about the book
When weapons-grade nuclear materials left over from the Cold War go missing in a North African city, Dalton Drake, former CSIS agent, lethal field operator, and confirmed ladies’ man, is hired to track down those responsible. Working with a coalition of intelligence agencies, military branches, and the scientific community, he is tasked with locating and intercepting the terrorists, who are on the move in a stolen cargo ship in the North Atlantic. Soon confronted with former enemies, old secrets from his past, and a former lover, Drake must race against time across the Mediterranean to make things right and stop the terrorists before their brutal grand-scale plan is carried out.
An intriguing, complex hero emerges in this riveting espionage tale. The past reaches out and grabs an ex–intelligence agent in this debut spy thriller. Jacuzzi has successfully found a way to blend his multiple interests in travel, history, weapons systems, intelligence services, and aviation in this electrifying novel. Based on this exhilarating series opener, he certainly knows how to pen a breakneck narrative.
(★★★★★) The debut installment of Jacuzzi’s Dalton Drake series is a top-notch conspiracy thriller that is crammed with high-tech spycraft, international intrigue, romantic entanglements, and poignant emotional stakes. Jacuzzi’s detailed research about the shadowy world of espionage and spycraft lends authenticity to the story, and his storytelling is top-notch. Readers will find themselves guessing about what’s really going on right up to the heartfelt ending. This breakneck-paced thriller is absolutely addictive, and readers will eagerly await Drake’s next adventure.
─The Prairies Book Review
(★★★★★) Crafted in enticing prose and in a style that is cinematic, this international military thriller will keep readers on edge as they follow the protagonist who races across the Mediterranean to stop terrorists with a deadly weapon. Paul Vincent Jacuzzi has the extraordinary ability to infuse life into the setting and create characters that are believable and complex. The conflict is of great magnitude and strong motivation is written into the characters. Blackwater is a magnificent tale that is intricately plotted and intelligently accomplished; it is deftly narrated and utterly affecting.
─Franklin Bauer, The Book Commentary
(★★★★★) Blackwater is a gripping work that immerses readers in a world where suspense reigns supreme. The intricate plot twists and turns, keeping readers on the edge of their seats. Jacuzzi's prose is evocative, painting vivid scenes that transport readers to the heart of the story. The author's attention to detail is evident, as he carefully crafts each character's backstory, motivations, and conflicts. With masterful storytelling and a cast of complex characters, Jacuzzi weaves a tale that captivates from beginning to end.
Paul Jacuzzi's Blackwater is a masterfully crafted military thriller reminiscent of Tom Clancy and Ian Fleming that combines suspense and skillful storytelling. Jacuzzi's ability to develop compelling characters, and intertwine a complex plot makes this novel a standout in its genre. Fans of military thrillers will find themselves immersed in a tale that lingers in their minds and leaves them yearning for more.
─Michael Rothrock, The Book Commentary
The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of an elite few in Blackwater, a high-stakes entry to a globe-trotting thriller series.
─Foreward Clarion Reviews