"Fast-paced fun thriller"
Off of South Florida, pirates using satellite tracking to
select targets, invest their ill-gotten gains in real
estate. These buccaneers kidnap preadolescent Janey
Sugarman from the yacht of Dr. Andy Markham, boyfriend of
the child's mother. The victim's father, a private eye,
observed the event on a video feed from the chatroom he and
Janey were logged onto when she was abducted.
Pirate Captain Vic Joy offers to return the girl safely in
exchange for Sugarman's friend Thorn giving him his Key
Largo property valued at $3 million. Former Navy Secretary
Jimmy Lee Webster protects Vic while romancing the pirate
captain's sister Anne Bonny Joy. An angry Sugarman learns
that the incident could have been avoided if Thorn had
provided some information to Webster on Anne, whom the
latter sleeps with. With no help from any quarter, Thorn
goes after the pirates to rescue an innocent girl.
This is a fast-paced fun thriller that requires a bit of
letting go of reality and just sailing with the flow. The
story line hooks the reader due to a strong cast,
especially the pirates, inside a modern day corsair
voyage. The contrast between the intellectual approach of
Sugarman and the in your face brawn of Thorn adds to a
delightful spoofing of the action genre.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 16, 2003