Hell or High Water by Julie Ann Walker

Hell or High Water by Julie Ann WalkerHell or High Water by Julie Ann Walker
Series: Deep Six, #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on July 7th 2015
Pages: 377
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In a world on the brink...
Six men. One sunken Spanish galleon. Millions in gold and silver coins lying on the ocean floor. And a past that refuses to let the guys of Deep Six Salvage forget the Navy SEAL motto: the only easy day was yesterday...
There's more than one kind of treasure...
The nation's security has always been CIA agent Olivia Mortier's top priority. But a mission-gone-wrong has begun to make her wonder if there's more to life than risking hers.
And more than one secret at the bottom of the sea...
Only two things could make Leo Anderson abandon his hunt for the legendary lost ship, La Santa Christina, and return to the world of weapons and warfare he swore to leave behind: a capsule of enriched uranium, lost on the ocean floor, and a plea for assistance from the one woman he can't seem to forget...

I definitely liked the original idea of ex-military alpha men starting their salvage company instead of the usual security contracting firm they form. Treasure hunting in the seas is quite the adventure I can see myself getting into, coupled with a good dose of romantic suspense.

As chuffed as I was with the idea of looking for the ghost ship, the plot really wasn’t about treasure hunting at all because it got sidetracked by a CIA agent who comes looking for them to do another deep-sea dive – a remnant of their old days coming back to kick them in the arse when they least expect it. There were entertaining actions scenes nonetheless that held me spellbound for brief periods, even though I’d hoped they would get down to searching for the lost ship that never quite materialised in this book (but would probably be picked up again in the next).

There were parts in the book that I couldn’t wrap my head around, distracted as I was by the weird, almost-preppy narrative filled with teenage, out-of-place observations that seemed so contradictory to the building of suspense. If they were meant to be humorous injections, then some worked for me while many fell flat in my disbelieving eyes. I felt no connection to the leading pair and particularly the heroine whose plight and secrets did little to garner any sympathy. Add in a completely whipped hero who thinks she can do no wrong and I pretty had a foot out the door right there.

Yet I’m holding out hope that the subsequent books would be better in what looks like a promising adventure series. Call me a failing pessimist.