What I'm Reading: Aztec Midnight: A Novella
When drug cartels, in search of a sacred obsidian knife once held by Aztec emperor Ahuitzotl, begin vandalizing ancient Aztec sites throughout Mexico, the government reaches out to the U.S. State Department for help. Dr. Jon Barrett, an archaeologist and pre-Colombian weapons expert, is sent to find and rescue the knife before the cartels can claim it, and journeys to Cuernavaca with his wife, Susanna.
Locating the knife proves more dangerous than Barrett could have anticipated, however, and he and Susanna soon find themselves at the center of the cartel’s search. To survive, he will be forced to apply his knowledge of ancient weapons in the face of an ancient power he never imagined.
Author M.C. Tuggle is a native North Carolinian whose ancestors arrived in the South in 1647. He majored in history and English, and completed his M.A. in English at Wake Forest University on a Wake Forest fellowship.
Being a Carolinian myself, I had to check out Aztec Midnight. A quick read, this novella is very suspenseful. Having visited ruins in Mexico, I felt like I could easier visualize the places Tuggle described. Aztec Midnight is the perfect book for casual readers and avid readers alike. It's small but mighty. Two thumbs up!