The co-writing team of Keith and Sally Pomeroy are off to a flying start, and so will be the reader. The action begins early and at times you'll want to warn the characters of the danger that they are in like you do during any great suspense movie. The exotic locales and the action are interspersed with comedy and romance that makes for a perfect summer read. Butler and his team of characters and misfits are comfortable, but not too familiar. Add in a coelcanth, arms dealings, high-tech hijinks, and treasure, and you have a book that grows on you until you forsake responsibility and just finish it. I liked the action setpieces, of which there are many and unpredictable ones, but the quiet moments are welcome, as well. The writing team has a lot of characters to juggle and keeps each one fresh, funny, and villainous. Butler seems like a guy you would want to be or want to know, and the way his world unfolds before Katherine makes you want to be her, too. The authors, in their introduction, sound like they are apologizing for the implausibility of the book, but nothing is so farfetched that characterization can't cure, and they have some protagonists that have plenty of life left in them. I look forward to the next adventure. This one has the best elements of The Deep, The Poseidon Adventure, Doc Savage, and Indiana Jones, but it is also on its own road, and I want to take that road again.
Darrell R. Brown-author, poet, playwright, and educator