The Vanguard by John K Berntson
Approx. 123,400 words.
Published on October 13, 2013.
Matt Dodds finds himself made the leader of his scout troop and sent by a billionaire recluse on a nine-month cruise aboard the Vanguard Observer. But Matt's leadership only gets himself and his troop into trouble.
Meanwhile, there are mysteries. Who is Mr. Greyson and what is in the metal suitcases he brought? Why has the Vanguard changed course? Why do thugs sneak aboard?