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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Twenty Fathoms Down

As daring and defiant as Kirk Douglas journeying 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, there’s no stopping diver Hawk Ridley as he takes the plunge into a briny world of untold riches and danger.
The Caribbean is a fortune hunter’s dream, salted with the gold of galleons long ago claimed by the deep.  Now Hawk’s headed for the Windward Passage of Haiti to stake his claim.  But a rival team has also picked up the scent, and they’re willing to turn the sea red with blood to get to the gold first.
Fighting off ruthless competitors is nothing new to Hawk…but fighting off a beautiful woman is a different story.  Is she an innocent stowaway or a seductive saboteur?  Between the cool millions lying on the bottom of the ocean, and the boiling-hot race to grab it, Hawk’s about to find the answer and make a discovery Twenty Fathoms Down that will blow you out of the water.

Twenty Fathoms Down (Sea Adventure)
By L. Ron Hubbard
ISBN #978-1592122516
Price $9.95
136 Pages
Rating 5-Stars

“Thrilling Adventure From The Master Story Teller.”

Hawk Ridley is after sunken treasure, and he has the coordinates to the ship lying on the ocean floor near Haiti. But the Mercer brothers are also after the gold bullion, and a chest of jewels, and will not stop at murder to obtain them. They work Ocean Salvage, owned by Charles Stanton, and Hawk must not let them near enough to upset his own dreams. But then everything changes when Stanton’s beautiful daughter, Frederick “Vick” Stanton is found on his boat, wearing a wedding dress. What could possibly be going on?

There is murder at twenty fathoms, and Hawk’s ship, the Stingaree is sunk while he is below recovering the treasure. Watching in awe as his ship goes down, taking with it the last of his air supply, Hawk knows he may never live to enjoy the treasure.

This was another fascinating sea adventure by a master story teller, filled with plenty of action and suspense, and great characters. Originally published in the September 1934 issue of FIVE-NOVELS Magazine. Highly recommended for adventure lovers, and readers that love a well-crafted yarn.

Tom Johnson

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