Angus McKinnon Thriller Book 3
A SHIP’S CAPTAIN IS FOUND HANGED IN HIS CABIN: SUICIDE OR MURDER?
Marine claims investigator Angus McKinnon is assigned to the case, but when he discovers a falsely declared cargo of military equipment in the ship’s holds, alarm bells start ringing in the intelligence world.
Angus McKinnon Thriller Book 2
A WORLD WAR II WRECK LIES BENEATH THE SOUTH CHINA SEA: IS HER CARGO WORTH KILLING FOR?
Marine claims investigator Angus McKinnon is summoned to Hong Kong, his personal city of ghosts, where a local shipowner and his beautiful daughter need his help.
Angus McKinnon Thriller Book 1
MONEY, MURDER AND LOVE ON THE HIGH SEAS: IN THE WORLD OF SHIPPING THE RULES ARE BLURRED AND THE OCEANS LAWLESS
When instinct tells maritime claims investigator Angus McKinnon that a wave of frauds must be connected, he thinks it’s just business as usual. Instead, he uncovers a ruthless conspiracy born of greed and the lust for power.
What looked routine becomes a perilous mission to thwart a coup d’état that threatens to pit two global superpowers against one another, while a secretive bank with Nazi gold glimmering darkly in its vaults attempts to derail the investigation.
And as questions and misgivings mount, what motivates the beautiful Mariana da Cunha to help Angus in the troubled land of her birth?
From the Atlantic Ocean to the jungles of West Africa and a final face-off in the vast emptiness of the Sahara, McKinnon must finally join with a daunting array of military resources, and marshal his own wits to bring down a psychopathic war criminal and those playing him as their proxy.
But their claim on a mysterious cargo lost during the War is not as simple as they say, and the cold case abruptly heats up when Angus’s old friend and mentor is violently murdered back in Greece.
Haunted, obstructed and plagued by self-doubt, Angus soon finds himself trapped in a web of international intrigue that draws him to the typhoon-lashed South China Sea and the shocking discovery of a plan to attack Hong Kong and hold Asia Pacific – and the world beyond – to ransom. But the trail doesn’t end there …
Amidst relentless danger, Angus’s resolve is once more tested down to the wire.
As he starts to unravel a trail leading from the post-Soviet drabness of a Black Sea port to a sweltering anchorage in the Gulf of Thailand, a devastating explosion in the Indian Ocean changes everything.
Facing down terrifying childhood memories, torn between two very different women and doubting old friends, McKinnon must navigate a precarious path between secretive government agencies, shady syndicates and avaricious crime lords, towards an unpredictable endgame.
A gripping page-turner, Sea of Gold draws the reader into a world of extremes, the casual affluence of the super-rich contrasting with the dignified poverty of the desperate. Meanwhile, McKinnon’s two loves – the enigmatic Claire and his devoted long-term lover, Eleni, vie for his attention.
“Nick Elliott delivers in spades when it comes to fast-paced, intelligent, international thrillers. You feel, smell and touch every authentically crafted location; you’re expertly drawn into a maze of shadows and sinister organizations and characters where nothing is what it seems. This really is thriller writing of the highest calibre.”
Craig Russell, award-winning author of the bestselling Jan Fabel and Lennox crime thrillers.
Nick Elliott has produced an eminently readable first novel which builds on his own long experience in the shipping and insurance industries around the world. He lays out the background of these activities carefully in the early chapters and develops both plot and characters at a rapid pace maintaining a high degree of suspense with unexpected twists and turns throughout his tale which moves readily from one corner of the globe to another. It rapidly becomes a book that is highly readable and difficult to put down. His central character, Angus McKinnon, is a match for any comparable hero in other recent thrillers. I suspect-and hope-that we will see him again!
Carrying years of insider knowledge lightly, the author’s sparing use of professional shipping and insurance jargon is enough to give an authentic flavour of that world, without cluttering the text with technicalities. Hard to believe that this is a first novel – easier to see it as the first of a long series. A very intricate well written plot wrapped around the obscure (and often baffling) flag state, chartering and P & I parts of the shipping business. A great read for anyone in shipping as well as for the general public. Nick Elliott’s main character, Angus McKinnon, is a professional reminiscent of Dirk Pitt in the Clive Cussler series, but in a different sector of the marine industry. I look forward to Angus McKinnon’s next adventure.
Nick Elliott ticks all the boxes in this fast-paced yarn, with a keen eye for descriptive detail and solidly drawn characters. The first-person narrative, complete with ironic internal asides, is the perfect vehicle for a thoughtful and witty style that draws us swiftly into the shoes of its protagonist, a credible and consistent, if not entirely likeable, character.
Nick Elliott’s debut book has a well developed and credible plot within a maritime setting. Angus, the protagonist, uses his Scottish obstinacy to good effect in playing various villains off against each other, finally foiling their grandiose schemes of power grabbing. The action goes from Greece and Scotland to Georgia and the Philippines and a few places in between. I particularly liked the Greek background details and the authentic expressions used which made me feel I was sitting in a cafe in Athens for some of the time. The author certainly knows his shipping business and it provides an interesting and less known backdrop to the criminals’ plans to use their purloined assets for nefarious purposes. And its not without love interests either! I had to keep on reading it to see what happens next and that’s a good sign for a new novel.
Good news! I have recently consolidated Sea of Gold, Dark Ocean and Black Reef into The Angus McKinnon Thrillers: A Trilogy. All three e-books are now available on Amazon as one competitively priced box-set. Here are the principal links: Amazon UK:...
Each book in my trilogy of Angus McKinnon thrillers owes a small part of its plot to the fate of three ships. I thought it may be of interest to present a few bare facts on each case, courtesy of Wikipedia whose terms and those of the Creative Commons Attribution...
I've sourced dozens of great photos, some taken by myself and others from other Pinterest pinners, that show the locations (everything from mountain ranges to Saharan sandstorms, beautiful homes to Buddhist monasteries); events and related "gear" (ships, cars,...