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Summary

An ancient shipwreck. A 200-year-old mystery. A plague that's destroying all marine life. A pyramid half a mile below the sea. And a puzzle that must be solved before it destroys the human race.

On the 18th of February, 1812, the Emily Rose became shipwrecked on the southern coast of Australia. The survivors are forced to walk nearly 1,000 miles through the unexplored land to reach the only settlement, Sydney Cove.

Nearly 200 miles inland, they come across the remains of a monstrous ship, far bigger than anything the British Navy had ever constructed. Through basic communication achieved with the natives, they learned that the ship had been there for a very long time...Maybe 1,000 years? Despite the details of the mysterious ship in the journals from the survivors of the Emily Rose, no evidence that the Mahogany Ship ever existed was found - until now.

Present day: A mining exploration in Australia takes a core sample 500 feet below the surface of a deserted mountain. The sample returns no evidence of gold deposits, but something much more valuable - a single Spanish Gold coin, dated 1518. Could the origins of this coin finally reveal the existence of the fabled Mahogany Ship?

At the same time, Sam Reilly and his team of ocean investigators are exploring the cause of a widespread death of sea life within the Gulf of Mexico. In a race against time to stop the irrevocable destruction of the world's marine life, the two mysteries may just be entangled, and failure to solve them both will result in the greatest threat to ever face the human race.

©2015 Christopher Cartwright (P)2017 Christopher Cartwright

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I think I can see the light

The Gulf of Mexico was rapidly becoming a Dead Zone, the marine life dead or dying, and it threatened to spread through all the oceans. The source of contamination was the leakage of hydrogen cyanide, sometimes used in gold mining, apparently coming from an underwater tunnel. Multi millionaire and explorer, Sam Reilly and his friend and co-worker, Tom, dive to find the source of the leak and stop it and, in so doing, accidentally discover what appears to be a magnificent unknown Mayan temple and tomb. How had it come to be there, huge and with such incredibly detailed work, so far beneath the water? But before he has a chance to explore further, Sam is asked by another billionaire to join an expedition looking for the fabled Mahogony ship, an artifact Sam and his father had sought without success when he was a youth. Leaving the exploration of the temple to Tom, Sam sets out for Australia.

The book follows the ongoing stories of both explorations. Filled with visual descriptions of the sites and growing supposition of possible histories, the story is packed with excitements and near death scenarios. This reader would have preferred more concentration on the first found Mexican discovery, which seemed to hold far more mystery, but it is the search for the legendary ship which leads to the final, rather disappointing denouement. Easy to read, and very well narrated by David Gilmore, whose pleasant voice has nice pace and good intonation in addition to great individual character voicings, this was an enjoyable, if somewhat unbelievable book in it's latter stages.

My thanks to the rights holder of The Mahogony Ship for freely gifting me a complimentary copy, at my request, via Audiobook Boom. The exciting story combined with a fine performance by the narrator made this pseudo archaeological tale well worth reading by anyone who enjoys this genre.

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History, myth and adventure, great combination

I received a free copy of this audiobook in return for an honest review.

I am a massive fan of Clive Cussler and Matthew Reilly and as such I enjoy the idea of myth and history combining together with a heavy dose of adventure. I am pleased to find that the author of this book is as skilled at the adventure side as he is at the history and myths.

As this is the second of the series there are a number of references made to the previous adventure Sam and his friends are in, including a live interest. However this does not impact the complex story, the characters or the thrills. I love the descriptions at the being of the novel and the introduction of the characters as if you had never met them before.

The narrator was good, fluent and did his best to differentiate between the sexes and the accents, but to be honest I was so hooked by the story that I barely noticed the voices. This is a good indicator of a great narrator for me, one that doesn't impose on the story but enhances it.

I've already looked to see if there is another book, which is promised at the end of this story and I look forward to listening to it soon.

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  • cosmitron
  • 04-04-18

Adventure down under

Where does The Mahogany Ship rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Better then average with plot twists some fun and a great deal of mystery.

What other book might you compare The Mahogany Ship to and why?

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Which scene was your favorite?

I enjoyed having a two for one deal............. two plots with different characters in a far away
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If you could take any character from The Mahogany Ship out to dinner, who would it be and why?

