The Java Gold: Book 1: The Odyssey
The Java Gold: Book 1: The Odyssey was a real treat. As a keen reader of history books with a lesser known setting or perspective, this ticked a lot of boxes. With well-researched details and excellently drawn settings the story takes us to the Dutch Colony in South East Asia during World War II. Military equipment, ordered by the Dutch from American companies, has been confiscated by the US Army and a planeload of gold is now stuck on Java where a Japanese invasion is imminent. The book depicts the mission to save the gold and its subsequent loss.
Interesting characters, a fascinating historical background, excellent suspense and a really good plot made this a very memorable and rewarding reading experience.
I wish there had been a map in the book and I did not like that the story is ‘discovered’ via a diary in the 1990s, yet is not written in diary style. These minor issues aside I am impatiently waiting for The Java Gold series to continue.