A Deadly Silver Sea [NOOK Book]

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The Royal Star, the most exclusive cruise ship in the world, has just set sail from Miami on its inaugural voyage. For the hundred or so notable and well-heeled passengers, including Zack Chasteen, and his wife, Barbara, the itinerary is a secret and the week ahead promises to be an ultra-indulgent tropical sojourn.

But just an hour out of port, gunmen take over the Royal Star, killing most of the officers and sequestering passengers ...

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A Deadly Silver Sea

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Overview

The Royal Star, the most exclusive cruise ship in the world, has just set sail from Miami on its inaugural voyage. For the hundred or so notable and well-heeled passengers, including Zack Chasteen, and his wife, Barbara, the itinerary is a secret and the week ahead promises to be an ultra-indulgent tropical sojourn.

But just an hour out of port, gunmen take over the Royal Star, killing most of the officers and sequestering passengers throughout the ship. Not only is Zack separated from Barbara, he has another worry --Barbara is eight months pregnant with their first child and could go into labor at any moment. As Zack and his fellow captives struggle to get an upper hand, the ship's hijackers offer few clues to their motives. Maybe it's a simple kidnap/extortion plot. Or maybe the hijackers are bent on more devious ends - using the Royal Star as a giant torpedo to blow up another cruise ship. Either way, Zack must figure out a way to stop them--while keeping himself and his wife alive.

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Publishers Weekly

A luxury cruise runs afoul of a terrorist plot in the less than stellar fourth entry in Morris's Edgar-nominated series featuring jack-of-all-trades Zack Chasteen (after Bermuda Schwartz). Chasteen, a former pro football player and ex-con who now runs a Florida palm tree nursery, and his eight-month pregnant significant other, travel magazine owner Barbara Pickering, are among the high-class crowd aboard the Royal Star, making its inaugural voyage to an unknown destination. Soon after the ship leaves Miami, gunmen mow down most of the crew, then separate the men and the women. Chasteen rallies his colleagues to fight back, but ends up overboard, where he draws on his Boy Scout training to survive. Morris ratchets up the tension by having Barbara go into labor amid the gunfire and explosions. Hollywood films like Speed 2 have effectively used analogous story lines, but Morris fails to replicate their tension and pacing.(Dec.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429983419
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 11/25/2008
  • Series: Zack Chasteen Series, #4
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 465,893
  • File size: 534 KB

Meet the Author

Bob Morris

BOB MORRIS's work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Caribbean Travel&Life, and Bon Appetit. His third book in the Zack Chasteen series, Bermuda Schwartz, was published in 2007. Bob lives in Winter Park, Florida.


Bob Morris, a former newspaper columnist and magazine editor, contributes to a number of publications and teaches writing at Rollins College and the University of Central Florida. His first novel in the bestselling Zack Chasteen series, Bahamarama, was nominated for the Edgar Award. He lives in Winter Park, Florida.
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  • Posted October 30, 2008

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    Entertaining

    In Florida, former NFL player and ex con Zack Chasteen is contented to run a palm tree nursery, as long as his beloved travel magazine owner Barbara Pickering is with him. He especially looks forward to the birth of their first child in about a month.<BR/><BR/>Zack, Barbara and many affluent people are sailing on the luxurious cruise ship Royal Star on its maiden voyage; his invitation comes from being classy Barbara¿s escort, which serves a reminder of how far he has come. Soon after the Royal Star embarks from Miami, gunmen kill most of the crew and take control of the vessel. After the passengers are separated by gender, Zack tries to get the men to join him on a blitzkrieg, but he end up in the drink while Barbara goes into premature labor.<BR/><BR/>The latest Zack Casteen thriller (see BERMUDA SCHWARTZ, BAHAMARAMA and JAMAICA ME DEAD) is as fast-paced as its predecessors, but lacks the originality of the previous tales with Cussler's Pitt novels and movies like Under Siege. Zack¿s usual amusing cynical asides also seem out of place in a scenario in which his about to give birth beloved is in deep peril. Still he is an interesting mix as a sarcastic moralistic antihero struggling to rally the civilians at sea against deadly pirates making his current under siege escapade fun for his fans.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted August 1, 2013

    Bob Morris is a awesome writer

    I read all of Bob Morris "Zack Chasteen Series" and he is a very talented writer. Loved his style of writing, love the characters and I can't wait to read more "Zack" books. Thanks Bob Morris!

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    Posted June 2, 2013

    Hunter to litter

    What about me?!

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    Posted June 3, 2013

    Silvercloud

    She smiled at her kits, purring.

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  • Posted March 20, 2012

    I enjoyed this book as I have enjoyed all the books that involve

    I enjoyed this book as I have enjoyed all the books that involve Zack Chasteen. I like being familer with the characters in the books that Bob Morris writes.

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  • Posted May 13, 2009

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    A real page-turner

    This latest installment in the Zack Chasteen series offers a faster-moving, more urgent plot than some of the preceding novels, while losing some of the character backgrounding and charm that have made this series a favorite. All in all, a fair trade-off, especially if you have three days at the beach to finish a book.

    The plot involves a takeover of a small luxury cruise ship on its inaugural voyage. Zack is there because his new wife, Barbara, has been invited as the publisher of a travel magazine. After a few pages of setting the table, literally and figuratively, the action starts as gunmen round up passengers, shoot officers, and segregate everyone into groups watched over by the small number of gunmen.

    There are areas where you must suspend reality, as an incommunicado cruise ship in this era would certainly be noticed, and when it is noticed surprisingly little is done, but the pages fly by quickly enough that it doesn't kill the plot.

    The little facts and nuggets interspersed throughout about cruise ship life are actually quite accurate. I've worked on ships and many observations are spot on. The author points to plenty of research in his acknowledgements and it shows.

    Overall, I would highly recommend this book.

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