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Reviewed by Paul F. Johnson for Readers' Favorite
It’s the year 1866 and a ship named the General Grant is on its way from Australia to London with a cargo of gold, a lot of gold. Running into very bad weather, the General Grant is wrecked on an island off the coast of New Zealand. After many years and several treasure hunting tries, no one has been able to locate its exact whereabouts. Roy Berenger is one of the world’s foremost experts on salvaging shipwrecks. When a beautiful young woman, a descendant of one of the sailors of the General Grant, comes to him to solve the mystery, he is at first skeptical, but decides it would be the salvage of a lifetime if he can uncover the historic shipwreck. Together with a local crew and the latest technological resources, Berenger sails to the desolate island to attempt what has never been done before. But, other people also want the treasure and will stop at nothing to get it, even if Berenger, the woman, and all the crew must die.
Sunken treasure, a beautiful woman, deceit, lies, intrigue, and death. What could be better. In Shipwreck Island, James B. McPike has put together a grand adventure with outstanding characters and a strong, well-conceived story line filled with action and more action and, of course, danger and death. As the events unfold and the danger increases, readers will find themselves drawn into the tale, mentally visualizing the ship, the island, and the elements that have to somehow be survived. I highly recommend this book to all action and adventure lovers.