Sulu Sea


Fiction - Adventure
364 Pages
Reviewed on 09/23/2020
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Author Biography

Ever since I was a kid, I have been fascinated by boats and the sea. In recent yers, my wife Betty and I have always had a sailboat and when our children went away to college, we sold everything and moved aboard our 32-foot sloop and sailed away. During that time I made a living writing scripts for film and television. Our experiences in the Bahamas and Caribbean inspired the writing of Sulu Sea. After nine years of marvelous adventure, we moved ashore to a mountaintop in Arkansas, then more recently back to Texas to be near our children and grandchildren. I am now finishing a new adventure novel, this time the settings is not the sea, but quite the opposite - the deserts of the Arabian Peninsula.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite

Wow...Sulu Sea...what a fabulous read! Better yet, what a fabulous writer Marshall Riggan is. But then, I shouldn’t be surprised given that Riggan has penned scripts for over 200 TV films and won an Emmy for an ABC documentary. Those skills, coupled with his extensive world travels and familiarity with sailing, provide the authenticity and credibility that readers will enjoy in the exciting adventure story, Sulu Sea. This is one novel you won’t be able to put down. Come aboard the Galway Bay and enjoy a shot or two of vodka with Captain O’Hara and his trusted friend, former priest Toussaint, as they navigate the oceans. Not long after, you’ll be joined by the beautiful Gabriella who hires O’Hara to safely transport her and her priceless cargo of jewelry, art, and artifacts to Miami. It’s a dangerous mission to which O’Hara is agreeing: Gabriella’s husband is the head of a huge drug cartel.

But saying “yes” to Gabriella is only the beginning of a hair-raising adventure on and under the seas, which sees Riggan’s protagonists within inches of losing their lives time and again. With the help of yet another outstandingly beautiful Albino female, Valentina, who just happens to be a former Russian military soldier, the principal characters elude drug traffickers and save a group of children from child traffickers. The occupants of the Galway Bay deep-sea dive to the wreckage of Captain O’Hara’s former cruise ship, the Sulu Sea, and just when it starts to feel like all missions have been successfully accomplished toward the end of the novel, more surprises and sacrifices are in store. In short, the action just about never stops in this brilliantly written novel.

Riggan’s plot is convoluted and perfectly executed. His characters’ emotions, motivations, and actions delight and capture readers’ imaginations and hearts with their realism. Descriptions of the seas, scenery, boats, settings, and weaponry are so well done that envisioning it all is easy thanks to Riggan’s extensive cinematic background and familiarity with his subjects. Reading this story is like watching a movie...and what a great movie Sulu Sea would be. For someone who loves the ocean, but knows very little about it other than how it looks from a cruise ship or the shores of a holiday island, I came away vastly enlightened. But best of all was discovering such a talented author. My sincerest hope is that Marshall Riggan is planning several more books, but my recommendation is that you pick up a copy of Sulu Sea now and embark on a thrilling voyage aboard the Galway Bay. Simply awesome reading!

Foluso Falaye

Once a first officer and then captain of the cruise ship Sulu Sea, Joaquin O'Hara is now just a transporter of goods on his little freighter Galway Bay after getting drunk and sinking the Sulu Sea. When the beautiful Gabriela Quintero de Torres approaches O'Hara and requests his help in transporting some goods from Cartagena to Miami, she fails to tell him that she's on the run from her husband who is Colombia’s most powerful drug lord and that she has stolen millions of dollars from him. O'Hara later learns the truth and acts to escape the murderous drug lord who will not let his wife and money go without a fight. Will O'Hara succeed in his quest and battle for Gabriela? Marshall Riggan narrates a tale of wits and guts for liberation and love on the rough seas of America in Sulu Sea.

If you like nautical fiction involving naval battles and wreck diving, adventure fused with finding spiritual meaning, and romance that consists of a love triangle and some instances of bisexuality, look no further than Marshall Riggan's Sulu Sea. Marshall evidently did his homework for the culturally rich Sulu Sea, which took me on a wild chase through Columbia, Miami, Haiti, Guatemala, Cuba, and the Caribbean Coast. Prepare for brutal shooting scenes, torture, and abduction. I was pleased and surprised at the mention of a particular deity that originates from my tribe in Nigeria and some other countries around the world. With the serious attention to detail, infectious conversations, and strong character development, I felt lucky to come across this compelling narrative by Marshall Riggan.

Romuald Dzemo

Sulu Sea by Marshall Riggan is a mesmerizing tale of adventure filled with action. Captain Joaquin O'Hara’s life takes a dramatic, tragic turn when his ship, Sulu Sea, sinks. Having lost his reputation, he resorts to running a small cargo ship between the islands of the Caribbean. A beautiful woman approaches him and offers to pay him to take her and crates of her belongings from Cartagena to Miami. He soon discovers that Gabriela Quintero de Torres is the wife of one of the most powerful Colombian drug lords and that in the crates are millions of dollars she’s stolen from him. The drug lord wants his money back and his wife, so he pursues them. But O'Hara and Gabriela have a plan, one that will take the reader by surprise.

This is a well-written story for readers who love adventure and stories brimming with action. Marshall Riggan comes across as an experienced “seaman,” someone familiar with the waves and navigation. The setting is vividly described and readers get clear images of activities happening in specific locales. The descriptive nature of the prose had me enthralled and I was thrilled at how the characters are portrayed in the story. Sulu Sea is cunningly plotted and the author inserts manifold surprises into the story. I loved the suspense and the twists, enjoyed the gorgeous writing, and the wonderful characters. Marshall Riggan is a great storyteller and a good entertainer and he has written a novel that is hard to put down.