at just one or two instances and that too delivered in one breath. So it kind of makes it hard to absorb and understand it fully all of a sudden. That is the one thing I felt could have been more interesting. 

The book is running with a lot of parallel stories. Well all of them do actually converge towards the end but you need to have your patience and concentration on each of these storylines to see how it all works out in the end. Hence the reason why I opened my review complaining about how audiobook might not have been the best idea for me especially for this book. Depending upon how intricate and complex, you like your book, these multitudes of parallel stories can be confusing or interesting.

Conclusion

For me personally, I felt that without a few history lessons or touch up I couldn’t fully feel the excitement of the whole expedition in the Sacred Spoils. So in turn scope was left with the backstories of all the other characters and how all of them were going to end this expedition. I felt that the book went with characters and their story more than the treasure trail. Maybe that’s just me. Anyways for me, the book was a mixed one. I did love the book but maybe the timing was bad or the medium of the book choice was bad because I couldn’t fully immerse myself. I would still say that it is a good one.

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