Thursday, March 21, 2013

"Circle of Bones," by Christine Kling

Maggie Riley advances through layers of intrigue involving a secret society, undersea treasure, and a sexy swimming archeologist. Currently rated #1 on Amazon for sea adventures, and over 75 five-star reviews. $3.19 today!

'Authentic' was the word that kept coming to mind as I read this breathless thriller. Authenticity in Riley's personal journey as she's haunted by memories of her dead brother and the reality of her father, in her relationship with the obsessed, not-so-crazy Cole, in their search for the lost submarine, the Surcouf, and in the threat of a very real conspiracy. 

Every angle of the story rang true, which made it all the more terrifying. And then there's the exquisite detail and accuracy of the historical flashbacks, the nautical scenes, when you could swear the sea is splashing in your face or sucking you under. 

Christine Kling is a wonderful, vivid writer, and that alone would make CIRCLE OF BONES a great read. But add to that an edge-of-your seat plot, an intriguing determined heroine, a tense romantic situation, and a conspiracy that will chill you to the bone, and I'd have to say that CIRCLE OF BONES is one of the best thrillers I've read in a long time. -- Amazon reviewer

Circle of Bones, by Christine Kling

Sex and adventure meet history and intrigue in this breathless nautical thriller that spans decades to imagine a fascinating answer to the real-life mystery of the vanished French sub, Surcouf.

When Maggie Riley sets sail for the Caribbean, all she wants is a little R&R before starting a work assignment in Dominica.

The last thing Maggie expects is to rescue Cole Thatcher, a sexy—but possibly nuts—conspiracy-spouting archaeologist found swimming nude off the island of Guadeloupe. It turns out Cole is searching for the wreckage of a vanished World War II submarine, claiming it holds millions in gold coins and classified documents from a powerful inner circle of the secret society Skull and Bones.

Maggie has enough skeletons to deal with. But when she learns her own past may intersect this inner circle of Bonesmen, she realizes Cole might not be so crazy after all—and joining him in the search for the sub may be her only course to uncover a hidden truth.

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Meet the Author

I have spent more than thirty years living on and around boats and cruising the waters of the North and South Pacific, the Atlantic, and the Caribbean. I've written articles and stories for many boating publications including Sailing, Cruising World, Motor Boating & Sailing, and The Tiller and the Pen. It was that sailing experience that led me to set my first nautical suspense novels on the waterfront in Fort Lauderdale. Featuring Florida female tug and salvage captain, Seychelle Sullivan, there are four books in the series, SURFACE TENSION, CROSS CURRENT, BITTER END, and WRECKERS' KEY. I'm now retired from my day job as an English professor at Broward College, and I am living the dream of full-time cruising on board my 33-foot Caliber sailboat Talespinner.

My latest book set in the Leeward Islands is titled CIRCLE OF BONES: a Caribbean thriller, and features a female solo sailor, Maggie Riley, and a maritime archeologist (and conspiracy nut) Cole Thatcher, who are racing against an elite inner circle of Skull and Bones to recover the secrets found in the wreck of a World War II submarine.

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