OUT ON THE WATER, THERE ARE NO RULES
On the cruise ship circuit, Sebastian McKenzie is a star. A brilliant pianist and singer, he entertains the wealthy guests every night in the piano bars and restaurants of the world’s leading cruise liners. But he never stays with the same ship for long. And some of the other entertainers have nicknamed him the Grim Reaper, because whenever Sebastian is on board, people go missing.
After escaping from prison, Josef Werner is driven to a safe hideout in the Didim area of Turkey. He sets up his base in the beautiful bay of Akbuk, and buys two isolated villas high on a hill overlooking the bay. But Werner has been followed by a private eye named Cortez, and the premises are bugged.
Max Cutler is an All-American boy: tall, blond and handsome, with a sharp wit and a keen eye for female company. A stand-out student at law school, he is immediately recruited into the Secret Service, to protect America’s interests overseas. Max is in Europe, breaking up a violent counterfeiting ring in Germany, when he hears that his baby sister Elisa has disappeared from a cruise ship in Alaska.
In a gripping thriller crossing three continents, these three men find their fates are entwined.
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The book starts of like a Dickens novel set in Bangkok. At first I felt sympathy for Sebastian but that all changed as the full breath of his evil was elicited in fantastic detail through the chapters After reading this novel I did some research on the subject of lost lives on cruise ships, the author has hit the nail on the head. There are numerous cases of people going missing in unusual and suspicious circumstances and as the crime scene is the ocean, there are no forensics, and only if a body turns up (which is seldom) is it investigated How clever to create and agency MIDAS to investigate missing persons at sea. I liked the in-depth analysis , I detest having to fill in the spaces and this author leaves nothing to chance My favourite character is Tuck, wouldn't like him for an enemy. Stahmer is the intellectual, Ghislaine the Arab beauty and Cutler the hero. Great book, highly recommend and I am waiting for the next Max Cutler adventure.
Having a cruise ship where people either get killed or go missing is not something that the operators want to talk about. However, in “Tidal Rage” by David Evans, it is something that comes into stark reality. People are going missing. It seems likely to be up to Max Cutler, a former law enforcement agent, to solve. One previous case seems to come back to haunt him from time to time and plays a role in the missing/murdered persons one. While tying these two storylines together, the author does a masterful job of keeping the suspense going. Cutler has a personal stake in solving this case as his young sister disappears on an Alaskan cruise with their parents. His previous case has a way of popping up at inopportune times, thus complicating his personal interest. Cruise ship, onboard musicians, lackadaisical ship’s officers, lack of evidence, involvement by outside bad guys are all part of the plot that Agent Cutler and his gang of well-trained investigators and agents must solve. The story is wide-ranging and moves from the US to Europe and onto various oceans. The climax has some unexpected twists and is almost guaranteed to keep the reader’s attention to the very end. A most enjoyable read.
Very good novelist. Exciting, engrossing, page turner. Keeps you involved even if you know it's fiction. A little bit flowery and a little bit atmospheric but tolerable.
Fast paced and full of action, unforeseen twists and turns A mixture between Cussler and Clancy, very gripping and would highly recommend. Can not wait for the next instalment,
From the slums of Bangkok a heroin addicted baby is born with mental and physical trauma. He grows up to be a brilliant pianist and a killer without remorse. He finds a perfect solution for his lust to kill, cruise ships. The characters are brilliant, I might be in love with Max Cutler 's character. The plot takes you through the full range of emotions and never lets you down. This is a new author, one to mark down on you index for future , my first five stars this year
I liked the initial synopsis and decided to read the book. Lost the weekend, couldn't put it down, and thoroughly enjoyed the twists and turns. The writing reminded me of Ludlum and Clancy, are you sure this is not one of the mainstream writers using a pseudonym
I really enjoyed this mystery. The twists and turns keep peeling. I enjoyed how the characters were developed. The story was my favorite.... Its such an interesting book! Secret Service agent Cutler’s sister Elisa dies on an Alaskan cruise. Sebastian McKenzie is a star. A brilliant pianist and singer, he entertains the wealthy on cruise ships. But every time beacon ship someone goes missing. So he takes on his own investigation. Thank you NetGalley, Loudhailer Books and Author for this great thriller
When Secret Service agent Cutler’s sister dies on an Alaskan cruise, he investigates as he knows it wasn’t suicide as it was declared. When his parents are murdered, he knows he must take matters in his own hands. Using funds he banked in a counterfeiting case, he forms his own investigate firm to solve cases that governments closed. A number of cases are brought together while two major cases converge, both of which have exceptionally bad characters involved.
So I have decided from now on I will not cruise alone and stay away from the musicians after reading this book. The things this guy gets away with are beyond and it’s scary to think you can be lost at sea and maybe no one will ever know what happened. This is an exciting read about a serial killer with a strange obsession (other than murder) and the complex team of characters who get involved in his story. It’s gripping and has the makings of a really dark tv series but no idea who they would get to play the lead.
