"Soc" Socarides is back, more than a decade since Paul Kemprecos became co-author with Clive Cussler on the Numa Files novels. Soc is feeling the years, but still lives in his old boathouse with his aging companion Kojak the ever-hungry cat. Most of the action takes place on Nantucket Island, where Soc is engaged by an attractive lady attorney for his detective skills. After eight Numa Files adventures, Paul Kemprecos has lost none of his affection for Cape Cod and its environs, or his humorous take on Soc's Greek-American family. A fun page-turner that won't disappoint!
I've been a fan of Paul Kemprecos for a very long time - since Socarides first appeared in bookstores. I missed him while Kemprecos was working for Cussler - I think Kemprecos does well enough on his own without an overseeing mentor! In any case, Soc is back and that is a good thing. I also live on Cape Cod, so Soc is one of us. The Cape and Islands are well-represented in Kemprecos' writing. You (as another reviewer said) can check out the plot in other writings on this page. No spoilers here. I want you to know the book is as well-written as the earlier Socarides books. This is also well proof-read (yes, that is a big thing for me when reading), and is a worthy addition to the Soc canon.
Many of the characters are from the earlier books, and it is good to know the family is intact, that Kojak has not exhausted his allotted nine lives, and that Kemprecos can still entice and involve a reader with an unlikely but totally believable plot. Keep on writing, Mr. Kemprecos, you are appreciated!
I am an avid reader of Clive Cussler and started reading books from his co-authors. Thoroughly enjoyed Kemprecos' books and as fate may have it my wife and I now live on the Cape and I work on Nantucket. This prompted a re-read and I liked it even more the second time through. Now if I could only meet the author.....
I had read many ofthe author's novels in the 1980s and 90s and hs NUMA Files books before losing track of his work. I rediscovered it with Grey Lady. Reading it was like gettimg a letter from a long lost buddy. His characters and storytelling got better with time.
Moby Dock, drugs, swarm bots and the sea. All parts of this wonderful piece of adventure fiction I bought the book due to Kemprecos`s association with Clive Cussler. I found the writing equal to or better than Clive himself. I am off to Kindle land to buy another Kemprecos novel.
I've waited a long time for this continuation of the "Soc" series, and it did not disappoint. In fact, I think this is perhaps the very best of the series. I hope there are more to come. For several years, I anticipated new books in this series, Philip Craig's J.W. Jackson series and William Tappley's Brady Coyne series. With Craig and Tappley's untimely deaths and Soc's disappearance, I've greatly missed the Martha's Vineyard, Boston, Cape Cod trio. I'd love to see more adventures for Aristotle Socarides.
A friend, who happens to live on Cape Cod, suggested I read this book. Having spent all the summers of my youth in Hyannis I found the locale the first thing that hooked me. I was then taken in by the characters and the story line. I expect to buy other books by Paul Kemprecos over the coming months and hope to enjoy them as much as I enjoyed this book.