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Local Artist and so-called “Selfless Scavenger” Todd Freeman may have a seemingly idyllic life painting and scouring the Key West sands with his metal detector and returning lost items to grateful locals and tourists. Yet, his past holds grief and pain: the death of his son, the swift end of his marriage, and the tumultuous period that saw him uprooting from his Midwest ho Local Artist and so-called “Selfless Scavenger” Todd Freeman may have a seemingly idyllic life painting and scouring the Key West sands with his metal detector and returning lost items to grateful locals and tourists. Yet, his past holds grief and pain: the death of his son, the swift end of his marriage, and the tumultuous period that saw him uprooting from his Midwest home and starting anew, under the South Florida sun. But he never expected, in his routine beach-scouring, to find the mysterious little coin -- a coin that would set him on an adventure that he never could’ve imagined. One that would unveil a legend primed to change the world, and rewrite history. With violent pursuers on his tail and bullets flying, Todd finds himself plunged into an incredible quest that will help him not only uncover one of the greatest mysteries of all time, but test his own strength and bravery to a point he never thought was possible. Something Found: A Coin is the beginning of an adventure that will set your sails for the Floridian tropics, and your heart for the grand unknown.


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Local Artist and so-called “Selfless Scavenger” Todd Freeman may have a seemingly idyllic life painting and scouring the Key West sands with his metal detector and returning lost items to grateful locals and tourists. Yet, his past holds grief and pain: the death of his son, the swift end of his marriage, and the tumultuous period that saw him uprooting from his Midwest ho Local Artist and so-called “Selfless Scavenger” Todd Freeman may have a seemingly idyllic life painting and scouring the Key West sands with his metal detector and returning lost items to grateful locals and tourists. Yet, his past holds grief and pain: the death of his son, the swift end of his marriage, and the tumultuous period that saw him uprooting from his Midwest home and starting anew, under the South Florida sun. But he never expected, in his routine beach-scouring, to find the mysterious little coin -- a coin that would set him on an adventure that he never could’ve imagined. One that would unveil a legend primed to change the world, and rewrite history. With violent pursuers on his tail and bullets flying, Todd finds himself plunged into an incredible quest that will help him not only uncover one of the greatest mysteries of all time, but test his own strength and bravery to a point he never thought was possible. Something Found: A Coin is the beginning of an adventure that will set your sails for the Floridian tropics, and your heart for the grand unknown.

30 review for Something Found: A Coin (Something Found #1)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Billy Buttons

    THE WISHING SHELF BOOK AWARDS 23rd November 2020 TITLE: Something Found: A Coin AUTHOR: Troy Aaron Ratliff Star Rating: 4 To Sum Up ‘A cleverly plotted thriller populated with complex and charismatic characters. Very enjoyable.’ REVIEW I do enjoy a good thriller. I like them fast-paced with plenty of twists and packed full of compelling characters. And, I’m happy to report, this book, despite the rather mundane title, ticks every box. It all begins when a man, Todd Freeman – very much your typical hero; THE WISHING SHELF BOOK AWARDS 23rd November 2020 TITLE: Something Found: A Coin AUTHOR: Troy Aaron Ratliff Star Rating: 4 To Sum Up ‘A cleverly plotted thriller populated with complex and charismatic characters. Very enjoyable.’ REVIEW I do enjoy a good thriller. I like them fast-paced with plenty of twists and packed full of compelling characters. And, I’m happy to report, this book, despite the rather mundane title, ticks every box. It all begins when a man, Todd Freeman – very much your typical hero; a man with a difficult history, brave, smart, tends to do the ‘right’ thing – discovers a coin with his metal detector. But this ‘coin’ is not any old coin! What follows is a cleverly interwoven plot involving a number of well-developed characters and a vividly described Florida setting. Now, this book is not particularly long, but the author works hard to pack a lot in and to offer the reader interesting and sophisticated characters. All of the characters, even the secondary, jump off the page. So much so, I was sympathizing with many and rooting for the rest. The author also has a competent writing style. It’s descriptive too, but not overly so. He also understands pacing and how to develop characters through speech. I did feel the speech was a little wooden in parts; the author might wish to work on this in future novels. So, would I recommend this novel? Absolutely! Who to? Well, if you happen to enjoy Clive Cussler (who’s sadly passed away now) and his Dirk Pitt books, this is for you. Like Cussler, this author not only knows how to keep things moving, but also how to keep the reader guessing. And, for me, that’s a sign of a competent ‘thriller’ author. I see this novel is the beginning of a trilogy. Excellent! Then I think I just discovered a new author to enjoy. A ‘Wishing Shelf’ Book Review www.thewsa.co.uk

