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Down Among the Dead Men

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Caitlyn needs to find her estranged father or her mother will be thrown out of the home she loves, so Caitlyn ventures into the rough, tough world of the Australian opal fields. After rescuing a teenager from an attempted assault she learns that the girl, Max, is her half-sister. Their father is missing and suspected of stealing opals – an activity that could place both Ma ...more
ebook, 250 pages
Published July 14th 2014 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Ignite)
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Eleni Konstantine
4.5 stars

Caitlyn is on a quest to find her estranged father but what she finds instead is more than she bargained for. In a remote opal mining town, she becomes involved in a life she couldn't have imagined away from her life as chef in the city.

This is a story that slowly builds but the author is skilled at filling it with emotion, suspense, action and even some romance.

Disclaimer: while I know the author personally, it doesn't affect my rating.
Margaret
3.5 Stars

This was such an interesting read for me which started kind of slow, but before I knew it I was wrapped up in the story and looking forward to finding out what how it was all going to end. I think part of the slow start had to do with the fact that the setting was someplace I was totally unfamiliar with – the opal mining trade in Australia – but with that being said, I really loved the fact that the setting was so unique.

As far as the characters go, Caitlyn was ok. I liked that she imme
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Aarati
Jul 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Down Among the Dead Men was an interesting and intriguing read. Though it was a romantic suspense, the romance angle was very less in the book.

Caitlyn has to find her estranged father or her mother will lose her family home. This search leads her to the rough and tough world of opal mining. There she doesn't find her father, but encounters her half-sister, Max. Wally Bracken has been as much of a deadbeat father to Max as he has been to Caitlyn. To help both her mother and her sister, Caitlyn de
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Grace
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
While this could be considered romantic suspense, it was a lot more suspense, with only a little romance. But that's ok. Just pointing it out given the genre I usually read.

I really enjoyed the storyline, very different. As Caitlyn searches for her missing Dad, family secrets are revealed and she faces a number of threats.

But she has Dale. A town local who joins forces with her in the search. He is the ultimate protector, coming to her rescue more than once.
He's super smart and caring. So it's
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Dísir
Caitlyn's journey down into the south of Australia in search of her father brings her several unexpected surprises and not all of them are welcome. Soon, it becomes clear that Wally - the father whom she hasn't seen in 2 decades - has not only stashed another family of his away on the side, but is involved in shady, criminal activities that have led to having both the thugs and the federal police on his tail. And it isn't much longer before she's entangled in a situation that's deeper than she c ...more
Ellen Parker
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Caitlyn drives into the desolate opal mining region of Australia in search of the father who abandoned her twenty years ago. She wants to stop his financial problems from claiming her mother’s house.
The first person Caitlyn finds in the tiny mining town is Max, a teen running a service station and garage while her father is “gone”. Where Wally Bracken has gone concerns both girls – considering he’s father to them.
Caitlyn learns to lie, but not well, while figuring out which people to trust in t
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Incy Black
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is an atmospheric rather a fun, flirty read, and the pacing of the suspense, and the developing relationship between Caitlyn and Dale, reflects this. Set in the opal fields of Australia—original—there is a sense of distance and wariness, almost menace, which is intriguing.

Caution is the name of the game, and I very much enjoyed how this lent a maturity to the characters and the plot.

A highly satisfying read if you are looking for a more serious suspense with depth.
Bette Hansen
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A thoroughly entertaining book that will take you on a great adventure through the Australian desert. With fascinating characters and a fun suspense filled story this book is hard to put down. In search of her estranged father,Caitlyn sets off across the desert to his last known location. What she finds will turn her life in a new direction. A great read that I highly recommend.
A Reader's Heaven
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

When Caitlyn ventures into the rough, tough world of the South Australian opal fields on a mission to find her estranged father she instead discovers a half-sister she knew nothing about and learns that her father is missing and suspected of a crime.
Dale is a former city lawyer-turned-lapidary hiding out in Minagoona after death threats endanger him and his daughter. When Caitlyn approaches him for help findi
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Claire Baxter writes contemporary romantic fiction of all lengths. Her short stories have been published in commercial women’s magazines around the world, while her novels have been translated into 20 languages, and have finalled in the Romance Writers of Australia's Romantic Book of the Year Award, the Booksellers’ Best Awards, the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Awards, and the Cataromance Rev ...more
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