Cayman Gold: Lost Treasure of Devils Grotto Thrust into a race for lost Spanish Treasure, four teenagers rely on their courage and scuba diving skills to survive. Sinister international forces plot to destroy a natural barrier reef in order to stake claim to gold doubloons and Colombian emeralds hidden for nearly 400 years. Amid the exotic waters and beaches of the Cayman Islands, this tale conveys an exciting mix of pirates, strange and timeless creatures of the sea, and the hospitable peoples of the Caribbean. Fast boats, mini-subs, undersea scooters, hurricanes, and even teen romance accentuate the fast tempo of this techno-thriller, the first in a series. The MacGregor family’s respect for life and the sanctity of the environment, along with their thirst for adventure, drive the teens through a series of challenging and surprising events.
Cive Cussler, Author of 25 Best-selling Novels, 80 million in print
“Trout has written a tale for young people the way it should be written.”
“Children’s Bookwatch” • Midwest Book Review (Wisconsin) • February 2000
“Cayman Gold is a well crafted adventure with meticulous attention to accuracy in detail and highly recommended reading for teens and young adults.” James Cox, Editor-in-Chief
KLIATT • Journal for Librarians • May 2000
“In this quick-moving adventure story, teenagers who are expert scuba divers bump up against modern-day pirates. In 1622, two famous hurricanes destroyed numerous Spanish galleons as they sailed in the Caribbean. As they sank, they dumped precious cargo on the ocean floors and into tiny crevices on the islands. Dr. MacGregor, a world-renowned zoologist, brings his children to the Cayman islands because he is studying endangered species and investigating the sea turtle conservation project there. The children, ages 17, 14, and 12 and all trained in survival tactics, are quickly drawn into a sinister plot. The 17-year-old boy falls in love with an island visitor who also becomes involved in the intrigue. The author, an environmental biologist and college professor, shows his love and fierce protectiveness of natural resources and endangered species.
This story is fun to read while making teens aware of environmental issues.”
Sherri Forgash Ginsberg, Duke School for Children, Chapel Hill, N.C.
VOYA • Journal for Librarians • August 2000
“Science fact and fiction based on folklore intertwine in this fast-paced story of pirate gold and adventure. In an increasingly rare story line, the family is intact, with parents who are intelligent and involved in the lives of their children. …surely will appeal to older teens–mostly boys–looking for a blend of adventure and a bit of romance.”
“Book Briefs” • The Sunday Oklahoman • February 13, 2000
“…..Billed as a young adult-family novel, this adventure story offers suspense and some good lessons in conservation.” Kay Dyer
“Kids Books” • Northwest Metro Times • February 22, 2000
“This riveting story combines historical events, hurricanes, daring escapades and some nasty bad guys and puts them all together in a way that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final page.” Dale Knowles