Valley of Trachians by Ellis Shuman


Paperback, 428 pages
Published February 21st 2013 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN 1482552442 (ISBN13: 9781482552447)
edition language:English


A Peace Corps volunteer has gone missing in Bulgaria and everyone assumes he is dead, everyone except his grandfather, who refuses to give up hope. Retired literature professor Simon Matthews launches a desperate search only to be lured into a bizarre quest to retrieve a stolen Thracian artifact—a unique object of immense value others will stop at nothing to recover.

Matthews travels through a Balkan landscape dotted with ancient tombs and fortresses, unaware that his grandson has been confined to an isolated mountain cabin, slowly recovering from a severe head injury. Nothing can be taken at face value, as the woman assisting Matthews in his quest and the nurse caring for his injured grandson may have ulterior motives in helping the two reunite. Even when Matthews succeeds in joining up with his grandson, departure from Bulgaria is only possible if the missing relic can be found.


I loved this story. Being a huge fan of travel, Bulgaria has always been one of my destination I still needed to visit. Thanks to Ellis, I sort of got a taste of it. His descriptions is really vivid and it makes you feel that you are right there. It follows a grandfather, Simon. Who never gave up searching for his missing grandson, Scott, somewhere in Bulgaria. He gets plenty of help from the locals and that’s when the motives gets questioned. Why this and Why that? The plots were set up amazingly, it had a real ‘treasure hunt’ type of feeling to it, but instead of treasure, it was a missing grandson.
There is really everything in this story. From smuggling with artifacts, to murders and car chases.
Now what I didn’t like about the book: I struggled with getting into the story. But as soon as I did, I couldn’t put it down. It is a novel worth reading and I promise this is something for everyone, doesn’t matter what genre your favourite is. His characters are so strong, that you easily connect with the.
I wish Ellis all the luck with this,
Kind wishes,
Adrienne Woods