Mongolia is a landlocked Asian country surrounded by
to the north and China everywhere else. Its features
include grassy plains, mountains and the Gobi Desert.
Cornell archaeology professor Robert Johnson, a specialist
in pre-Columbian peoples, is generously funded to travel
Mongolia, much to his surprise. What he finds sparks a
thrilling adventure in MONGOLIA AND THE GOLDEN EAGLE.
A previous adventure in the series visited the Inca
and the team reassembles; Johnson, a talented grad student
called Abbey and a computer student called Ned who works
cyber security. Johnson, who narrates the story, seems to
have an empty life apart from his studies; he rents out
house and has no partner or pets to leave. The students
display mixed reactions at being sent to the middle of
nowhere, but it's all for course credits and they will be
paid. The funding comes from a group which deals in
gas and oil extraction. No surprises there. Mineral wealth
is 80% of Mongolia's exports.
Genghis Khan is the first name we think of concerning
Mongolia; some herdsmen still live in yurts and ride small
horses today, flying great steppe eagles for hunting. I
love the modern photos in this book, including a Mongol
warrior in leather armour, a Bactrian camel, Przewalski's
horses and a giant statue of the Khan. We are told that
Soviets tried hard to extinguish the national identity and
culture of these people, and that the indigenous peoples
South America are close genetic relatives of Mongolians.
the Peruvian expert is somewhat relevant, though he takes
some time to get to grips with his task. The book also
shows watercolours of modern aircraft and other features
the exploration. A satellite and LIDAR survey of a rugged
National Park is part of the expedition. Whatever might
turned up, the Chinese appear very interested.
MONGOLIA AND THE GOLDEN EAGLE is heavy on setting up
and short on action, more a travelogue... until everything
happens at once. Bradford G. Wheler loves horses and dogs,
which is evident in the work, and mixes memorable
characters with stunning landscapes and international
intrigue. You'll learn from this book and you may be
on the series.
Why is Cornell archaeology professor Robert Johnson, a
pre-Columbian scholar, selected to head up a
multimillion-dollar project in Mongolia? Why is this so
important to high-tech billionaire Walter Falone? Why is he
using consultants from Israel Aerospace Industries for his
government contract in Mongolia?
For Johnson and his colleague, brilliant and beautiful
assistant professor Abbey Summers, it becomes the adventure
of a lifetime in MONGOLIA AND THE GOLDEN EAGLE, a new
mystery thriller from author Bradford G. Wheler.
Cyber security threats, high-tech spying, and Chinese agents
mix in this ingenious and thrilling plot of full of twists
and turns. Somewhere in spectacular snowcapped Altai
Mountains of western Mongolia there is a mysterious object
that people are willing to kill for.
Readers will meet fascinating characters they'll never
forget: a high-tech billionaire, a quick-witted professor,
his beautiful young assistant, a former sumo wrestler, a
full-blooded Navajo Indian, and the people of Mongolia.
This assiduously researched, fast-paced novel brings
archaeology and cyber espionage to life against the backdrop
of the wild and rugged landscape of Mongolia, the land of
Along with riveting action, MONGOLIA AND THE GOLDEN EAGLE
contains 27 illustrations and photos. Wheler draws on his
own expertise in engineering, technology, and business to
help readers feel that they are living the adventure.
Mixing the action of David Baldacci's The Hit, the tech
thrills of Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park, and the
dialogue of Robert B. Parker's Spenser novels, MONGOLIA AND
THE GOLDEN EAGLE is a true pleasure to read.