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Book Review – The Inside Passage by Carl Brookins

Posted by mcm0704 on October 23, 2016 |

insidepassageThe Inside Passage

Carl Brookins
File Size: 2587 KB
Print Length: 252 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Brookins Books (February 4, 2014)
Publication Date: February 4, 2014
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B00I9GXW4I

BOOK BLURB

The Inside Passage is an adventure thriller set primarily on the waters between Campbell River, British Columbia, and Seattle, Washington. It is the story of one man’s successful effort to find justice and peace after the murder of his wife and her friend by ruthless gun runners. It offers moving descriptions of magnificent mountain scenery and the sea, storms, explosive action, murder, loss, love, and redemption.

REVIEW

Michael Tanner, a successful business man who owns a public relations firm, had no intention of becoming an investigator. It is only after the fateful event that killed his wife Beth and a friend, Alice George. They had taken a sailing vessel, the Queen Anne,  up the waterway between Puget Sound and the northern end of Vancouver Island along the western edge of British Columbia. It was to be just a few days of peaceful sailing but it ends in tragedy when a large white boat deliberately rams the small sailboat. Tanner is the only survivor.

Authorities do not believe him about the other boat, and he is on his own to discover who was on that boat and why they rammed his.

It is obvious that the author is well-versed in sailing experience, and the scenes on the boats were written with that expertise very evident. Still, the sailing jargon was very understandable to those of us who have done nothing more than sail a paper boat in a rain puddle. I especially liked the tension in a scene where Tanner is trying to get to a safe harbor in a storm, and the drama was never lost in sailing terminology.

While some of the narrative was well-done and interesting, there were places where I thought too much detail was given that slowed the pace of the story.

Still, it is a good sea adventure, and Tanner is a likable character. He is a much different man at the end of the story than he was at the beginning. No longer drowning in grief and guilt, but standing strong and capable. It will be interesting to see what comes next for him.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Before he became a mystery writer and reviewer, Carl Brookins was a counselor and faculty member at Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Brookins and his wife are avid recreational sailors. He is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and Private Eye Writers of America. He can frequently be found touring bookstores and libraries with his companions-in-crime, The Minnesota Crime Wave.

He writes the sailing adventure series featuring Michael Tanner and Mary Whitney. The third novel is Old Silver. His new private investigator series features Sean NMI Sean, a short P.I. The first is titled The Case of the Greedy Lawyers. Brookins received a liberal arts degree from the University of Minnesota and studied for a MA in Communications at Michigan State University.

Find out more about Carl on his WEBSITE an follow him on FACEBOOK

 

Brookins is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and Private Eye Writers of America. He can frequently be found touring bookstores and libraries with his companions-in-crime, The Minnesota Crime Wave.

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Do come back on Wednesday, when Carl will be my Wednesday’s Guest. His post reveals how he discovers characters that are like old friends. 

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