6e1a1fe1bd9e1f7f42f01944d0d3b18fReviewed by Caleb Shadis

The Alchemist Agenda was a fast-paced thriller and a fun read. However, as far as thrillers go it was a little short. My copy was 263 pages. It had a good pace and a pretty good story. I would put this one in the league of a Dan Brown or Steve Berry, but I think there was a little more substance to it. The plot was much tighter than anything I’ve read by Dan Brown and that I feel is a good thing.

Charlie Rocklin is a treasure hunter who just recently had his dream come true. He has a partner who sought him out and was able to raise enough capital to start the company Charlie always wanted – Gold Diggers Exploration. Their main goal was to find and salvage ships from the ocean floor for profit. Spanish galleons of course were a favorite target.

Charlie’s team found a wreck and the hope was that it was one of a fleet of ships sent with a large bribe for the US. One that never made it. What they found was not what they were looking for; by some strange coincidence there was a WWII Naval sub sitting on the ocean floor nearby. A Nazi sub by appearances, though the outside more closely resembled an American sub. It was an enigma. It also happened to be carrying a very dangerous secret. A secret that some were more than willing to kill for.

Ariel is a history professor with a secret past and she also wants to find out what is on the sub, though she has less lethal means of getting what she wants. Together, Charlie and Ariel have to stay one step ahead of the shadowy organization trying to recover the sub and its secrets.

There was a lot that could have been added to fill out the book and give it some heft. However, I admit that many people don’t like having lots of ‘extraneous’ details and like the story to be streamlined. They will appreciate this one. It’s a decent book and the writing is above par for the genre. I think Marty Weiss has a promising writing career ahead of him.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Caleb is a software engineer and amateur woodworker living in southern Minnesota. He has more hobbies than he has time or money for, and enjoys his quiet time reading.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Marty Weiss. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.