Danger in Blackwater Swamp

Danger in Blackwater Swamp

by Saundra Gerrell Kelley


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BJ Hathaway is a busy anthropologist teaching in New Mexico. Unexpectedly she inherits an old house on the St. Marks River and an ecological restoration project. This forces her to return home to North Florida. Upon her return, she enters into the work of restoration, resumes old friendships, and works on unresolved relationships from her past. In the process, she encounters dangers she did not know were there.
As she begins to re-establish herself in North Florida and work on the conservation project, she is met with surprising resistance from some resentful members of the Board. An angry person from her past, spurned in her youth, threatens both the project and her life. She must defeat her nemesis or lose all. In the process, she finds love in the arms of a man she once knew but never forgot.

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ISBN-13: 9780985706241
Publisher: Southern Yellow Pine (SYP) Publishing LLC
Publication date: 05/07/2013
Pages: 178
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.41(d)

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Danger in Blackwater Swamp 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
petalsandthorns More than 1 year ago
Saundra Kelley spun a wonderful mystery tale. She used the swamp region as another ominous but beautiful character. Sometimes the swamp became a protagonist and other times it was portrayed as an antagonist. Although, swamps are not my favorite places, I followed the story and the use of this background. I wish the author had brought Jake Collins in a little sooner. Once he appeared the real conflict (and the story) started. There are many times Kelly’s descriptions blew me away. I was surprised with the sexual scenes, but it wasn't overdone or added just for effect. I'm especially appreciative of one place on p. 126 "It was then the Blackwater's voice spoke to her soul saying, "Now, you will begin to understand. You, who came from my depths, and to whom I gave life are a part of my destruction. You must experience my pain and know my loss. I have chosen you. I have called you here to stop the destruction because we are all inter-joined and interconnected." I felt this dialog added to the character of the swamp and it gave me chills.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite "Danger in Blackwater Swamp" is a thriller set in the tropical swamps and jungles of North Florida. B J Hathaway studies the Pueblo culture in New Mexico, but her roots are in those wild and untamed woods. She returns to attend the funeral of her dear friend and mentor, Ben Taylor, who died as the result of a car accident. She is stunned to hear that he has left her the bulk of his estate and the guiding position on his land's trust, a pet project dedicated to restoring and preserving threatened tracts of land in Florida. Matt Walker, Ben's archaeologist friend and colleague and BJ's old flame, is also a beneficiary in Ben's will. Hearing his voice over the speakerphone in the lawyer's office makes B J relive the tumultuous time they spent together. Unbeknownst to them, another concerned party, Jake Collins, has been released from jail and is inflamed by the letter he received from Ben telling him that Ben's estate is going to B J. Ben had been a mentor and father-figure to Jake but he had finally given up on him after he was sent to prison yet another time. Jake is angry and still has an old grudge to settle with B J, but now he believes she has stolen his inheritance as well. Saundra Kelley is a North Florida native, and her descriptions of the wild areas and the animals that live there bear witness to her familiarity and love for that environment. While reading one can almost feel the steamy hot air of the swamps and hear the cries of the eagles, owls and other wild creatures. B J is a compelling and strong character, as is her friend and one-time lover, Matt Walker. There is plenty of action throughout "Danger in Blackwater Swamp" as Jake Collins seeks revenge and satisfaction for perceived slights and injustices done to him and his family. The problems archaeologists face with pot-hunters and despoilers of ancient sites is another well-presented topic in this work. I enjoyed "Danger in Blackwater Swamp". It is exciting, informative and filled with suspense.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Tania Staley for Readers' Favorite If you are looking for a thrilling book to read, then look no further than Saundra Gerrell Kelley’s debut novel, "Danger in Blackwater Swamp". It had been a year since archaeologist BJ Hathaway had been back to her hometown of Tallahassee, Florida, but when her godfather, Ben Taylor, dies of mysterious circumstances she leaves the life she has created behind to fulfill his last request. Much to her surprise, Ben has left the bulk of his estate to her with the expressed desire for her to continue the restoration and preservation of his land. Hathaway accepts much to the chagrin of local business owners who hoped to further commercial development of the area after Ben’s demise. Soon Hathaway is called to fight for the land she once called home, but little does she know that a more dangerous enemy is lurking in the shadows. Jake Collins, a scorned admirer of BJ and grandson of Ben Taylor, has been released from prison and is seeking revenge. But BJ’s biggest threat may be the dangers of the heart. Matt Walker’s infatuation is renewed at the return of his former lover, and this time he does not intend to let BJ go. Will he be able to protect her from Jake’s wrath? Will he once and for all be able to tame BJ’s wild heart, or will he lose her once more? Adventure, mystery, intrigue, and romance thrive in Kelley’s novel. Kelley expertly weaves the genres together so that a variety of readers are sure to enjoy the tale. As a native of Tallahassee, she has wonderful command of the geography in her book and readers will soon feel as though they are traipsing through wild Florida grasses and guiding boats through murky swamp waters. "Dangers in Blackwater Swamp" should be located on every thriller lover’s bookshelf.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite Anthropologist B J Hathaway teaches in New Mexico. The story begins after the funeral of her godfather Ben Taylor, and she is called in for a meeting by Ben’s friend and lawyer Rafe, revealing that Ben has bequeathed her practically all of his estate. He also wishes that she continues the property’s restoration, to protect it from development; and that upon her death she ensures the same thing. With the house at St. Mark’s River now under her name, plus an ecological restoration project underway, she really needs to go back to North Florida where she is from. However, things aren’t as hopeful as they seem when members of the board oppose her; on top of that, another individual from her past threatens her work and life. Thrilling from start to finish, "Danger in Blackwater Swamp" is a novel that lovers of suspense, drama and a bit of romance may not want to miss out on. A surprising bequest starts the ball rolling – quite a good way to spur moments into action. Time can pass undetected with the twists that come afterwards, making you read on for the next development. In her fight for what is right, B J meets friends with such admirable loyalty, and even love isn’t far behind to support the main character throughout her ordeal. There is a lot to be excited about in this novel with great characters and a solid plot line that peaks rather satisfyingly. It is highly recommended for book lovers to grab their own copy.