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The Mystery of The Barranca by Herman Whitaker

The Mystery of The Barranca by Herman Whitaker is a thrilling adventure novel that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. From the very first page, Whitaker captures the reader's attention with his vivid descriptions and engaging storytelling.

The plot revolves around a young detective, Alex Smith, who finds himself entangled in a mysterious case. A priceless artifact, known as the Barranca Diamond, has gone missing, and Alex is determined to solve the puzzle and find the culprit. As he delves deeper into the investigation, he uncovers a web of secrets and deceit that will leave readers guessing until the very end.

Whitaker's character development is superb, as he introduces a diverse cast of individuals, each with their motives and hidden agendas. Alex Smith, the protagonist, is a brilliant and intuitive detective, reminiscent of classic literary detectives. His determination and quick thinking make him a compelling and relatable character. The other characters are equally well-crafted and add depth to the story.

The pacing of the novel is excellent, with a perfect balance of action and suspense. The author expertly weaves together clues and red herrings, keeping readers guessing at every turn. The twists and turns are unexpected, and the resolution of the mystery is satisfying and unforeseen.

One aspect that stands out in The Mystery of The Barranca is the author's attention to detail. Whitaker's descriptions of settings and scenery transport the reader to the heart of the story. Whether it is a bustling city street or a hidden underground lair, the vivid imagery allows for a truly immersive reading experience.

The prose flows smoothly, making the book a breeze to read. The author's writing style is accessible yet eloquent, making it suitable for readers of all ages. The dialogue is natural, and the interactions between characters feel genuine.

If there is one area where the book falls slightly short, it would be in its lack of female characters. While the few female characters present are well-written, their roles are somewhat limited. Adding more female representation would have added further depth and diversity to the narrative.

Overall, The Mystery of The Barranca is a captivating and enthralling read. With its compelling characters, intricate plot, and immersive storytelling, Herman Whitaker has crafted a mystery novel that will leave readers eager for more.

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THE MYSTERY OF THE BARRANCA

BY

HERMAN WHITAKER

AUTHOR OF "THE PLANTER" AND "THE SETTLER"

NEW YORK AND LONDON HARPER & BROTHERS PUBLISHERS MCMXIII

COPYRIGHT 1913 BY HARPER & BROTHERS

PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 1913

[Illustration: [See page 248 SEYD LIFTED FRANCESCA AND LEAPED]

" To Vera, my daughter and gentle collaborator, whose nimble fingers lightened the load of many labors, this book is lovingly dedicated. "

THE MYSTERY OF THE BARRANCA

CHAPTER I

"Oh Bob, just look at them!"

Leaning down from his perch on the sacked mining tools which formed the apex of their baggage, Billy Thornton punched his companion in the back to call his attention to a scene which had spread a blaze of humor over his own rich crop of freckles.

As a matter of fact, the spectacle of two men fondly embracing can always be depended on to stir the crude Anglo Saxon sense of humor. In this case it was rendered still more ridiculous by age and portliness, but two years' wandering through interior Mexico had accustomed Thornton's comrade, Robert Seyd, to the sight. After a careless glance he resumed his contemplation of the crowd that thronged the little station. Exhibiting every variety of Mexican costume, from the plain white blanket of the peons to the leather suits of the rancheros and the hacendados, or owners of estates, it was as picturesque and brilliant in color and movement as anything in a musical extravaganza... Continue reading book >>




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