Review of Fernando Gamboa’s The Last Crypt
If you like adventure novels, this one’s fine. At least it’s entertaining. But it’s fair to say it’s not too original and sometimes it’s gets a little too long.
The protagonist, Ulises Vidal, is an adventurer with MacGyver-like skills, not quite on Dirk Pitt’s level, the protagonist of the Clive Cussler novels, which this one is reminiscent of.
The story of the wealth and hidden treasures of the Templars is so old, both in literature and in film and television, that it’s quite tiring. And the same goes for Dante’s Divine Comedy, though that’s not the case here.
Pre-Columbian lost cities are also not a subject that has never been addressed.
Of course, in The Last Crypt there’s the scientific girl who ends up dating the protagonist, and the professor-mentor, Indiana Jones style. And, of course, the bad guys who try to take advantage of their achievements to keep the treasure. A compendium of all this can be seen in the two films starring Nicolas Cage: National Treasure and National Treasure: Book of Secrets.
I admit I spent some entertaining time reading it, but that’s all.