Series: Order of the Air
GoodReads Summary – In 1929 archeologists began draining Lake Nemi in search of the mysterious ships that have been glimpsed beneath its waters since the reign of Claudius. What they awakened had been drowned for two thousand years. For a very good reason.
Veteran aviator Lewis Segura has been drifting since the Great War ended, fetched up at last at the small company run by fellow veterans and pilots Alma Gilchrist and Mitchell Sorley, assisted by their old friend Dr. Jerry Ballard, an archeologist who lost his career when he lost part of his leg. It’s a living, and if it’s not quite what any of them had dreamed of, it’s better than much that they’ve already survived. But Lewis has always dreamed true, and what he sees in his dreams will take them on a dangerous chase from Hollywood to New York to an airship over the Atlantic, and finally to the Groves of Diana Herself….
The world is full of lost treasures. Some of them are better off not found.
(I received a free audible copy in exchange for an honest review.)
Reading the blurb for this, I thought it would have more archeology in it. Listening to the first few chapters, I really had no idea where this was going. It starts in a little airfield, run by a widow and her dead husband’s friend. Seriously, what did that setting have to do with an archeological dig site?
The more I listened, the more Lost Things felt like a cross between secret societies deeply intertwined with the supernatural and Indiana Jones. It has detailed descriptions of the art of flying in the early twentieth century, which was very interesting.
Once out of the airfield and traveling to find ancient tablets, you get a deeper sense of what interpersonal relationships were like back then. You never fall into the trap of relating the characters and their actions with today’s standards.
The paranormal aspect is so subtle as to fall a layer behind the setting and culture of the time. Characterization and the characters’ actions rises to prominence.
John Lee does a very consistent and smooth job of narration. I’m not sure if it was the writing or the narration, but on occasion, the scene changes occurred to quickly and it took me a few sentences to catch up.
Overall, a pretty decent listen.