Found Audio

Some books you open the cover and leisurely stroll through them.  Other books are clunky and slow and a struggle to get through.  Some books grab you and pull you into the story and don’t let you go even after you have finished them.  The novel Found Audio by N.J. Campbell is the third type of book.

The description of the book from the jacket cover is as follows:

“Amrapali Anna Singh is an historian and analyst capable of discerning the most cryptic and trivial details from audio recordings.  One day, a mysterious man appears at her office in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, having traveled a great distance to bring her Type IV audio cassettes that bear the stamp of a library in Buenos Aires that may or may not exist.

On the cassettes is the deposition of an adventure journalist and his obsessive pursuit of an amorphous, legendary, and puzzling ‘City of Dreams.’  Spanning decades, his quest leads him from a snake hunter in the Louisiana bayou to the walled city of Kowloon on the eve of its destruction, from the singing dunes of Mongolia to a chess tournament in Istanbul.  The deposition also begs the question: who is making the recording and why?

Despite being explicitly instructed not to, curiosity gets the better of Singh and she mails a transcription of the cassettes with her analysis to an acquaintance before vanishing.  The man who bore the cassettes, too, has disappeared.  The journalist was unnamed.”

This book is a page turner.  The author seamlessly weaves his story together.  I started reading this book on a Saturday night, thinking I would read a chapter or two and go to bed.  At 1:30 a.m., I had to put the book down because I kept falling asleep.  When I woke up the next morning, I picked up the book and kept reading until I finished it.  It is a mystery, adventure story, and so much more.  I highly recommend Found Audio by N.J. Campbell.