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The Sea Detective Audiobook

The Sea Detective

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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Sea Detective by Mark Douglas-Home.

Cal McGill is an Edinburgh-based oceanographer, environmentalist and one-of-a-kind investigator. Using his knowledge of the waves - ocean currents, prevailing winds, shipping records - McGill can track where objects came from or where they've gone. It's a skill that can help solve mysteries ranging from disappearances to murder.

Two severed feet wash up on two different islands off the coast of Scotland. Forensics shows that the feet belong to the same body. As Cal McGill investigates, he unravels a web of corruption, exploitation and human trafficking, which threatens many lives across the globe - including his own....

©2015 Mark Douglas-Home (P)2015 Penguin Books Limited

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    Renka 24/01/2016
    Renka 24/01/2016
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    "Great story by a new author"
    If you could sum up The Sea Detective in three words, what would they be?

    keeps you guessing


    Any additional comments?

    An interesting new character- who isn't a policeman - by a new author who very cleverly makes the various threads intertwine but come to their conclusions apart yet together.
    Good to know this is the first of a series about Cal McGill.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Rogayah 06/04/2016
    Rogayah 06/04/2016

    Glued to a story, but could also be knitting , unknitting, cooking, drawing cats or doing Chinese Calligraphy and learning a language or try

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    "Sea change"

    This is an interesting slant on data gathering in detective work concerning the sea. As an introduction to our hero Cal, it was a very gripping opening case. I found the character of Helen Jamieson was almost stronger than the protagonist though; I hope she reappears in a later story.

    I enjoyed too the narrator and will keep tracks of how this series develops.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jholmes 30/04/2016
    Jholmes 30/04/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Engrossing tale"

    I simply enjoyed the way that the diverse strands of the narrative combined in unexpected ways to build to a satisfying conclusion. Definitely an unusual story of pain and retribution, and possibly redemption on many levels
    I will certainly investigate other titles by the author

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 28/04/2016
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    "Great read !"

    I really enjoyed this novel '.
    I found it exciting , well written and loved the descriptions of the Highlands and the Islands
    It made me very homesick

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Shepherd Northants, England 22/03/2016
    Jane Shepherd Northants, England 22/03/2016 Member Since 2008

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    "Superb novel"

    If Mark Douglas-Home continues to write as well as this he's going to join the ranks of my favourite authors alongside Lee Child, Taylor Stevens, Tom Woods and Robert Crais. Fascinating weaving of separate storylines both influenced by Cal's interest and skill in plotting ocean currents. Horrific sex trafficking which needs as much exposure as possible as one plot together with his detective work to uncover the truth about his grandfather. I loved the fact that Cal is a bit of an eco warrior and there's a lot of humour in the writing of this novel. David Monteath is a wonderful narrator, skilled actor and I think he's about to join my shortlist of favourite narrators; though unlikely to topple Jeff Harding from top place he's definitely gone into my top ten with Hillary Huber, Daniel Philpott, Jonathan Keeble and Derek Perkins and others who all add to the pleasure that the audiobooks they read provide. I listen to about 5 books a week and only stop because I also love films and good tv series otherwise as a retired person, though still quite busy with my now very small animal sanctuary, I'd be plugged into my iPhone for about 18 hours a day!
    I bought the second novel, The woman who walked into the sea, long before I finished this first Cal McGill novel as I knew within the very first few chapters that I was going to love this audiobook.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Flint 04/10/2016
    Flint 04/10/2016
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    "Very disappointing"

    I hated this book. The narrator had a boring voice and the delivery was flat. The story was horrible, it was very disjointed and depressing and I disliked the attitude to women. Probably my worst buy since joining audible.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    c WALSALL, United Kingdom 08/01/2017
    c WALSALL, United Kingdom 08/01/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Not bad but TOO LONG!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Well written with interesting and thoroughly flawed main character but its' just too long and padded out that's why I couldn't recommend it,


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is unusual and has promise for future episodes. Minus the padding please!


    What about David Monteath’s performance did you like?

    Yes, pretty good narration. I can't really understand the criticisms levelled here but purely a matter of taste isn't it?


    Could you see The Sea Detective being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    Possibly a TV series because of the unusual nature of this sector of 'detective work'.


    Any additional comments?

    What a pity it wasn't either shorter-or filled up with more plot, more characters and more action. After all, the ingredients were all there just waiting to be exploited!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    N. Taylor London 27/11/2016
    N. Taylor London 27/11/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Engaging"

    Unimaginative title; much better content. Lots of sub plots that all tie in at the end. I really enjoyed this one.

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    Sue156 15/05/2016
    Sue156 15/05/2016
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    "Interesting storyline"

    This was an interesting book - not at all what I had expected from the synopsis. A bit far fetched at times but fun the way all the different strands pull together. Depth of characters a bit shallow. Loved the narration. Overall I enjoyed it and would try other books by Mark Douglas-Home

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gillian 12/04/2016
    Gillian 12/04/2016
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    Unlike other reviews, I found the narrator's voice really irritating. Gave up after a short time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • William Michael Dunn
    10/04/16
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    "Simply a great book"

    The Sea Detective was simply a great book from the beginning to the end. It was interesting from a scientific point of view to the emotions it evoked . The plot was riveting as well as the wonderful personality of the of the characters . It was a pleasure to read and one was reluctant to have it end. Well done in every aspect. No one should pass up the opportunity to listen to it. A good show all around. Mike

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Natasha H. Andersen
    22/02/17
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    "Great New Series!"
    If you could sum up The Sea Detective in three words, what would they be?

    Beautiful Scottish Isles.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a delightful new series and I love the main character. The idea of a scientist who studies ocean currents as a central character in a detective series is brilliant.The premise is so original and so well communicated it is very refreshing. I really enjoy his description of the various locations, they are evocative without being a travelogue. I also love the Helen character, although I fervently hopes she finds happiness some day.


    Which character – as performed by David Monteath – was your favorite?

    Hard to decide, I think the main sea detective, but Helen is a close second, which is to say, I loved both the main characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not extreme exactly, but when I finished the book, I was very glad that I knew it is the first in a series and there will be more to read by this author and about this character.


    Any additional comments?

    I read all three of the currently published books in rapid succession, so I hope Mr. Douglas-Home is working his fingers to the bone on the 4th!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
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    06/01/17
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    "First in the series"

    While I didn't find this gripping I did enjoy it. The story line of the child sex trade from India was harsh and made me wondering if it was factual. I liked learning about the ocean moment although the details got a little tedious at times. Liked Cal, the main character and loved David Monteath as always. I have the next two books in the series


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paula
    Overland Park, KS USA
    25/11/15
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    "Disjointed, Flawed Non-Story"

    This one is like listening to someone read the front page of the newspaper, jumping from story to story, column to column never finishing any. As a result, this one is terribly disjointed, hard to follow, and lacking ANY central plot or theory. Just not worthy. Not. Worthy. And it had such promise.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • George H. Cox
    Savannah, GA USA
    24/02/17
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    "Excellent Interweaving Themes"
    Would you listen to The Sea Detective again? Why?

    Yes. The imagery is really good.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cal


    What about David Monteath’s performance did you like?

    He captures the eccentricities of the hero.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the woman Inspector gets control of the case.


    Any additional comments?

    Well written book with important social themes.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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