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When a cache of cocaine is accidentally secreted aboard their yacht, former POW Matthew Spencer and his young wife Alexandra find themselves caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse with a Colombian drug cartel.  Kingpin Raoul Chavez and his evil minions stalk the couple through the Bahamian Cays, eventually capturing them separately and torturing Matthew, in a painful near replay of his Vietnam experience.  With her husband out of commission, it's up to Alex to save them both, with a very little help from a pair of DEA agents.

Sheryl Jane Stafford's first novel keeps up a brisk pace as--reminiscent of Robert Ludlum, John Grisham or Alfred Hitchcock--she takes an ordinary couple and plunges them into an extraordinary set of potentially deadly circumstances.  Ms Stafford is particularly adept in describing the details of boating and of the Caribbean locale and Alex is an appealing heroine, never overwhelmed by the situation, however desperate.


Grade: (B-)


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