Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Sea Detective by Mark Douglas-Home.
Cal McGill is an Edinburgh-based oceanographer, environmentalist and one-of-a-kind investigator. Using his knowledge of the waves - ocean currents, prevailing winds, shipping records - McGill can track where objects came from or where they've gone. It's a skill that can help solve mysteries ranging from disappearances to murder.
Two severed feet wash up on two different islands off the coast of Scotland. Forensics shows that the feet belong to the same body. As Cal McGill investigates, he unravels a web of corruption, exploitation and human trafficking, which threatens many lives across the globe - including his own....
©2015 Mark Douglas-Home (P)2015 Penguin Books Limited
The Sea Detective was simply a great book from the beginning to the end. It was interesting from a scientific point of view to the emotions it evoked . The plot was riveting as well as the wonderful personality of the of the characters . It was a pleasure to read and one was reluctant to have it end. Well done in every aspect. No one should pass up the opportunity to listen to it. A good show all around. Mike
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
This one is like listening to someone read the front page of the newspaper, jumping from story to story, column to column never finishing any. As a result, this one is terribly disjointed, hard to follow, and lacking ANY central plot or theory. Just not worthy. Not. Worthy. And it had such promise.
"Great story by a new author"
keeps you guessing
An interesting new character- who isn't a policeman - by a new author who very cleverly makes the various threads intertwine but come to their conclusions apart yet together.
Good to know this is the first of a series about Cal McGill.
This is an interesting slant on data gathering in detective work concerning the sea. As an introduction to our hero Cal, it was a very gripping opening case. I found the character of Helen Jamieson was almost stronger than the protagonist though; I hope she reappears in a later story.
I enjoyed too the narrator and will keep tracks of how this series develops.
I simply enjoyed the way that the diverse strands of the narrative combined in unexpected ways to build to a satisfying conclusion. Definitely an unusual story of pain and retribution, and possibly redemption on many levels
I will certainly investigate other titles by the author
"Great read !"
I really enjoyed this novel '.
I found it exciting , well written and loved the descriptions of the Highlands and the Islands
It made me very homesick
If Mark Douglas-Home continues to write as well as this he's going to join the ranks of my favourite authors alongside Lee Child, Taylor Stevens, Tom Woods and Robert Crais. Fascinating weaving of separate storylines both influenced by Cal's interest and skill in plotting ocean currents. Horrific sex trafficking which needs as much exposure as possible as one plot together with his detective work to uncover the truth about his grandfather. I loved the fact that Cal is a bit of an eco warrior and there's a lot of humour in the writing of this novel. David Monteath is a wonderful narrator, skilled actor and I think he's about to join my shortlist of favourite narrators; though unlikely to topple Jeff Harding from top place he's definitely gone into my top ten with Hillary Huber, Daniel Philpott, Jonathan Keeble and Derek Perkins and others who all add to the pleasure that the audiobooks they read provide. I listen to about 5 books a week and only stop because I also love films and good tv series otherwise as a retired person, though still quite busy with my now very small animal sanctuary, I'd be plugged into my iPhone for about 18 hours a day!
I bought the second novel, The woman who walked into the sea, long before I finished this first Cal McGill novel as I knew within the very first few chapters that I was going to love this audiobook.
Unimaginative title; much better content. Lots of sub plots that all tie in at the end. I really enjoyed this one.
This was an interesting book - not at all what I had expected from the synopsis. A bit far fetched at times but fun the way all the different strands pull together. Depth of characters a bit shallow. Loved the narration. Overall I enjoyed it and would try other books by Mark Douglas-Home
Unlike other reviews, I found the narrator's voice really irritating. Gave up after a short time.
I did listen to the whole book, but by the end I still didn't really connect or care about any of the characters. I'm unsure what others saw in this book to warrant the rave reviews which made me choose it in the first place.
"Slow starter, gets better"
A likeable lead character with an interesting backstory. This book starts slowly and takes a bit of time to layout the background, this has a number of unusual storylines intertwined which I'm not going to elaborate on.
The narrator is excellent and makes the story come alive.
This is the first of a series and I hope to see more stories by the same author and with the same lead characters in the future.
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