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El Draco’s Treasure is an action-packed adventure about the discovery of lost gold, silver and jewels in the jungle of Panama. In 1573 the English explorer, pirate and favorite of Queen Elizabeth I, Sir Francis Drake, hijacked a Spanish mule train as it crossed the Camino Real in Panama, laden with the stolen wealth of the Inca Empire. Drake, known as El Draco to his enemies, buried the plunder in the jungle. Four hundred years later, a diverse band of teenage boys hikes across the Isthmus of Panama. Along the way, they befriend Choco Indians, confront the beauty and danger of the rainforest, encounter gruesome death, and find the legendary hoard. In their journey, some find self-knowledge, honor and courage. Others face heartbreak and unthinkable loss. Together, they become men.
“A first-rate thriller.” — William Martin, best selling author of The Lincoln Letter
“Urban’s debut novel [is] …. fast-paced …. real and intense …. A coming-of-age story and thrilling adventure rolled into one.” — Kirkus Reviews