Wrath Of The Jaguar Man (The Curse of Inca Gold #2) by J.A. Kalis


When Didier embarks on a quest to recover a priceless artefact, he gets entangled in more than he has bargained for.

Meanwhile, the ruthless treasure hunters resolve to go back to the ancient ruins hidden deep in the Amazon jungle with the aim of finding other intact tombs and pillaging them.
But the spirits of those whose graves have already been desecrated are angry. Their thirst for revenge urges the Indians who inhabit those remote territories to take action. This time they will do everything in their power to defend the burial sites of their ancestors. They are watching the ruins, waiting…



Didier appears to be the primary character from what I can tell. He is a world traveler and by all regards an emotional coward. I was very frustrated with him for most of the book—perhaps if I had read book 1 before book 2 I wouldn’t feel this way. Thankfully the book doesn’t just follow him. There is Menga, a jungle living warrior, who wants to right the wrongs of the bad men and appease his ancestors to save his love. Then there is the thread with the arrogant Aberlardo and tough guy Antonio with his hired guns, not to mention Aberlado’s wealthy father—the one stealing priceless artifacts.


This story is plot driven. It jerks you around the world and into many perspectives, which I found very engaging. Most of the chapters flowed easily from one to the next. There were a few twists and turns but they were obvious to me, with the exception of one. I actually hoped everything wouldn’t perfectly ‘work out,’ but you’ll have to read it to find out what ‘worked out’ means. Bad guys bad, good guys good, bad loses, good succeeds. A little boring that way but if you like the suspense more then the mystery, you’ll very much enjoy the settings and the thrill of the journey!


The story grips you from the get go. It is breakneck and suspenseful, sprinkled in with action. I wouldn’t recommend reading this book before the first (even though it says it can be a stand alone) because I was so lost at the beginning and didn’t get as much satisfaction from many of the results that I may have if I’d been with the characters longer. The dialogue could be stilted but the descriptive imagery of the setting made up for it.

There is a big element of a supernatural or mystical aspects that cropped up. I was a little torn on it throughout the book but I enjoyed Menga’s chapters and I like a little supernatural in my books so this was a plus not a minus for me. In the end the title lives up to its name—you’ll just have to read it to find out how literal!


3.5 Stars (rounded down)

A suspenseful international treasure hunt with a dash of mysticism and mystery. An enjoyable adventure with suspense that I would have enjoyed more if I’d read book 1 before book 2.

Where did I get a copy?

Author provided me a copy. This is a voluntary review.


Writing Update and Mailing Lists

Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. I started off with a terrible head cold that laid me up for days. I sincerely hope most of you started off 2017 better. On that note here are all the updates for what I plan to do in the new year.

Goals for my writing/the year:

  1. Building Mailing List – I’d like to get a mailing list so when I have giveaways and such, I can let everyone who is interested know.
  2. Finish Writing The Gate Trilogy (I expect this to happen within the next month)
    1. Get all 3 covers done for The Gate Trilogy, reveal the first one.
    2. Publish The Sixth Gate on July 7, 2017
    3. Finish editing all 3 books – get ready for Beta readers.
  3. Choose which book to have done for Audio Book
    1. Find a ‘voice’ for the audio book and pick a date for release next spring (2018).
    2. Send a poll in the fall for which book through Mailing List
  4. Start writing next book. Decide between 1001 Islands #2, Unfathomable Chance #2, or the new YA Fantasy novel – Temporum: The Four Seasons.
  5. Work on Seven Eves – Alaskan Supernatural Crime Novel
  6. Edit and get to Beta Readers An Honest Misunderstanding and consider publishing (maybe just on Wattpad).
  7. Breathe new life into my Historical Mystery Novella. Finish writing ‘The Red Door’ – SO MUCH REWRITING/EDITING!
  8. Editing/rewrite Truthseer 
  9. Participate in NaNoWriMo
  10. Keep up momentum on writing events, speaking events, and conventions.
  11. Read 45 books.