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Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Simone K
  • 05-08-18

Mystery From Oz

'The Mahogany Ship' was a successful second book in the Sam Reilly series. This story is an Indiana Jones type historical thriller in that the action taking place in present day is very closely tied to what happened one hundred years ago in the same location. A complicated and juicy mystery, 'The Mahogany Ship' is a satisfying Clive Cussler type novel that delivers lots of action, compelling characters and treasures you will want to see uncovered. David Gilmore brings the story to life and gives a good narrative performance.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Jan M
  • 09-04-18

Action, Adventure and Mystery

This book is a standalone listen and part of a series. I really enjoyed this book with all of its twists. I loved the historical element in the story as well. David Gilmore did a great job with performing the various characters in this book. The imagery was great too! I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator. Without giving away spoilers, I loved the ending in this book. Kudos to Christopher Cartwright for such a great story and creating Sam Reilly.

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  • B. Lane
  • 25-05-18

Good Story, Narration Meh! Still worth a listen!

This was a really good story along the lines of Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt novels. Sam Reilly is Dirk Pitt here. Sam is asked to help a billionaire find the lost Mahogany Ship which disappeared 400 years ago, but had a very special cargo on board. Sam and his father had been looking for this ship for as long as he could remember. Sam is excited at the prospect, but something doesn't seem quite right about the billionaire. Sam is right!

Shorter than Clive Cussler's books, but no less intriguing. I enjoyed the story a lot. There is a subplot about an underground pyramid and "the ancient ones" who were most likely aliens. Both stories do not end here, so I am looking forward to the next continuation.

I have to admit that the narrator is not so great. I listened to a box set of 2 novels and a short story which happened to be gay romances narrated by Gilmore. He is definitely not suited to the romance genre. His style fits a little better here, but not much. His delivery makes everything sound like "Father Knows Best" where everything is fine, just fine. He goes flat at times and then other times his sentences go up in strange places, not always the end like most people who's speech goes up. It makes some of the lines sound corny and 1950's hunky dory.

But if you get to know the rhythm of Gilmore's delivery, you get used to it and the story rises above. Cartwright has created a rousing series of adventures that I look forward to reading/listening to more of.

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  • TU
  • 01-05-18

Pretty darn good

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This, like book 1 in the series, is a great action adventure story. The pacing and characters are just as well executed as the previous book. The narration was actually a little better in this book than the last, in my opinion. I'll definitely have interest in the rest of the series.

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  • Susan Patterson
  • 23-04-18

Riveting!

A tense, Indiana Jones type mystery. Held my attention throughout!

David Gilmore did an excellent job narrating.

I was given a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Merrci
  • 23-04-18

Ready for an Adventure?



So much excitement awaits you in this fast paced novel. An enormous ‘fabled’ ship, a Mayan pyramid—under the sea, a powerful weapon from long ago…

Sam Reilly is a character along the lines of Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt. While he manages to get into a variety of dangerous situations, so far he has always found his way out. That is put to the test in The Mahogany Ship.

One man has plans to manipulate Sam into a hunt for an archeological find he has chased since he was a boy. Irresistible to Sam, he is all in, even knowing there is more at stake than he is being told. With close calls in every mine, cavern, and setting, he and his team may not all make it out alive this time around.

The author’s descriptive writing will make you feel you are a part of the event. You’ll enjoy the rising tension and the dramatic scenes. The narrator, David Gilmore, has a good voice for the story. Read in an upbeat tone, he manages the various characters well too.

It’s all round fun and very entertaining. I’ll look forward to more of Sam and his crew.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Montzalee Wittmann
  • 06-04-18

Great Treasure/Mystery Hunt!

The Mahogany Ship
Sam Reilly, Book 2
By: Christopher Cartwright
Narrated by: David Gilmore
This is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary.
I love this kind of book...a treasure or artifact hunt, a mystery, suspense, twists, turns, and a big surprise! This was excellent and didn't let me down. Wow, there was so much going on and so many twists going on...amazing! The search was for the Mahogany Ship but ...you have to read it yourself, I am not spoiling it for you! It is great.
The narrator was great too. Kept the emotions, voices, and story flowing perfectly! Great job.

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  • Rayc
  • 13-11-17

A Very high standard for Book 2

It's good very good, It is a stand alone book so you don't need to have read the 1st Sam Reilly. Though I highly recommend Book 1 "The Last Airship" as well.
Great storyline well executed, and the narration is 1st rate.
Can't wait for the next adventure..

I received a free copy of this book at my request in exchange for an honest reveiw.