by David Elder

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TASHTEGO by David Elder

Daggoo, Queequeg and Tashtego. The three harpooners from Melville's classic Moby Dick. It is 1984 and Royal St. Vincent, a muscle car engineer from General Motors, hits the bottle after a bitter divorce. When the bottle is empty, he wakes up in Islemarada Florida and ready to start a new life. He buys the sixty foot sports fishing boat, the Makaira, and settles into his new career as a happy deep sea sports fishing captain surrounded by his colorful friends in the Florida Keys.

One day the unthinkable happens. He is approached by the more than beautiful girl, Scotty, from Miami who wants to charter a trip. Suspicious of her mysterious friends, and against his better judgment, he takes the trip and his life is never the same again.

It is the wild mid-eighties of coccain cowboys and Scarface in South Florida and drugs run rampant. Forced to work for a drug cartel, St. Vincent is persuaded to hide drugs in his offshore catch until he is eventually discovered by the local undercover DEA agent. Torn apart by the love of his daughter in Michigan, who is threatened by the cartel, and pressure from the Federal drug agency, he is warned by his Haitan recluse soothsayer friend John, who lives in the Florida swamps, that Tashtego is the notorius head of the snake that controls the bloody drug cartel.

From Key West to the Turks and Cacaos Islands, Cuba, Columbia, Bolivia and against the backdrop of the furious volcanic eruption of Nevado Del Ruiz in 1985, St. Vincent and his chosen friends must find the identity of Tashtego and free St. Vincent from the clutches of the mysterious drug lord.

Based loosly on Moby Dick and the Heart of Darkness, Tashtego is introduced by the thoughts of a 2,000 pound Blue Marlin while she fights for her life against man and nature. Based largly on deep sea sports fishing in the Florda Keys, the real mystery of the book is who is Tashtego and the ultimate thrilling answer will surprise the reader.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012925619
Publisher: David Elder
Publication date: 02/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 503 KB

About the Author

Dave graduated from Brecksville High School in Cleveland Ohio and from Ohio University in 1971. He also graduated from The Thomas Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan.

Dave has worked in a gas station, counted houses in the City of Cleveland for Avon Products,as a flower delivery boy, sold pots,pans and encyclopedias door to door, in a pizza parlor, delivered sailboats on the Great Lakes, sold Bay Liner Boats, sailed in the Merchant Marine, worked as a bartender, worked in the worlds largest cement factory, worked at the Michigan Attorney Generals Office and now practices law in Alpena, Michigan.

He is the author of The Will of the Wisp and the Gingerbread Man (not yet published), has been published in the Michigan Bar Journal and is currently working on his fourth novel. He lives in Alpena, Michigan with his dog Sophie.

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BigAl70 More than 1 year ago
In the description of this novel, Elder mentions Scarface as a touchstone, which was a connection I’d made as well, in that it takes place in mid-80s Florida and has plenty of bad guys, guns, and cocaine. He also mentions Herman Melville’s classic Moby Dick, saying it is “loosely based” on this. Somehow, I’ve missed actually reading this book (I probably volunteered for a couple extra helpings of Hemingway to dodge that one), but know enough to say that I can at least spot the loose connections. Much of the book centers around the sea. There is a big fish that makes a few appearances. It is long (over 200,000 words and very close to the length of Melville’s fish story). A few characters are named after Melville’s, and most importantly, the story is about a man who becomes obsessed. There is much to like about this story. Some of the characters are larger than life and the major characters are easy to relate to, in spite of, or maybe partially due to, their flaws. For those who like vicarious adventure, you’ll find plenty. There were some minor proofing issues and one relatively trivial issue I found. The issue I had was the use of the phrase “but yet” when either “but” or “yet” would have served the same purpose. While it may not break any grammatical rules (I honestly don’t know), it doesn’t read very smoothly, at least not to me. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **