Cave Diver by Jake Avila

Format: Paperback

Published by: Zaffre

Strap yourself in for a white knuckle adventure ride


Acclaimed explorer Rob Nash has lost his way. Grieving the loss of his wife, and blaming himself for her death, he sees no reason to carry on. But when his ‘Uncle’ Frank Douglas offers him the chance to lead a cave diving expedition in the jungles of Papua, Nash can see some light at the end of the tunnel.

But the expedition might not be what it seems. With a decades old Japanese submarine buried deep in a cavern, and a team hell-bent on unleashing the treasures it hides, Nash finds himself on a ship heading for danger. With a lethal band of criminals on board, who will stop at nothing to get the gold, Nash is fighting for his life. Whilst battling his own demons, can he forgive himself for the wrongs of his past – and survive the perils of the deep?

Firstly many thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy of the book to review and to Tracy Fenton of Compulisve Readers for inviting me to be part of the blog tour.

My Thoughts:

Rob Nash explodes onto the scene and It is easy to see why this book has garnered awards from the Clive Cussler foundation and Wilbur Smith, it is out and out pure adrenaline fuelled action adventure.

The premise of the plot surrounds the disappearance of a Japanese submarine sunk towards the end of the 2nd World War and its cargo of gold bullion, it also plays on peoples greed, deception, family honour and those who will stop at nothing to achieve their goals whatever the cost.

The pacing of the plot is relentless, spread with plenty of twists and turns as the action unfolds alliances have to be formed and trust earned as it soon becomes clear that not all are who they say they are. The writing is slick, the chapters roll by as tension heightens with each turn of the page, in a race to uncover the ending.

The characters within the book are easily relatable, each beautifully drawn out. Our main protagonist Rob Nash is clearly a troubled soul still in shock from the death of his wife, for whom some still hold him responsible, this makes for an interesting side to his character and adds an extra dimension to the plot as as his grief and fears plays somewhat on the decisions he is forced to make. I was also take by Sura a woman seemingly without scruples, desperate for the attention and approval of her father determined to make her own way in the world. The landscape also plays an integral part and is central to the plot

There are moments where you find yourself holding your breath, as claustrophobia settles in, thanks to the authors writing you can feel yourself in the characters shoes living each moment.

It is apparent as you read the book that the author has done the research necessary to make for an authentic story, and knows their subject matter and this is wonderfully translated onto the page

Be prepared to be gripped from the opening pages , there is definitely a new adventure thriller writer on the block.

Highly recommend, for all out adventure.


About the Author:

Jake Avila is a full-time writer with a BA in writing and information technology. In 2019he won the adventure Writer’s competition Clive Cussler Grandmaster award for Cave Diver and then went on to win the Wilbur Smith Adventure writing prize for the same book in 2020, British born he now lives in Australia

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