Race for A TreasureBook - 2008
Molly Coolridge is surprised when she receives a diary written in a code taught to her by her late husband during their courtship. Curious, Molly begins to unravel a fascinating story written by the captain of a British ship that sunk a Spanish merchant vessel off Canada's west coast in 1811. The ship was filled with gold and apparently the captain, her husband's ancestor, was up to some pretty unsavoury business. Could the diary be authentic? If so, had anyone found the treasure? These were only some of the questions Molly and her son, Ben, ask themselves as they prepare to begin their archival hunt for records to verify this strange story.
Meeting Amy, a young history teacher visiting from Canada, they discover she has some useful information and contacts and invite her along. She tells them that this area of the Pacific Coast is known as the 'Graveyard of the Pacific' due to the strong currents and wild weather that has always played havoc with shipping and caused thousands of known shipwrecks throughout history.
With international and historical flavour, utilizing some well-known facts concerning the Spanish government's continued thirst for knowledge of their lost ships, the authors weave an entertaining and exciting tale of modern treachery, romance and mystery as two conniving factions battle it out to be the first to locate the treasure ship. Diverse characters, a thought-provoking story with real locations and an element of the Keystone Cops will have you eagerly turning the pages.
Having revived his early style of a plot riddled with drama and intrigue, as in his first popular series, the 4-book 'Lizzie Series, ' Whittle has once again received rave reviews delighting both new readers and loyal fans (teen to older adult). 'Race for a Treasure' is a particular favourite among male readers.