Ferdinand's Gold by Sheldon Charles is a military thriller that is brimming with historical elements. Lieutenant Randall Dexter Kevan’s career as an air cargo specialist for the US Air Force has become a routine that brings neither fulfillment nor prospects of career growth. Stuck at the Anderson Air Force base, he ignores the wind of change taking place in the Philippines, a revolution that is about to topple Ferdinand Marcus. Everything changes for Dex when a flight arrives with a disheveled crew and hidden treasure. Dex and his colleagues want a piece of the pie, just part of the gold to ensure a comfortable future. But stealing part of the treasure attracts the vengeful anger of Col. Talan Madulás, a man who is as ruthless as he is vile. Dex and his friends become targets to one of Ferdinand’s most dreaded colonels and he will stop at nothing to get his revenge.
Sheldon Charles has crafted a military thriller that puts readers on the edge of their seats. The author writes an international setting that reflects the events that took place during the downfall of the Filipino dictator, Ferdinand Marcus, and hints of the stolen treasure are one of the important historical elements that beef up the plot. The reader is immediately introduced to a protagonist who is elaborately written and who will hold their attention throughout the story. We meet Randall Dexter Kevan struggling with a hangover and it is an indication that he is at the lowest point in his career. The military theme is brilliantly explored and readers are pulled into an intriguing world of military operations and get a strong feel of what it is like to work in an airbase. But the strength of Sheldon Charles’ novel lies in the author’s incredible skill in writing conflict that is strong and building the tension towards an unexpected and explosive moment. Ferdinand's Gold is fast-paced and detailed; Sheldon Charles springs surprises and revelatory moments with the skill of a great storyteller. It is complex and engrossing and the kind of fiction that will have readers utterly riveted.