The Final Voyage of the Sea Explorer

The Final Voyage of the Sea Explorer

by Douglas Boren

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BN ID: 2940016341477
Publisher:, Inc.
Publication date: 02/01/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 120
File size: 388 KB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Douglas Boren is a retired Physician Assistant who has been a Master Scuba Diver since 1990. With over 300 dives to his credit, he knows first-hand the tropical seas and islands of which he writes. When he is not busy enjoying his many children and grandchildren, he divides his time between the Caribbean and his home in North Carolina. The Final Voyage of the Sea Explorer in his second novel.

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The Final Voyage Of The Sea Explorer 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite "The Final Voyage of the Sea Explorer" is a young adult adventure tale that takes place on a diving charter boat in the Bahamas. Josh and Jimmy have been diving in lakes and quarries in their home state, Kentucky, and, as a graduation present, Josh's dad has set up a seven-day diving trip aboard a 20-passenger live-aboard boat. This will be their first chance to dive in an ocean with tropical fish, warm waters and great visibility. Every day, they gear up for several dives, including, most nights, an amazing night dive. It is challenging for them both as they must learn to temper their natural curiosity and wonder at what they are seeing with those precautions necessary to survive the experience -- watching their air capacity, steering clear of dangerous currents and surfacing slowly enough to avoid the bends. My eyes lit up when I read the description of this book, and I was not disappointed. It is fun to experience the dives through Josh's eyes. The descriptions of the fish, coral and other undersea creatures they encounter make the dives come alive in the reader's imagination. I also loved both the sunken treasure plot that is woven throughout the story and Josh's connection to it through his ancestors. Josh is the friend anyone would want to have along on such an adventure. He is caring, courageous and willing to make tough decisions when necessary. And yes, there is a near shark attack that will get your pulse racing for a few minutes but, seriously, there is so much action and adventure in Douglas Boren's book, that the shark is a relatively minor event.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Final Voyage of the Sea Explorer by Douglas Boren is a book of fiction in motion that is threaded with descriptive and vivid reality. It is a story that only a master scuba diver could tell, and one that is aimed at young adult readers. Danger, adventure, and mystery lurk throughout the pages, but this is balanced by the delight of young, blossoming love, bonding friendships, and the feeling of independence that young adults enjoy when they are on vacation away from their parents. And how did this scuba diving vacation in the Bahamas come about? Josh Alexander is given this vacation as a special graduation present¿one set up by his father. His best friend Jimmy joins him in what they expect to be a fabulous seven-day vacation of scuba diving while aboard the Sea Explorer. However, the two young men quickly learn that diving in the ocean is quite different and much more dangerous than diving in the lakes of Kentucky back home. Potential readers who are skeptical of curses and fortune tellers might possibly change their minds after reading this book. There is a scene where Josh and Jimmy tangle with a drug dealer who becomes infuriated when he fails to talk Jimmy into making a ¿buy¿ from him. He announces that he is putting a curse on these two Americans¿promising that before three days pass, death will fall upon them. A fortune teller later predicts that the two young men will be facing dire circumstances, offering some advice that Josh comes to fully understand at the end of the voyage. Is there any book written about deep sea diving that doesn¿t touch upon a buried treasure? Probably so . . . but readers won¿t be disappointed when reading about this treasure and the legend behind it. Josh and Jimmy briefly view the remains of a shipwreck that had occurred centuries earlier¿a ship that supposedly carried a treasure of Spanish gold worth millions. When Josh discovers that this is the ship linked to an ancestor of his, he is stunned. But he doesn¿t have much time to think about this as he struggles for his life¿everyone on the Sea Explorer faces a life and death situation. Some survive others do not. As an older adult, I found this story intriguing as it gave me a picture of ocean depths in vivid detail. The scenes described in the book are literally breathtaking. I can now understand my own son¿s passion for scuba diving. Though not a book of many pages, it is exciting, fast-paced and will continuously have readers wondering what is going to happen next. It is often difficult for a writer to go back into time and portray the feelings of the younger generation . . . to understand them in the present, apart from his or her past. However in The Final Voyage of the Sea Explorer, this author, during seven days of a vacation, literally becomes Josh, the main character. The ending provides a perfect opportunity for a treasure hunt and a sequel to this adventure. If it is written, I believe readers will be eagerly awaiting the publication.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Final Voyage of the Sea Explorer takes the reader into a world well beyond that of Cousteau¿s startling adventures by mixing a treacherous watery mystery with sinister realism. Adventure, excitement, fun ¿ this one has it all. You won¿t forget the adventures of Josh and Jimmy as they embark on a simple scuba diving vacation. Who knew that death stalked them from below -- inthe water. And above it ...
Guest More than 1 year ago
DOUG BOREN DEFINITELY HAS HIS 'SEA LEGS'!!!! I had the unique opportunity to read Doug's latest before actual publication. Now 'The Final Voyage of the Sea Explorer' has been updated and published for all to enjoy. Doug's latest novel is a thrilling journey into a world I knew little about going in. Doug paints a breathtaking landscape of the sea; her majestic beauty as well as her penchant for danger. As with his first published novel, the exciting Civil War actioner 'BEYOND THE HORIZONS', the characters come alive on the page and his dialogue, as usual, is sharp and realistic. I swear I could taste the salt water and feel the ocean's warm breezes in my hair! The man knows of what he writes! An exiting tale for readers of any age, 'Sea Explorer' should be on anyone's reading list who cannot quite bank that Bahamas vacation! They say 'write what you know', well obviously Doug Boren has done just that with this thrilling action/adventure! A true adventure in the old-fashioned sense of the word. Highly recommended! Terry Vinson Author of 'PASSPORT TO HELL'