Mosaic Caverns by Christopher Zyck is the first book in the Vivarium Chronicles and a wonderful read that features adventure, an intriguing archeological quest, and strong social and political conflict. It is 2005 and the cocaine cartels are holding sway in Colombia. The US Green Berets fight to eliminate the drug trade, but something even more powerful is happening. Two archeologists make a startling discovery excavating the Inca Empire tribal artifacts —an ancient power that might be behind most of the chaos plaguing society. What is the link between the power of an ancient God and the political turmoil that has been characteristic of Colombia’s social reality?
This is an engaging story and the reader is instantly pulled in by the first-person narrative voice, a voice that is playful yet compelling. Zyck features characters that readers will enjoy and these characters are thrown into a setting that is rocked with conflict. The cultural elements of the setting are brilliantly explored, from food to clothing to fundamental beliefs. The intersection between myth and contemporary social realities is intelligently examined. The author excels are writing engaging dialogues and exploring relationships between the characters. I loved the vibe between Jürgen and Catherine, and the narrator has a unique connection with the niece, Zoe, and has always loved to have lunch with her at Burrito Shack at least once a month during the work week. The scenes are well-crafted and focused and the writing is infused with strong social and political commentaries. Christopher Zyck has crafted a fascinating story that examines the link between social upheaval and myth.