Centuries ago, a desperate pirate queen risked everything to bury a cursed island and send its secret to Davy Jones. Now if small town supersleuth Johnny Socko doesn’t discover it soon, he’s going to die of boredom.
Crisscross the Caribbean with Anne Dubois, a right cunning lass whose sword carves a vicious brand of buccaneer vengeance across the Spanish Main. When she chases a fabled treasure into uncharted latitudes, she finds herself square in the crosshairs of a deformed pirate captain, part man, part myth. Their deadly game of cat-and-mouse became one of the lost legends of the Caribbean. No one knows how it ended. Or where.
Enter Johnny Socko. He’s the greatest double-threat detective / quarterback his high school has ever known. And while his name still dominates the local headlines, he’s long since cleaned up all the smuggling rings and international art thieves his sleepy coastal community had to offer. Even the cattle rustlers have left town. When Johnny stumbles onto a clue to Anne’s fateful shipwreck, he jumps at the chance to escape the tedious life of a football all-star.
Anne had her shot at history and disappeared without a trace. Now Johnny must dive every shipwreck, decipher every code, and deploy every gadget in his comic book arsenal to escape a similar doom.
The Raiders of Castillo del Mar is a rollicking mashup of 1950s teen detective fiction, fused with a powder keg of swashbuckling pirate adventure. It’s cutthroats vs. quarterbacks. The Pirates of the Caribbean meet The Hardy Boys.
Anne and Johnny are two halves of the same treasure map, destined to collide in the tempest-tossed tropics of the Caribbean, where an unholy secret lurks in the dread spires of Castillo del Mar.
She vows to plunge the stronghold into darkness. He plans to light it back up.