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The Tropics
Child of a Storm - Caught in a Rip - Hurricane Secret

Mary Deal
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After the "Mercy" sinks in the Caribbean, a devastating secret is learned about a boy. A woman fights for her life in a rip current off Kauai in Hawaii. A hurricane on Kauai disrupts lives, and threatens to expose the decades-old secret.

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Nature's wrath during inclement tropical weather forces people to the limits of survival. Three intertwined novellas of perils and inherent dangers of the sea, cloaked behind a facade of sunny beaches, balmy tradewinds and swaying palm trees.

In '‚'ââ‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¬--†â€™ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚¦'‚'¢â‚“Child of a Storm,'‚'ââ‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¬? during the late 1960'‚'‚'‚'s the ketch, Mercy, sinks during a sea storm near the Virgin Islands. Ciara Malloy assumes custody her drowned fianc--†â€™--†â€™ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…¡--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚©'‚'‚'‚'s son and learns a devastating secret about the boy that changes her life forever.

In the late 1990'‚'‚'‚'s, underwater photographer Lillian Avery gets '‚'ââ‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¬--†â€™ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚¦'‚'¢â‚“Caught in a Rip'‚'ââ‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¬? current and swept out to sea in Hawaii. In facing death, she finds a way to leave a message behind.

A few years later, in '‚'ââ‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¬--†â€™ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚¦'‚'¢â‚“Hurricane Secret,'‚'ââ‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¬? the two former neighbors from Puerto Rico reunite on Kauai. A hurricane wreaks havoc in both their lives and threatens to expose secrets tightly held since the sinking of the Mercy.

From the first story: Child of a Storm

"Here, Mama," Pablo whispered from behind. Without looking away from the snake that took its time, she slowly extended her hand backwards expecting to receive the walking stick. Instead, Pablo placed the handle of a machete into her grip. She squeezed it firmly and a wave of thankfulness washed over her. Then Pablo eased to the side out of harm's way. With imperceptibly slow movements, Ciara positioned herself facing Domingo straight on. She lowered to a crouch and brought the machete up to striking posture.

The snake slithered down Domingo's shoulder and down his bare chest. How might it react if one of those droplets of Domingo's sweat fell in the wrong place? It slithered to the outside of his outstretched legs on the floor. Domingo fearfully opened his one eye and watched the snake slide along the length of his leg as the rest of the body and tail slithered down his torso. The snake drew the rest of its body over Domingo's outstretched leg. Its probing tongue darted incessantly. The snake paused where it was. Domingo tried to move his other leg ever so slightly away and that set the snake in motion again.

Moving cautiously, the snake drew itself up over the leg and pulled the rest of its body between Domingo's flattened knees. It remained still momentarily, sensing and sensing, facing Domingo as droplets of sweat matted the hair on his chest. Then Ciara noticed the snake had pulled back on itself like a piece of ribbon Christmas candy. But there could be nothing sweet about that serpent. It looked ready to strike.

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An intriguing web of life, love, danger, courage and survival, woven with consummate skill and insight.
-- R. D. Robbins, Writer, New York City, NY
WOW!! May you always be able to write this well!! Powerful. Vital.
-- Glenn Bowie, Red Wing, MN
I chucked Robert Stone'‚'‚'‚'s "Damascus Gate" in favor of reading your book. Great job, Mary. You really nailed it.
-- Ziggy Darlow, Screenwriter, Los Angeles, CA
Dramatic sea survival and island life stories set in the Caribbean and Hawaiian Islands.
-- David Penhallow, author of "After the Ball," Lihue, HI

ISBN: 0595156835
ISBN(13-digit): 9780595156832
Copyright: 2000
Book Publisher: iUniverse.com, Inc.
Binding: Perfect
No. of Pages: 300
Acid Free Paper: Yes

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