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Malacca Strait, 1947: A Dutch merchant vessel mysteriously sinks...

Wales, UK, 2019: A message in a bottle washes ashore...

Nassau, Bahamas: A potentially lethal discovery awaits...

Malacca Strait, 1947

A sinister Morse code message, purportedly from a Dutch Merchant Vessel, the S.S. Ourang Medan, sailing somewhere near the Marshall Islands, is intercepted. The message is chilling: All officers including the captain are dead - lying in chartroom and bridge - possibly whole crew are dead - I die.

Nothing further is ever heard...

Wales, UK, 2020

GLENCOM agent and former environmental lawyer, Robert Spire, is heading across the damp, cold, sand of his local beach, having just visited the grave of his dead wife. As he reminisces and looks out into the surf, a spec of sunlight glinting off an object catches his eye. The object turns out to be a bottle, and he wades into the surf to retrieve it. Inside Spire discovers an old, rolled up parchment, a genuine 50-year old message in a bottle...

Nassau, Bahamas

Dubious cryptocurrency billionaire, Emilio Drax is overseeing a salvage operation, on his own sunken vessel, The Ocean Odyssey. After returning from the Malacca Strait, the ship mysteriously disappears under the blue Caribbean Sea, coming to rest on a reef just offshore of New Providence. There is no apparent explanation for the sinking, and the islanders talk of the ship’s cargo being cursed...

Time is ticking...to a global disaster.

The Odyssey is lying in shallow waters, the nesting home of the island’s endangered Greenback Turtle. To monitor the situation, GLENCOM send Spire to the Bahamas to investigate. Spire takes a scuba dive down to inspect the sunken vessel, where he makes a startling discovery.

As the ramifications of the lethal discovery become understood, Spire is tasked to stop Drax, no matter what the cost...

Welcome to GLENCOM, an acronym for Global Environmental Command; a semi-secret, massively funded, British Government Department. The world is facing very real and increasingly dangerous environmental threats. GLENCOM and their most reliable agent, Robert Spire, have been created to deal with the most urgent and pressing ones...

©2020 Simon Rosser (P)2021 Simon Rosser / Paul Richards

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  • 21-06-21

Almost unbearable

Not familiar with this author and this series, I found the writing to be sophomoric and cliche-riddled. Cheap James Bond knock off packed with two-dimensional tough guys with occasional sexist banter, made all the worse by being read in a relentlessly aggressive monotone. A better reader might have made this more bearable. The main characters are from the UK, but the reader has a US-southern accent and makes virtually no effort to characterize the voices, while breathlessly hammering each sentence with even more machismo. It's bearable if you are--as I was--painting a deck or something and it's in the background, but stuck listening to it in my car was just awful. Never again.