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Cross Current (Seychelle Sullivan Suspense Book 2) by [Kling, Christine]
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Salvage boat captain and sometime sleuth Seychelle Sullivan returns in Kling's follow-up to her well-received debut, Surface Tension, this time to aid a frightened Haitian waif named Solange. Seychelle—who's plying the South Florida waters on her tugboat, the Gorda, with her mechanic cum lover, B.J.—discovers the girl on a swamped boat and makes saving her, both from danger and from immigration officials, a personal crusade. The recent murder of some Haitian refugees and a creepy visitor to Solange's hospital room convince Seychelle that the frightened girl is in peril. More challenges come from tough guys with various agendas. Detective Victor Collazo, with whom Seychelle has a combative history, seems determined to thwart her effort and return the child. Border Patrol Agent Russ Elliott presses a similar agenda, though Seychelle's lawyer and best friend Jeannie does her best to parry his thrusts. Retired DEA agent Joe D'Angelo conveniently arrives to perk up Seychelle's libido (B.J. notwithstanding) and address some unanswered questions about her dead father, with whom he worked, and a surprise visit by Seychelle's black-sheep brother, Pit, threatens even more disruption. Savvy readers will be two steps ahead of the plot, which features several genre set pieces, but Kling writes with crisp assurance, especially about life in coastal South Florida, and her supporting cast, if crowded, is colorful.
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As in her debut (Surface Tension, 2002), Ft. Lauderdale tugboat skipper Seychelles Sullivan happens upon a dead woman adrift on the Gulf Stream, but this time there's salvage aboard: a girl named Solange, half-dead from exposure, who stirs our heroine's maternal instincts and sets her on a mission to find the girl's American father before she can be deported back to Haiti and a life of servitude. As the only witness to the latest in a string of brutal refugee murders that may have occult significance, Solange is also of great interest to powerful men on both sides of the law. Seychelles draws upon a large, supportive cast, including a few ogle-worthy guys, and deepens ties to a love interest and to her deceased father, whose honor is called into question when some old drug-running pals resurface. To these convoluted matters of the heart, Kling adds swift plotting, convincing nautical detail, voodoo lore, and tropical scenery, all of which adds up to a satisfying if unsurprising series that is Florida's answer to Grafton and Barr. David Wright
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  • File Size: 2774 KB
  • Print Length: 415 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0984706690
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  • Publisher: Tell-Tale Press (April 16, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 16, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007V66CZS
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The danger of jumping into the middle of a series is that you might not be 'in' on every joke or nuance. Ideally, you should be able to get the gist of the backstory quickly and cleanly, and in Cross Current, Christine Kling does an admirable job (I assume, since I have yet to read the first in the series) of filling in readers on who Seychelle is and how the 'regulars' relate to her.

The story, as amply detailed in the book's listing and in other reviews, is a gripper. As a sailor, I have a natural affinity for 'sea stories', and Kling's fascinating look at a small sliver of the Haitian culture really got my blood boiling and heart racing. She perfectly blended fact - the practice of selling young girls into a form of slavery - into a riveting, if slightly predictable, tale of murder, voodoo and betrayal. Her ability to keep the pace moving while accurately detailing the finer points of boats and boating is outstanding, which should come as a relief to readers who know a thing or two about the sport. Her characters are diverse, yet believable (for the most part -- I still have a hard time buying the relationship between Seychelle and her deckhand), and her writing is as crisp as barbecued tarpon.

A note on the Kindle edition: This is one of the cleaner Kindle books I've read. Very few, if any, typos, and no weird line breaks.

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This is an exciting and moving story, well written, with a social conscious. Christine Kling knows her Florida, knows her boats, and knows how to build a story to a satisfying climax. Her research and knowledge of the plight of Haitian immigrants tells a horror story of the shameful way this country treats desperate children and it should be required reading for members of Congress. But don't let the social message fool you--this is one great read and one great thriller/mystery. You do not have to be a fan of Florida thrillers to enjoy this book-and to appreciate the message in the mystery. Her descriptive passages are excellent-so much it makes me want to explore the east coast of Florida with a new eye-and a good boat captain. Maybe her BJ is available?
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Format: Hardcover
While waiting to tug a boat filled with Haitian refugees, Seychelle notices another vessel out in the gulf and takes her ship the Garda there. She finds a young dehydrated girl named Solange with a dead woman. She rescues the girl and tugs the boat containing the deceased to the dock. Seychelle immediately forms a bond with the Haitian refugee, who says that her father lives in the United States. Seychelle intends to find him so that Solange will not be deported.

There has been a recent increase in the smuggling of Haitians into America. Seychelle believes that Solange and the dead woman were on a boat that capsized with fifty Haitians aboard. Solange is not safe as thugs try to kidnap her although neither Seychelle nor she can determine why. Those Haitians that survive have been sold into slavery making it even more difficult for Seychelle to gain their trust so that she can locate Solange's father. Kidnappers abduct Seychelle and Solange taking them to Bimini where they meet the smugglers' mastermind. The criminal tosses Seychelle overboard expecting her to die while he carries out his plansfor Solange.

Christine King is a very visual writer who makes the Caribbean and the Gulf Coast come alive to readers. The heroine breaks laws to keep Solange safe from a monster, who sees the child as merchandise. There is a lot of action in CROSS CURRENT, but it is the characters who turn this novel into a superb thriller as Solange is at the mercy of adults with only Seychelle apparently caring what happens to her. Ms. King is a rising queen in the suspense genre.

Harriet Klausner
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I've lived in Florida all my life and the descriptions of backwater canals, waterfront bars and eateries brought back memories. I was ready to give this book four stars, but kept getting bogged down in the nautical descriptions. I found myself skimming a lot in order to get to the real story. There was too much superfluous background thrown in, too. I found it annoying that the heroine kept putting herself in danger instead of leaving it to the police. It is noted that human trafficking is a real problem, not only in Florida, but throughout the United States.
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Nine years ago, Ballantine Books published the hardback edition of this second in a series featuring Seychelle Sullivan, owner of a coastal tow boat. I discovered it last week in the eBook edition, offered at a bargain price. I mention this because I sincerely loved the unexpected adventure, which I would never have had if it depended on my seeing the original in a bookstore. E-books, so affordable, introduce worlds of excitement totally unfamiliar to me. Life seems larger than ever at my age of 74.

Based in Fort Lauderdale, the strong, accomplished heroine likes her independent life, following in her dad's footsteps. Sometimes she is merely guiding new boat owners through canals to the open sea, and sometimes she is salvaging wrecks. CROSS CURRENTS opens on the scene of a Haitian disaster, one of many coming onto Florida's shore. A wooden boat carrying 50 people went down and many died. Seychelle (named for the island), is redirected from this salvage operation to another call, but on the way finds a brown-skinned child barely alive in a smaller boat beside a female corpse. The girl speaks English and claims to have an American father. If she can find him, Seychelle has a chance of saving Solange from being returned to poverty and cruelty in her homeland. It becomes very difficult, however, as the authorities hover, and criminals lurk around the edges of her recovery. Seychelle must seek help in a mysterious ethnic population of deeply spiritual people exploited by smugglers who recently have turned to a more lucrative industry, the child slave trade.

The story has many folds that cast shadows and obscure motives. The rough and tumble dock life doesn't frighten Seychelle as much as attractive men do.
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