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Barracuda II The Return
If you thought the mutant barracuda from Barracuda was horrifying, wait until you find out what’s in store in the sequel! Barracuda II: The Return is a crime thriller and a horror story, all rolled into one suspense-filled action adventure.
Mike Monahan, author of the suspense thriller Barracuda, has done it again with Barracuda II: The Return, bringing familiar characters back to Bikini Atoll—and introducing a whole new generation of mutant barracuda that terrorize the normally peaceful South Pacific paradise.
Several years after NYPD detective Mick O'Shaughnessy helped him solve an intricate money laundering case, FBI agent Buddy Burger could once again use the police experience and familiarity with Bikini Atoll Mick has to offer. Through the new interagency compliance directive, he has “Micko” reassigned from the South Bronx Detective Squad to the Bikini Atoll case, and Micko uses the same directive to bring his partner and friend Gus Lopez with him.
Drug cartels have been smuggling opium from Afghanistan through Bangkok and Guam before taking it to Bikini Atoll, where it is purified. From there, the heroin passes through Hawaii and LAX before reaching the headquarters of the DKL Corporation in Eugene, Oregon, for distribution in the United States.
Several other intriguing plots run parallel, including one involving the return of the two scientists conducting research on the effects on the region’s marine life of seventy years of radioactivity from nuclear bomb testing. The work of Dr. Collins and his protégé, James Donaghey, is complicated by James’s buxom blond fiancée, Ambrosia Anderson.
Meanwhile, lurking inside the sunken USS Saratoga are the three spawn of the mutant barracuda, which have become even more frightening by having learned to communicate with each other through color changes in their scales. When a large Japanese consortium takes over the atoll’s dive operations for a ceremonial homage to historic shipwrecks, Japanese scuba divers ignore police warnings and dive right into a world of peril.
In this thrilling sequel to Barracuda, we find many of the same characters reunited in Bikini Atoll. Barracuda II: The Return finds NYPD detective Mick O'Shaughnessy working in the South Bronx Detective Squad with his partner and close friend, Gus Lopez. “Micko” is unexpectedly called to the office of the Chief of Detectives, where he learns that he is being called back to Bikini Atoll to serve as a liaison between FBI agent Buddy Burger and the local government officials.
Several years prior, Micko had been on vacation in the South Pacific atoll when he accidentally stumbled upon a money laundering operation. He turned the investigation over to Burger, but he had continued to help solve the intricate case, which involved Russian mafia and Japanese yakuza. This time around, Buddy must work with the DEA in investigating a large heroin-smuggling operation that he suspects is passing through the atoll en route to the United States. Micko’s police experience and familiarity with Bikini Atoll will be very helpful, and citing the new interagency compliance directive, Micko arranges for Gus to join him, as well.
Afghani opium is being transported through the Khyber Pass into the hands of a sinister man in Bangkok known as the Chinaman. He hides the drugs aboard a transport plane belonging to the civilian contractor company DKL, which stops at the US airbase on Guam for refueling. There, it is secreted aboard a small mail-delivery plane destined for Eneu Airport, located on one of the islands of the Bikini Atoll chain. But before landing, the drugs are dropped into the ocean at the designated coordinates and picked up by a speedboat. The heroin is purified on Shark Alley Island, then carried on DKL jets to Hawaii, LAX, and finally to Eugene, Oregon, the home of the DKL Corporation.
The operation had been going smoothly until Buddy Burger had become suspicious and put out radar buoys. The smugglers were forced to change tactics. The new plan? Deliver one final drop of two hundred kilos before walking away from the operation, which entangles a large cast of unsavory characters that includes ex-cons and expatriates in China and Bikini Atoll, along with servicemen at the airbase in Guam and DKL employees.
Also returned to Bikini Atoll are Dr. Collins and his protégé, James Donaghey, who have come to continue their research on the effects of seventy years of radioactivity on the region’s marine life. Accompanying the scientists this time is James’s fiancée, the buxom blond Ambrosia Anderson.
Then there are the mutant barracuda.