  2. 5 out of 5

    Pegboard

    Everyone has secrets, but Todd Freeman is about to learn a secret that could very well end his simple way of living and even his life in Something Found: A Coin, by Troy Aaron Ratliff. Todd, the Selfless Scavenger, finds a mysterious coin one day on one of his hunts with his metal detector. He gets a thrill out of finding lost valuables and returning them to their owners. When the ocean deposits a rare coin on the beach, Todd asks a friend for help to identify it. This could be the coin that all Everyone has secrets, but Todd Freeman is about to learn a secret that could very well end his simple way of living and even his life in Something Found: A Coin, by Troy Aaron Ratliff. Todd, the Selfless Scavenger, finds a mysterious coin one day on one of his hunts with his metal detector. He gets a thrill out of finding lost valuables and returning them to their owners. When the ocean deposits a rare coin on the beach, Todd asks a friend for help to identify it. This could be the coin that allows him to retire, but it leads to living on the run, finding a secret society, and opening a whole different world to him. If he can stay alive long enough to deliver it to his friend. Troy Aaron Ratliff has been working on the Something Found: A Coin series for over a decade. This novel lays the foundation for the life of Todd Freeman. Once a successful professional, now an artist living off his talent and anything he finds on the beaches of Key West. Ratliff weaves a complex web of mystery around the life of Todd Freeman and the significance of the coin. This engaging story line creates a mystique around the character, the beauty of southern Florida, and the events that will reshape Todd’s beliefs. The author constructs his story around the emotions of the characters and secrecy of lost treasure. Overall, this novel is descriptive and provoking; a great beginning for a series. I love how the author uses this novel to connect with the brother he lost, and the hope that lays in his heart is like Todd’s. Written by Peggy Jo Wipf for Readers' Favorite.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Book Reviewer

    Have you ever had one single moment change your entire life? That happened to Todd. While everything may look one way to the untrained eye, we must remember that things are not always as they appear. Something Found: A Coin by Troy Aaron Ratliff follows Todd who has a troubled past and has experienced pain that no one should ever have to. It is this pain that motivates him to leave his home and start a new life. What he didn’t expect was what would happen when he began that new life. Much as eve Have you ever had one single moment change your entire life? That happened to Todd. While everything may look one way to the untrained eye, we must remember that things are not always as they appear. Something Found: A Coin by Troy Aaron Ratliff follows Todd who has a troubled past and has experienced pain that no one should ever have to. It is this pain that motivates him to leave his home and start a new life. What he didn’t expect was what would happen when he began that new life. Much as everyone would love to run away and start anew, it isn’t always for the better when mystery and danger can be everywhere you look. I always enjoy a good mystery and feel that Something Found: A Coin was able to deliver a well constructed mystery. I was unable to stop toward the end of the novel because the story became increasingly riveting and I became engaged, sure that at any moment the tension would break. While I enjoyed the book, I felt that the language sometimes took away from the beauty of the story, but I understand that it was used appropriately. In addition, I liked that Todd had his moments of sarcasm when talking to people. I am a sarcastic person, so it resonated with me. It made his character a little more likable and authentic to me. I also enjoyed Alex and Hamok. They both added depth to the book, and I liked how both were there when Todd needed them. Alex had me rolling my eyes in a few spots, but overall his character is witty and sometimes funny. Hamok was interesting, but I wished he had had more time in the story. Something Found: A Coin is an enthralling dark fantasy novel that explores one interesting persons past and motivations through a unique lens. Author Troy Aaron Ratliff delivers a thought-provoking adventure that kept me enthralled with it’s interesting characters and alluring mystery.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    I have mixed feelings with this novel because when I started reading it, I felt that the storyline was a bit slow, and all of the sudden, with some interesting twists and turns, the story changed completely. The story, narrated in the 3rd person, is written through the eyes of the narrator, and he tells the journey of Todd, a man whose job was looking with his metal detector for lost items. On the other hand, I think the descriptions of the scenes, in general, are very good; and the characters a I have mixed feelings with this novel because when I started reading it, I felt that the storyline was a bit slow, and all of the sudden, with some interesting twists and turns, the story changed completely. The story, narrated in the 3rd person, is written through the eyes of the narrator, and he tells the journey of Todd, a man whose job was looking with his metal detector for lost items. On the other hand, I think the descriptions of the scenes, in general, are very good; and the characters are fresh and original. The ending of this novel was, in my opinion, a bit abrupt, but I think it is because there will be a sequel, so I can´t wait to see how this story continues.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    This book is the start of a trilogy so it’s nice to have a good background of the main character’s life. The author really nailed it with the one-on-one type of narrative; I enjoyed very much his writing. As for the plot, I found it very interesting the connection between the title and the meaning of the search Todd does in the beach. After losing everyone and everything he happens to find a coin that is going to give the man new hopes and meaning in his life. This coin will led Todd into an adv This book is the start of a trilogy so it’s nice to have a good background of the main character’s life. The author really nailed it with the one-on-one type of narrative; I enjoyed very much his writing. As for the plot, I found it very interesting the connection between the title and the meaning of the search Todd does in the beach. After losing everyone and everything he happens to find a coin that is going to give the man new hopes and meaning in his life. This coin will led Todd into an adventure. The end comes very fast and unexpected, so I’ll be on the hunt for the second part.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nela

