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Publisher's Summary

Action thriller by the classic adventure writer, set in the Pacific. 
When Mark Trevelyan dies on a journey to a remote Pacific atoll, the verdict that it was natural causes doesn't convince his brother, Mike. The series of violent attacks that follows only adds to his suspicions. Just two clues - a notebook in code and a lump of rock - are enough to trigger off a hazardous expedition and a violent confrontation far from civilization.... 
©2018 Desmond Bagley (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers
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Critic Reviews

"As long as meticulous craftsmanship and honest entertainment are valued, and as long as action, authenticity, and expertise still make up the strong framework of the good adventure/thriller, Desmond Bagley's books will surely be read." (Reginald Hill, Twentieth Century Crime and Mystery Writers)
"The detail is immaculately researched - the action has the skill to grab your heart or your bowels." (Daily Mirror)
"Mr Bagley has no equal at this sort of thing." (Sunday Mirror)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jack Galamb on 04-12-18

Very good but predictable seafaring tale

Although Bagley gave a bit of a surprise at the end. Paul Tyreman's narration was very good. It held my interest from star to finish. The historical context and science was well researched and plausible. I had a hard time warming up to the characters. The protagonists were a bit too perfect. The exception was Jordy, the Scottish ex-commando who is the owner and captain of the brig Esmerelda.
I also don't like the use of general terms like "scientist." Real life scientists would refer to their trade much more specifically. "Marine geologist" would have better described Mike Trevelian than "oceanographer". But I'm being picky. This is a good book for a guy. If you like Michael Crichton, Bernard Cornwell, Andy Weir I think you would enjoy this book. Bagley is not in their class but I think you'll find it entertaining.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Terry on 06-09-18

Good story, nautical terms garbled

This is a good story with quite a few twists and some interesting information about manganese nodules - no, honestly. But for a novel set at sea, why not get an editor and / or a reader who knows nautical terms. I finally laughed out loud when 'matelots' was pronounce 'mate' (rhymes with date) 'lots'.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sandra on 04-05-18

Another Great Novel

I love Desmond Bagley and read them all years ago borrowed from my dad. Glad they are being made into audio so I can listen whilst doing my chores.

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