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I'm sure that his description of the treatment at international airports will soon be correct: "...where everyone is herded through people corrals to be digitally fingerprinted, photographed, sniffed, crotch groped, full body X-rayed, retina scanned, and DNA swabbed." It's bad enough today. I used to love to travel, but no more. I hate the indignities thrust upon us by the TSA: body-temperature-IQ psychopaths. Anyone who wants to get through to do harm can do so. This treatment is all about control and getting people used to "obeying orders." They confiscate the smallest non-dangerous items like nail clippers (and they no doubt enjoy these confiscations themselves). The irony is that in business class and first class, travelers are given metal eating utensils. (Oh, the damage one could do with those metal knives and forks!)
One time I had forgotten to remove my tiny Swiss Army Knife from my purse. They were going to confiscate it. No way! I got out of line, went upstairs to a gift shop, and told them I'd pay them to hold it for me until my return. (They did hold it and did not charge me anything!)
Even though I'm an admitted grammar Nazi, I congratulate the author for nearly flawless use of the English language. There were a couple of no-big-deal errors: "Or for who." "I could care less." But I think "whom" usually sounds clumsy. "I could care less" is commonly used, but it means the speaker still has some interest in the subject. There were a few minor punctuation errors, but nothing in the book made me grit my teeth. Such a nearly flawless digital book is almost unheard of. Again, congratulations to the author! I loved the book!
The premise of this story is as old as the ages: a damsel is in distress and a knight on a white horse (or in this case a schooner) comes to her rescue. What makes this book a bit different from the rest is the backdrop of the Caribbean islands and the near-future distress of the United States' economic and political situations.
The hero and his crew are well drawn, and each is a unique character with an unusual background. In future installments of this series, I'd like to see these backgrounds explored more, perhaps showcasing events from their pasts that intersect with Kilmer and his schooner for more adventures. There is a lot of material there to mine for future swashbuckling adventure and thriller stories. I especially liked the fact that this was a team effort by them all rather than by an invincible solo operator who never fails or takes a misstep.
The bad guy characters are so excruciatingly evil, the reader has no trouble cheering on the good guys each step of the way. Oddly enough, the one character who was supposed to be a sympathetic character, Cori, the distressed damsel, was one I did not like as I found her to be spoiled and whiny.
There were a few spots in the story where the action got bogged down a bit in the details, but for the most part, it was one nail-biting situation and onto another.
Recommended as a high-action adventure with lots of future possibilities for the characters in new installments to come.