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Ricky, Like So Many Protagonists Is Broken

Tracy Grogan Author Interview

Derelict follows a divemaster who, after a devastating explosion, launches her own investigation and finds herself in a dark and lonely place. What were some sources that informed this novels development?

First was a scouting trip to Dahab, and a dive in the Blue Hole, along with trips into the canyons of the Sinai Peninsula and the Bedouin villages along the coast. Second, discussions with divemasters who work or worked at dive shops in Dahab. Third were discussions with a dive safety officer in charge of our local university’s dive operation — to make sure I did a good job blowing up a dive shop. And, finally, discussions with divers who have discovered and mapped century-old wrecks.

Ricky is a character I enjoyed following. What were some principles you kept in mind while creating Ricky’s character?

Ricky, like so many protagonists is broken. She has overpowering trust issues, is incredibly stubborn, reckless to the extreme, and has a strong moral compass.

This seemed like a fun book to write. What scene in the book did you have the most fun writing?

The sand dune scene. I passed the dune while riding on my camel to the village of Ras Abu Galum. After dropping off my dive gear and meeting my bedouin host, I returned to the scene and began to map it out. That scene remained almost exactly as I walked it out, despite many editorial cycles.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

The next book in the series is Jetsam, due out March 1, 2023. (It takes place in Thailand and Myanmar.)

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Many consider Ricky Yamamoto to be a proficient and dependable divemaster, but the authorities think she’s a loose cannon. Her friends wouldn’t argue with either assessment.

In the wake of the Arab Spring, disorder continue to reverberate throughout Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. December, though, piles on misery and mystery for Ricky and for her fellow divers. A bizarre disappearance and a devastating explosion have authorities baffled and clumsily pursuing what seems to be an aimless inquiry, while Ricky goes rogue and launches her own investigation. When that leads to a dark and lonely place, she is left to question the path she has chosen.

Derelict: A Divemaster Ricky Mystery

Ricky Yamamoto, a scuba diving guide comes to Egypt during a time of political unrest for work only to find herself caught up in a perplexing mystery. Sasha, a fellow scuba diver, goes missing one night during a routine dive. This leaves Ricky and her team shaken. As she tries to come to terms with the possibility of never seeing Sasha again, she is met with unexplainable events that lead her to suspect that there’s more to the disappearance than she thought.

Derelict, by Tracy Grogan, immerses readers in a world full of culture and introduces readers to breathtaking landscapes and exotic locations deep in the northern parts of Africa. The author crafts a strong and quick-thinking female character that never gives up hope; and was one that I loved following. Ricky is an anchor in this suspenseful yet heartwarming story about connections and greed. The secrets and hidden agendas of every character introduced to readers will keep them engaged and guessing the whole way.

The author’s conversational and descriptive way of writing makes this book great for readers who enjoy rich scenes and being immersed in a moment. While I enjoyed the mystery at the heart of this story, I was really drawn to the well developed characters. They felt authentic, or as genuine as a character can be when embarking on a riveting adventure.

Derelict is an enthralling adventure novel that skips the purple prose to give readers a story that is immensely entertaining because it’s so easy to read. Readers who are looking for an action oriented story will enjoy Ricky and the Russian’s fast-paced chase scene while those who find investigations entertaining will love Detective Bakhoum’s sharp no-nonsense attitude.

If you’re looking for the next crime thriller to get lost in then Derelict is heartily recommended. With a puzzling mystery and some compelling characters, this book is fun all around.

Pages: 398 | ASIN: B0B6GRL2L9

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