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The Barataria Key by [Richardson, J.M.]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 601 KB
  • Print Length: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Winter Goose Publishing (21 Dec. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01M67OSFD
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,419,224 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Well Barataria Key is the second novel in this series but having read both novels I would say each could be read as stand alone books, but don't short change yourself and splash out on both as they make cracking entertainment. James Beauregard is ready for another unexpected outing in a story that literally unfolds before him and he is thrown into solving a mystery from the past that has been on slow burn, with a secret society always waiting in the wings for the right opportunity to fulfil their destinies and change history.
After the discovery of a letter from the past hidden under a statue causes quite a  buzz amongst a group of professors the hunt is soon on for a relic that has  little known about its value. The only emphasis being on not letting it fall into the wrong hands. The only thing is which wrong hands is the letter meaning and what consequences can come from it? Is everything they discover myth or something to be feared? As more of the story unfolds it becomes a matter of life and death for some of the group of would be super sleuths and the pace of the whole story just escalates. When the would be members of the secret society make it very up close and personal then a decision has to be made. Which has more value to James Beauregard, where will his loyalties lay and is the present worth fighting for?
This is the start of a cracking series, a little bit of history, a little bit of myth and a lot of imagination that makes a brilliant fast paced adventure with an unlikely but entertaining main character that I warm to more and more. So looking forward to the next book in the series.
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Format: Paperback
J.M. Richardson is back with his latest book. On December 21st 2016, Dr James Beauregard returns in a new adventure, The Barataria Key. As I mentioned in my previous review, this was the book Richardson contacted me to review. I purchased the first book in this series, The Apocalypse Mechanism, to get the complete story, and loved this book. You can read more about it here. In my view, that set the bar pretty high, so I had high hopes and even higher expectations for The Barataria Key. I haven’t had the opportunity yet to visit New Orleans, though it is on my bucket list, though I felt I was there such was the description and clear love the author has for the area.

The subject matter this time really caught my attention. Richardson has focussed in on a local legend in the area of New Orleans, namely the French privateer Jean Laffite. Local lore has him as a privateer working out of the bayous of the Mississippi River. He became involved in the War of 1812, approached by both the British and the American sides. Reading this book, I became intrigued in Laffite and read up a bit more about him. Definitely an interesting character who made his home in an interesting city.

But that story only gets better with the creative license and embellishments that Richardson introduces to The Barataria Key. Mixing in elements of Mayan history and mythology, the story holds mystery and intrigue. This book is where J.M. Richardson, for my money really distances himself from any comparisons to Dan Brown. As with the previous book, there is the element of a university professor investigating centuries-old mysteries. But the thing I found with the Dan Brown series was the fact that they were always seeking to save the world from a plot to destroy it.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars 8 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Adventure 2 April 2017
By Cindy Newman - Published on Amazon.com
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Richardson has a rare ability to create metaphors and similes like few authors I have read. The images leap off the page and pull you into a wonderful world that combines New Orleans charm, Galveston chases, and Mayan mysticism. I understand why his readers grow impatient for each new book that he writes. I look forward to the next time I have the pleasure of following James Beauregard on a fantastically crafted adventure and now have a growing desire to visit New Orleans. I will have to remind myself, however, to always have a whisky waiting just in case.
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! 28 Dec. 2016
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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After reading the Apocalypse Mechanism I was looking forward to reading this book. I was not disappointed! The book is full of action and I had trouble putting it down. If you like historical fiction along the lines of Steve Berry and Dan Brown books then you will love this book. James Beauregard is a fascinating mix of Indiana Jones, Robert Langdon, and your average Joe. Hoping that he plans on continuing this series as I'm anxiously awaiting the next installment!
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 16 May 2017
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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It was fun to read! The story is full of history and adventure.
4.0 out of 5 stars A different plot for New Orleans 29 Jan. 2017
By Frederict T. Enslen P C - Published on Amazon.com
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Good read. Enjoyed the plot and the history involved in the plot.
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read! 23 Dec. 2016
By Steven Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
J.M. Richardson is back with his latest book. On December 21st 2016, Dr James Beauregard returns in a new adventure, The Barataria Key. As I mentioned in my previous review, this was the book Richardson contacted me to review. I purchased the first book in this series, The Apocalypse Mechanism, to get the complete story, and loved this book. You can read more about it here. In my view, that set the bar pretty high, so I had high hopes and even higher expectations for The Barataria Key. I haven’t had the opportunity yet to visit New Orleans, though it is on my bucket list, though I felt I was there such was the description and clear love the author has for the area.

The subject matter this time really caught my attention. Richardson has focussed in on a local legend in the area of New Orleans, namely the French privateer Jean Laffite. Local lore has him as a privateer working out of the bayous of the Mississippi River. He became involved in the War of 1812, approached by both the British and the American sides. Reading this book, I became intrigued in Laffite and read up a bit more about him. Definitely an interesting character who made his home in an interesting city.

But that story only gets better with the creative license and embellishments that Richardson introduces to The Barataria Key. Mixing in elements of Mayan history and mythology, the story holds mystery and intrigue. This book is where J.M. Richardson, for my money really distances himself from any comparisons to Dan Brown. As with the previous book, there is the element of a university professor investigating centuries-old mysteries. But the thing I found with the Dan Brown series was the fact that they were always seeking to save the world from a plot to destroy it. This book does centre around a plot, but it is not a world ending, cataclysmic plot. It’s a plot to undo the wars of independence in America, and bring the North American continent back under British rule.

This time around, Richardson doesn’t have his characters running all over the world in pursuit of answers, rather keeps them in and around the Gulf of Mexico and the sites of ancient Mayan civilisations. This allowed the story to really grow and develop as things moved at a great pace. Nothing felt rushed, unnecessary or over the top, and by keeping things in a smaller part of the world allowed space for the story and characters to build. As with The Apocalypse Mechanism, Beauregard and the other core characters unfold further, and we get to feel the depth of their personalities, their ups and downs, and the little human elements that we all deal with.

Once again, Richardson has hit the ball out of the park with The Barataria Key. I have grown to love James Beauregard and his cohorts even more, faults and all. Having talked with J.M. Richardson in my recent interview, I have learned he is working on a third book in this series, set in London. If it turns out anywhere close to as good as the first two books, I cannot wait for it.
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