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Barracuda [Kindle Edition]

Mike Monahan
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Barracuda is a fast-paced thriller which will be enjoyed by readers who appreciate the aquatic action of Jaws, the mob intrigue of The Godfather, and the police procedural sense of The Onion Field.


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About the Author

The author is a retired NYPD Detective, and a Professional Divemaster who has scuba dived all over the world.

Product Details

  • File Size: 339 KB
  • Print Length: 235 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge (February 7, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0013NS3FW
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Take a swim and meet... Barracuda March 17, 2008
Format:Paperback
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
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Barracuda January 18, 2008
Format:Paperback
I'm quite impressed how Mike was able to utilize his background as a detective, diver and traveller to weave this interesting tale.
He did a great job bringing all the story lines together, while keeping the action moving. A fun, quick read. I highly recommend 'Barrucuda', but I don't think I'll be vacationing in Bikini Atoll anytime soon :)
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More like a herring July 1, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It starts slow and goes downhill from there. The plot centers on the mutated offspring of a barracuda trapped in a aircraft carrier sunk and made radioactive by the atomic bomb tests in the Bikini atoll. Might have worked as a B movie in the fifties.

By the way, this aircraft carrier has torpedo tubes. Maybe it mutated like the fish?

The dialog borders on absurd. For example:

"My God! James screamed. "It's that killer fish! It's sinking the small boats and dismembering the fishermen. It must have bitten through the the anchor line and the barge is caught in the wind and waves. It will float out of control with thousands of pounds of ordinance."

Aside from the grammar problems, does the author actually think people talk that way?

After two Russian gangsters named Disco and Nike attempt to murder two scientists by sinking their dive boat, the author writes "Get in and have a little vodka, Nike," Disco joked.

That's a joke?

The plot twists are unbelievable. After their attempted murder by that comic duo Disco and Nike, the two scientists get blown by a storm to a deserted island. It just happens to have a shack equipped with "...pots, pans, fishing line and hooks. There was also a large rain barrel hooked up with PVC piping that ran off the roof gutters. The barrel was nearly half full of water...."

What, no cable TV?

The final insult is "The end, or is it?" Apparently Monahan is threatening us with a sequel.

The only reason I finished this mess was I on an airplane and couldn't download another book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Scuba Read! August 6, 2008
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I bought this book after reading the other reviews because it looked to have some realistic scuba action. Mr. Monahan did not disappoint me. Most of the dive info was right on. I could be real picky on a few things that only someone who has been involved in any type of tech diving would notice but I'll allow some literary license in the interest of a good story, which this definitely was. Some parts of the writing style and dialogue did show a little inexperience but I'm confident his next book will be a little smoother. All in all, worth buying and reading if you like a good mystery mixed in with your scuba diving adventure novel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One Mean Barracuda October 13, 2008
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Main character Micko, an NYPD detective, goes on vacation. A monster barracuda that kills sharks for sport turns Micko's holiday into one wild adventure. It doesn't help that two sets of warring criminals are trying to kill each other as well as anyone who gets in their way. Fast-paced with lots of action and realistic diving scenes. This is a fun read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mike Monohan is a genius December 27, 2007
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Titillating tale with lots of sex and intrigue. Good guys who are bad boys will enjoy ... Babsy
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Beach Read! December 23, 2009
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Barracuda is an engaging, fast-paced, fun and exciting thriller that is part detective novel, part Jaws, and part adventure story. The main story takes place in Bikini Atoll, part of the Marshall Islands, and the book begins with a history lesson on this South Pacific paradise that was occupied by various foreign powers in the past, including the Japanese, and then used as a nuclear testing ground back for the U.S. military in the 1940s. Two nuclear bombs were detonated in the lagoon sinking battleships and tons of other military vessels, and this history sets the stage for the events that occur in the story. It was a very interesting history lesson & I quickly found myself on Google Earth checking the region out. Barracuda is also populated by a lively cast of characters, and the main character, a scuba-diving NYPD homicide detective, Micko, is so well developed and alive that he seems like a real person. The author, who I believe shares the protagonist's background, did a great job in creating a charming, likable, and dynamic character that I would love to see starring in another adventure.

Barracuda is rich with detail, and gives you a great sense of place, both in New York and in Bikini Atoll. You can easily picture events as they are happening, and the story draws you in immediately. Micko is recovering from a gunshot wound that has done physical and emotional damage. His once fierce confidence is shaken so he is encouraged to take a holiday to help the healing process along. Instead of relaxation he finds himself in the center of a maelstrom of criminal and other unusual activity in this tiny, out of the way place.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Well constructed storyline
Well written introduction that stirred the imagination- the storyline held one's interest - this is a great yarn whether scuba is "your thing" or not
Published 3 months ago by Nigel R Menogue
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good story that builds slowly.Makes you hope that this won't ever be true.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great story
A great book, written in such a way as to make you feel you are there watching everything happen. Hard to stop reading , great use of people and actions.
Published 5 months ago by JOHN A MOSS
4.0 out of 5 stars great reading
Well written, I would recommend this book too everyone I know. Very thought out and kept your intrest through out.
Published 7 months ago by Joseph Carpenter
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!!!
This book was so exciting from start to finish.I could not put this down.I loved the way the author made you feel as if you were right there in the water with the Divers during... Read more
Published 9 months ago by R. Crowley
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
Weird but a good story. Lots of actions and no problem keeping up with the book when you leave it for awhile,
Published 9 months ago by Dwight Green
4.0 out of 5 stars benefit of the doubt
You have a super intelligent fish that has evolved for generations from atomic bomb testing, you have Russian Mafia, you have Yakusa, and just for fun you have a native group that... Read more
Published 15 months ago by David Morris
3.0 out of 5 stars Fast-reading summer thriller
Simply put - this is not among the best books I`ve read, but it`s an ok light read for the summer.
Published 15 months ago by P. Bakalova
3.0 out of 5 stars Mindless read
Took a while to get into it. Don't want to give anything away but I was reminded of "Jaws" at one point (see if any other readers have the same feeling).
Published 17 months ago by Tony
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining Story!
The star of this entertaining novel is Mick O'Shaughmessy(nicknamed Micko). He is a New York police detective who has been wounded while in action. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Melvin Hunt
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More About the Author

Mike Monahan was born in the Bronx, NY. His father and grandfather were NYC Police officers so it was only natural that he follow the same "calling" and continue the proud family tradition. Scuba diving became a hobby that grew into a passion sending the Bronx cop across the globe in search of famous shipwrecks to explore. Mike Monahan earned the coveted gold detective shield before retiring from the NYPD. He has since turned his police and scuba experiences into writing thriller novels. Barracuda is the first of these novels. New hobbies include sea kayaking, fishing, bike riding, golf, scuba and cruising upstate NY on his motorcycle. The author is living the bachelor life again living in a waterfront condo in NY.

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