Dark Gold is a timeless, multi-layered thriller that transcends the genre, a novel that’s as relevant today as it was when it was published in 2006 because it focuses on themes that we can all relate to: friendship, family, betrayal, and greed. Told in first person by Jack Duran, a somewhat directionless, untried young man who’s just graduated college, it describes his quest to find his missing brother Dan, and the terrible things Jack uncovers along the way.
It’s very much a hero’s journey that takes the reader to Mexico and beyond, filled with cocaine pinatas, bizarre rituals, shocking violence, sunken treasure, and El Diablo Blanco, a creature as disturbing as anything you would see outside the mind of H.P. Lovecraft. From the details of drug culture and deep-sea diving to characters that don’t just leap off the page, but get into your face and demand you never forget them, Dark Gold is the fastest-reading novel for its length I’ve ever encountered.
Danger, sex, untold riches, and horrific cults: what’s not to like? Escapism doesn’t get much better than Dark Gold.