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  • By Beth Hovanec
    Jan 22, 2011
    Cowboy is a short story about a young man who has fond memories of his childhood. Growing up, he enjoyed puzzles and games and treasure hunts. As an adult, he happened upon a cache of jewels and money. He took this opportunity to share his love of adventure and treasure-hunting with other people. He wanted others to experience what he was able to participate in as a child. He decided to take the cash and bury it, and devise a treasure hunt. As he searched for a place to bury the treasure, he found the unexpected, and in some ways, mysterious, adventure of his own. And along the way, he fell in love. The story of the cowboy is fictional, however, as the title reads, this book is a treasure hunt. The author did indeed bury a very real treasure, in the form of $1,000 cash, somewhere in the United States for the reader to find. The book carries all the information that you need in order to locate the cache. This information comes in the forms of text, pictures, puzzles, ciphers, codes,... More > and author-provided hints throughout the book. As an armchair treasure hunter, I can say that Cowboy is one of the more fascinating books I have tried to solve. It has some depth and substance to the narrative, which is so very often lacking in other armchair treasure hunts. The puzzles and ciphers have ranged from simple to complex. And the puzzles come in many diverse forms. Some appear familiar to everyone, such as a word-search, a crossword puzzle and a maze. Some are uniquely fashioned by the author himself. And I am sure there are puzzles that have not been recognized as puzzles, yet. Cowboy is also one of those books that you can’t get out of your mind. You might be at work or school or eating a meal and you are still brainstorming and coming up with possible solutions for the puzzles. It is a good thing that the book is small. You can put it inside your pocket or purse and carry it along with you wherever you go. Where this book suffers is in its illustrations. Domino Ireland may be a terrific story-teller, but an artist he is not. The drawings in the book do not lend to its aesthetic value. Yet when put into perspective, we have to remember, this is an armchair treasure hunt. Although the drawings may be a bit crude, perhaps they were designed that way as part of a clue. And overall, I am sure they will not affect the outcome of the book, which is to find the buried treasure. As of the time of writing this review, this armchair treasure hunt has not been solved. The treasure is still out there, waiting to be found. Challenge yourself from the seat of your chair. And maybe you’ll find a treasure along the way.< Less
  • By j15bell
    Jul 20, 2010
    Haven't picked it up yet but can't wait to have a look! j
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Product Details

July 24, 2010
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.34 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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