Thursday, October 19, 2017

Book Review: 'Cosega Search' by Brandt Legg

One of the reasons author Brandt Legg has been so successful in his writing and publishing and selling his ten books to date is his magisterial management of his website. From his biographical data we learn that he is ‘a former child prodigy who turned a hobby into a multi-million dollar empire. At eight, Brandt's father died suddenly, plunging his family into poverty. Two years later, while suffering from crippling migraines, he started in business. National media dubbed him the "Teen Tycoon," but by the time he reached his twenties, the high-flying Legg became ensnarled in the financial whirlwind of the junk bond eighties, lost his entire fortune . . . and ended up serving time in federal prison for financial improprieties.’ Or as Brandt shares, ‘Twenty-five years ago, sitting in a hot, humid federal prison cell in Virginia, I first dreamed of being not just a writer, but a writer who could earn a living, support a family and keep writing. But I had dropped out of high school, having only completed tenth grade English. As I sat on that metal cot, penniless and heavily in debt, with almost a year left on my sentence, it seemed an impossible dream. Still, for more than two decades, while doing everything but writing, I somehow kept the dream alive. Amazon's KDP changed everything.’ One year later he began anew in retail and real estate. In the more than two decades since, his life adventures have led him through magazine publishing, a newspaper column, photography, FM radio, CD production and concert promotion. He is a gifted landscape photographer.

One of the reasons Brandt’s sci-fi thrillers/suspense novels work so well is his ability to subtly let us in on the main character’s character from the first few paragraphs – ‘“How quickly can you get to Virginia?” Larsen Fretwell’s voice boomed through the satphone. “I’m in the middle of nowhere, Idaho on day seventeen of a dig,” Ripley “Rip” Gaines replied, wiping away dust and sweat as he switched to his other ear. “What do you have?” He didn’t want to leave yet. As usual, his sponsors thought the famed archaeologist was looking for one thing, but his hopes were elsewhere. A few early artifacts made him optimistic about this site, even though he’d been disappointed at seven previous locations. “It’s a Cosega find. Get here now!”

The synopsis is sound and takes us to the core of this first volume well - ‘He had been looking for it his whole life. When he finally found it, it made no sense. Now everyone wants it. Nothing will ever be the same again. Ripley Gaines, a brilliant archeologist, has spent his life searching for an elusive artifact to prove his controversial theory. What he finds shocks even him. The discovery rewrites human history and promises to change the planet’s future. It has to be suppressed. The most powerful forces in the world align against him, and a deadly competition for the artifact ensues. Capturing Gaines is not enough; he, and everyone who has seen the artifact, must be killed. His only hope, is to stay alive long enough to decode the Cosega Sequence. Dig far enough into the past . . . you may just discover the future.’

Read one of Brandt’s novels and it is likely you’ll reach for the next in sequence. Fine writing in a genre that often leaves us wanting more. Brandt supplies it. Grady Harp, November 16

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