Missing money, a beautiful island, and lots of crazy characters are what make up “Blacktip Island” by Tim. W. Jackson. When Blake screws up at his job (even his father can’t overlook his misplaced decimal points again) he takes the money and runs to Blacktip Island, a fictional Caribbean island. It’s beautiful, and Blake – now Hugh – already has a job as a dive instructor. It helps that the beautiful Mal works there too. How can Hugh keep his identity a secret when he feels he’s being watched all the time, and can he really trust any of these crazy island people?
After reading the synopsis of this book I expected something along the lines of Christopher Moore (“A Dirty Job”, “Lamb”). I can definetly see some influence, but was disappointed to not see as much of the humor or heart that Moore brings. Not that Mr. jackson doesn’t show some promise, but he seemed to get too caught up in making the characters strange and forgot to give them some grounding. I began to lose interest about halfway through the book, and was disappointed in the ending. I rated this book three out of five stars.