Charley Manner's retirement in the Florida Keys is full of surprises. A shark sinks his boat. A dead man with a treasure map bobs up from nowhere. And a Cuban drug lord shows up demanding the map. Charley battles the drug cartel to rescue family and friends caught up in the drama, leading him across the Florida Straits, back to Cay Sal Bank where it all began. Charley's training as a former Navy SEAL prepared him for dangerous situations but this may be more than he can handle.
And the cartel is not the only danger Charley faces. The author amps up the pace with non-stop action, high-tech gadgets and weaponry only a SEAL could love, encounters with a man-eating shark and other large and deadly animals. Marnier combined a fish-fighting chair, a bottle of tequila, a great white shark and a swash-buckling, ass-kicking former Navy SEAL for an action packed opening to this debut novel. Charley is larger than life and loves to tell tall tales just like Marnier. Caution. After reading Trouble on the Straits, you might get hooked on the series.
Reviews on Amazon
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Meet a Great White Shark with the personality of Moby Dick.
By Temple Emmet Williams
Trouble on the Straits by Michael Marnier is a tight lines thriller, taut with danger, heroics, adventure and justice. It starts with a Great White shark with the personality of Moby Dick, and it races through a series of events that bring out the best in a Navy SEAL and the worst in a Cuban drug lord. The characters live through the magic of the author’s imagination, full blown, larger than life, with love to spare and lives to live, and possibly lose. I recommend this thriller. Nice work.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ A fine murderous romp. Fast boats, deadly gunplay, and a gorgeous wench.
Format: Kindle Edition
A fast paced and page turning romp filled with fast boats, gunfire, and close shaves both on, off, and under the sparkling waters of the Florida Straits. A thoroughly pissed off drug baron bites off more than he can chew as Charlie Manner and his rough tough mate decide to take him to the cleaners. Add a Great White Shark, some serious booze and a gorgeous wench to sweeten the lethal cocktail.
If you liked John D Macdonald's Travis Magee stories you'll probably enjoy this.
A book to be swallowed whole in one sitting, on a beach, or a train or plane journey. I was still reading it at 2 AM.
A fine debut novel. I look forward to seeing the next one.
⭐⭐⭐⭐ A fast-paced thriller with a larger-than-life hero. . .
Format: Kindle Edition
If you’re a fan of larger-than-life heroes you’ll enjoy Trouble on the Straits.
Charley Manner is one of those guys who, by skill and rugged ingenuity, manages to get himself into a fix then out of it and live to tell the tale – more often than not in the bar afterwards. Imagine a cross between Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt and James Bond’s smart-lipped American cousin and you get the idea.
Throw in a shark with a taste for tequila, a drugs baron who will stop at nothing to get his diamonds back, and a sexy DEA agent in a trench coat (and little else) and the stage is set for a contemporary yarn of derring-do on the high seas — or more accurately the Florida Straits.
Gripping, enthralling and witty in equal measure – this has enough twists and turns to keep you turning the pages faster than a card sharp shuffling a deck (as Charley might say). My only reservation – I’d have liked to read more about the beautiful Florida Straits where the tale is set. Maybe the next in the sequel will set things straight.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Action and adventure
Format: Kindle Edition
A very entertaining read!
Looking for a way to escape your daily routine? Grab a copy of Trouble on the Straits. Action abounds from the first page. The hero, brave and smart-mouthed, finds himself embroiled in dangerous situations involving a shark, a drug cartel, a pretty girl, and many lively characters. Charley Manner's adventures leave you breathless and asking for more. The narration is gripping, the style is flowing. Amusing and fast moving! And I discovered the exotic Florida Straits. Read and enjoy.
Reading Mark Twain’s Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County at an early age made a lasting impression on my writing style. Watching Jacques Cousteau explore the undersea world armed with Aqua-Lung and underwater camera fueled my love for the sea. The scenes and stories were mesmerizing to a young boy. I feel the influence of both storytellers when I create Charley Manner adventures. Amp up the pace, throw in some high-tech gadgets and weaponry, substitute the frog with a man-eating shark or other menacing denizen of the deep, wrap it around an invincible hero and you have Trouble on the Straits (TOTS) and the sequel, Deep Strait.
I write action adventure thrillers, injecting my more memorable life experiences into the main character, Charley Manner. Once, while SCUBA diving in darkened waters, something very big bumped me. The creature was not clearly visible in the murk sixty feet below the surface but my imagination filled in the blanks. In TOTS, I start with Charley out on the Florida Straits sitting in his brand new $18,000 fish-fighting chair with a bottle of Gran Patron Platinum tequila and a Great White shark tugging on his line. He ends up in the water with the beast but you'll have to read the book for the rest. And Deep Strait brings more dangers, natural and manmade, in the depths halfway between the Florida Keys and Cuba.
Charley is six feet four inches tall, 220 pounds of lean power, encased in a charbroiled tan and topped with salt-crusted hair lightened by Florida’s scorching sulphur sun. He is a swash-buckling, ass-kicking former Navy SEAL with a take-no-prisoners attitude. Hooyah! Charley loves to tell tall tales to his bar mates just like me except I'm only six feet tall and not so tan. My shark encounters, not so much.
But enough about me. Start reading about Charley in Book #1: Trouble on the Straits. The prequel, Hellhole in Khyber, about Charley's last special op in Afghanistan, will launch in the Spring 2017 and Book #2, Deep Strait, will be out in June. I hope you enjoy reading Charley's adventures as much as I do writing about them.
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