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
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"Simply a great book"
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
"Disjointed, Flawed Non-Story"
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.
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 had never heard of Mark Douglas-Home before, but this was really good. It was also helped by David Monteath, who pronounced the gaelic perfectly, and even had the emphasis right for Ardnamurchan (I live there and will be going to look for the gravestone).
Good story, good characters and I have just ordered the next two in the series.
Not a run of the mill tale! Very intricate and well told, all emotions get involved - not at all what I was expecting but I did enjoy it. Hope you do too.
"Captivating original story"
What a great read - superb narration, gritty and believable characters, didn't want it to end. Don't hesitate it is first class audio book.
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