Death sweeps in off the Gulf of Mexico
An ageless, impossible corpse at the bottom of the sea. A lethal plague. A ruthless murderer. A monster hurricane. Archaeologist Carson Grant came to Brigands Key to escape the limelight and repair his shattered reputation and finds himself instead staring down the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Ken Pelham's debut novel, Brigands Key, a first-place winner of the Florida Writers Association's Royal Palm Literary Award, was published in 2012 in hardcover by Gale Cengage-Five Star. His upcoming novel, Place of Fear, won the first-place Royal Palm in 2012. Pelham is a member of the International Thriller Writers, Florida Writers Association. For more visit www.kenpelham.com.
Brigands Key is "a perfect storm of menace...breathtaking!" (The Florida Weekly)
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Brigands Key ranks up there with other mystery/thrillers in terms of characterization, setting and action. The voice performance was quite good, too.
Brigands Key is comparable to the stories of Randy Wayne White and Clive Cussler.
No, this was the first.
It was filled with tension and suspense.
Ken Pelham’s Brigands Key roars across the pages with the force of a hurricane. When Carter Grant discovers a fresh water spring bubbling up in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of historic Brigands Key, he unwittingly releases a murderous plot that began in the waning days of WW II. As the body count rises, Grant and the besieged residents of the small island community are forced to deal with a lethal plague, backstabbing politicians, and a military-enforced quarantine. Can it get any worse? Not if you don’t count the Category 5 hurricane storming toward Brigands Key. With flashes of humor and Pelham’s technical mastery of the natural sciences, the pages fly by as though chased by typhoon winds. The narration is effective, the writing crisp and vivid.
- Victor DiGenti
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Both are excellent, so it's a matter of personal preference, although Matt Josdal's performance in the audiobook was particularly riveting.
Carson Grant. He's a no-nonsense archeologist. Calls to mind Indiana Jones.
He knows how to keep the tension high in thrilling moments (of which there are many). His timing and tone are spot-on.
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Brigands Key is a brilliant edge-of-your-seat thriller that will keep you guessing until the end. What starts as a scuba dive off the shore of a sleepy fishing town turns into a tale of sunken treasure, power brokering, and intrigue. Small town politics in the community of Brigands Key heats up when a land developer pushes the council to allow construction of high-end homes. When an opposition council member goes missing, foul play is suspected. Things take a darker turn as the residents start dying to a mysterious illness. Then the army is called in to quarantine the island on the eve of a catastrophic hurricane. With Brigands Key at risk of being wiped out by plague, storm, and developers, a motley group of friends race the clock in search of a hidden treasure and a way to save the community. Pelham delivers. The plot is deliciously twisted. The action sequences are white-knuckle tense. The cast of characters is varied and engaging, from the computer whiz-kid to the adventurous archeologist a la "Indiana Jones". There is more to Brigands Key - the town and the book - than meets the eye. It's an excellent read.
- Antonio Simon, Jr.