"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."
"The sense of place is utterly authentic. We are taken to far-flung locations - some exotic, some seedy - by an author who has not just visited them but has lived and worked in these places. Nick Elliott has an effortless elegance in his writing, and an ability to create characters who feel real. The story zips along at a fine pace, and the result is a gripping and immersive thriller."
"Angus is good company as he unravels a very twisty plot and discovers an unexpected level of determination (stubbornness?) in getting to the bottom of the mystery and catching the villains, all the while trying to be loyal to his fiery Greek girlfriend while fighting his attraction to a woman from his past."
DESCRIPTION ‘Whoever did this wanted to make very sure no one lived to tell the tale.’
Money, murder and love on the high seas
In the world of international shipping, the rules are blurred and the oceans lawless
When instinct tells maritime claims investigator Angus McKinnon that a wave of frauds must be connected, he thinks it’s just business as usual. Instead, he uncovers a ruthless conspiracy born of greed and the lust for power.
As he starts to unravel a trail leading from the post-Soviet drabness of a Black Sea port to a sweltering anchorage in the Gulf of Thailand, a devastating explosion in the Indian Ocean changes everything.
Facing down terrifying childhood memories, torn between two very different women and doubting old friends, McKinnon must navigate a precarious path between secretive government agencies, shady syndicates and avaricious crime lords towards an unpredictable endgame.
Gambling everything on his faith in one man, can McKinnon beat the odds and come out on top?
A gripping page-turner, Sea of Gold draws the reader into a world of extremes, the casual affluence of the super-rich contrasting with the dignified poverty of the desperate. Meanwhile, McKinnon’s two loves – the enigmatic Claire and his devoted, long-term lover, Eleni, vie for his attention.
This debut thriller from Nick Elliott is packed with intrigue – if you love your action spiced with suspense, make Sea of Gold your next read.
"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 critically acclaimed Jan Fabel and Lennox crime thrillers.
Over an eventful career in international shipping, Nick Elliott has handled dozens of maritime claims, casualties and other assorted mishaps throughout the Far East, the East Med and Black Sea. Many of these cases provide inspiration for his series of Angus McKinnon thrillers.
He worked as a ships agent in Hong Kong and Tokyo for twenty years and Piraeus for a further eight. Along the way he's been sent to the Pacific island of Nauru to quell fears of a typhoid epidemic; hidden in a storm drain during an inter-gang shootout in Guam; investigated the theft of a cargo of ethyl alcohol in Georgia tracing both cargo and the armed gang of thieves to North Ossetia; and oversaw the welfare, disembarkation and migration from Hong Kong to the UK of 1,002 Vietnamese boat people rescued by a British ship in the South China Sea.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and now divides his time between Scotland and Greece.
Dark Ocean, his second thriller in the Angus McKinnon series, was published on Amazon in August 2017: http://amzn.to/2vIPRyJ
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.
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 major characters, dripping with sinister personality, McKinnon sifts through the clues and rightly plays the culprits against themselves. This was a free download and one I thoroughly enjoyed. Recommended for anyone interested in sea adventures, intrigue, thrilling action, and unforgettable characters. Guess that pretty much includes everyone!
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. Thanks again for a really good read and look forward to Angus in his next big globe trotting adventure, solving another maritime crime. I highly recommend this read.
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!!!!
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.
I have read all of Nick Elliot's, The Angus McKinnon Series and thoroughly enjoyed each book. The books are not only fast paced and well written but I believe depict an industry that few of us are aware of exists and it's importance in our everyday lives. In short a stellar read.
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.
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.