In this fourth chapter in the series of Jake Snow, he receives a phone call from a craggy voiced, sponge salvager, claiming to have found his father’s boat; The Busted Flush, sunk in the deep waters off Marathon Key. His natural curiosity sends him to south Florida, where Derek O’Dowd and his crew convince him to join their diving expedition. In search of what they can find on a sunken Swedish cargo freighter found near McGee’s houseboat. In trade, Jake will be given time to explore The Flush.
During the dive to the houseboat, they have a frightening encounter with deadly Tiger sharks and have to develop an innovative way to lure the monsters away. What he and Siomara, the female, salvage rigger discover, shines light on the ugliness that took place nearly fifteen years ago and sends them crisscrossing the Florida Keys to unravel the story. They are in search of clues left behind by one of the original men who worked with George Meade’s lighthouse construction just prior to the beginning of The Civil War. Clues, which not only lead to the men who perpetrated the death of his father, but also point to the real reason for the outbreak of the war. Clues, which have been hand stamped in areas of the lights which are not easily accessed. Each stanza spells a new revelation in the story and the location of the next.
Upon the discovery of their motive, they encounter resistance from an ancestor of the killers, who masks his real life behind an association which is supposed to protect the off shore lighthouses. The local Sheriff is engaged and Jake and Sio find themselves dangerously close to being locked behind bars.
The truth about the events evolving in Washington and in Charleston, South Carolina during the days and weeks just prior to the first shots being fired on Fort Sumter, paint a new picture about the fifteenth President of the United States. The truth about his real life and the real reason why the war began. These revelations link forward more than 150 years to one of the most controversial topics in society today.
A Desperate Need to Hurry tells the story of how Jake and Sio rush to find the truth while time seems to be running out. And it also answers the questions of what really happened to Travis McGee.
- Alan Meyers Starkey, October 2011
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