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Circle Of Bones (The Shipwreck Adventures #1)

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  1,858 Ratings  ·  173 Reviews
Based on one of the strangest true mysteries of World War II, Christine Kling's new adventure thriller CIRCLE OF BONES begins aboard the ill-fated French submarine Surcouf as she departs Bermuda in 1942 on her final voyage into the Caribbean.

Fast forward to 2008 when former U.S. Marine Maggie Riley is sailing alone aboard her forty-foot sailboat. She rescues a crazy conspi
Paperback, 558 pages
Published February 18th 2012 by Tell-Tale Press (first published December 19th 2011)
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James Thane
Feb 22, 2014 James Thane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Circle of Bones is a tense thriller, set mostly in the Caribbean, and featuring Maggie Riley, a woman who is sailing alone, away from a troubled past that includes a treacherous lover, a father who’s gone tragically senile, and a brilliant brother who died way too young. It also involves the search for a French submarine, the Surcouf, that disappeared in the Caribbean during World War II, and an extensive conspiracy stretching from the war down to the present day, involving Yale’s infamous club, ...more
♡Karlyn P♡
Oct 20, 2012 ♡Karlyn P♡ rated it really liked it
This was a really good freebie political/suspense thriller with treasure hunting, a secret political club with deep control over world affairs, and layers upon layers of intense plotting. There is no doubt the author has deep knowledge about all things nautical. She did a great job blending facts with fiction, including the historical search for an actual missing WW2 submarine lost over 60-years ago.

If you are a romance fan like me, you should know that is does have a strong romance element but
Mar 03, 2012 Bill rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sea-stories, suspense
I devoured Circle of Bones in one sitting. It is a very good maritime yarn, as good or better than Clive Cussler's on a couple of levels in plotting and writing. Like Cussler, Kling does a great job in weaving several narratives together.

Former U. S. Marines embassy security guard Maggie Riley sails to the Caribbean aboard a forty-foot sailboat to find solace as a solo sailor following a her recovery from a near-fatal embassy bombing and a lover's abandonment.

Near the islands of Dominica and G
Carl Brookins
Aug 19, 2012 Carl Brookins rated it liked it
I'm a sucker for sea stories, and for thrillers of all kinds. I've read Kling's other books and enjoyed them immensely. The parallel plot development in this novel is very well designed. With one exception, the characters are intriguing, usually act appropriately and are worth following. The settings, the rhythms of the action,and in most cases the reactions of the characters work to maintain or raise the tension. But the novel is way too long. Again and again the tension builds to a climax only ...more
Book Him Danno
Nov 19, 2015 Book Him Danno rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Circle of Bones is mainly set in the Caribbean and bounces between current day and 1942. is filled with non stop adventure with a conspiracy stretching World War 2 to the current day.
There are tons of characters that some reader like me find themselves re readers parts of the book to figure out who is who.
Romance, Adventure suspense and amazing end to the book will keep readers wanting more from this author.
ARC from Netgalley
Feb 21, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a nice change of pace from the UF & PNR which has made up the majority of my reading material over the past year.

Maggie Riley was a strong female protagonist with just enough issues and character flaws that she was realistically human and never became a Mary Sue.

I liked Cole and Theo and I thought that their personalities complimented each other's and Maggie's as well. The adventure was interesting and full of action.

What I could have done without was the whole secret society/cab
Michelle Kitz
I got this title when it was free for Kindle. It isn't typical of my reading choices but I thought I'd give it a go for something different. I'm glad that I did. I enjoyed the strong female presence of Maggie Riley. She's intelligent, strong, and sexy but not infallible. I enjoyed the male protagonists as well. Cole and Theo are a great compliment to Maggie's personality. The danger and conflicts throughout the book kept my attention to the end.

The main villain is satisfyingly diabolical and rem
I liked all of Kling’s Seychelle Sullivan novels. I hoped this first entry in her ‘Shipwreck Adventure’ series would be as good.

And for the most part, she delivered. The general premise was a good one: A treasure hunter searching for a missing French WWII sub rumored to be carrying a fortune in gold and secret documents. Pirates tail him, hoping to steal any gold he salvages, and another man intends to make sure the secret documents never come to light. After rescuing the nude treasure hunter fr
Feb 08, 2017 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is a live Cussler book, in the style of that is. There hero is a sailor and a Marine -- there are no "ex" Marines, even though she is separated from the service. I did not finish it because it was stuck in the same place and did not move fast enough in the Clive crashing headlong way that is fun to read. There was too much background "feelings" and slow bits where she was talking to friends and remembering the past. Others may like it better for that, but for a swashbucking mystery it did n ...more
book synopsis

Former marine Maggie Riley has just set sail for the Caribbean, ready for a little R&R on her forty-foot boat before starting a work assignment in Dominica.

