Black Rain - Danielle Laidlaw, Bk 1 Author:Graham Brown A shadow government agency sent them. — A desperate ex-CIA mercenary will protect them. — But no one will know the truth -- until it's too late. — Covert government operative Danielle Laidlaw leads an expedition into the deepest reaches of the Amazon in search of a legendary Maya city. Assisted by a renowned university professor and protected b... more »y a mercenary named Hawker, her team journeys into the tangled rain forest -- unaware that they are replacements for a group that vanished weeks before, and that the treasure they are seeking is no mere artifact but a breakthrough discovery that could transform the world.
Shadowed by a ruthless billionaire, threatened by a violent indigenous tribe, and stalked by an unseen enemy that leaves battered corpses in its wake, the group desperately seeks the connection between the deadly reality of the Maya legend, the nomadic tribe that haunts them, and the chilling secret buried beneath the ancient ruins.« less
"Black Rain" is a pretty straight forward and well written thriller. On a refreshing note, the mission is pretty much a failure but the journey there is interesting and quite original.
The characters are well thought out and complete. There are some unusual aspects incorporating the early Myan culture and artifacts as well as a bit of time travel. And it is all done without forays into string theory or other heady scientific mumbo jumbo.
This is a good engrossing read and I look forward to Graham Brown's third book. ( read the second one first)