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Amanda once daydreamed of becoming rich and famous. Bright and pretty, she assumed her day would come. Now she’s nearing 30 and feeling the desperation of her dead-end life. No wonder she’s eager to weasel her way into a hunt for a legendary treasure ship. And tell lies. And string guys along. There’s a billion dollars in gold at stake. But is she willing to make a deadly Amanda once daydreamed of becoming rich and famous. Bright and pretty, she assumed her day would come. Now she’s nearing 30 and feeling the desperation of her dead-end life. No wonder she’s eager to weasel her way into a hunt for a legendary treasure ship. And tell lies. And string guys along. There’s a billion dollars in gold at stake. But is she willing to make a deadly deal with a thug and his stone cold killer bodyguard? Reject a man who loves her? Which leads to the ultimate question: How will she know when she’s gone so far there’s no turning back?


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Amanda once daydreamed of becoming rich and famous. Bright and pretty, she assumed her day would come. Now she’s nearing 30 and feeling the desperation of her dead-end life. No wonder she’s eager to weasel her way into a hunt for a legendary treasure ship. And tell lies. And string guys along. There’s a billion dollars in gold at stake. But is she willing to make a deadly Amanda once daydreamed of becoming rich and famous. Bright and pretty, she assumed her day would come. Now she’s nearing 30 and feeling the desperation of her dead-end life. No wonder she’s eager to weasel her way into a hunt for a legendary treasure ship. And tell lies. And string guys along. There’s a billion dollars in gold at stake. But is she willing to make a deadly deal with a thug and his stone cold killer bodyguard? Reject a man who loves her? Which leads to the ultimate question: How will she know when she’s gone so far there’s no turning back?

16 review for The Wreck of the Nymph

  1. 4 out of 5

    Christian

    Netgalley ARC Bwah, bwaahh, bwaaaahhhh! FAIL. I hate to be so harsh, but this book just didn't cut it. When I first read the synopsis I thought it sounded really good. Sadly, it did present as a disappointment. The premise of this story is one that will evoke excitement and a spirit of adventure, but the pacing was wham, bam, thank you ma'am. I understand that this is only 130 pages long, but it could have been so much more. Maybe if it had been a longer book where the author could have taken th Netgalley ARC Bwah, bwaahh, bwaaaahhhh! FAIL. I hate to be so harsh, but this book just didn't cut it. When I first read the synopsis I thought it sounded really good. Sadly, it did present as a disappointment. The premise of this story is one that will evoke excitement and a spirit of adventure, but the pacing was wham, bam, thank you ma'am. I understand that this is only 130 pages long, but it could have been so much more. Maybe if it had been a longer book where the author could have taken the time for development of the plot, the book could have been a success. As it is now it's more like a flop. Character-wise, the book doesn't give us much to like. The character Amanda, who I thought was the leading lady, leaves much to be desired. I felt like there wasn't anything to connect to with her. She's just plain horrible. She is manipulative, greedy, and shallow. I wish that the author would have took the time to maybe build her character so that we could see why she was that way. There needed to be a glance into her past so that we could understand her. Next, we see Kyle who stirs a little something in the heart by the end of the book, but still there wasn't much time to truly know him. Honestly, he seems like a love-sick puppy that is weak and a push-over. There are a couple of bad guys and a few other characters thrown in but no one to truly connect with. All in all, I pretty much hated the characters except Kyle who I was just barely fond of. So what is the book really about? Well, it's supposed to be about Amanda, a reporter who is nearing 30 and is presented with a get rich quick scheme. Really though, the book is about "everyone." There was so much flitting from one character's point of view to another's that sometimes it was confusing. We hear what everyone is thinking, even characters who don't really stake a claim in the story, but just have a fleeting appearance. Ok, enough with this tangent. So ask me again. So what is this book really about? Apparently, there was a ship that went down off the coast of Delaware that had a bounty of treasure. Amanda joins ranks with Kyle, a professor, and a couple of bad guys to search for this treasure. Many of searched for it with no success. What follows is a line of crazy antics that left a bad taste in my mouth. This may not have been the case if, once again, the story had been carefully built. I gave this book 2/5 stars because I liked the premise, but the actuality of the book disappointed.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Suzy Wilson

