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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite
Wow...Sulu Sea...what a fabulous read! Better yet, what a fabulous writer Marshall Riggan is. But then, I shouldn’t be surprised given that Riggan has penned scripts for over 200 TV films and won an Emmy for an ABC documentary. Those skills, coupled with his extensive world travels and familiarity with sailing, provide the authenticity and credibility that readers will enjoy in the exciting adventure story, Sulu Sea. This is one novel you won’t be able to put down. Come aboard the Galway Bay and enjoy a shot or two of vodka with Captain O’Hara and his trusted friend, former priest Toussaint, as they navigate the oceans. Not long after, you’ll be joined by the beautiful Gabriella who hires O’Hara to safely transport her and her priceless cargo of jewelry, art, and artifacts to Miami. It’s a dangerous mission to which O’Hara is agreeing: Gabriella’s husband is the head of a huge drug cartel.
But saying “yes” to Gabriella is only the beginning of a hair-raising adventure on and under the seas, which sees Riggan’s protagonists within inches of losing their lives time and again. With the help of yet another outstandingly beautiful Albino female, Valentina, who just happens to be a former Russian military soldier, the principal characters elude drug traffickers and save a group of children from child traffickers. The occupants of the Galway Bay deep-sea dive to the wreckage of Captain O’Hara’s former cruise ship, the Sulu Sea, and just when it starts to feel like all missions have been successfully accomplished toward the end of the novel, more surprises and sacrifices are in store. In short, the action just about never stops in this brilliantly written novel.
Riggan’s plot is convoluted and perfectly executed. His characters’ emotions, motivations, and actions delight and capture readers’ imaginations and hearts with their realism. Descriptions of the seas, scenery, boats, settings, and weaponry are so well done that envisioning it all is easy thanks to Riggan’s extensive cinematic background and familiarity with his subjects. Reading this story is like watching a movie...and what a great movie Sulu Sea would be. For someone who loves the ocean, but knows very little about it other than how it looks from a cruise ship or the shores of a holiday island, I came away vastly enlightened. But best of all was discovering such a talented author. My sincerest hope is that Marshall Riggan is planning several more books, but my recommendation is that you pick up a copy of Sulu Sea now and embark on a thrilling voyage aboard the Galway Bay. Simply awesome reading!