Finalist: Action/Adventure - Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2012
Nominated: Best Cover - Global eBook Awards 2012
Nominated: Best Thriller - Global eBook Awards 2012
Drake's Coffin is the rousing adventure tale of a search for lost treasure in the jungle of Panama. It features rich history, exotic locales, fascinating characters, and rapid-fire action that will keep readers tapping screens or next page buttons for hours on end.
Four hundred years ago the English adventurer Sir Francis Drake stole it from the Spanish and buried it in the jungles of Panama. Thirty years ago an unsuspecting group of teenage boys stumbled upon it in a night of violent death that would change their lives forever.
Now, they've come back for Drake's legendary lost treasure, in a race against time, old enemies and modern foes.
Led by federal prosecutor Zach Colt, six diverse and colorful old friends join forces and return to present-day Panama to recover their spoils.
A psychopathic cop. Ruthless pirates, old and new. A daring ex-Navy beauty. Deadly predators. Darien Indians. Intrepid SCUBA divers. A feisty Portuguese Water Dog. A contest to the death in the Panama Canal.
These and more are encountered by the men in pursuit of their fortune.
Some find self-knowledge, honor and redemption.
Others face betrayal, heartbreak and death.
Above all, Drake's Coffin is a unique story of friendship and self-discovery.
About the Author
I was born outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Now I live in New England with my Portuguese Water Dog (who happens to have the same grandfather as Bo Obama). Drake's Coffin and Ironsides' Peril are the first two novels in a planned series of several thrilling adventures featuring my Drake's Coffin hero, Zach Colt. For over a decade I lived and traveled throughout Central America. I have worked in federal law enforcement both in the States and overseas. Most recently I have been a trial lawyer in private practice. And yes, I did dive in search of Sir Francis Drake's lead coffin, which has been resting for over 400 years somewhere on the ocean floor near the entrance to Portobelo Harbor, Panama. I haven't found it -- yet.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Alice D. for Readers Favorite Sir Francis Drake, famed English explorer, dies in 1596 and is buried at sea near Portobelo Harbor in Panama. In 1976, Scout Master Robert Medvedic of Post 31 leads a group of boys named Herbs, Injun, Zach, Cub, Walt, Fritz and S-Man on the old road, the Camino Real, that Drake and the Spanish explorers of long ago used to transport stolen Inca treasure to where their ships were waiting to take it back to their home countries. Drake is supposed to have buried one of those treasures under a Banyan tree in the jungle as Spanish troops were about to overtake Drake and his men. Medvedic and the boys are taking the sixty mile hike on the Camino Real from Old Panama on the Pacific coast to Nombre de Dios on the Atlantic coast of Panama. Will they find the Banyan tree under which Drake buried gold doubloons and jewels and will they survive the untamed jungles and exotic and often dangerous wildlife along their route? "Drake's Coffin" is a highly well-written, well-edited adventure story that is packed with violence and high-paced action. It has won the 2012 Next Generation Indie Award and that is quite understandable as this is one thrilling, readable story that readers will love. The plot proceeds with twists and turns, often unexpected, to the story's end. The characters of Herbs, Injun, Fritz, Cub,S-Man and Zach are well-drawn and totally believable even as the concluding chapters have them as middle-aged men, no longer teenagers. Other characters such as Medvedic, his assistant Uribe, youthful psycho Sidney, Chief Okarmo and his son, are equally well-created and add to the storyline."Drake's Coffin" is a must read, to say the least!