The Smoke Hunter

· Vaughan Woods Publishing
7 reviews

About this ebook

Nice Victorian ladies shouldn't run off to find lost Central American cities.

One trifling little arrest shouldn’t have cost Ellie Mallory her job. It’s just the latest in a long line of injustices facing any brilliant female with archaeological ambitions in Victorian England.

When Ellie stumbles across the map to a mysterious ancient city, she knows she's holding her chance to show the world what she's capable of—but she’s not the only one after the prize. A disgraced professor and his ruthless handler are hot on her heels, willing to go to any extreme to acquire the map for themselves.

To race them through the uncharted jungles of British Honduras, Ellie needs a guide. The only one who knows the territory is maverick surveyor Adam Bates—and his determination to nose his way into Ellie's secrets makes him a dangerous partner.

As Ellie and Adam navigate mysterious ruins, deadly cataracts and one seriously angry boar, she realizes more than just her ambition is at stake. There’s a deadly force lurking at the heart of the city—and if it falls into the wrong hands, it could shake the fate of the world.


The Smoke Hunter is the first book in a high-stakes, rip-roaring historical adventure series perfect for fans of The Mummy and Romancing the Stone. 

7 reviews
A Google user
This definitely has the feel of an Indiana Jones story. Eleanora and Adam make a charming pair and their adventures are exciting. I want to go explore ruins now - but only nice safe ones without paranormal powers!
A Google user
Very good debut novel that takes place in the late 1800s. While not as exciting or fast paced as Matthew Reilly's Jack West Jr. stories, its imagination when it comes to ancient archeological wonders ...
A Google user
3.5 stars I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. With a thirst for knowledge and hunger for adventure ...

About the author

Jacquelyn Benson writes smart historical fantasy where strong women confront the stranger things that occupy the borders of our world. She once lived in a museum, wrote a master's thesis on the cultural anthropology of paranormal investigation, and received a gold medal for being clever. She owes a great deal to her elementary school librarian for sagely choosing to acquire the entire Time-Life Mysteries of the Unknown Series.Her debut novel, The Smoke Hunter, was nominated for Best Historical Fiction by RT Times. When not writing, she enjoys the company of a tall, dark, and handsome English teacher and practices unintentional magic.

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