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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  207 ratings  ·  18 reviews

"Elliott ticks all the boxes in this fast-paced yarn, with a keen eye for descriptive detail and solidly drawn characters. The first-person narrative, complete with ironic asides, is the perfect vehicle for a thoughtful and witty style that draws us swiftly into the shoes of its protagonist, a credible and consistent character."

Kindle Edition, 302 pages
Published April 23rd 2014 by Nicholas Elliott
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Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sea of Gold by Nick Elliot is not only an incredibly well written book that captured me from the start but what really brought it to life was Elliott's understanding of how business is conducted in the maritime world. Would definitely recommend this book. ...more
Stanley McShane
Sep 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
P&I Insurance association's claims assessor, Angus McKinnon, quickly gets himself into hot water when he sees an interesting detail from the theft of cargo from several ships that eventually culminates in the complete disappearance of ship, crew, and cargo. McKinnon is no stranger to the laws of international shipping involving the ship of origin, flag, country in which the alleged crime is perpetrated, and the persons involved in the crime. Taken to exotic ports of call and introduced to some m ...more
John Molloy
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Congrats to Nick on this debut novel, a thoroughly enjoyable read with believable characters and places you wouldn't normally visit. This maritime theme is so different and seldom touched on, which makes a refreshing change to normal run of the mill detective thrillers. Having served in the merchant service I could identify with the sea going and chartering of ships but for someone not familiar with this life or business Nick explains and brings the reader into the plot.
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Oct 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book reeks of authenticity and the feeling that much of this has been lived or witnessed at close quarters, even in the more credibility stretching passages. As for the rest, I assume it is the result of a particularly fertile imagination. I particularly appreciated the starting point of the investigation being the use of Scottish idiomatic language. Hopefully, Nick elliot has written, or is writing, more of the same. I will certainly be reading it!!!!
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I won this book on GoodReads First Reads in return for an honest review. I'd rate this maritime thriller a 3 1/2-4 star read. Freelance maritime investigator Angus McKinnon lives and works between Scotland and Greece. He has a couple of cases of maritime fraud that seem to be related. Investigating them gets Angus involved in some complex conspiracies and a lot of danger. This is a first novel by a man who worked in this environment and know all the background. Not a bad little thriller. ...more
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Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A good read
pat williams
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent!! What a brilliant read!!

Excellent plot with believable characters and the author has a sound knowledge of his art! Would recommend any friends and colleagues.
Chaplain Stanley Chapin
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Very good

If this is a first-time effort, it is exceptional. I look forward to reading future writings. a well developed story and characters
Janet O'dell
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
A good sea story

Anyone who enjoys sea-faring stories will enjoy this. I found details on the shipping industry fascinating and look forward to more novels from this author.
Leslie Duffield
Mar 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Fast paced

Thoroughly enjoyable fast paced and realistic,the authors marine experience is very obvious.Look forward to enjoying the follow up novels and anticipating the plots.
Mar 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Good book

You people should just read this novel yourselves and write your own review on this novel yourselves and I really enjoyed this novel very much so. Shelley Ma
Sep 13, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the story but have to admit that I found myself often confused, not by the characters, but by the shipping terms used and the different organisations concerned with the story. Obviously my problem and not the authors, as the story was very well written.
Edith Rennes
I received this book from goodreads in exchange for an honest review.
I feel this book had the potential to be a good read. However I soon got frustrated with all the continuing insider terminology.
As hard as I tried to get past this, I gave up on page 44.
Apr 12, 2015 rated it liked it

Mr. Elliott presumes the reader will follow the nomenclature of the shipping world with ease but it bogs the reader down.
Nevertheless, a solid yarn if you stick with it.
Sep 26, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a clever little read with many plot twists to keep me guessing. Sometimes a few too many twists though, and I was confused by the brief introduction of many characters.
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"Nick Elliott delivers in spades when it comes to fast-paced, intelligent, international thrillers. You feel, smell and touch every authentically crafted location; you’re expertly drawn into a maze of shadows and sinister organizations and characters where nothing is what it seems. This really is thriller writing of the highest calibre.” Craig Russell, award-winning author of the bestselling and c ...more

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