The Smoke Hunter

Chasing a threat born in smoke.

London, 1898. Archivist Eleanora Mallory discovers a map to a legendary city that could be the truth behind a myth. But is it the key to unraveling an ancient mystery, or a clever hoax?

Compelled to find out, Ellie journeys to Central America—with a merciless enemy hot on her heels.

In a deadly race to uncover the map’s secret first, Ellie is forced to partner with maverick archaeologist Adam Bates, a man she’s not sure she can trust. Together, they venture into an uncharted wilderness alive with smoke and shadows, where an even greater danger awaits them.

For what lies there whispering to be unearthed has the power to bring the world to its knees.

Content warning for The Smoke Hunter:

Contains captivity, bombing, animal death, plague, blood, alcohol use, death of a character, threatening with a firearm and a moderately steamy embrace.

Praise for The Smoke Hunter

“This is one fun, wild ride of an adventure tingled with the paranormal, magical, mystical and believable.”

~ RT Book Reviews

“Crisp, clean and smoothly written, this first novel by Jacquelyn Benson gives readers adventure, romance, exotic locations and a lot of fun.”

~ Amazon Reviewer

“Intrigue and suspense aplenty. A refreshing and original new voice.”

~ Sunday Times Bestseller Scott Mariani

“Fans of spirited heroines, dashing heroes, and perilous mysteries will love this rollicking adventure.”

~ New York Times Bestselling Author Deanna Raybourn

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Meet Ellie Mallory

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Meet Adam Bates

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The True History

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