Tuesday, 18 April 2017

CARIBBEAN DEEP by Gary E Brown @oceanmedia

4 out of 5 stars

On Amazon UK HERE
On Amazon.com HERE
On Goodreads HERE

How I discovered this book: It had come to my notice via Twitter, and I eventually took the plunge.   Pun intended.😎

Caribbean Deep is a sailing-orientated human trafficking thriller featuring former Special Forces officers Pete, Willie and Dick; the book is written from the first person point of view of hard drinking, world weary Dick.  Willie is the 'character'; it's very much along the lines of your average Netflix thriller series, with plenty of explosions, witty banter from the main characters, dastardly baddies to get your teeth stuck into, helpless victims to save, and near death experiences.  It certainly ticks all the boxes, and I enjoyed it.

The author, Gary Brown, is an experienced sailor and bases much of his work on his experiences sailing around the Caribbean, and the authenticity of this novel is one of the elements that makes it work so well; it's clear that Mr Brown knows exactly what he's talking about with regard to the organised crime around the area, and I liked the observation that the slave trade has never been stamped out.  As for the sailing itself, there were many terms and words that I hadn't heard of, but it didn't matter; they all came together to build the atmosphere of the novel.  The characterisation and mood of suspense is very well done all the way through.

At £5.22, it's a little more expensive than your average indie-Kindle book, but I'd say that if this is your sort of book, it's definitely worth getting.  Having read this, I have just downloaded 'Biscay: Our Ultimate Storm', which is a mini ebook about a true event in the life of the author and his wife.

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