The main plot is based on a serial killer working as a pianist on board a number of international cruise ships. There is also an exciting secondary, intertwined plot that runs throughout the book. The key protagonist is an ex-US Secret Service agent who wants resolution and retribution for the death of his sister. This isn't the genre of book that I would normally read, and I was a bit hesitant about starting it. However, after reading the first chapter I was totally hooked and couldn't stop reading it. Mysterious deaths or disappearances on a cruise ship open up many intriguing possibilities. The cruise companies naturally try to downplay or hide any serious incident. In international waters, no police force would have full jurisdiction over the case and often cannot be bothered to investigate. The killer can also stop off at various spots on the route of a cruise ship to kill and return to the liner before the bodies are found. Perhaps a cruise ship is the right environment for a perfect crime. I loved the author's attention to detail in describing the various places the characters visited. Also, being a military buff, - the details of the types of weapon systems used. The plot and overall pace of Tidal Rage were so enthralling, I believe that it would make an amazing action movie.
This is an awesomely intriguing and scary book. Look over your shoulder, constantly. You don't know who's watching you, waiting to kill you! Exquisite chills! Definitely recommend.
This well-written book overall is a good idea for a story might not be the type of book I read all the time it is worth reading. If you enjoy crime stories this is an interesting read. Once you start reading it gets your attention and continues throughout. The writer has done a wonderful job with description letting readers know about ship life bringing us along to different countries and on the ship helping us learn about how it is there. He does all this while also creating an interesting and thrilling story with intertwining storylines. It is a book that keeps you thinking. He knows how to keep you engaged in the story while sometimes you might find yourself wanting to know more about the story and less about some of the characters. This does not mean the characters aren’t interesting and many of the details are needed, yet become overwhelming in places. There are just times the story might be a little overshadowed.
I'm not sure where any of the bad reviews are coming from here. This was an easy 5 stars from me Excellently constructed with great characterization and a superb, thrilling plot. Genuinely struggled to put it down. Will eagerly await the next one from this author. Many thanks
This was a entertaining read. The story is mostly told through the viewpoint of three main characters, a secret service agent, a counterfeiter and a serial killer, the plot is helped a lot by viewpoints from other characters some of whom get elevated to not-quite-a main character and others just have the one appearance. Our secret service agent - Max, is hot on the heels of capturing Werner a serious criminal who is bent on destabilising the American economy by flooding it with counterfeit bills, when he (Max) learns that his sister has gone missing. Without a body and no information on what happened, Max decides to set up an agency to investigate unexplained incidents where people have gone missing at sea which coincidentally puts him and his new agency onto the trail of a serial killer. Max and his team have to pull together the threads of all their investigations and one by one, have the perps brought to justice... I enjoyed the story, I think if you could imagine the merging of the Bourne movies with a season of Criminal Minds, it should give you an idea of how things go down, as well as if this could be something you would also enjoy. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a free copy of Tidal Rage in return for a honest review.
New author David Evans in his first book Tidal Rage, presents a chart-buster crime thriller. A serial killer, Sebastian McKenzie, is on the loose. He has perfected his craft and uses sea cruises as his hunting ground for victims. But high IQ Sebastian McKenzie aka the Grim Reaper or Piano Man makes a misjudgment and crosses paths with Secret Service agent—Max Cutler, who vows vengeance. Cutler is also hunting down a master counterfeiter, Josef Werner. I enjoyed David Evans' expansive writing style and sensory detail that has the reader present at the scene as in the description of McKenzie's birthplace in Patpong, Bangkok; the smell of liquor and sexual encounters, the sordid deals of selling children into prostitution, drug addicts' desperate search for the next hit, and human misery like no other. All the characters in Tidal Rage are well-developed even a one-line mention of a dog is a visual feast "Spike, a black Shar-Pei with enough wrinkles to keep a plastic surgeon busy for life." The author has traveled extensively. As you read Tidal Rage, his descriptions of Malaysia, America, Europe, and the Middle East are stunningly authentic. This ability to transport the reader to another environment will captivate many readers who love travel. If the reader has been to any of those places, they will surely feel nostalgic, as do I. The fast-paced plot in this post-WWII era includes geopolitical information on the Berlin Wall, German counterfeiters in Europe, and the reform of the Stasi in East Germany. I found the description of Josef Werner's counterfeiters in Bad Reichenhall, Austria, insightful and their goal to destabilize European economies intriguing. As did the protagonist, Max Cutler, from his base in Berchtesgaden; he was preparing to wreak vengeance on them. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars for its expansive writing, and compelling research on murder at sea. Also, its in-depth characterization all carefully integrated into a complex plot. I found nothing to dislike, although the murder scenes and descriptions of fights between well-trained agents may be too brutal for some readers. The grammar and spelling are English, not American English, which adds charm for this British reader. I recommend it to readers who like crime thrillers, murder mysteries, geopolitical settings, intricate plots, and a cast of characters. Unfortunately, the adult themes are unsuitable for young teenagers.
This book is based on a very intriguing idea - a serial killer aboard a cruise liner, moving from one ship to the next, the death being classed as a disappearance or suicide. Add to this a serial killer with a skewed perspective of life; a rather weird fetish stemming from his history and you have an interesting story. But add to all of THIS a man who is determined to find justice for his sister; who has access to unlimited funds and the best minds working for him. Action-packed, vicious, stomach-turning, this is a book that might offend sensitive stomachs but holds your attention even though there are a multitude of characters and backstories. It ends with a massive bang. Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for allowing me the chance to read this book.
I really enjoyed this novel and found that I could not put it down. The way that Evans combined the three characters in the plot was genius and kept me fully engaged throughout. The ending was surprising which I really enjoyed and so I would reccommend this book to those who like thrillers