The only discernable bond in the relationship of brothers Mark and Mike Trevelyan is their fascination with the sea and its secrets. When Mike hears of his brother's death, during an expedition to a remote Pacific atoll, the circumstances are suspicious enough to force him to investigate, and when he is the victim of a series of violent attacks, his search for the truth becomes even more desperate. Mike has only two clues - a notebook in code and a lump of rock - enough to trigger off a hazardous expedition and a violent confrontation far from civilisation.
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Desmond Bagley was born in 1923, in Kendal, a rural town in England's scenic Lake District. He left school aged fourteen and worked for a number of years in the aircraft industry before embarking on an adventure - travelling to South Africa by road and supporting himself along the way by working in gold and asbestos mines. Bagley spent the Fifties in South Africa, working as a freelance journalist and critic, before moving to Italy with his wife, Margaret, and then to Guernsey. His first novel, The Golden Keel, was based on a true story overheard by Bagley in a bar in Johannesburg, about Mussolini's vast personal riches and the men who went looking for it. It was published in 1963 to great acclaim and followed by a further fifteen popular adventure ovels. Bgley's career spanned two decades and his influence can be seen in the work of several highly respected thriller writers. When he died, in 1983, his final novel, Juggernaut, was completed by his wife.From Library Journal:
British author Bagley was an effortless master of the compelling action-packed thriller free from gratuitous sex and violence. This posthumous novel has the elements of credible characters, meticulous research, and complex plot that together were the hallmark of his previous best sellers. Mike Trevelyan, an English oceanographer, learns that his brother has died in suspicious circumstances while prospecting in the South Pacific. When an attempt is made to steal the few effects shipped back to the family he decides to investigate. With a crew of ex-commandos and the backing of a Canadian tycoon an expedition is launched to investigate the death and look for the rich mineral deposits the brother had apparently discovered. The result is sustained excitement complete with international villains, natural and unnatural disasters, and an exciting twist of a conclusion. John North, LRC, Ryerson Polytechnical Inst., Toronto
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