Mailing Lists:

I have created two mailing lists. One for Romance readers and another for Fantasy/Sci-fi readers. I’m hoping to send out discounts, deals, giveaways, sample chapters, and cover reveals of all my books. Not to mention upcoming releases and my decision on which books will first go to audio (that’s right!). I’m preparing for a giveaway shortly, make sure you get on the list!

Sign up here: Mailing Lists

Writing Plans:

I am painfully close to finishing the last book in The Gate Trilogy. Book 1 releases on July 7, 2017. I had the artist who said they were going to do it bail so I need to find a new artist, I may have a line on one of them to do all 3 covers. I’ll get everything ready for publication over the next 5 years.

After completion of The Gate Trilogy I’ll be ready to start on my next project. There are three items that are at the forefront of that race. In no particular order these are my possible next writing projects:

  • 1001 Islands #2
  • Unfathomable Chance #2
  • Temporum: The Four Seasons A new project that I want to do for my good friend Nicky. It is a YA Fantasy that is contemporary and involves the main character ‘falling’ into another world.
  • Another project that I’m working on as well is Seven Eves. An Alaskan Supernatural Crime Novel. This may move to the forefront of my attention until I can make a decision on what of the above projects to take on first.

I also have a few projects I’d like to revive. Namely Truthseer (a book I wrote for my sister but needs to be fixed/worked on before future publication) and The Red Door (a historical mystery novel set in New York City, 1899). I finished rewriting/editing An Honest Misunderstanding some time ago, but I’ve decided to look at publishing. Either to eBook or on Wattpad…or maybe both!


I’ve decided that one of my published books is going to go to Audiobook. I have to decide on just one and I’m very torn. I’ll be sending out a poll to help decide so I’m hoping everyone will sign up to the mailing list and help me make a decision Fall 2017.

Local Events:

Happy to announce that I’ll have other writing events around town and in the Southcoast area in Alaska. I’m very excited about all these events. SenshiCon was amazing last year and I hope to meet as many amazing  people this year as I did last year! My first one is next weekend which is Yuki Fest – here is their Facebook Page.

Reading Goal:

It is my goal to read 45 books. Goodreads Reading Challenge is all set up and tracking me. Apparently I’m 1 book ahead of schedule – yay! I want at least 50% of these to be indie authors so make sure to check out my submission/review policy page if you’d like me to consider reading/reviewing your book.


Sol of the Coliseum by Adam Gaylord


Deep in the bowels of the Coliseum of the mighty Astrolian Empire, the orphan, Sol, is raised by a makeshift family of guards and fellow slaves to become the most famed Gladiator in all the land. Alongside K’nal, his giant Frorian fighting partner, Sol must battle cunning warriors and fantastic beasts to delight the crowd and stay alive. But when an oppressed populace transforms Sol into a revolutionary folk hero, the Empire sends its most ruthless assassin to put an end to the uprising. Sol’s only chance is to do what no slave has ever done: escape from the Coliseum and the only home he’s ever known.


Sol is a very strong character. From birth you have a feeling that this child is meant for greatness. In a way he is simple and unburdened by the complications of the outside world but yet his childhood is rough and holds few comforts. Despite his childlike behavior in some parts, he quickly grows up in others. The violence that he sees and the way he handles them shows a profound resilience.

All of the plot is centered mostly on Sol and the Coliseum but not all of it is. There are other characters you leave and meet along the journey. From the guard Grall to pretty and determined Korra. They all seem to weave together an intricate story that leads towards a fascinating ending. The downside of any action packed, testosterone filled book is the women don’t seem quite right. With the exception of Oci, the old cook, most of the women are faceless or used for sexual pleasure. Despite the author’s best efforts of humanize them through Sol’s perspective, something falls short. The only attempt beyond that is Korra, who has more than one irrational moment but is as close as this book comes to a strong female role.

