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3.0 out of 5 stars No city in the City of Gold, 15 July 2013
This review is from: City of Gold (Paperback)
The "City of Gold" is El Dorado but it doesn't actually appear in the story.
The story is about a search for the map that shows the way to the city. There's interesting back story about Sir Walter Raleigh, whose expedition did reach it but didn't enter, and the fate of the map through the centuries since as it passes throught the hands of various historical figures.

There's an old, religious organisation after the map too which, interestingly, wants to use the wealth to dismantle the modern world and return us all to a sort of Eden. Rather like very extreme environmental activists.

The map is found and various parties converge on the city entrance for its annual opening on Midsummer's Day. It opens and that is pretty much the end of the story.

Not sure if the absence of the city is deliberate and metaphorical or whether Gill couldn't be bothered to invent a whole history and explanation for it.

I did finish the story so at least it is readable hokum (unlike some others).
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