At the opening of the book, we learn of a new breed of these creatures that have hatched in the unnatural tidal surges. Without the mother barracuda to teach the new generation how to hunt and feed, they will have to stick together to survive. The three youngsters remain hidden inside the USS Saratoga, an aircraft carrier that was sunk in the lagoon by an atomic bomb test, until they grow to full size. They become all the more menacing when they learn to communicate with each other by changing the colors of their scales. When a large Japanese consortium takes over the atoll’s dive operations for a ceremonial homage to historic shipwrecks, Japanese scuba divers ignore police warnings dive into a world of peril.
THIS AUTHOR HAS BEEN THERE AND DONE IT ALL
In Monahan's second book, a prelude to the first BARRACUDA, he brings back not one mutated barracuda, but three of them even more vicious, smarter and meaner than that first one. The story is set on the same Bikini atoll, but now with more than just those vicious fish, the plot swings toward global drug smugglers with a chain of participants that range from growers in Afghanistan to users in L.A and,of course,a stop at Bikini along the way for processing of the drug in a lab there. Ocean marine life research near a WW ll sunken carrier with a Remote Operational Vehicle (ROV)will stumble on more horror down in the ocean depths than a professor wishes to encounter. Monahan adds a romantic interlude along the way when Micko meets a lady who dives deep. Monahan's characters range from a professor who repeats, repeats his words to the Duke who runs the drug smuggling operation...the Duke's identity comes as a surprise to the reader at the end after a violent encounter with the protagonist, Micko. Before that happens a fiery explosion to beat all conflagrations erupts to level a heroin processing lab and scorch the surrounding land and some of the good guys.
There's deep ocean diving, sleuthing and even some recreational libation at Bikini watering holes where the most lovely, sexy waitresses do more than just serve. Tender scenes of Micko playing in a lagoon with a porpoise is a break from the violence for Micko. These are events that the author, Monahan,a master diver, a retired NYPD senior detective and a Bosnian veteran has experienced. It's evident to this reader that Monahan's been there and done it all. He'll take you with him to that Bikini Atoll as you read BARRACUDA ll THE RETURN.
Better than original!!!!
I am a big fan of Mike Monahan. He represents NY's finest, and is one heck of a writer!
Barracuda II The Sequel is even better than his debut novel--
Mick O'Shaghnessy a South Bronx cop, has been summoned back to the Bikini Atoll, a place he knows well, as he fought a giant barracuda that mutated due to the radiation from sunken ships. But the call to paradise this time is to liaison with the Fibbies investigating a deadly heroin smuggling operation finding itself going to the States.
Mick brings his bud, Gus Lopez with him.
But the last drug drop goes awry near the USS Saratoga, where big boy Barracuda terrorized the area years before and Micko got the job done getting rid of the 'Cuda..
What is not known there are three baby barracudas that are not only affected by the radiation, they have a method communication and they mean business!!!
Micko is cutie, as well as expert diver and great cop. There are no deficit of sexy ladies in the area, and Micko is a smooth operator in the lady department too! He does manage to help the heroin operation too!!
The three bad barracudas make themselves known big time,and even Dr. Collins and James Donaghy return to study the effects of radiation on the region.
Micko shows a soft side when he makes a discovery on a solo outing in a lagoon, and that is awesome!
Mr. Monahan is the type of writer you just enjoy so much, all of a sudden, you're at the end of the book !!!
It is a fun fast read by a fun writer!
I'll never get in the water, but keep 'em coming, Mr . Monahan!!!
Barracuda 2 the Return made the wait worthwhile!
Wow! What a fun read! B2 will not disappoint. I love the way it started, the story and the ending. Mike Monahan has proven that B1 is not a one hit wonder! For those that haven't read B1, it's okay to read them out of order. I'm going back to reread B1 now. Have a good time living this adventure of NYC cops in paradise! Looking forward to the next story! Mike, the pressure is on for more Micko adventures in warm waters. Could Gus and Micko be the newest Dive Captains on Bikini?
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