Christian Roberts, a handsome, young Floridian, has retired from horse racing and sets off with his wife, Allie, to cruise the Caribbean on his new sloop. Tragedy strikes, ending the dream vacation, and Christian becomes the prime suspect in a murder. Shattered and guilt ridden, Christian believes his actions caused the death, and suicide lurks in his thoughts, a way to end his pain, but he can’t act on the impulse, at least not yet. He must honor a dying request, Save the sharks. Do it for me. Every year, one-hundred million sharks are killed for their fins that are used in a Chinese soup, a symbol of wealth in Asia. Within the next ten years, one-third of all shark species will be extinct, and without these ocean predators, the reefs will decline. Christian embraces the impossible task of stopping the shark slaughter. Under the alias of Captain Nemo, he becomes an eco-terrorist while a suspicious FBI agent dogs his every move. Will Christian be caught and imprisoned? Will the fin traders kill him? Could despair win out, causing him to take his own life? Or will Christian succeed and save the sharks?
“A masterful thriller about a real-life global crisis”
Five Star Review on Amazon By S.L. Menear
“Shark Fin Soup,” the second book in the Christian Roberts series, is a superb thriller with more twists and turns than a rollercoaster ride. Page one begins with Christian docking his forty-seven-foot sloop in Nassau. The boat is a bloody mess, and his wife Allie’s murdered body is in the cabin. He claims he was scuba diving when the murder took place. Did Christian murder Allie, or was she killed by someone else?
Christian becomes a person of interest with the Bahamian Police and the FBI. With only circumstantial evidence, the authorities are unable to detain Christian. He leaves Nassau filled with grief and remorse, but is determined to finish the quest his wife began, stop the fin traders, and save sharks from extinction.
He soon discovers the shark-fin trade is fraught with violence and greed. A blond, blue-eyed Caucasian, Christian is unable to penetrate the Asian wall of secrecy surrounding the controversial delicacy known as shark fin soup. Can one desperate man find a way to defeat a worldwide network bent on the extinction of an entire species? Will Christian evade the FBI’s ever tightening net in time to honor his wife’s memory and redeem himself?
Susan Klaus captured my attention on the first page and held it throughout this masterful tale of murder, revenge, greed, honor, and redemption. Woven into her story is a real-world disaster of global proportions. It is my sincere hope that readers will heed the dire warning this story conveys and stand together to save our oceans.
Reviewed by S.L. Menear, author of “Deadstick Dawn”
About the Author
Susan Klaus, born in Sarasota, Fl., has an extensive career with animals, owning pet and grooming shops, showing Himalayan cats, working for a vet, and breeding and racing Thoroughbred horses, and currently, she raises rodeo bulls. She has been published in several magazines and is the author of suspense/thriller and sci-fi/fantasy novels.
Klaus’s thriller, Secretariat Reborn, will be released by Oceanview Publishing on Oct. 1, 2013. The story is about a young man who receives a Thoroughbred colt from his dying father and enters the underworld of horseracing with the dilemma that the colt is a clone of Secretariat, illegal to race.
Klaus’s fantasy novel, Flight of the Golden Harpy, won the Fla. Writers Ass. award for Best Sci-fi in 2010 and Tor will release the novel in 2014.
Klaus is also the founder and president of The Sarasota Authors Connection Club, and she is the host and co-producer of The Authors Connection Show on radioearnetork.com with 18 million listeners in 148 countries.