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The Sea Mass Market Paperback – Jan 1 2009

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Dorchester Publishing (Jan. 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843944951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843944952
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
R. Karl Largent's title refers to the Sargasso, a patch of the Atlantic famous for its floating weed. This setting has unusually high significance to the events of this "techno-thriller". It is beneath the surface amid the sargassum and "swarm quakes" as well as the above-surface fog that the villains perpetrate their deceit. The protagonist, Elliott Wages, is a thoughtful and, as we discover, vulnerable sort that relates the action in the first person. A salvage expedition (treasure hunt) is being sabotaged and Elliott assumes the task of peeling the onion. The reader is privy to his suspicions and discoveries, making for a very quick read. I enjoyed this story and consider it reminiscent of the best classic mysteries, if not a little too formula. In spite of the occasional credibility stretch the premise is not all that far-fetched. Very entertaining.
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By A Customer on April 5 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The author could have done more with the story. There are numerous technical errors that take away from the story and after a few I found myself looking for more. Overall, the story isn't too bad, with an interesting look at the Sargasso Sea which seems to be rarely mentioned in fiction except for vague references to lost ships or airplanes. More character development would have been nice (and made the book thicker). Worth a look.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa39d5390) out of 5 stars 5 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa36c9dd4) out of 5 stars Readable April 5 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The author could have done more with the story. There are numerous technical errors that take away from the story and after a few I found myself looking for more. Overall, the story isn't too bad, with an interesting look at the Sargasso Sea which seems to be rarely mentioned in fiction except for vague references to lost ships or airplanes. More character development would have been nice (and made the book thicker). Worth a look.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa36ce240) out of 5 stars Crucial Setting Feb. 10 2000
By Frank - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
R. Karl Largent's title refers to the Sargasso, a patch of the Atlantic famous for its floating weed. This setting has unusually high significance to the events of this "techno-thriller". It is beneath the surface amid the sargassum and "swarm quakes" as well as the above-surface fog that the villains perpetrate their deceit. The protagonist, Elliott Wages, is a thoughtful and, as we discover, vulnerable sort that relates the action in the first person. A salvage expedition (treasure hunt) is being sabotaged and Elliott assumes the task of peeling the onion. The reader is privy to his suspicions and discoveries, making for a very quick read. I enjoyed this story and consider it reminiscent of the best classic mysteries, if not a little too formula. In spite of the occasional credibility stretch the premise is not all that far-fetched. Very entertaining.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa36ce270) out of 5 stars The Search For Nazi Gold Feb. 7 2005
By Joshua Koppel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Author Elliot Wages is looking for some time off on his boat in Florida when a friend puts him in contact with a salvage operation that needs help. The goal is a Nazi submarine packed to the gills with stolen gold. The search has the crew in the middle of the Sargasso Sea in the Bermuda Triangle.

Things begin to go from bad to worse. A ninety-foot barge goes missing in eighty-feet of water. Two divers and necessary equipment went missing with it. Then things start breaking and people start dying. Is it the Triangle at work? Or is it giant megalodon sharks and giant manta rays? There seems evidence for both.

But Elliot manages to wade through all of the troubles and setbacks and put the puzzle pieces together. Action, intrigue, and danger flow quickly as things spiral toward disaster. Can Wages save the day and save the apparently doomed expedition? You will have to read to find out.

This was an entertaining book with a nice mix of human and natural danger. I really liked the character of Elliot Wages and wish that we might see more of him in other books although plot-wise that is not very likely. Still, it was a very enjoyable bit of escapist reading.
HASH(0xa36ce570) out of 5 stars Adventurous Mystery Novel Falls Short Dec 2 2015
By Benjamin Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sometimes I like to abandon any plans or strategies for what I want to read next and just go to my huge collection of unread books I have on my shelves and grab one at random. I had received this one in a big bundle of free books I got from my co-workers when I was departing a job many years ago. They knew I wanted to open my own used book store someday so they all cleaned off their personal bookshelves and gathered together more than 700 paperbacks to help me with my startup. Many of those I did later sell but I saved far too many for my own reading pleasure simply based on the cover art or blurb or subject matter.

So I came to this one with no particular expectations. I had never heard of the author and did not check any ratings or reviews anywhere before reading it. It is a story of a search for a sunken German U-boat which was supposedly carrying tons of Nazi gold. Unfortunately, its reported location is in the Sargasso Sea, deep within the Bermuda Triangle. The story is told from the first person POV of Elliot Wages, hired to join a salvage mission to retrieve the lost gold. As the story progresses it becomes apparent that not everybody on the mission has the same goals and are even willing to kill to achieve their aims.

I found the writing style enjoyable at first as Elliot is a witty, roguish fellow who is happily sarcastic from time to time sort of like most Floridian private investigators one comes across in many a novel. The plot was reasonably good but not all that original and the first half of the book contained far too much diving terminology and methods for my taste. We are also introduced to way too many characters to keep track of and most were never developed at all so there wasn’t much to make me care about who the god guys and the bad guys might be. In the end, the surprise reveal was no surprise at all and was all too obvious from near the very beginning of the story.

I think the book also suffered from not knowing what it was really trying to be. It’s mostly an adventure mystery novel but due to the location being in the Bermuda Triangle, an element of the bizarre snuck in all over the place but ultimately mattered little. Encounters with prehistoric sharks many times larger and more dangerous than ever recorded really elevated the eye-roll factor. In addition, members of the crew kept getting killed one by one and I was starting to think I was reading a repeat of Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” except on a stranded salvage ship in the sea.

I now know that the author has a number of other books and series out there. While this was an “OK” read, I don’t think I will be specifically seeking out more books by this author. If I had another free one handed to me though…I would very likely read it.
HASH(0xa36ce6a8) out of 5 stars Another Would've Been Better In Third-Person But Still Good Fun Jan. 19 2015
By Fred Rayworth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is another case of one of my favorite authors switching to first-person and almost ruining a great story. When I originally read this sixteen years ago (as of 2015), I never did a review so I’m making up for it now.

I had to force myself to get though what could’ve been a much more enjoyable story if he’d just chose other than such a myopic point of view. The plot had lots of great things going for it with a sunken sub and Nazi gold. There were plenty of twists and turns and I had a good time as far as I could, but having to force myself through the I’s and me’s and we’s, just became annoying. Plus, the tunnel vision of seeing everything through only one character made the story lose some impact.

Still, there was plenty to like, so The Sea was not all bad. Largent was still one of my favorite authors and I miss him a lot. If you like first-person, I highly recommend this.

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