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However, that being said I must also say that it is well worth the time and energy required to persevere because the story really is worth reading.
Filled with conspiracy theories, a secret society, a search for a sunken sub, secret documents, and gold, murder, and even a little romance the book should appeal to a wide range of readers. The leading female character is a retired Marine who lives on her sailboat. She sometimes talks to her dead brother, but that will be a good thing since following his "voice" helps lead her to find answers along the way.
The basic idea of the story is that secret documents and wine bottles filled with gold coins were lost when a submarine sank in WW2, and Cole and Theo are trying to find the lost sub using letters with codes and puzzles that Cole's dad had left him. However, someone else will follow them to locate the missing sub with its secrets, and then kill the men to keep them from telling anyone about it. Only problem is that they cannot find the submarine. They only have cryptic clues to decipher and are not having much luck doing so. But when Cole happens to find himself rescued by Maggie it turns out to be a good thing because she proves most helpful in solving the puzzles.
There is love and loss, friendship and betrayal, pain and healing. Definitely glad I found this one and stuck with it through those first few chapters and the jumping back and forth. Took a little getting used to, but definitely worth the effort!
The story starts with Maggie Riley, a former US Marine no less, rescuing nude, handsome Cole Thatcher from the sea off the coast of Guadeloupe. At first she dismisses him as some kind of kook because he claims that killers are after him and spouts conspiracy theories. However, she reevaluates a bit when she finds out that he is a Marine Archeologist with a PhD and owns a very practical salvage boat. He claims to be trying to locate the sunken French submarine "Surcouf" and asks Riley to help him. Riley is reluctant at first but agrees when events show that Cole is indeed being purused and that one of those pursuers is someone from a dark incident in her own past.
The story is told in two timelines. The main line is in 2008 and involves Riley and Thatcher trying to solve a mystery and stay alive in the process (no easy matter). The other and shorter timeline tells the story of the Surcouf's fate in 1942. This is a good structure for the story as it gives the writer (Christine Kling) a way to fill in a lot necessary back-story in a non-awkward way.
To avoid spoilers, I won't give any details. However, if you like stories that are intricate, are very tense, have age-old conspiracies, have a good romance line, and sport antagonists that are both very capable and very evil, this one might be for you.
The best part of this book is the effective development of a truly evil self-serving nemesis for Riley.
It does make me question the sanity of anyone willing to solo sailing the high seas.
The chapter by chapter context switching between the primary story and the underlying historical events of World War II can make things a bit challenging. You must pay attention to the sub chapter headings!
The main character, Maggie Riley, gets into trouble and stays there throughout, making for high reader concern. Maggie is quite capable of coping with most situations, but her antagonist is a very tough customer, which has Maggie always on the ropes. There are times you just want to reach into the novel and hand her a machine gun.
I'll read more of Ms. Kling's work, and look forward to enjoying it as much as I did Circle of Bones.