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And for the most part, she delivered. The general premise was a good one: A treasure hunter searching for a missing French WWII sub rumored to be carrying a fortune in gold and secret documents. Pirates tail him, hoping to steal any gold he salvages, and another man intends to make sure the secret documents never come to light. After rescuing the nude treasure hunter from the bad guys, a woman becomes caught up in his quest.
Kling tells a great story laced with lots of action and tension and a touch of romance while avoiding swamping us with a deluge of sailing trivia, the way some authors do. Where she goes off track is making the man after the secret documents a troubleshooter sent by Yale’s Skull & Bones Society.
Conspiracy theorists claim the Skull & Bones Society is a cabal of rich, powerful men who secretly control everything from behind the scenes. Books that have the actions of groups like that leave me cold. They smack of the author trying to shore up a lame plot or, as in this book, add another element to a plot that doesn’t need it, and this plot didn’t need it. So this element didn’t add to the plot, only detracted from it, and cost this book 1 star.
Then there’s the semi-cliffhanger ending. That cost this book another ½ star, so what could have been a 4 star book gets 3 stars because I can’t give it 2½.
I might read the next book in this series if it comes my way, but if it is more of the same, I won't be back for the third.
Having said all of that, this is not her best stuff. I mean she's creating characters named 'Diggory' for heaven's sake.
Characterization and scenic description, two of her strong points are lacking here.
The story itself is top-notch: WWII mystery sub with top-secret, damning info about the Allies and gold coins in wine bottles smuggled out of France. Where did it all go. Nothing wrong with this. That's as good as it gets. The female lead, ex-marine with a past connected to this Diggory character, saves a guy from drowning and gets drawn into the mystery of the lost sub as a result. THis just never clicks for me.
Finally, she creates this hokey club of puppet-master types who actually run the country and its important institutions. This never adds anything to the story and I think the attempt to create an over-arching conspiracy group muddies up what could have been a top-flight tale.
Pacing, good, but a little disjointed. Can forgive that, for I think this was a pretty ambitious undertaking for her.
Nope, what I really miss is the down-homey feel of the Seychelle books. peopled with believeable characters with sort of normal names. Ok, Ok, what's normal about Seychelle and the names of her two brothers. i get it.
This is one she should be discounting and get back to work on Seychelle.