Silva provides promising short, punchy beginning chapters as the murder of investment broker Matthew Serling propels his son Hank on a voyage, first of revenge, later of self-understanding. Coincidence takes too large a role in the plot, as former SEAL Glen Maddox links up with fugitive crook Wilbur Gammon, who arranged Matthew's murder. Moreover, the stumbling plot inertia of the Isle de la Boca scenes, offering "native" girls speaking fragmented English, leave the reader benumbed. The authentic-sounding descriptions of sailing offer more value than the reflections on the dubious merits of seeking revenge.
Date Submitted: July 22, 2016