Book Reviews of The Queen Jade (Red Lion, Bk 1)

The Queen Jade (Red Lion, Bk 1)
The Queen Jade - Red Lion, Bk 1
Author: Yxta Maya Murray
ISBN-13: 9780060582647
ISBN-10: 0060582642
Publication Date: 2/1/2005
Pages: 352
Rating:
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.
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3.1 stars, based on 8 ratings
Publisher: Rayo
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 2
I was surprised at how much I found that I enjoyed this book. It was well-written and easily envisioned as a result. I'm surprised that no one has made a movie out of this series yet, as Lola reminds me a bit of Indiana Jones or Laura Croft. It's the start of what I hope to be a much longer series!
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Helpful Score: 1
I was surprised at how much I found that I enjoyed this book. It was well-written and easily envisioned as a result. I'm surprised that no one has made a movie out of this series yet, as Lola reminds me a bit of Indiana Jones or Laura Croft. It's the start of what I hope to be a much longer series!
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I liked the use of Spanish in this book. It was a facinating tale.
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An Adventure story set in Guatemala about the search for a mysterious blue jade stone. The stone has a story and history and in finding the Queen Jade an archaelolgical mystery is solved.
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Overall, this was a mediocre adventure novel in the Indiana Jones vein. The protagonist of the story is Lola Sanchez, a Mexican-American who owns a bookstore called The Red Lion in Long Beach, California. The bookstore specializes in adventure yarns such as novels by Jules Verne, Rider Haggard, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and others. Sanchez's mother Juana is an archaeologist who believes that she has discovered the key to unlocking the mystery of the Queen Jade, a long-lost Mayan relic made of blue jade. Juana heads out on her own to Guatemala to try to find the stone but she arrives in the midst of a devastating hurricane. Lola decides to follow her to Guatemala and enlists the help of another Mayan scholar as well as her father once she gets there to try to find her mother and the Queen Jade.

To me, the story seemed to move along at a snail 's pace with unending descriptions of the jungle including quick sand, puma attacks, snakes, insects, torrential rains, inconclusive interpretations of Mayan writings and codes, and a lot of misdirection. This seemed like a story that I would really like but overall, just a very mild recommendation for the background information on the Maya and Guatemala including the civil war that raged there from the 1960s to the 90s. It took me over a week and a half to read this...I kept putting it aside. The pace was just not fast enough for my taste.