Then Cole Thatcher appears.

Sexy, naked—and possibly nuts—Cole turns out to be an archaeologist searching for the wreckage from a World War II submarine that may hold millions in gold coins and classified documents from a powerful inner circle of the secret society Skull and Bones. Maggie has enough skeletons to deal with, but
Jul 30, 2012 Adrian rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012, mystery
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Oct 17, 2012 ceeeeg rated it liked it
this was a decent read, but a lil overlong and dragged in place for me, especially with the villain and his hammy and less than believable henchmen and overall plotline...

in fact, all the characters were kinda cliche and that is probably the major downside of this novel...the general premise is interesting reading, given it is based on real events and i mostly liked the suppositions proffered in explaining them...

if i could, i would have given it a 3 and a half star rating...decently written and
Sally Malkowski
Jul 19, 2012 Sally Malkowski rated it really liked it
I LOVED this book. Great writing technique - a blend of education, humor, suspense, Cariabean travel history, search for missing "treasure" - all linked with likeable and believeable characters. The ending leads one to believe there could be a sequel. My only suggestion would be to put the Surcouf's history before the start of the story as it would have had more of an impact on me personally. Rated 1 to 5, with 5 the highest, I would give this a 4 & 7/8 taking off ONLY for the few grammatica ...more
Paullei Mumme
Jun 30, 2012 Paullei Mumme rated it liked it
A decent book with enough action and suspense to keep me interested but the book as a whole fell short of what it could have been.

The characters never fully captured my heart. There were several areas that didn't hold my attention and I skimmed over it. I wanted to love the book but I instead I just enjoyed it.

I've noticed with this author that she is creative and does a decent job of weaving characters and plot but I always feel cheated for either lack of character development and rushed stor
Jan 11, 2017 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Plausible conspiracy theory combined with a strong heroine

I read these books out of order to my chagrin, and am reviewing them from that point of view.

The best part of this book is the effective development of a truly evil self-serving nemesis for Riley.

It does make me question the sanity of anyone willing to solo sailing the high seas.

The chapter by chapter context switching between the primary story and the underlying historical events of World War II can make things a bit challenging. You mus
Jan 25, 2017 Hollie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast pace

So I loved this. But I feel like it's a very specific book and I probably wouldn't recommend it to my friends because I think they wouldn't be as interested as I was. I loved the beach, shipwreck and adventure. I felt this book moved at a great pace.
michelle reynolds
Good Read

Suspensful, hard to put down. Want to read the next book to continue the story. Want to see what Theos future holds.
Aug 23, 2012 Heidi rated it really liked it
Admittedly, reviews of any kind are always subjective. But I feel like I've read enough books in different genres to recognize what makes a book good, both technically and commercially, and Circle of Bones is a GREAT book. The main plot alone is compelling; then you add in Kling's character development and its powerful effect on the subplots, and you have a bonafide page-turner.

For me, Circle of Bones had elements of everything I love about fiction all in one book. It's not often I find a solid
Feb 23, 2014 Clyde rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Circle of Bones, true to its cover blurb, is "a Caribbean thriller". And, a tense thriller it is indeed.
The story starts with Maggie Riley, a former US Marine no less, rescuing nude, handsome Cole Thatcher from the sea off the coast of Guadeloupe. At first she dismisses him as some kind of kook because he claims that killers are after him and spouts conspiracy theories. However, she reevaluates a bit when she finds out that he is a Marine Archeologist with a PhD and owns a very practical salvage
Victoria Allman
Jan 15, 2012 Victoria Allman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Christine Kling, of Seychelle Sullivan Mysteries fame, is back with her first stand-alone nautical thriller. Expanding her geographical location from Florida in her superb mystery series, Circle of Bones sails the waters of the Caribbean islands of Dominica and Guadeloupe.

