Shadow Cay begins with a seemingly unrelated string of tragedies off the coast of the numerous islands that make up the Bahamas. One of those tragedies involves Madeleine Nesbitt and her family. Madeleine later becomes a vigilante who joins up with amateur detective Peter Duncan to avenge her family.
Already reeling from a rash of maritime disasters, a drug cartel, and international terrorists, Nesbitt and Duncan are destined for even darker days when they investigate the man-with-no-conscience behind the world's most profitable enterprise. They soon find themselves in a sea of corruption, deception and lies.
This novel is an instant-hook thriller where paradise becomes a life-and-death nightmare. Author Leona Bodie sets the tone in the prologue in a novel that takes the reader from the Bahamas to Miami to Latin America and back, with drugs, local corruption and murder in the mix.
Biotechnical giant JaHart International known for its state-of-the-art medical solutions appears to have strong ties with The Salazar Network, one of the most profitable enterprises in the world. Unfortunately, when huge companies rise to the top, many honest and ethical employees are left behind when their leaders are willing to compromise their ethics thereby selling their souls.
The author sets a strong pace from the start with riveting action and dialogue. Her use of dates and locations keeps the reader from getting lost in the numerous twists and turns of the storyline. The character sketches provide a good sense of who the players are without long drawn-out descriptions which, in a lesser authorís hand, could slow the pace. The beautiful background of the Bahamas is in direct contrast to the frightening action taking place on the canvas adding to the gritty texture of the story.
Leona DeRosa Bodie is an award-winning author with four illustrated childrenís books and this fascinating suspense novel under her belt. She is presently hard at work on a sequel to Shadow Cay, and we can hardly wait to read the next installment.
If you enjoy a good thriller, Shadow Cay will provide that and more. Although readers pretty much know the good guys from the bad fairly early on, the story keeps one engaged to the very end. There is plenty of action with a number of surprises and thrilling scenes as the protagonists try to sort out the deep web of deceit and stop those who are intent on destroying anyone who is in their way before more innocent people end up dead.
A special thank you goes to Leona DeRosa Bodie and Bostick Communications for providing a complimentary copy of Shadow Cay for review. If you are interested in purchasing a copy, you can find the novel on Amazon.com.