For all lovers of maritime adventure comes an electrifying thriller of treachery and peril on the high seas featuring a dynamic new heroine, from multi-award-nominated suspense star Owen Laukkanen.
In the high-stakes world of deep-sea salvage, an ocean disaster can mean a huge payoff--if you can survive the chase.
McKenna Rhodes has never been able to get the sight of her father's death out of her mind. A freak maritime accident has made her the captain of the salvage boat Gale Force, but it's also made her cautious, sticking closer to the Alaska coastline. She and her crew are just scraping by, when the freighter Pacific Lion, out of Yokohama, founders two hundred miles out in a storm.
This job is their last chance--but there is even more at stake than they know. Unlisted on any manifest, the Lion's crew includes a man on the run carrying fifty million dollars in stolen Yakuza bearer bonds. The Japanese gangsters want the money. The thief's associates want the money. Another salvage ship, far bigger and more powerful than Gale Force, is racing to the rendezvous as well. And the storm rages on. If McKenna can't find a way to prevail, everything she loves--the ship, her way of life, maybe even her life itself--will be lost.
Filled with bravery, betrayal, sudden twists, and pure excitement, Gale Force is a spectacular new adventure from the fast-rising suspense star.
McKenna Rhodes, the heroine of this melodramatic nautical thriller from Thriller Award finalist Laukkanen, blames herself for the death of her father, Randall, the maverick captain of the salvage tug Gale Force, who was lost at sea during a risky operation. Three years later, McKenna, who has inherited the Gale Force, hopes for a big payday after the Pacific Lion, a Japanese freighter full of brand new cars, founders off the Alaskan coast. Her success hinges on the involvement of Court Harrington, her former lover, who's a gifted naval architect. What McKenna and her team don't know is that the Pacific Lion also carried millions in bearer bonds stolen from the Yakuza, making that vicious organized crime gang, and the thief, her adversaries, in addition to the perilous waves. Readers expecting the clever plotting of Laukkanen's Stevens and Windermere crime series (The Forgotten Girls, etc.) will be disappointed to find only predictable action tropes. Author tour. \n