Mingo’s Cave is about adventure in the Caribbean. In it the reader gets to meet quirky island characters, search for hidden treasure, ride along on dangerous boat excursions, learn about the destruction of an Eco-sensitive camp, and seek revenge for a senseless murder.

St. John Book: Mingo’s Cave by Chuck Ball

In 1944, a native boy, Mingo Tamaryn, finds a cave. “Yo needs to stay outta dat cave. Listen to me boy, der ain’t no jumbie, but der is bad spirits and danger. In de bad days, white mens used boats to steal from one another. Der some story dey put der gold in de hole. Mens were kilt in dat hole. Dey jest throw dem down dat hole.”

St. John Book Mingo's CaveMingo almost dies. The location of the treasure cave is once again lost. This time it is locked away in his gentle, broken mind. He becomes a beloved savant at Arawak Camps on the island of St. John.

A physically strong, beautiful young woman, Riley Ferguson, fled a frigid family and found Caribbean paradise. She is a hammock weaver and scuba diver. Riley and Mingo become good friends. He is now a frail old man and tells her fantastic stories of hidden pirate gold.

Leslie Anne Murray, a heavily tattooed, quirky Boston ex pat was attracted to the sexy Caribbean vibe of Cruz Bay. She has spiked hair, tall lean good looks and world wide diving experience and fits perfectly into the pulsing tropical scene.

Jack Basnight from the Outer Banks of North Carolina is having a Caribbean fling. He is a handsome carpenter employed by Arawak Camps.

Tim, who is Jack’s brother, quits the Navy SEALS and shows up on the island. He is convinced to start – up a new scuba operation aboard the fifty foot dive boat, the Marion II.

The beauty of the cobalt water and verdant jungle mask an ugly reality. The ground under idyllic Arawak Camps is worth millions. Slimy land pirates, Captain Jacque and Big Tom plan to cash in. The bulldozers are rumbling and murder cracks the island serenity.

Join the crew of the Marion II as they search for pirate gold and try to save paradise.

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