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Sea of Gold

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'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.


"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."

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Paperback Editions

April 2014 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Sea of Gold
Author(s): Nick Elliott
ISBN: 0-9929028-3-5 / 978-0-9929028-3-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Seaward Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

April 2014 : UK Paperback
Title: Sea of Gold
Author(s): Nick Elliott
ISBN: 0-9929028-0-0 / 978-0-9929028-0-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Seaward Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

April 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Sea of Gold (The Angus McKinnon Series Book 1)
Author(s): Nick Elliott
Publisher: Nicholas Elliott
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

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