Martin Wright has split up with his wife, Carole (or, rather, she has split up with him). When he moves out of the house, temporarily he hopes, he feels depressed and confused. The friend he moves in with also finds him annoying company and suggests he gets out and about more, leading Martin to get back in touch with his friends from University days - friends he used to go caving with. He has since given up the hobby, but when he meets up with Rick and Joe in the pub they used to frequent (the others were Fish and Taff), he finds that they are still involved in the hobby and mysteriously tell him that they need his help. The book actually begins with Martin falling, as someone pulls the ladder from his grasp while he is climbing to the entrance of the cave, and the words "Die Happy!" The rest of the book explains how he came to be there, why someone wants to see him dead and how he attempts not to see their wish fulfilled.
The kindle has created a lot of indie authors. As far as I can tell, these authors exist on a kind of spectrum. At one end are the vanity publishers and at the other end are authors who should be published, no matter in what form, because they are good writers, their books are professional, well written and deserve to be read. I would put Ali Cooper very firmly at the top end of this spectrum - this is a great story and, as a reader, that is all that interests me. The book is well edited, without typos and the story is atmospheric, with characters you care about. I have never been caving, but Ali Cooper evokes a real sense of how it would feel, what the dangers are and what Marty is facing far below the ground. Highly recommended and a really enjoyable read. All Martin has to do is survive, but that is easier said that done... I'm glad I gave this book a try and would certainly read future books by this author.