The Narrows – Donald A. Furtado

Mac Cochran is pursuing his goal of becoming a veterinarian at a university in the small Caribbean island nation of St. Kitts and Nevis, an unusual change of career for a highly-decorated Navy SEAL. When historian Alexa Thorson visits the islands to continue her doctoral research on the uncertain identity of the father of Nevis-born Alexander Hamilton, one of the “Founding Fathers” of the United States of America, Mac and Alexa discover that their pasts have left them with personal scars and grave concerns about the production and sale of deadly illegal opioids. Their pleasant encounter on a beautiful beach overlooking “The Narrows”, the two-mile wide ocean channel separating St. Kitts and Nevis, becomes more complex and dangerous when the brother and family of Mac’s island friend and diving companion are threatened by an island-based opioid ring. Their efforts to identify and bring to justice the people behind the drug ring become entwined with the personal mission of a Kittian police sergeant whose only daughter recently died from an illegal opioid overdose. Exposing the opioid ring requires Alexa and Mac’s attractive fellow American veterinary student to become bait for two Russians who have become wealthy island citizens, but whose shady backgrounds have not been publicly disclosed. The search for justice also forces Mac to covertly use risky SEAL skills that he thought had been set aside when he chose to pursue his new medical career. This tale also raises issues faced by Caribbean democracies such as St. Kitts and Nevis, small islands with a bloody 400 year history as a slave-trading and rum-producing center, as they struggle to create a better life for their citizens while dealing with the pressures that limited natural resources and tourism, the primary source of income, bring to bear on the natural beauty of the islands.

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