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Book Review: Overdue by Fred Lockwood

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Overdue is the second book in the Jack Collier series. Having set the scene in the first in the series, Total Loss (read our review here), Overdue sees our marine salvage heroes get themselves into another scrape on the high seas. This time their adventures start in the clear blue seas off Indonesia.

The author spent a great deal of time and effort in the first book developing the characters and baseline story of their Marine Salvage and Investigation Company. This means that in this second book of the series, the story moved much quicker and it is a slicker read because of this. This time, our adventurous divers decide to take a well-earned break and head off to help out a friend mapping new dive sites off Sulawesi, but they soon find themselves embroiled in another marine mystery that plunges them into a new and dangerous salvage operation.

During a routine dive they come across the wreck of a light aircraft and discover two, sealed, plastic tubs. Soon after informing the authorities, a dangerous game of cat and mouse has begun.

Once again, the diving adventures in this book are well researched and the technicalities of the diving involved are described in detail. The book takes you from the Celebes Sea to the Caribbean, Jakarta to Manchester, as Jack and his friends try to dodge their dastardly pursuers, ensure their unusual salvage gets into the right hands, and to make a bit of money along the way.

Watch out for our review of the third book in the Jack Collier series soon….


  • Title: Overdue
  • Author: Fred Lockwood
  • ISBN: 9781784653088
  • Pegasus Publishers

For more information about Fred Lockwood visit his website by clicking here.

Nick and Caroline (Frogfish Photography) are a married couple of conservation driven underwater photo-journalists and authors. Both have honours degrees from Manchester University, in Environmental Biology and Biology respectively, with Nick being a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a former high school science teacher with a DipEd in Teaching Studies. Caroline has an MSc in Animal Behaviour specializing in Caribbean Ecology. They are multiple award-winning photographers and along with 4 published books, feature regularly in the diving, wildlife and international press They are the Underwater Photography and Deputy Editors at Scubaverse and Dive Travel Adventures. Winners of the Caribbean Tourism Organization Photo-journalist of the Year for a feature on Shark Diving in The Bahamas, and they have been placed in every year they have entered. Nick and Caroline regularly use their free time to visit schools, both in the UK and on their travels, to discuss the important issues of marine conservation, sharks and plastic pollution. They are ambassadors for Sharks4Kids and founders of SeaStraw. They are supported by Mares, Paralenz, Nauticam and Olympus. To find out more visit www.frogfishphotography.com

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Gear Maintenance Episode 3: Accessories Sponsored by Dive Rite (Watch Video)

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Saving Scuba: Are We Living The Dream Yet?! (Watch Video)

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Are We Living The Dream Yet?! How do we save scuba diving? A multi-million dollar industry primarily comprised of mom-and-pop shops. Non-essential. Tourism-based. And hit so hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.

In this video, I identify three key challenges to the scuba diving industry that have been amplified, but not created, by the coronavirus outbreak. Cute hashtags are not going to save scuba diving. We need a plan. We need action.

I have friends – professionals in the industry – who are suffering hardships because of this pandemic. And just because the quarantines may be lifted, it doesn’t mean everything will return to normal. People who have suffered economically because of business closures are not going to rush out and spend money on dive gear and travel.

As always, stay safe and thanks for watching. D.S.D.O, James


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