“Captain Riley” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by Fernando Gamboa. Mr. Gamboa has published half a dozen novels. This is the first in his “The Captain Riley Adventures” series.
I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence, Mature Situations, and Mature Language. This novel is set in 1941, mostly in the Mediterranean, but some in the North Atlantic. The primary character is Captain Alex Riley.
Riley is a veteran of the Spanish Civil War. Now he is Captain of the costal freighter Pingarrón. He and his crew are mostly small time smugglers and trying to stay off everyone’s radar as World War II rages around them. They are approached by one of their underground contacts with the opportunity to make enough for them all to retire.
They sign on to recover a device from a sunken ship just off the coast of Morocco. They soon discover that the ship is a German and has been sunk by torpedo. As they search the sunken vessel, they find not only the device they have been sent after, but Secret German documents as well.
They attempt to fulfill their contract and deliver the device. They soon find that there are multiple parties after them and what they recovered. As they attempt to escape, they find that the Germans are plotting a devastating attack on both England and the United States. Now Riley and his crew must not only escape from those that seek to silence them, but must find a way to stop the Nazis before they can strike.
I enjoyed the 9.5 hours I spent reading this 478 page novel. As with many Thrillers the story was a little far fetched. The action was near constant and kept my interest. I did notice one minor flaw. At one point in the story Riley is digging into some electrical equipment and transistors are mentioned. Transistors were not invented until the late 1940s and only became available commercially in the mid 1950s. Perhaps, though, this is an artifact from the book being translated English from the original Spanish. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.
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