Plato Wyngard and the Valley of the Immortals 2016: 1

Plato Wyngard and the Valley of the Immortals 2016: 1

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1966 The Malaya Emergency, during a routine patrol, Captain Plato Wyngard (British SAS) and his team are attacked by rebels. During an interrogation a phrase is uttered that Plato hasn't heard since the death of his father, a man with a mysterious past. Ten years later the trail has run cold, Living in post war Vietnam, Plato owns and operates an air freight business alongside his good friend Luther Macbeth a mountainous ex-marine. A violent encounter runs them afoul of a brutal ex-Vietcong Colonel known only as 'The Viper' who now works for General Tun, running a heroin empire with an army of his own. Plato and Luther uncover a plot to find four stone dragon statues that represent saints from Vietnamese history known as the Four Immortals. The holder of all four will locate the resting place of the Jade Cup, a receptacle that gives the drinker immortality.They recover a map from a monastery revealing the locations of the Immortals. They depart for the first, located high in the mountains with a local guide, Nhat, a secret organisation follows them undetected, 'the Guild of Wolves'.
After surviving a succession of traps and puzzles, they find that the first piece has already been retrieved. While staying with one of the mountain tribes, they discover additional pieces to the puzzle and a new reason to get the Cup; help the members of the tribe who are suffering from the effects of Agent Orange. They depart for the second statue with a fourth member, the strong willed and social conscious Bian, she is a direct descendent of one of the saints. After completing a deadly game they retrieve the second piece and encounter General Tun's pet assassin, The Wraith, a woman with no remorse. They just escape The Wraith and her team by blowing a hole in the cavern resulting in them being whisked to safety through an underground river system.During their journey to the third statue they pick up a fifth member of the group, Huynh, a pirate with the Red Scorpions, a man with a burning hatred of The Viper. The forth Immortal is located at a thousand-year-old market in Ho Chi Minh City. A giant clock the only clue to its resting place. There they run into The Viper and his death squad. Plato's unique team of misfits manage to gain the upper hand.
With The Viper and The Wraith in hot pursuit, Plato and his team find themselves trapped by a cult of women warriors in the Vietnamese jungle, their only means of escape and finding the fourth piece is by completing three near impossible tasks, each one: Plato (3 giant albino crocodiles), Luther (3 enraged baboons) and Bian (a riddle involving scorpions). Narrowly passing the three tests, and with three statues in their possession, they depart for the resting place of the Jade Cup.With the General close behind, Plato leads his team to the resting place of the Jade Cup. A temple within a gigantic cave, it's size so immense it has a forest and river within it. In their efforts to gain the Jade Cup, Plato's team are captured by the General and Plato is nearly killed. His only way to save his friends is with the help of the mysterious Guild of Wolves, the organisation that knows the truth about his father. With their help they turn the tables on the General and his army, but the price is high, the death of Huynh. With the addition of the first statue they are able to find the Jade Cup. The Guild having plans on their own, try unsuccessfully to steal the Cup, but are thwarted by Plato.
Leaving the guild behind the return the Jade Cup to the mountains and save the village. In response The guild leaves the horrific message of the Viper's head as a warning to back off.
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  • Paperback | 308 pages
  • Australia
  • 0646958291
  • 9780646958293

Author information

James was born in Christchurch, New Zealand. He also spent his childhood living in Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. In the '80's he cut his teeth on horror movie nights with his brothers and watching as much sport as possible. Neither good looking enough for the movies, or athletic enough to play sport he spent his time watching both from the sidelines. After the success of his younger brother on the comic writing scene and then the successful launch of Marc's Perigord book, he built the confidence to co-author the first of the Plato Wyngard series. James is currently a primary school teacher in Queensland who loves inspiring young students to chase their dreams and is trying to lead by example.Marc was born in 1972, Katherine, NT, Marc alwaysloved to read in particular fantasy fiction. His favouriteauthors include JRR Tolkien, Robert E Howard,Stephen King, Raymond E Feist, Jim Butcher and theawesome Matthew Reilly. Growing up he was always abit of a geek, in particular his love of comics and horrormovies, something that has stayed with him wellinto his "mature years". Marc served as a soldier in theAustralian Defence Force for nearly 20 years, on operationsin Rwanda and East Timor, and later an instructorat the School of Infantry. Before turning to writing, hissecret passion.
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The premise of the story promised a lot, and the book delivered. It rolled along like a rollercoaster, interesting plot elements concerning an intriguing time and place (1976 Vietnam). It had everything I really enjoy in this sort of story. Heroic main characters, terrible villains, realistic action scenes, death defying locations. Not to mention the traps, escapes, mythology and nail biting conclusion. Hope this is part of a series. -Brian Donaldson (goodreads)
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