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Blog Tour: Cave Diver – Jake Avila*

Acclaimed explorer Rob Nash has lost his way. Grieving the loss of his wife, and blaming himself for her death, he sees no reason to carry on. But when his ‘Uncle’ Frank Douglas offers him the chance to lead a cave diving expedition in the jungles of Papua, Nash can see some light at the end of the tunnel.

But the expedition might not be what it seems. With a decades old Japanese submarine buried deep in a cavern, and a team hell-bent on unleashing the treasures it hides, Nash finds himself on a ship heading for danger. With a lethal band of criminals on board, who will stop at nothing to get the gold, Nash is fighting for his life. Whilst battling his own demons, can he forgive himself for the wrongs of the past – and survive the perils that lie below the surface?

My thoughts: this was a slow start that then gathered up pace as Nash, Douglas and Mia are taken along the river and into the jungle on a boat of terror. In the interior, things go from bad to worse as Sura and Jaap become fixated on getting their treasure at any cost.

I liked the characters, they were interesting – I wanted more of Uncle Frank’s stories, and Nash’s. Both men had had a lot of adventures before this more harrowing one. I did get a bit bored of the whole “Nazi gold” angle, there cannot still be so much undiscovered. But the way it was done was good, and since I suffer from claustrophobia, I wouldn’t have coped well with the underwater caves and tunnels. Rather have my adventures safely on my sofa – through books like this.

*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.

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