This fictional account is set on Mackinac Island which is located at Lake Huron in Michigan. Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are joined through the 5-mile wide, 20-fathom deep, open-water Straits of Mackinac. Author Clint H. Dunshee points out in his prolog that the “area is rich with military history and Americans did occupy the fort located on the island at one time.”
Becky Vasquez was seeking relief from her nightmares, physical and emotional trauma related drug runners that left her for dead in El Salvador while serving as a medic in the US Air Force. She applies for the job as tour guide at the Great Lakes Research Lab on the quiet island of Mackinac. She knows the island, the tourist industry, Victorian architect, walk and bike trails, the sound of horses instead of vehicles and longs for the quiet, scenic surroundings that will bring peace to her mind and body.
Tim Green is running from his own problems when he applied for a position as security officer at the same research facility on Mackinac Island. From day one Tim is struck by Becky’s attractive features and personality, but getting over the wall that Becky has constructed around her heart is going to be a challenge.
Soon their quiet day jobs turn into mystery and suspense when people, ships and planes in the area start disappearing. An old legend from the 1800’s tell about a Lieutenant on board the ship Voyager who made a deal with local Indians and pirates to steal a chest full of gold coins. The Voyager along with the coins sank in the deep waters. Not everyone perished and the Lieutenant was captured, put on trial and died at the hands of a firing squad. The legend says that his last words cursed the Straits of Mackinac and tales of his ghost wreaking havoc on ships are quickly blamed on these current disappearances.
The characters, dialog and story is as unique as the story teller. I quote from the book to whet your appetite.
“Becky walked through the bedroom to her balcony and looked out over the darkening straits. She could see the lights of businesses lining the main street of Mackinac Island. Her thoughts changed, and she wondered about the disappearances. All that water out there. The Great Lakes were basically fresh-water oceans. In fact the early explorers thought they had indeed discovered small fresh-water oceans. What could be causing these people and ships to vanish? Was there a curse? If they dove for the gold tomorrow would they too become statistics? Becky shook her head and laughed lightly. Just dive, pay attention, and use proper dive techniques and you’ll be fine, she counseled herself.”
I invite to enjoy Mackinac Island with Becky and Tim. There is fun, danger and a little romance, not to mention a mystery that has to be solved.
Theodocia McLean endorses Mackinac Triangle by Clint H. Dunshee. While purchasing this book, pick up his second book titled Dark Autumn as well. I purchased this book and reviewed it from a Kindle format. This review was completed on June 1, 2016.