Mystery of Yamashita's Map (英語) ペーパーバック – 2009/7/7
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Book: Epic Sci fi / fantasy tale lands Scottish author on smash-hit tv series 'Myth Hunters'.. "What starts off as a treasure hunt rapidly turns into nightmare. After a series of encounters by 'others' who are also after the treasure, the team uncover links to one of Hitler's secret experiments and are led to an underground base in New Mexico where they find some of Yamashita's gold. How did it get there? What was its purpose?.. they soon become aware of an unworldly conspiracy that could dramatically change the human race as we know it..!!" --このテキストは、絶版本またはこのタイトルには設定されていない版型に関連付けられています。
James McKenzie was born in Newport, Fife, Scotland. During the 1980s he worked in the Philippines, where he had a very prolific career in B-movie actioners, many of them made for Silver Star Film Co. (called Kinavesa in the Philippines), produced by K.Y. Lim. He had small parts in a few Hollywood movies with such stars as Chuck Norris, Linda Blair, Chris Penn, George Takei and Jackie Chan. The Philippines was a popular location for low-budget films because the costs of production were lower than in many surrounding countries. It was especially attractive to producers of war pictures because of its similarity to Vietnam. For action pictures, Manila Bay often would stand in for Miami, having a similar look. Over the decade McKenzie appeared in countless Filipino features and some Italian productions that were shot in the country. His clean-cut looks meant he was often cast as a pilot, doctor or policeman. He moved to Hong Kong in 1990, where he worked in many local productions before moving to Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1997. The idea for his book, "The Mystery of Yamashita's Map," was conceived while working in the Far East. The novel was launched at the London Book Fair and went on to enjoy considerable success, especially in Japan where George Takei (Star Trek (1966), Heroes (2006)) featured it on his fan website. --このテキストは、絶版本またはこのタイトルには設定されていない版型に関連付けられています。
It is a well written story about an unlikely group who go in search of Yamashita's gold. While being swept along with the story I could feel that there was an underlying spiritual side to the novel which did become apparent at the end. I was introduced to the aswang, a type of ghost/vampire whose exploits left me in a cold sweat.
Loosley based on the fabled Yamashita's gold, this story serves up helpings of delicious madcap action along with some very spooky moments.
The author's descriptive powers left me feeling as if I had taken the journey with them and experienced the hustle and bustle of HongKong and the quiet serenity of the Philippine jungle. A must read for those who love fantasy/action/thrillers in the style of Indiana Jones.
We are taken from the hustle and bustle of modern day Hong Kong to the depths of the Philippine jungle where the evil aswang waits.
A well written and enjoyable madcap adventure which keeps you hooked to the very end.
Categorized as sci-fi, but by the time I had finished, I thought I had just read a factual novel and I believed every word. Treasure hunters going after the fabled Yamashita's gold unwittingly uncover one of Hitler's secret time travel experiments. This leads them to follow the gold to an underground base in New Mexico where they are witness to horrific experiments. All of the sci-fi elements in the story are actually based on recorded alleged incidents that left me with something to think about.