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Man Overboard: A Johnny Donohue Adventure (Johnny Donohue Adventures)

by Auth Sandy Mason

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Enjoyable summer read, a mystery set in the boating community of Florida's Gulf Coast. More here... ( )
  Harvee | Jul 13, 2009 |
The protagonist of this novel Johnny Donohue moved to Florida in order to escape corporate life in New York city. Now he lives aboard a sailboat and runs his own software company. This enables him to work his own hours and lead an idyllic lifestyle. When one of his clients goes missing, Johnny networks with the local police and his ex-cop friend Lonnie to try to unravel the mystery. Along the way Johnny meets a beautiful newspaper reporter who is investigating and reporting on the case. As their relationship develops on the personal front, they also begin to discover more clues concerning the missing man and his possible links to drug smugglers.

In amongst his work as an amateur sleuth Johnny spends time on weekend cruises with friends, lots of trips to his local bar, sailboat racing, on-board dinner parties, and catching up with his family and old friends back in his home town. This leads him to an emotional discovery about his father's past and his role in the Vietnam War. By the end of the book the mystery of the missing man is solved and order is restored to Johnny's otherwise peaceful life.

Well the synopsis says it all and you have probably guessed by now that this is the masculine equivelent of chick lit. Do they have a technical term for that? What this book has going for it is that it is a really light-weight simple summer read. It has short chapters (and a lot of short sentences actually) which makes it easy to pick up and put down if you are travelling or at the beach. The style is personable in that the narrator seems to directly address the reader sometimes. It has a summer-time feel to it because of its Florida setting, its boating theme and its constant descriptions of seafood dinners and halter tops worn by the female character. Obviously this is not the type of read that would inspire deep and meaningful conversation but this was probably not the author's intention. It works best if approached as summer escapism reading for boating enthusiasts. ( )
  Jemima79 | Jul 3, 2009 |
Synopsis:

Tired of life as an IT professional in NYC, Johnny Donohue escapes to the simple life in a Florida marina. In between sailing, managing his marina software business, and socializing, Johnny finds himself in the role of amateur sleuth. This is the second in the Johnny Donohue Adventure series. This time, while sailing in from the Gulf of Mexico, Donohue discovers the empty boat of Tom McNeil, the owner of the local marina and Donohue's client.

McNeil's disappearance is a mystery. Too careful of a sailor to have just disappeared, clues emerge: money laundering, stolen boats, drug smuggling, jealous and grasping relations, an offshore bank account and a sighting at the safety deposit section of a local bank.

Johnny Donohue and ex-cop Lonnie Turner scour the waters, marinas, and bars for clues to McNeil's disappearance. Along the way Donohue falls in love with Maria deFlores, a local reporter with ambition of breaking an undercover story on drug smuggling in Florida.

McNeil's body eventually surfaces but Maria deFlores disappears under strange circumstances. Donohue and Turner must move quickly to solve the mystery and save the girl.

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Johnny Donohue is an unlikely leading man, although he doesn't seem to realize it. Full of bravado and macho comments, he is likely to get a chuckle or two. I expect that he'd be particularly popular with readers who are much like the person that he portrays - fond of sailing, quick with snappy comments, and eager for adventure. I personally was not particularly drawn to Johnny Donohue.

I would recommend this book to people who enjoy detective and mystery novels set in unusual places, people fond of sailing, and also those who imagine leaving their corporate jobs for life on a boat. I'd rate the book at 2.75 out of 5.

Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (April 16, 2009), 218 pages.
Courtesy of Bostick Communications. ( )
  gaby317 | Jun 19, 2009 |
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Author Sandy Mason releases Man Overboard, the second in his series of Johnny Donohue adventures. Using his wit and sometimes sarcastic look at life, Johnny gets involved in all sorts of adventures and affairs that make his escape to the simple life in a Florida marina not so simple. On Florida’s beautiful gulf coast, an experienced sailor suddenly goes missing at sea. His disappearance leads to a trail of money laundering, stolen boats, drug smuggling and kidnapping. Johnny Donohue and his ex-cop buddy Lonnie Turner work the case and become entangled in a Mexican drug ring with a penchant for violence. While Johnny uncovers some of his family secrets, his Latino lover is doing some investigating of her own as an undercover reporter. Filled with danger and suspense along with a few twists and turns, Man Overboard brings together the best and the worst facets of Florida life. There is intrigue, romance, sailing, drugs, cops and criminals as the story unfolds. Throw in some introspective dialogue and you have a pretty good story. (amazon.com)

I truly enjoyed this novel. The characters are believable and you are able to relate to them. I definitely would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery and romance. This novel kept my attention from start to the end and I am looking forward to read more books by this Author. This book is a great beach read.

• Paperback: 230 pages
• Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (April 16, 2009)
• Language: English
• ISBN-10: 1439233845
• ISBN-13: 978-1439233849 ( )
  barras31063 | Jun 16, 2009 |
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