Destruction Island, an isolated island with an abandoned lighthouse off the coast of Washington State, has a tragic history and has held its secret for over a hundred years only for the secret to be discovered and then lost for another hundred years. Finally a clue to its mystery is found in the logs kept by the first lighthouse keeper. Earl Armstrong, a descendent of the keeper, becomes curious about what happened on the island after a series of vivid dreams in which his great-grandfather’s spirit asks for his help and before long, Earl is entangled in the island’s past and present. He discovers the body of a Native American man who apparently was murdered on the island. As forces beyond his control begin to bear down on him, and with the help of the dead man’s brother and an Indian shaman, Earl sets out to discover the secret his great-grandfather chose not to reveal. But Earl has a knack for getting himself into trouble and the billionaire Juno Betar, a ruthless collector of antiquities, is already engaged in trying to find a rare ceremonial artifact, a golden Kwakiutl sun mask, hidden in a cave not far from the base of the lighthouse. Juno Betar will let nothing stand in his way, even murder, to add the mask to his private collection. There are complications for both Earl Armstrong and Juno Betar as they have to contend with a tough adversary, Norika Edo, who is trying to avoid a cruel death at the hands of Japanese Mafia, by recovering a valuable treasure adrift in a monstrous mat of tsunami debris about to become a huge catastrophe for the beaches of the Pacific Northwest Coast and Destruction Island. With vivid, almost cinematic settings, this exciting adventure will hold the reader’s interest page after page.
"An exhilarating thriller that will have readers demanding another sequel." Kirkus Reviews
Runner up for Best Fiction Thriller, Beverly Hills Book Awards, 2015
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About the Author
Fredrick Cooper is an award-winning author, environmental engineer, a native of the Pacific Northwest and a member of the Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe. In addition to being a writer, he spends his spare time on his boat cruising in Alaska and British Columbia or in his workshop where he expresses his creativity through traditional Native American woodcarving. He is a member of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association and Oregon Authors and currently working on a second sequel to his Earl Armstrong series. His debut novel, Riders of the Tides, was recognized with: a 2013 IPPY award for Best Regional Fiction: West-Pacific Region; a 2014 Beverly Hills Book Award finalist in the new fiction category; and Honorable Mention in the 2014 Hollywood Book Awards General Fiction category.