Bahama Crisis Paperback – 31 Jan 2000
Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed
Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Top Customer Reviews
While I did enjoy this, and would recommend it to others, you really have to suspend belief for this novel. It becomes more fantasy than thriller fiction in places!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Tom Mangan is an entrepreneur who appears to have it all; loving family, beautiful house, a chain of hotels, and various investments in the growing economy of the Bahamas. But beginning with a family tragedy, Mangan’s world begins to fall apart. While the investigation into the tragedy drags on with little success, a series of increasingly disastrous “accidents” plagues the Bahamas’ tourist industry, and Mangan’s personal life begins to collapse under the strain. Are all these events connected, who is behind them, and what is their motive?
It's a strong basis for a thriller, but there is a big problem with the plot: the conspiracy at the heart of the story doesn’t really involve Mangan directly. He is dragged into the story because of his family, and because he has a financial investment in the Bahamas, but events have nothing to do with him personally. This makes him a fairly weak protagonist; his is passive relative to the plot, and the story has to keep coming to him. This is particularly noticeable in the first 100 pages or so, which takes place over a long period of time and is given a somewhat rushed and breathless feel. The second half of the book, in which Mangan is targeted more directly, is better, but there is still a sense of artificiality about it all. Mangan is targeted more due to misunderstanding and confusion on the part of the bad guys than anything else.
The characters are nothing special. Despite the first-person narration, we are not given much insight in Mangan himself; his emotions and thoughts are skimmed over in the hurried first act, and we never get much of a chance to connect with him. The Cunninghams are pretty cliché’d Texan tycoons, while the villians are equally typical Poor White Trash. “Robinson” had the potential to be interesting, but is deliberately kept shadowy and mysterious throughout. Perhaps the best character is Perigord, the old-school Bahamian policeman who has a handy way with a swagger stick.
In all, an easy enough read, but not a highlight of Bagley’s work. Start with something like ‘High Citadel’ or ‘Running Blind’ for a better introduction to Desmond Bagley.
Slowly he puts his life back together and begins to function as the head of a 50 million resort change and father to his remaining daughter. He discovers new happiness in the arms of a cousin of his partner when everything goes haywire for a second time.
But this weird business not only has repercussions in his private life but the entire economy of the haven of resort The Bahamas. Will the authorities be too slow in stoping a mad scheme to wreck the island resorts?
It is an exciting, fast paced story of action and adventure. A good arm-chair read.
Nash Black, author of Sins of the Fathers.