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The Wrecking Crew: A Novel Paperback – February 23, 2016
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The Wrecking Crew is a depth charge of sheer adventure, delivering you into unique worlds you never thought you'd visit alongside a collection of badass characters you can't help but love. You'll find yourself holding your breath for pages at a time as they effortlessly melt away, and when this one's over, like any good roller coaster, you'll get back in line, ready for more.(Fred Venturini, author of The Heart Does Not Grow Back)
The Wrecking Crew is a fast paced mystery in the best tradition of Clive Cussler and John Grishom. Well written and scientifically accurate, Taylor Zajonc takes contemporary headlines and environmental issues and weaves them into a roller coaster ride of intrigue and adventure. At times I found myself holding my breathe while turning the page!(Richie Kohler, author of Mystery of the Last Olympian)
An exciting, fast-paced, adventure-action novel complete with evil corporate guys, pirates, boats, a submarine, diving, drones, and massive shoot-ups. If you enjoy Clive Cussler novels, you'll love The Wrecking Crew.(Bernie Chowdhury, author of The Last Dive)
“Zajonc’s expertise in deep-water diving along with an action-packed storyline combine to deliver a tight thriller that is part Johnny Quest and part Bourne Identity.”(- Daniel H. Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Robopocalypse)
Taylor Zajonc’s debut goes above and beyond the regular shoot-em up by delving into subtle environmental and economic factors affecting 21st century geopolitics. With lovably flawed heroes that jumped off the page, THE WRECKING CREW is smart, highly-readable story of adventure and romance on the high seas. I look forward to the next episode.(- Christine Negroni, author of Lost and Confounded Investigating the World’s Most Mysterious Air Crashes from the Hawaii Clipper to Malaysia 370 coming in 2016 from Penguin Books)
When a tide of plague and death sweeps over the lawless Somali coast, an unlikely crew must join forces to fight a billionaire industrialist and the sinister mercenary forces of his artificial island city. (Publisher)
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The book is pure non stop adventure with Jonah, the doctor and their allies coming up against Charles Bettencourt, a multi billionaire who has built a private island in the area. Bettencourt is evil and Blackwell and his team must conquer almost unstoppable odds in order to defeat him. Zajonc builds an image of Jonah that if examined too closely by the reader will cause dismay at the skills he has. He steals a submarine and pilots and directs his crew in running it, fights off Bettencourt's private army with only a few helpers, manages to meet two beautiful women, one that he is falling for, and the other falling for the doctor.
The novel is a fast read, one that entertains and does take the reader into a little known world of deep sea diving as well contact with Somalian pirates. Zajoc is in real life a maritime historian and shipwreck expert. It is this expertise that mesmerizes the reader making the reading of this book a gratifying and very entertaining experience.
There are shades of the movies Hunt for Red October and U-571 and the suspense compares to them. I will say that there are a lot of submarine and boat terms in the book, but having only a passable knowledge of boating and submarine lingo, I still could keep up with the story.
Thank you to Taylor Zajonc, Amphorae Publishing Group, and Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
Taylor Zajonc is well versed in the world of maritime adventure with his own experience searching for shipwrecks and other underwater treasures. He also writes plausibly about computer systems, power plants, weapons and best of all, airplanes! All this boy-toy background gives the book credibility without weighing it down.
But The Wrecking Crew has a larger story. Zajonc explores contemporary economic, environmental, geo-cultural, political and even gender issues in his complex, page-turning plot. His characters are mostly believable and always entertaining. The book ends with a hint that we have not heard the last of our hero, Jonah Blackwell - which can only be a good thing.
The name of my upcoming book, which appears on the jacket of The Wrecking Crew has been changed. Look for The Crash Detectives Investigating the World's Most Mysterious Aviation Disasters, to be published by Penguin in September 2016.
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