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Devils Island
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Publisher:  Echelon Press ISBN-10:  1590806433 Type: 


Copyright:  December 2009 ISBN-13:  9781590806433

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Sailing alone in the Apostle Islands, Mary Whitney is stalked by her mad ex-husband, bent on murder. Kidnapped, with no hope of rescue, she is forced to use all her physical and mental skills to protect herself in their fight to the death.

Mary Whitney, heiress to the Whitney Enterprises fortune, is an experienced sailor.  She was trained by her uncles where she grew up along the shores of Puget Sound in the state of Washington.  She has developed a psychic connection to Lake Superior which extends from the Nineteenth Century when some of her ancestors owned and logged part of the great forests of Northern Wisconsin.  She also has an interest in exploring her roots and her almost mystical feelings about the lake.  Married to a successful advertising executive, Michael Tanner, Mary has planned a sailing vacation to Northern Wisconsin, but Tanner is delayed at home in Seattle at the last minute. 

Arriving alone in Bayfield, Wisconsin, Mary meets a young woman, Liz Dosal when the two of them come to the aid of a sailboat carrying the victim of a heart attack.  Mary and Liz are able to prevent the sailboat from crashing into the marina’s gas dock and blowing up half the harbor.  The developing friendship between the two women leads to several short sailing trips into the Apostle Islands Lakeshore. 

Because of an earlier attempt on her life, Tanner has authorized a loose surveillance on Mary’s ex-husband, Edwin Tobias.  Tobias is a wealthy corporate raider from New York, who has sworn to get even with Mary for divorcing him.  When Tobias slips away from the watching detective, Tanner raises the alarm but is unable to reach his wife in the Apostle Islands.  Cellular telephone and radio service are chancy in this area of Northern Wisconsin due to iron and other ores in the ground and the lack of comprehensive service. 

Tobias, who has been spying on his ex, has hired a smuggler with a boat and crew to help him abduct Mary when she is alone on her sailboat.

Friday Harbor was quiet. At three a.m. the tide was at full flood and the winds in the upper reaches of Puget Sound were too far overhead to be noticeable. There were almost no sounds, no loose halyards slapping against bare masts, no hulls groaning against too tight mooring lines. Dock lights lent a dim yellow, almost ethereal, cast to the surroundings.
Aboard Sea Queen, a lone figure, clad in a dark-colored, hooded sweatshirt, sat in the cockpit. Tanner's bare feet were curled on a cushion. He hugged his knees and stared out across the water toward the entrance to the harbor. Edwin Tobias was again on his mind. He'd lost the first love of his young life in the sea. He knew he couldn't stand it if something happened to the woman asleep in their cabin just below.

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Midwest Book Review
Sometimes mysteries are best left unexplored. "Devil's Island" tells the story of Mary Whitney as she explores an abandoned island with the caution-inducing name of Devil's Island. With a vicious ex and other things after her, "Devil's Island" is a fun adventure that many readers will delight in as they follow Mary's quest to find out the truth behind the island and who is after her life.

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Reviewed by Carl Brookins 2/1/2010
You don't have to be a sailor to enjoy this story of mounting dread, danger and storms at sea. Mary Whitney is a strong female protagonist, and she's rich.

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