She aspires to be Indiana Jones; But she’s more like Bridget Jones, until she finds the Inca steps.
It’s 1987. Sam Harris graduates as a geologist in mineral exploration. Undeterred by the difficulties presented by her gender, she is determined to make her mark in a man’s world.
After global markets crash, finding a job becomes even more difficult. In an act of desperation, Sam accepts a contract with a dodgy entrepreneur exploring for gold in the remote rainforests of Sierramar.
When Sam stumbles on some Inca steps buried deep within the jungle, she uncovers a clue to an ancient mystery. Rumours of a lost treasure abound, and suddenly everyone wants to come on an expedition to search for it. Their different motives could lead to fatal consequences. Will Sam survive, or will her first adventure be her last?
If you like classic adventure stories with gutsy female protagonists, exotic locations, and complex characters, then you'll love PJ Skinner's thrilling novel.
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The first book in the Sam Harris Series sets the scene for the career of an unwilling heroine, who undertakes a series of adventures set in remote sites in Africa and South America. Set in the late 1980s and 90s the author examines themes such as women working in formerly male domains, and what constitutes a normal existence, in the context of the corruption and violence found in these site.
Sam’s home life provides a contrast to her adventures and feeds her need to escape. Her attachment to an unsuitable boyfriend is the thread running through her romantic life, and her attempts to break free provide an insight into her character.
Based on the real-life adventures of the author, the settings and characters have an authenticity that will connect with readers who enjoy adventure fiction and mysteries set in remote settings with realistic scenarios.