Sunday, March 9, 2014


After twenty-four years in the U.S. Marines, recently retired Mac McClellan is happy to be a civilian again. He is enjoying a leisurely fishing vacation in the Florida panhandle when he hooks a badly decomposed body.

Then, when a bag of rare marijuana is discovered stashed aboard his rental boat, he realizes someone is setting him up to take the fall for murder and drug smuggling. Mac’s plans for a more laid-back life must be put on hold while he works to clear his name as the number one suspect.

Mac launches an investigation with the help of Kate Bell, a feisty saleslady at the local marina with whom he has struck up a promising relationship. Along the way he must butt heads and match wits with local law enforcement officials, shady politicians, and strong-armed thugs from the Eastern Seaboard to sniff out and bring the real smuggler and killer to justice.

This is the first in what promises to be a great series.  Mac is still recovering from his divorce and trying to find himself after retiring from the military,  He lands in a vacation area a buddy told him about to do some fishing.  As noted in the first line of the story, what you catch can certainly change the tenor of a vacation.  Not only does he find the Maddie's body, but he is being framed and then targeted by persons unknown.  The action is well-paced and the story well constructed so the ending makes sense.  Mac is a strong male protagonist, determined to find the truth. The romance between Kate and Mac progresses slowly; on a positive note, Kate is a strong female character who works well with Mac. If you are into fishing, that is still another layer, but it is not overdone for those of us who don't fish.  I strongly recommend this book and I'll be looking for the next one in this series! 

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