and you might never scuba dive again...at least not shortly after you finish Mike Monahan's frightening piece of literature.
In Monahan's thriller `Barracuda' New York homicide detective Mick O'Shaughnessy jets to the Bikini Atoll to recover from a gun shot which almost ended his live prematurely. Looking forward to a quiet couple of weeks diving the Atoll's majestic underwater world and relaxing at a beautiful and brand new scuba diving resort, Micko - as his friends call him - quickly encounters evidence of a money laundering ring he can not ignore for long.
Internal feuds between rivaling resorts and a bunch of blood thirsty members of the Red Mafyia and the Japanese Yakuza, who are willing to do anything to keep their mob business `in business', are just the beginning of Micko's problems.
When people start to disappear and divers get killed mysteriously, Micko's own life is once again on the line, this time threatened by a huge fish; a mutant Barracuda - the ultimate predator which seems to be unstoppable. Or is he?
Barracuda is more than just a thriller. It is the product of Mike Monahan's extensive research on the after effects of atomic testing done by the U.S. government in the Marshall Islands some fifty years ago. The environmental catastrophe and human dilemmas inflicted by these tests are food for an outstanding plot.
Monahan is blessed with the great ability to weave his research and his own job experience as a cop, into a thrilling ride - or dive - which is hard to put down until read to the very last page.
Personally, I would have enjoyed the story just as much with less research material but I can appreciate the heart Monahan has put into his book. His sense of carefully explaining the technicalities of scuba diving without sounding technical is additional proof, that Mike Monahan has found his calling as the composer of this great, four star, adventurous thriller.
Rebecca Lerwill, author of Relocating Mia