Like Kling's earlier protagonist, Riley is one of the strongest most likable women I've read. I couldn't decide whether I liked her or Cole, the maybe-crazy conspiracy-spouting love interest, more. Riley, a former marine, meet
Nov 06, 2014 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot of fun, this. Think Dan Brown-lite, with a more likable protagonist and fun sailing scenes. This is the first in a series of books featuring a former Marine, Maggie Riley, who gets caught up in the dangerous underworld of secret societies (mainly a tinfoil hat version of Yale's Skull and Bones) and their attempts to control the world through war profiteering, and - because why not - salvaging sunken treasures. The latter gives author Christine Kling a reason to introduce Riley's conspiracy ...more
Philip McClimon
Oct 19, 2012 Philip McClimon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would have to say, this book is Indianna Jones meets Titanic. It is an adventure and a mystery that kept me reading and I never lost I interest the whole way through. It has intrigue and violence and secrets, the little guy pitted against men in power. I really came to like Riley and Thatcher. I thought they were strong characters that played well off each other. Digger was a sadistic s.o.b and a significant force for the two heroes to go against. This was a fun treasure hunt like Indiana Jone ...more
Ben Pashkoff
I just finished Circle of Bones last night. Actually I have been keeping an extra hour or so each night to work on it. First, I really enjoyed it. The plot line, and characterization are great. The action (for the most part) was good, and the twists were intriguiing. The technical detail as to boating and sailing were great. I,for one, think that the technical detsails in books like these are what really adds reality to the story (See also Clancy and Cussler).

My main caveat is actually with some
Nelio Gomes
Jan 11, 2014 Nelio Gomes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was not what I would have usually picked up to read. What piqued my interest was the locale - the islands of the eastern Caribbean! Having recently visited the area, I was looking for a novel to take me back. As it turned out, Circle of Bones did that and much more. It is a wonderfully written tale of international intrigue, treasure hunting, assassins, history altering events, and a goofy love story -- what more could a reader ask for? Following events in the life of ex-marine Maggie ...more
Bud Mallar
So, this was a Kindle $0.99 special.

I mean how are we ever going to expand our horizons, or at least the authors we read, or get into other genres, if we don't try something new????

This isn't going to win book of the year, but it's certainly not the worst.

If you buy into a bit of a ludicrous background story - and don't we all, that's why we read thrillers and mysteries because they are just a bit off the truth - the story of this heroine is a fun read.

Fast paced, some very interesting character
Mar 19, 2015 Kristina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own, book-series
I mainly got this book because I won the second book in this series through Goodreads Giveaway. I can't just read the books out of order I have the purchase the first one in the series. At first I didn't think I was going to like the book. It doesn't seem to be my style. I started to read it anyway because I wanted to read the second one so I can write a review since that would by why Goodreads (or the people doing the giveaway) gives books away for publicity of said book.

I am not the fastest r
R.P. Dahlke
Feb 22, 2012 R.P. Dahlke rated it it was amazing
Clive Cussler and Dan Brown move over! This is a rip-roaring sailing adventure set in the Caribbean islands.
A young woman, Riley, retired from the Marine Corp, sails the Caribbean while she tries to forget the loss of her fellow marines in a tragic bombing. A diving archeologist, Cole, whose absentee father mails him coded letters about a WWII French submarine sends him on a quest to see if the clues will help him realize the prize.

The submarine, which may or may not be is sitting intact unde
Agnieszka "Aeth" Jędrzejczyk
I really don't know how to review "Circle of Bones". There wasn't a thing about this book that I shouldn't be able to like - from the moment I read it was set in the Caribbean where a female sailor and an ex-marine helps a treasure hunter find a treasure I was completely love-struck. Everything was going great until I realized how much the plot dragged... Don't get me wrong, I appreciate good story build-up and characterization - of which there was plenty here - but I also want me some tension. ...more
Carol Cronin
Jan 16, 2012 Carol Cronin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Circle of Bones spins a tale that dives back into the past while living securely in the present, with the Caribbean as a lush tropical backdrop.

Mostly when I read fiction that involves sailing, it is either too dull, too overly dramatic, or just doesn't sound right to my sailor's ear. Christine Kling has done a fantastic job of creating an authentic story that takes place on boats. The sailing details aren't overdone, and she even places her characters on powerboats as necessary, to get them pla
Oct 22, 2013 BigJohn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
This was a really fun book. It's a thriller set in the Caribbean (imagine that!) with events centering around an ancient order and a missing submarine. There's much more to it than that, but i'll let you read it for yourself. The storyline is in three separate timelines - the distant past, the near past, and the present, with most taking place in the near past. It's interesting to see how the distant past plays out, driving what happened in the near past. The perspective switches back and forth, ...more
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I have spent over thirty years living on and around boats and cruising the Caribbean and the Pacific. I've been a boat wife, mother and now I am captain of my own boat. I've had articles and stories published in many publications including Cruising World, Sailing!, and The Tiller and the Pen, Gulfstream Magazine and Miami Noir. My first four novels are in a series about Florida female tugboat capt ...more
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