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Hell's Bay (Thorn Series #10)

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    an action-packed tale

    Leaving his peaceful Key Largo, semi-hermit Thorn is helping his friend Rusty establish a fishing oasis for tourists in the Everglades. However, he is taken aback when Rusty¿s affluent client John Milligan insists Thorn is his nephew. Preferring to ignore his so called DNA family, Thorn finds himself sucked into the drama of the drowning of the family matriarch billionaire Abigail Bates.--------------- Abigail¿s granddaughter insists she was murdered, but almost everyone else believes she died from a fortunate accident. Thorn asks his police friend Sugarman to investigate. Meanwhile an angry war veteran wants the Bates clan dead as she blames Abigail for making her billions with no regard for the environment especially of others she holds the entire clan including Thorn culpable in the deaths of her spouse and her soon to be dead son. Cut off at HELL¿S BAY in the Everglades, Thorn may be the only person capable of keeping them alive against deadly avenging predators planning to turn the Bates brood into alligator bait.-------------- The latest Thorn thriller (see UNDER COVER OF DAYLIGHT, GONE WILD and TROPICAL FREEZE) is an action-packed tale that works because readers will feel transported to the isolation and remoteness of the Everglades. The story line is obviously people trying to survive against much more powerful adversaries who have isolated the hero and others from obtaining assistance. However, there is also a secondary serious theme re the opportunity costs between competing demands of economic growth and protecting the environment. The bottom line is blood may be thicker than water, but it flows freely when you are shot as Thorn learns with this tense one sitting suspense.--------------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2008

    'Hell's Bay' is a wicked thriller

    In 'Hell's Bay', loner Thorn finds himself part of a family he never knew he had: that of Florida billionaire Abigail Bates, whose fortune was made in strip mining and along the way caused untold damage both environmentally and personally. Thorn is helping his old friend Rusty get her fishing guide business off the ground, and on a trek into the Everglades commissioned by Bates' son, Thorn is told that he's a newly discovered relative of the wealthy clan - and that matriarch Abigail recently drowned. Also on the trip is Abigail's granddaughter, who insists her demise was not accidental. In no time the group is attacked by the angry widow of a cancer victim whose death she blames on pollution from the Bates' mining operations. With her son dying from the same disease, this Iraq War veteran vows to destroy the entire Bates family, including Thorn. Their desperate attempt to stay alive in the swamps of Hell's Bay evokes the claustrophobic suspense of the movies 'Deliverance' and 'Southern Comfort' - high praise in my book. And the thought-provoking but never heavy-handed commentary about the necessary trade-offs between big business and the environment, especially in Florida, lift this novel above the norm for suspense fiction. Visit 'Hell's Bay' right away.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2008

    Who is Thorn?

    Those who have followed the suspensful Thorn series will finally have this question answered. Against the backdrop of the mysterious Everglades, a fishing charter led by Thorn encounters death and mayhem at the hands of a grief-stricken and demented antogonist-who turns out to have connections to some of the passengers. Not as good as 'Magic City' but a fast exciting read, highly recommended.

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