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- Print Length: 647 pages
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- Publisher: The White Marlin Press (December 14, 2016)
- Publication Date: December 14, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01NCMJTJT
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #536,492 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
First Bite: Steven Becker Starter Library Kindle Edition
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Fast paced, well written, well organized story (except for some pesky typos—see below) will keep you mesmerized to the very last page. Mac Travis, the protagonist, is a memorable character, not easily forgotten.
I will add more details about the other novels included in this starter library after I finish them. I'm reading Pirate, set in the 19th c. Keys, and it requires a mindshift, so I don't want to rush it.
And Becker also included the first novel in another contemporary Florida keys eco thriller series: Bonefish Blues, with a new protagonist, Will Service. I can't wait to read it as I missed out on the introductory offer. I may have to join Amazon Prime. Becker also produces a great blog, focused on sport-fishing and ecology in the Florida Keys. If you sign up, he may send you a free book or two. Highly recommended.
I have faith that the two remaining novels will retain a solid four-star rating (hopefully, with not too many typos....I have raging dyslexia, which makes me an OCD reader as I have to work harder than the average bear to process language. Typos make me cranky. And of course, I'm a writer....)
Note Bene: too many typos galore, so I've demoted this review to three stars. Sheesh!
I read another version of Wood's Reef in the Mac Travis Box set, and wrote a partial review (posted below) in October of 2015. I sent Steve Becker a list of typos. Glad to report most of them have been corrected BUT I found 2 dozen more typos in this version of Wood's Reef in First Bite! Awkward. Do I send him a typo list?
Whatever happened to copy editors? Did they all suddenly become extinct? Good news: they're mostly errant apostrophes; its/it's confusion, your vs you're; proper noun confusion; wrong word spelled right: quite, not quiet. Bad news: it still interferes with my reading pleasure. Some writers use their fanbase to ferret out those pesky typos. I wish it was a megatrend.
My Oct 2015 review: Becker's writing style improves in Wood's Reef, it's easier to read. Mac Travis takes center stage in this novel. Wood's retired, holed up and living off grid on his own hidden key. Novel opens with a prologue flashback set in 1962, and time present is set post Hurricane Katrina (2005).... Mac finds a nuclear warhead while fishing and word gets out.... But there are some timeline issues: Mac says he came to the Keys in the 80s or 90s, but in Book 1, Mac arrived after Hurricane Andrew 1992.
To be fair, Becker did revise Wood's Reef, as well as Wood's Relic. Well worth the reread.
Check out The Mac Travis Adventure series on Kindle Unlimited:
Wood's Relic 1 (revised and extended with a new ending)
& Wood's Reef 1, or 2 (depending on which version you're reading)
Wood's Wall 2/ or 3 depending on which version you're reading)
Wood's Wreck 3 (more of a novella than a novel when I read it)
Wood's Harbor 4 (a backstory novella free from Steve's website.)
Wood's Reach 5
Wood's Revenge 6
Wood's Betrayal 7
I think the Tides of Fortune I received from Becker, is the prequel to the Tides of Fortune series.
The Wreck of the Ten Sail
Will Service Eco Thriller series
This list is as much for me as it is for you as I find it challenging to remember all the titles and what order they came in...
PS This review was censored by Amazon because I used a descriptive (not obscene) euphemism, so I substituted SNAFU, which is (ahem) more direct, and I still couldn't repost it (I was blocked). Forget about correcting my own typos...tenth time's a charm?
Florida Keys Island, FL. To make a living Mac Travis dives, fishes, & collects salvage.
10/27/1962, Truman ATC, N2442 is low on fuel.
Joe Ward (USN Piolet) was explaining to Machinist Mate Woodson, & Aviation Ordnance man Captain Jim Gillum what had happened.
They were not happy at all with what Jim had done.
2 MK101-Lulu nukes are sitting at the bottom of the ocean.
42’ steel hull trawler. Alan Trufante (Cajun), & Mac were unloading their lobster traps.
The GPS was sensing something.
Jerry Doans was out in his rented 22’ boat watching the 2 of them.
Alan, & Mac were enjoying their beers & the coke/ecstasy they bought from Behzad (Arab, gay BMF).
Mac, & Joe Wood went to see Captain Gillum (Key West Naval Station C/O).
Marathon. Mac called Melanie “Mel” Woodson (Davies & Ass. ACLU lawyer) to let her know Joe was in the Fisherman’s Hospital.
Jules took Alan to the hospital.
What were VP Joe Ward, & Captain Gillum discussing?
What were Jerry, Behzad, Cesar (Mexican supplier), & Ibrahim (Behzad’s secret gay partner) up to?
Pirate Tides of Fortune: Book 1
1821, Gasparilla Island (FL). Captain Jose' “Gaspar” Gasparilla (pirate legend) had Nick (13, cabin boy, narrator) divvy up/record the booty to each crew member from their last heist.
A frigate with the Union Jack had pulled up close to the Floridablanca (longboat) & started hurling projectiles at it. All hell broke loose.
Cannon balls & shrapnel were taken its toll.
It soon started to capsize. Everyman for himself.
There were 10 men & 5 boats headed for shore as fast as they could row.
Rhames told Nick the next plan.
The USN was in hot pursuit of them.
Nick didn’t think their 1st plan was a good idea.
The crew were headed for Estero Bay.
A large loggerhead turtle was the evenings meal.
Not good. Jean Laffite Cajun), & some of his crew had escaped Galveston & were running from the USN. The were camped on the same island.
It was time to move on.
They were down to 6 men & 2 boats now.
Along the way they had picked up Rory (girl) from an Indian camp where she had been a prisoner.
Captain Nick, Rhames, Swift (crew), Red (crew), Johnnie (crew), Swift, Mason, & Syd enjoyed Rory’s cooking.
Chief Osceola (Seminole) had assigned Blue (Seminole legendary tracker/guide), & Lucy (pygmy woman) to take the crew to safety.
Rhames who had been wounded & was slowly dying was attend by Lucy (healer).
Dried deer meat & coconut milk kept the crew going.
Change of plans they were headed for Cayo Hueso island.
Joshua Appleby & his crew were following in their boat close by.
2 fish were snagged brought aboard supper was going to be grand.
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A very awesome book cover, & great font/writing style. 3 very well written pirate sea adventure books. They were all very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. They could all make great pirate sea adventure movie, or better yet a mini TV series. There is no doubt in my mind this is a very easy rating of 5 stars.
Thank you for the free White Marlin Press; BookFunnel; Author; PDF book
Tony Parsons (Washburn; MSW)
fishing, relaxing in the sun. You go out spearfisher and then everything changes.Enjoying the bounty from being a pirate, why not one more haul. Finding land and a corrupt realtor, connected to the mob. He has it all, good plots to keep you to the end.