A Riveting High-Stakes Tropical Adventure
5 out of 5 stars
Nicholas Harvey’s ninth installment in the AJ Bailey Adventure series, Spanish Bay Reef, is a thrilling journey that left me breathless and eager for more. It’s a testament to Harvey’s storytelling prowess that even as the ninth book in the series, he still manages to throw me for a loop, leaving me with a sense of narrative whiplash (in the best way possible).
Harvey’s writing style is nothing short of remarkable, weaving together an engaging narrative with unexpected plot twists that kept me on the edge of my seat. Throughout the story, there are those delightful “oh wow, I didn’t see that coming” moments that are a testament to his storytelling finesse.
One of the standout features of “Spanish Bay Reef” is the introduction of a captivating array of new characters. Each new book in this series gets some new “baddies” but these ones really stood out. From a high-profile couple on the brink of divorce to a daring jewel heist and the presence of a gun on an island where firearms are strictly forbidden, each character adds a unique and compelling layer to the story. This diverse cast brings freshness to the series and adds depth to the overall narrative.
AJ Bailey, the series’ beloved protagonist, continues to be a delight to follow. Her character’s evolution and the addition of her new bike introduce a thrilling dimension to the story, resulting in intense and fast-paced action scenes that were written to match the speeds her character was able to achieve on her new machine.
What’s particularly impressive about Harvey’s writing is that each book in the AJ Bailey Adventure series can stand on its own. While there may be some long-running information for readers of the previous installments, Spanish Bay Reef is a fantastic starting point for newcomers. Harvey’s narrative is so well-crafted that it seamlessly welcomes readers into the series without any sense of confusion or disorientation.
Overall, Spanish Bay Reef is a standout addition to the AJ Bailey Adventure series and probably one of the most thrilling and action-packed. But it also has some of the most interesting and easy-to-like additive characters and places (I’m looking at you tiny shack on the beach). Harvey’s ability to craft an enthralling narrative, introduce captivating new characters, and maintain the series’ accessibility to new readers makes this book a must-read for adventure enthusiasts. It’s a wild ride that will leave you craving more of AJ Bailey’s escapades. Throw in the continued excellent performances by Kim Bretton and it was easy to rate this one 5 out of 5 stars.
Diamonds are forever, unless someone steals them…
Wealthy businessman Terry Forsythe always gets his way. But when his jewelry store is robbed, and an obstinate old man won’t sell out to make way for his multimillion-dollar resort, Terry’s out for blood.
Helping the authorities, dive boat operator AJ Bailey soon discovers the two events are connected. With threats from all sides, no one is safe…and AJ is caught in the crossfire.
Spanish Bay Reef delivers a high-stakes chase around paradise in book 9 of the thrilling series set in the Cayman Islands.
Listen in series order or as stand-alone books.Spanish Bay Reef by Nicholas Harvey
Narrator: Kim Bretton
Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
Series: AJ Bailey #9
Published by Self Published on September 15th 2023
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