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The Spanish Helmet (Dr. Matthew Cameron Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Greg Scowen
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A phone call between two friends unleashes a series of events
which threaten to shatter New Zealand's officially accepted history.

Dr. Matthew Cameron travels to New Zealand to investigate a
remarkable archaeological discovery. As he follows a trail of clues
scattered throughout the country, Matt is thrust into the role of
student and learns about trust, love and deception. But can he
succeed in revising a nation's history when the Government will
stop at nothing to hide the truth?

Five centuries earlier, Francisco de Hoces is lost in the Pacific Ocean
after his ship is separated from the rest of his fleet. Fate shipwrecks
the San Lesmes on beautiful and mysterious shores. Can he and his
crew survive amongst the natives in this extraordinary land?

The Spanish Helmet weaves together the stories of two men
whose destinies are set to collide. When they do, the explosive
aftermath will change New Zealand's history forever.

Greg Scowen's debut novel is a plot-driven tale of a modern-day
treasure hunt and a meticulously researched conspiracy thriller
which carefully blends fact and fiction.

About the Author

Greg Scowen is a New Zealand born author, living in Switzerland with his wife and daughter. He recently turned down placement offers for post-graduate studies in archaeology, and instead works as a web developer for Switzerland's largest library, the ETH-Bibliothek. In his spare time, Greg is completing a librarianship master's degree from Northumbria University and enjoys landscaping his gardens.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1156 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Greg Scowen; 2nd edition (15 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00537SKMA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #217,403 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Greg Scowen is a New Zealand born, Swiss author writing fiction in the thriller and historical genres.

Greg's first novel 'The Spanish Helmet' is an adventurous romp through New Zealand's alternative pre-history and the world of Swiss libraries. This debut, which introduced recurring character - historian Dr. Matthew Cameron - was selected by the New Zealand Society of Authors for presentation at the 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair where New Zealand was the guest of honour. This award and honour was bestowed upon only 40 books.

Seven Falls, Greg's latest release, introduces Swiss consultant detective Thomas Holder who continues working cases involving religious sects while trying to find his kidnapped daughter.

Visit Greg's website at www.gregscowen.com

Translation and media rights for Greg's work (excl. English) are handled by his agent: Mladen Jandrlic, Books & Rights, Zürich, Switzerland (http://www.booksandrights.com)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping archaeology adventure 19 Sep 2011
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A very enjoyable archaeology adventure set in New Zealand. Matt Cameron is the distinguished academic in search of the truth behind the early settlement of the islands who comes up against a threatening conspiracy determined to stop him. The story explores the possibility of early landings by Celtic and Spanish explorers and contains rich detail about the country's beauty, its history, and culture. An exciting thriller that provides a fascinating insight into a nation's past.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Historical mystery 30 July 2012
By Kew
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This is an enjoyable, fast paced mystery thriller. It is refreshing to be able to read a thriller that isn't full of sex and gore. The tale is written on two time lines - the present and the sixteenth century. The two stories run parrallel with the sixteenth century part being provided by exerpts from the diary of a spanish naval captain. Interwoven into the story are conspiracy theories, murder and a band of fanatics who are trying to prevent the truth emerging. There is even a dash of romance in the mix.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Zealand Espana 27 Mar 2012
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A thriller with little violence but a good story line about the possible history of New Zealand, with two history buffs trying to unravel the clues while keeping away from the villians. Plenty of twist and turns to keep you guessing as you go sightseeing around New Zealand and learning something about its people. As for who where the first to discover the islands that is up to you, but enjoy reading this authors first novel. P.J.S.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who got to New Zealand first? 28 Jan 2012
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This little book was a really pleasant surprise.
Matt Cameron, an archaeologist goes to New Zealand to help a friend with some Celtic coins he found there, and ends up finding family, love, and a whole new theory about the history of that country.
Along the way he meets with plenty of deception and adventure, as well as getting to know New Zealand.
I enjoyed both the story and the descriptions of New Zealand very much!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Scowen has created a very exciting story from the mix of "evidence", hypothesis, and hyperbole that is the history of New Zealand before 1769. The alternating chapters of possible 16th Century Spanish discovery and an equally plausible present day story are knitted together very well. As with history everywhere, the most easily accessible "truths" come from amongst the records of the victorious and not from those of the defeated. Taking this factor into account this fiction builds a believable plot.
I loved the way Scowen blended together the "known" and the theoretical in creating this realistically paced thriller. He wasted little of his wide cultural experiences either, as he even weaves in some recently acquired knowledge of Switzerland.
I include here a paragraph of background to help those unfamiliar with New Zealand gain a feel for this book's foundations. I would be distressed by the opinion that any of this is anywhere near being a spoiler. There were quite possibly some "fair-skinned tribes" in NZ before "discovery" by the Dutch and English. There are all sorts of diverse and variably weak bits of real evidence for such a theory. Timelines are very unclear. This is unsurprising considering that so much of what we do know comes from the oral histories of the Maori, and from a strange mix of singularly inconsequential archaeological inconsistencies and theories. However, Scowen has used a nice mix of what I assume are genuine, though perhaps minority, Maori tribal memories and the thin presently available archaeological evidence to great effect. That in this temperate zone of the southern hemisphere there were "fair" skinned peoples long before the arrival of Europeans seems biologically unsurprising.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Spanish Helmet 1 Jun 2011
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The calm unhurried narrative voice of the historical journal entries provides a perfect backdrop to the energy of the present day adventure. The twists and turns of the treasure hunt are worthy of any thriller and the characterisation and motives of the key players appear real and believable. The premise itself will appeal to those interested in the history of the early explorers and it's evident that an enormous amount of research has been undertaken, yet it doesn't swamp the story.

