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What happens when you have to choose between doing the right thing, knowing disaster will ensue, or taking the wrong action and saving everything you love?

Haunted by his mother's sudden death when he was young, Ben Gates spends his life trying to be a hero, but can never seem to get it right.

Ben's good intentions and sincere yearnings to make a difference draw him into he Mangrove Underground, a half-baked eco-terror plot to 'save' the ...

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What happens when you have to choose between doing the right thing, knowing disaster will ensue, or taking the wrong action and saving everything you love?

Haunted by his mother's sudden death when he was young, Ben Gates spends his life trying to be a hero, but can never seem to get it right.

Ben's good intentions and sincere yearnings to make a difference draw him into he Mangrove Underground, a half-baked eco-terror plot to 'save' the backcountry by scaring away tourists and transplants. After Ben unwittingly betrays the group his best friend, Mangrove Underground mastermind Henry Moton, goes missing and is presumed dead in a wilderness fire.

Ten years later, Ben is a supervisor at the wilderness park. Henry Moton and his revolution are a local legend. Then a series of mysterious swamp fires erupt, and keep erupting, despite the park's best efforts. Legend gives way to conspiracy theory, and Henry Moton, still idolized by many locals, is assumed to be alive and as hell-bent on mayhem as ever.

Ben becomes a man on a mission: discover who's setting the fires, save his hometown, and exorcise the ghost of Henry Moton.

Ben's riveting tale is told in a series of intertwined narratives. As the stories converge, Ben realizes what he must do to save the community he loves and transform his life into something he can be proud of.

Part Florida eco-thriller and part hero's quest, Mangrove Underground subverts the expectations of both genres in its tale of journeys and endings and how getting there changes you, with atonement to be won by those brave enough to rise above their transgressions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982562666
  • Publisher: The Chenault Publishing Group, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/6/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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  • Posted April 3, 2011

    Rashomon meets Tourist Season in a swamp-noir mash up.

    My local bookseller recommended this one, and I can't thank her enough. I had my doubts at first glance, what with the first-person back story bits being 'told' by different characters. But I was soon taken in by the differing viewpoints. Who, if anyone, do you believe as you unravel the several mysteries wound tight round each other? Mangrove Underground is a tale of voices, about voices, told in rumour and innuendo by a dozen different voices interwoven as thick and as strong as roots in a mangrove thicket. Coupled with the longer sections of present-time narration, they form a local-myth-in-the-making with unforgettable detail, depth and colour. The writing itself is phenomenal. It is heartening to stumble across an up-and-coming American who writes with such clarity and passion. Tim W. Jackson's is a clean, quick-reading style that complements his subject matter perfectly. The alligator scene late in the book is especially riveting (not to give anything away). The ending is both surprizing and fitting. A compelling story, brilliantly written.

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