    Same as the main character, Todd Freeman, found a coin that set him on an adventure that he could have never imagined; in this book I found an unexpected amazing read. This is the start of a brand-new trilogy, by author Troy Aaron Ratliff, that completely engaged me. So, for sure, I will continue reading the sequel! Here, Todd’s odyssey started and took him to do things he had never done before. This novel is perfectly plotted and full of surprises. There are certain twists and turns that make t Same as the main character, Todd Freeman, found a coin that set him on an adventure that he could have never imagined; in this book I found an unexpected amazing read. This is the start of a brand-new trilogy, by author Troy Aaron Ratliff, that completely engaged me. So, for sure, I will continue reading the sequel! Here, Todd’s odyssey started and took him to do things he had never done before. This novel is perfectly plotted and full of surprises. There are certain twists and turns that make the tale really difficult to put down. “Something Found: A Coin” is a gripping and action-packed book, perfect as a holiday or weekend read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Christina Wright

    I was so excited for the opportunity to read an advance copy of Troy Aaron Ratliff’s second awesome novel Something Found: A Coin! Ratliff beautifully crafted an adventure that drew me in from the very first paragraph. The characters are believable and relatable and I can NOT wait to read the next step in Todd Freeman’s adventure. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nadia

    I've got to say this book kept taking turns that I did not expect and left me wanting to read more and more until I got to the end. I found the main character engaging and thoughtful without droning on (I admit a fear I initially had when I read the first chapter) but nope, definitely someone you can relate too and want to hear more from as a narrator. Definitely looking forward to the next book in the series and having a blast with that one too. I've got to say this book kept taking turns that I did not expect and left me wanting to read more and more until I got to the end. I found the main character engaging and thoughtful without droning on (I admit a fear I initially had when I read the first chapter) but nope, definitely someone you can relate too and want to hear more from as a narrator. Definitely looking forward to the next book in the series and having a blast with that one too.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kendall Brooks

    A man with a grief filled past finds an object that has the potential to change the world and rewrite history. This puts him on a collision course with violent individuals out to steal the object. The book is an action packed, intriguing story, that sets up the Trilogy in such a way that the reader is reading long into the night and wishing for the next book the minute the last page of this book is turned. A wonderful read that doesn’t disappoint!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Isaac (Ike) Standifird

    Five stars if some of the lengthy description of objects such as a palm tree.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bethani Patram

    Omg! You’re not going to want to put this book down! I won’t give anything away but by chapter 4, I was sobbing. By the time I finished the book I was so engrossed I wanted nothing more than to pick up the next book. I have a hard time putting myself in the shoes of the main character often when reading. But with Todd Freeman, it was no issue. I will be counting down the days until I can go along this journey with Todd again.

  12. 5 out of 5

    bill strawbridge

  13. 4 out of 5

    Karen Thompson

  14. 5 out of 5

    Victor Macri Jr

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jill Oseman

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jerry

  17. 4 out of 5

    Meredith Masteller

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lyman

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tess Hinckley

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kristy

  21. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Loving-Spisak

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tom Teare

  23. 4 out of 5

    Steve Wubbenhorst

  24. 5 out of 5

    Elaine Mayes

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Schultz

  26. 5 out of 5

    Linda Fisher

  27. 5 out of 5

    Donnie Akins Dungan

  28. 5 out of 5

    anthony cecil

  29. 4 out of 5

    Roy E. Houston

  30. 5 out of 5

    Karen Moon

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