The pace cracks along to an unexpected finale...won't give the game away!

I thoroughly enjoyed this and would certainly recommend it as a great read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 15 Sep 2012
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I was lucky enough to get this free on my Kindle, but it was a pleasant surprise, I enjoyed the book, great plot with some surprising twists. The historical background was interesting. A few characters not totally believable, but well worth a read and would have been happy to have paid for it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging till the last 10 Jan 2012
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This was a really enjoyable and well written book. The plot is very engaging and remains consistent till the end. This is an adventure story which starts in the UK, spends most of its time in New Zealand before finally going to Switzerland. The strong historical element makes the story believable. There are themes of pride, betrayal, greed, and conspiracy along with a little romance. The story starts quickly and maintains its pace till the end. The chapters are quite short which pushes the story forward and makes it very convenient to pick up when one has a spare minute or two. I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mysteries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved this book its not what I normally read but will be reading the rest of the series
Published 2 months ago by Louise
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of insight into New Zealand.
My knowledge of New Zealand is poor so it was interesting to read a book set in the country. I now want to visit some of the places mentioned. It is a good easy read
Published 5 months ago by Christine Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars History Re-Written?
An interesting look at New Zealands' past, nicely moving between two storlines, could it be that there is a challenge to the Maori grip on New Zealand history? Read more
Published 14 months ago by Scotty
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read
A really good story with twists, turns,excitement sadness and a little romance too. I really enjoyed it and recommend it as a good summer read
Published 15 months ago by Huge
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect
Was perfect. Delivered on time, in perfect working order. No scuffs or marks. Price was very competitive and promptly delivered
Published 16 months ago by Al
3.0 out of 5 stars Rather flat
Well written and reasonably enjoyable but could do with more exciting highs and lows, it lacked tension. I found New Zealand an interesting place to read about in the book.
Published 16 months ago by Alan
4.0 out of 5 stars Trust no one
No one is as he or she seems in this novel. Poor old Dr Matt is lead a merry dance by those he thinks he can trust, those he loves, and those from his past. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Sarah Hague
5.0 out of 5 stars Archeology
A fantastic read about New Zealand and its origins, twists and turns on nearly every page and a unusual subject loved it
Published 19 months ago by Artie G
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