Poseidon by Trey Dowell

Poseidon by Trey Dowell
Publisher: Untreed Reads
Genre: Suspense/Mystery, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (18 pages)
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

When Dr. Julian Lambert receives millions in funding for his water-bottling operation deep in the Amazonian rainforest, workers and owners alike celebrate their good fortune. All except one man—Lambert’s mysterious foreman, Manolo—who whispers a grave warning: Opportunity is not the only thing money brings…

Manolo knows the price of success in this lawless part of the Peruvian jungle—a place where good intentions and noble pursuits often suffer violent deaths. He understands the news of Dr. Lambert’s windfall will spread like blood in the ocean, which can mean only one thing: Sharks are coming.

The jungle is full of secrets, and now that the surrounding community knows about the large sum of money Julian’s company has just received some of them are about to be ripped out of their hiding spots. Unfortunately not everyone is happy about this.

Julian and Manolo are described in such precise detail that I feel like I’ve met them in person. The nuanced professional relationship between these two men propels the plot forward even more than the common enemy that is quickly pushing them to make impossible decisions. As interested as I was in what was happening I didn’t want Poseidon to end because I had so many questions about Manolo and Julian’s pasts.

I would have liked to see a more thorough explanation for why Julian ignored Manolo’s warning. Julian’s reluctance to listen to someone who has given him great advice on so many other occasions was a little hard to believe. While Julian is in charge of the company, Manolo is an expert on Peruvian culture, and even though It was a fairly minor flaw in an otherwise engaging story, it would have been more realistic for Julian to at least listen to what Manolo had to say.

In retrospect the final scene fits in perfectly with subtle foreshadowing early on, but I was still surprised by a decision one of the characters makes when he thinks no one is paying attention. His choice reinforces what we’re taught about his code of ethics in one of the first scenes, and it was the most appropriate ending to this tale that I could ever imagine.

Poseidon is character-driven mystery with an action-packed climax. I highly recommend it to readers who enjoy getting to know a handful of characters well before the plot thickens.

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