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Sealed Up by Steve Dunn Hanson
The Da Vinci Code unsettles. SEALED UP shakes to the core!
UCLA anthropologist Nathan Hill, in a funk since his young wife’s death, learns of staggering millennia-old chronicles sealed up somewhere in a Mesoamerica cliff. This bombshell rocks him out of his gloom, and he leads a clandestine expedition to uncover them. What are they? Who put them there? No one knows. But, self-absorbed televangelist Brother Luke, who funds the expedition, thinks he does. If he’s right, his power-hunger will have off-the-charts gratification.
Striking Audra Chang joins Nathan in his pursuit and brings her own shocking secret. As they struggle through an incredible jungle of puzzles and dead ends, she finds herself falling in love with Nathan. Her secret, though, may make that a non-starter.
When a shaman with a thirst for human sacrifice, and a murderous Mexican drug lord with a mysterious connection to Brother Luke emerge, the expedition appears doomed. Yet Nathan is convinced that fate—or something—demands these inscrutable chronicles be unearthed.
And if they are . . . what shattering disruption will they unleash?
Intricately layered and remarkably researched, this enthralling suspense thriller begs a startling question: Could it happen?
Praise for the Book:
“SEALED UP reads like a historical novel except the events haven’t happened … yet. The plot twists keep you riveted, and the great word pictures make you feel you are there. This page turner with its plots and subplots holds together because of Hanson’s substantial research, his word-smithing facility, and his feel for just the right phrase and pacing. He is an accomplished story teller who gives us rich, but not burdensome, detail about the setting’s geography, folklore, languages, religions and cultures. You’ll love the ending!” Gary Lawrence
“The noteworthy characters all converge in one thrilling, suspenseful, deadly, and even romantic search for sealed up chronicles. The author’s attention to detail brings each character to life, draws the reader into the action, and creates a highly believable story.” Mary Doyle
“SEALED UP is far more than a suspense-adventure page-turner, although it is certainly that. There are real characters here with real personalities and totally believable stories. There is nothing forced about the writing. It’s simple, straightforward, laced with meaningful metaphors and similes, and makes you feel like you are there. The ending was awesome! It really does trump The Da Vinci code in terms of disruptive ramifications!” Jayne Fraser
“The characters are finely drawn and the narrative cohesive. The surprise ending makes me anxious for the next book in the series. Dan Brown, Steve Berry and Raymond Khoury have been joined by Steve Dunn Hanson in the first rank of contemporary thriller writers!” Greg Christofferson
“With intrigue, mystery, and characters developed so well they feel like old friends Steve Dunn Hanson’s Sealed Up is a must read. The jungles of Guatemala meet southern California in a well-researched tour de force that will fascinate every reader.” Kaye Terry