“The Wrecking Crew” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by Taylor Zajonc (http://taylorzajonc.com). This is Mr. Zajonc’s first novel.
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 Language and Mature situations. This novel is set in at various places in the contemporary Mediterranean and Indian Oceans.
The primary character is Jonah Blackwell, a diver, adventurer and sometimes criminal. He is rescued from a Moroccan prison by Dr. Hassan Nassiri. Nassiri wants Blackwell to help him find the wreckage of the plane his mother was on. Unfortunately, the area where the plane went down is near the Somali coast, well within the range of pirates in the area.
This starts an adventure that is full of harrowing moments and edge-of-you-seat Thrills. The pair steal a boat and find that they have inadvertently kidnapped an attractive young female engineer. They make their way to Anconia Island, a city-state created on an ocean platform in the Indian Ocean. Anconia is owned and run by billionaire Charles Bettencourt.
They are able to be resupplied and leave to find the downed plane. Before long they find themselves under attack. While the area is certainly at risk from Somali pirates, the crew discovers that the pirates are not the only threat. They also come to suspect that the plane carrying Nassiri’s mother did not go down by accident. As days pass, the crew grows in size as they pick up a few new members. They must risk life and limb time and again to save themselves and to overcome the deadly enemies that they have stirred up.
I spent 7.5 hours with this 436 page novel. It was an enjoyable read, reminiscent of books by Clive Cussler. As in most Thrillers, the story seems to stretch the limits of believability to carry the plot and preserve the primary characters. Not only is there action and adventure, but both Blackwell and Nassiri find love interests as well. The way the book concludes, we are likely to see sequels, and I look forward to reading them. I give this novel a 4.4 (rounded down to a 4) out of 5.
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