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Reviewed by Jon Michael Miller for Readers' Favorite
Secrets of Sea Pines: The Battle for Hilton Head’s Treasure by Robert J. Perreault is a clearly written, easy-to-read adventure story about the chase to discover buried treasure in the now vacation paradise of Hilton Head, South Carolina. The hunt begins after the treasure is buried by a pair of Massachusetts pilgrims assigned to hide it for the future of a new colony to be established outside of the original Bay Colony’s freezing cold. The documentation of the treasure’s exact location gets lost in a series of misplacements, robberies, and intrigues from 1662 through 1847 until hints of it are found in the lost documents department of the Yale library in 1945. Mr. Perreault discloses the fascinating travels of the map, ending in its discovery in Cotton Mather’s book On Witchcraft. The travels of the document are an adventure story, not to mention the seeds of a lifetime romance.
After the secret of a buried treasure on Hilton Head is out, all hell breaks loose, and a mystery document hunt turns into a non-stop search to find the treasure itself. The tale involves a hungry alligator, a fierce rivalry, a Boston alley attack, the tribe of Native Americans living on the island, gun battles on boats, a notorious Mafia don, more gunfights, torture, arrests, killings, and court procedures. The novel is fast-paced, the characters are well drawn, the settings vividly pictured, and a love story beautifully rendered, with several “big sweaty Georgia bear hugs.” Secrets of Sea Pines: The Battle for Hilton Head’s Treasure by Robert J. Perreault kept me turning the pages and gave a surprise ending that has me still hunting for my socks.