Now to the bad guys. There are the faceless evils, like the Emperor, and then the ones you get to follow along with. The main ‘evil’ is a sadistic assassin that kills for the Empire and for himself. This is not a guy anyone would ever want to meet – he likes torture and maiming as a pastime. Based on the author’s ability to make me say out loud ‘that’s awful’ I imagine he would be very good as murder mysteries. Particularly those that have chapters from the killer’s perspective!  When you are in Lysik’s head, the author paints every scene with exacting clarity – enough to make me cringe.


It starts of simple enough, a child of the Coliseum. For some reason it reminded me vaguely of The Dark Knight Rises and the story of a child born in a pit. Except in this story the child is born in the Coliseum – born a slave. The author begins weaving together different characters that start out centered entirely around Sol. A guard that is like a father and a cook that is somewhere between mother and grandmother. All of that quickly changes when Sol begins his first set of bouts on the Coliseum floor.

The most important part is that the author does an excellent job of doing is making it clear that there are things that Sol can’t understand. Things that you have to be free to understand or know about. From his excitement over the weather to when they use trees (or things like trees) in a bout and he gets to feel them against his skin. The strongest part of the plot beyond Sol’s mindset is the action scenes. It seems as though the author took painstaking efforts to make them very clear. I wouldn’t hesitate to say that action scenes are this author’s strength.

Parts of the book are clearly more violence and terrifying then others. Despite the author’s best effort to keep you guessing until the end, he drops enough hints that if you pay attention you won’t be all that surprised. Actually the most interesting part happens just before the climatic fight scene and the ending. Nothing about this book was all that surprising but the characters more than made up for the predictability of the most of the book. The ending itself is a little rushed and filled with coincidences that seem a little too neat, but the coincidences are acceptable enough to be overlooked.


Despite a few drawbacks this book is a solid piece of literature. The complete world beyond the Coliseum is woven in such a way that a reader isn’t bored with the information. The action scenes are complete and filled with all sorts of battle tactics  and creatures. Creatures that seems so natural in their world that you take it as fact. Even some of the other fighters aren’t human and that seems natural as well. The author flawlessly weaves you into the world and sets the characters up within it.

Despite the story itself the ending leaves a feeling of it being incomplete. That only a part of the story is over with. That the Coliseum and Sol’s story within it is a complete story from start to finish but the author weaves such a complete story that beyond the walls that you wonder at else will happen in the Empire. Except for a few glimpses from hearsay and the evil assassin, there isn’t much else and yet the author weaves such a complete world. Which leaves a sort of this sense of a false ending. Like you expect there to be more after this.

The switching of characters is sometimes jarring in the beginning because you aren’t 100% sure whose perspective you are in. This happened multiple times. The author should make it clear right away who it is. The chapters are also really long. Yet most of the chapters are broken into different perspectives or parts so many times you can leave off on section break instead of a chapter break. Normally it is a person pet peeve of mine that authors split chapters up into different perspectives in an attempt to make them longer. However, many of the author’s breaks are a continuation of the conversation or story from another perspective and I, therefore, quickly overlooked it.


4 Stars

This was a solid 4 stars and I liked it. This author has a good grasp on his abilities and I look forward to future books written by him. I would recommend this to other readers based on Sol being such a noble character and the action scenes being very easy to follow. This would have been a 5 star book if it wasn’t for the choppy ending that was the most incongruent part of the book along with the changing perspectives that was confusing more than a few times. The only part that absolutely confounded me was the utter coincidence of the ending – where I actually said ‘well isn’t that convenient’ out loud. There were very few grammatical errors but they seemed to become more frequent towards the end of the book – there was one during an intense scene that disrupted the scene a bit. However, I know the struggle of indie authors all too well and have to say beyond a ‘shs’ for his and ‘othere’ for others there weren’t enough errors to ruin the book by any means.

Where did I get it?

The author sent me a copy in exchange of an honest review.