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The Treasure of Ocracoke Island by John Gillgren

Treasure of Ocracoke Island by John Gillgren In the early 1700’s Ocracoke Island located at the tip of North Carolina’s Outer Banks was the home of Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard the infamous pirate. His
reign of terror lasted a mere two years, but during this time he ruled the seas from the Outer Banks to the Caribbean. The end came in 1718 when the British attacked and killed Blackbeard in Ocracoke Bay. The British never found Blackbeard’s legendary
treasure and scuttled his ship Adventure. Blackbeard’s treasure was never found.

In the Spring of 1942, the world was at war. Germany U-boats patrolled the East Coast of America. One night U-402 spotted the Soviet tanker Ashkhabad near the Outer Banks enroute from Cuba to Maryland to collect fuel. U-402 fired two torpedoes hitting and sinking the Ashkhabad, which carried a hidden footlocker of gold meant to pay the U.S. for war supplies. Twenty years later the Russians needed that gold to finance the expansion of the Soviet empire. They dispatched a pair of incompetent spies to locate the Ashkhabad and retrieve the gold.

Half a century later Snail Cali and his family are enjoying an evening at home when a huge man sporting a long flowing beard with burning fuses barges into their house threatening them and demanding that they find his treasure. Later that night Snail’s mother, sisters, girlfriend, and godmother are kidnapped. Snail along with his father Carmine, friend Tommy Osawa and NCIS Special Agent Moki Loo Tsing frantically search for the women. Their only clue is a poetic riddle left as a phone message by the
Blackbeard character.

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The Treasure of Cheng Shih by John Gillgren

John Gillgrne In the early 1800‘s, America had rid itself of pirates but in Asia this was not the case. Cheng Shih was a powerful female pirate with over 80,000 men and 1,800 Chinese junks at her command. She stole everything from jewels to people to opium. In 1844, Madam Cheng and her husband designed a secret plan to move her fortune from China to Hawaii for safe keeping until she arrived. Unknown to her, the Chinese Navy along with a rival pirate family were plotting to intercept the junks carrying the treasure. But the forces of nature intervened and the treasure was lost.

Many years later, Mr. Chang from Hawaii, a distant relative of Madam Cheng, came to California to visit the Cali family seeking their assistance in locating Cheng’s lost treasure. Chang had heard of the Cali’s success in discovering a portion of Sir Francis Drake’s treasure in Malaga Cove. As events would unfold, the Cali family found themselves in a dangerous predicament forcing Snail to risk his life to rescue them. Mr. Chang proved to be as ruthless and cunning as his distant relative. Much to the Calis’ surprise, the treasure was not gold or jewels as they expected, but something far more sinister and deadly.

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The Treasure of Malaga Cove by John Gillgren

John Gilgren Join Sir Francis Drake on his flag ship the Golden Hind in 1577 as he searches for a shorter route to Asia. On his dangerous journey around the tip of South America and up the west coast of the Americas, his crew faces violent storms at sea and battles with Spanish and Portuguese Men-O-War. Finally, Drake must deal with a mutiny on his own flag ship.

Four hundred years later, Carmine Cali is learning to dive off the coast of southern California when his partner Nelson Bartlett swears he sees a skull hidden in the grasses off Malaga Cove. Another dive that day reveals nothing. Carmine spends the next 39 years trying to confirm that the skulls exists. Follow Carmine, his wife Elaine, and their children Snail, Carmen and Caroline in their diving adventures and search for the enigmatic skull.

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