    Disclaimer: I was provided an eARC of THE WRECK OF THE NYMPH , by Don Flood, in exchange for an honest review. The plot of the novel is promising, if a little prosaic: three workmates from a small town newspaper wish (variously) one night for fame, fortune, career advancement and love. What follows is a mystery, crime, adventure novel detailing how these wishes come true. The three wishful characters are: Amanda - almost 30, pretty, manipulative, former beauty queen who is just a little bit vacuou Disclaimer: I was provided an eARC of THE WRECK OF THE NYMPH , by Don Flood, in exchange for an honest review. The plot of the novel is promising, if a little prosaic: three workmates from a small town newspaper wish (variously) one night for fame, fortune, career advancement and love. What follows is a mystery, crime, adventure novel detailing how these wishes come true. The three wishful characters are: Amanda - almost 30, pretty, manipulative, former beauty queen who is just a little bit vacuous. One of two reporters at the local rag, she spends her life reporting on the happenings of small-town, resort life and looking for something "brighter"; Kyle - her reporting companion is content with his small-town existence, and wants only Amanda's love (and to build a museum commemorating the wreck of the Nymph - an 18th century ship which foundered off the Delaware Coast, reportedly carrying almost a Billion in gold); and, Aaron - their boss who seeks an exclusive "career-making" story to propel him to reporting fame. The plot centres about plans to recover the gold from the wreck of the Nymph, the exact location of which had been lost to time. To achieve this, Amanda enlists the help of a world famous (but discredited) treasure-hunting geologist and a former school-mate, turned drug lord, and his hit-man companion. Amanda uses her feminine wiles to convince Kyle to guide the team to the wreck site (the exact location of which which he mysteriously knows but has sworn to his mother (!) he will never dive). Thereafter the team discovers the long-lost gold (in about 7 hours) and then proceeds to turn on each other, culminating in a very messy denouement. Herein lies my dilemma. That's a lot of action for a short novel. Sitting at only 130 pages, THE WRECK OF THE NYMPH was compact - a little too much so. Unfortunately, I didn't like any of the characters - they were, in any case, more caricatures than protagonists. Consequently, I was unable to develop any relationship with or empathy for any of them. As for the plot, it was just too full of coincidences to be terribly believable. In short, it was all too short! Mr Flood writes well - although his prose is sometimes overburdened by adjectives, it is largely readable and flows well. What let's this piece down is its lack of development - in all aspects of its being (plot, character). I wish I could give it more accolades, but it unfortunately THE WRECK OF THE NYMPH only garners a single star from me, for effort!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Oldham

    The previous reviewer was harsh. The Wreck of the Nymph is a mystery, a crime novel, with a hint of romantic manipulation, treasure and a dash of fantasy. I loathed Amanda, she was a manipulative, greedy woman; who thought nothing of using her charm to trick men into doing what she wants to reach her end goal. A perfect character to combat lovesick Kyle her co-worker at the paper who desperately wants Amanda, Dr. Jackson who wishes to reclaim his tarnished image as a scientist on the global scen The previous reviewer was harsh. The Wreck of the Nymph is a mystery, a crime novel, with a hint of romantic manipulation, treasure and a dash of fantasy. I loathed Amanda, she was a manipulative, greedy woman; who thought nothing of using her charm to trick men into doing what she wants to reach her end goal. A perfect character to combat lovesick Kyle her co-worker at the paper who desperately wants Amanda, Dr. Jackson who wishes to reclaim his tarnished image as a scientist on the global scene and Tony the Miami thug who is looking for a wife who is accompanied by his bodyguard Ike. Amanda uses her charms to manipulate each man into assisting her in her quest to find sunken treasure and become rich. Amanda believing each man is so besotted with her, she finds quickly that once the treasure is found she has lost control of the situation. While Kyle questions how he was roped in by Amanda as it seems she doesn't care about anyone but herself. The Wreck of the Nymph plays with the themes of desires over morality as the success of finding the treasure leads to the downfall of the characters. The novel is evenly paced until after the treasure is found. The major shortcoming being the resolution is extremely fast and tragic. Its is a quick read maybe too quick but enjoyable.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Linsy

    Are you freaking kidding me right now? That was the absolute worst and most bizarre ending. It reminded me of The Departed. Only difference is, The Departed was actually a good movie up until its wretched ending. This book just sucked; but I had hoped there would be some redemption in the ending. Nope. So, unless you like reading books where the POV just jumps around from character to character and sentence to sentence, and you like weak plots that reach an insta-climax, and a lot of unnecessary Are you freaking kidding me right now? That was the absolute worst and most bizarre ending. It reminded me of The Departed. Only difference is, The Departed was actually a good movie up until its wretched ending. This book just sucked; but I had hoped there would be some redemption in the ending. Nope. So, unless you like reading books where the POV just jumps around from character to character and sentence to sentence, and you like weak plots that reach an insta-climax, and a lot of unnecessary death all crammed into the final pages, I suggest you not waste your time here. Seriously. It may have been free, but it still cost me time to read, and I will NEVER get those hours back. Or those brain cells. I seriously think I am stupider for having read this book. (Yes, I did that on purpose.)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Tobey

    Predictably unpredictable. Every time I had it all figured out and was certain of the direction the story was taking it surprised me. An interesting tale for that reason alone, but it had more going for it. I enjoyed reading from the various character's point of view. Not my usual genre of cozy mystery as it was a tad grittier and the language had a few rough spots, but I found it to be an entertaining read. Predictably unpredictable. Every time I had it all figured out and was certain of the direction the story was taking it surprised me. An interesting tale for that reason alone, but it had more going for it. I enjoyed reading from the various character's point of view. Not my usual genre of cozy mystery as it was a tad grittier and the language had a few rough spots, but I found it to be an entertaining read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kasey Cocoa

    Very short read I found to be lacking in content, plot flow, character development and implementation. With no connection with the characters the reader loses interest in what they do or what happens to them. The book has a feel of rushing without content. I received a copy of the book through the publicist in exchange for an honest evaluation. This is my opinion which may not mirror your own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Richard Byrne

  8. 5 out of 5

    Eunice

  9. 5 out of 5

    Helen

  10. 5 out of 5

    Reading Reindeer 2021 On Proxima Centauri

  11. 4 out of 5

    SARIT

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ellie Red

  13. 5 out of 5

    Fenia

  14. 5 out of 5

    Zoe

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rob Billingsley

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