‘Lizard Key’ Blends Adventure, Legend & History

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Author Mark Marchetti says Historical Fiction Allows Him to Weave Together Disparate Elements for a Fast-Paced Plot Peopled by Colorful Characters.

Mark Marchetti continues his colorful tradition of high adventure and historical fiction with “Lizard Key,” a book that features a Nazi admiral fleeing Germany at the end of World War II, stolen gold, a lost submarine, a beautiful woman seeking revenge, a corrupt U.S. senator, a neo-Nazi terrorist publisher, a voodoo priestess and a modern-day pirate.

“Sometimes, I think writers think too much about what note-takers from literary circles and Ivory Towers throughout the world say about what a book should be,” says Marchetti, a retired police officer who spends his free time scuba diving, hunting, enjoying fine liquor and cigars, and writing adventure novels.

“But I think readers tend to want the same things: a storyline that keeps things moving, colorful characters and a real sense of adventure; historical fiction is an efficient way to combine these elements.”

As his tale unfolds, readers find it’s no mistake that the various elements and characters of Lizard Key have come together – fate, destiny or some other kind of providence has drawn them there. It’s a mysterious island where no one arrives uninvited. A mix of historical facts, island legends and fiction blend in a story of contemporary pirates and smugglers operating in the Caribbean.

“Fast-paced, colorful characters, exotic location and exciting story line,” writes Amazon reviewer David. “I’m looking forward to the next installment of the pirate adventures with Nick, Wild Bill, William Cooper and others.”

During the golden age of piracy the Caribbean spawned men like Blackbeard, William Kidd, Henry Avery and Black Bart Roberts. Marchetti takes this rich past and crafts a compelling historical fiction novel.

“We go there to capture some of the romance and adventure that the islands hold,” he says. “Nowadays, we look to the islands of the Caribbean as sanctuaries from the stress of the modern world. Warm weather, white sandy beaches, light breezes and tropical drinks are just a few of the enticements. The perfect days can blend into one continuous moment.”

About Mark Marchetti

Mark Marchetti is a modern Renaissance man who graduated from California State University, San Jose and went on to a 28-year career in law enforcement. He continues to teach firearms training. While attending high school in what is now Silicon Valley, Marchetti became a music instructor and, later, a scuba diver. He has traveled the world, diving reefs and shipwrecks, and meeting colorful characters. Marchetti is also a racecar driver, hunter, fisherman, golfer and writer. He has four grown children and lives with his wife; they divide their time between homes in Montara, Calif., and Catalina Island.

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