The Sacred Spoils by Will Adams

The official blurb courtesy of Amazon

To the victor go the spoils…

Historian Carmen Nero, in southern Italy to help a friend search for ancient riches, is caught up in the murderous schemes of the Calabrian Mafia.

Cesco Rossi, a quick-witted conman on the run from a brutal group of neo-Nazis, is about to be confronted by his tragic past.

Israeli Professor Zara Gold is on a mission to find Judaism’s most sacred relic.

For the tomb of Alaric I, the Visigoth king who sacked and looted Rome of its most fabulous treasures, is on the point of being revealed. And who knows what secrets may lie within?

The race to uncover history’s greatest lost fortune has begun…


With an archaeological theme, this story follows Cesco Rossi and Carmen Nero as they race to find the lost treasures of Alaric, Visigoth King, whilst avoiding the clutches of the ‘Ndrangheta, Calabrian Mafia and Israeli Secret Service. 

Legend has it that Alaric, and his men, sacked Rome and stole all the treasures collected by the Roman Empire.  Upon his death, Alaric’s army diverted a river and dug and crypt in the temporarily dry river bed.  For centuries, Alaric’s final resting place has remained undiscovered.

Carmen is an up and coming archaeologist with a lot of respect within the community.  Rossi is a trickster with an eye on a fortune and has no problem who gets hurt as a result of his cons.

This book was a new genre for me but, I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I went from loathing Rossi to hoping that he could be redeemed.  The story does jump around but, stick with it, and I think that you’ll enjoy the ride.

The way that the truth of Rossi’s story unfurled was terrific and I felt a clear shift in my opinion of him.

I really loved the way that the locations were described, I could almost feel the sun’s heat.  I have never visited Italy but, I am certainly intrigued to explore Southern Italy after reading this book.

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