The Eye of the Sun Curses the Sunshine State

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Author David Celley weaves jewelry heist, illegal drug peddlers and sacred curse into new adventure novel

The story features a contrast of cultures at work with and against each other.

Legend has it, several centuries ago a man made a trip to India where he stole a large blue diamond from the forehead of a statue of the Hindu goddess, Sita. According to the legend, the man was torn apart by wild dogs on a trip to Russia; this is the first death attributed to the curse. In his new book, “The Florida Caper,” author David Celley brings the Hope Diamond curse to life once again.

In “The Florida Caper,” a jewelry heist of the rare Eye of the Sun, containing fragments of the famous Hope Diamond, prompts an investigation up and down South Florida, later uncovering a powerful drug dealer residing in the Bahamas. As investigators dive deeper into the case they begin to find the jewelry piece is causing more destruction than they were first aware of, alluding to the legendary curse of the Hope Diamond.

“This is an action adventure story that takes readers to a faraway corner of the country in pursuit of a derivative of the Hope Diamond,” says Celley. “The story features a contrast of cultures at work with and against each other.”

After graduating from college, David Celley lived in South Florida for two years and considered going into the jewelry business with a close friend. Celley later became a consultant where he had the opportunity to travel to numerous faraway places, thus sparking his inspiration for the locations found in his stories.

Driven by mystery and packed with action readers will be swept away as “The Florida Caper” unleashes ancient curses, jewelry heists and a seemingly senseless murder.

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The Florida Caper
By: David Celley
ISBN: 978-1-4917-6941-6
Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iUniverse

About the author
David Celley attended the University of North Carolina and Cal State University, Los Angeles. He is now retired and living in Orange County, California, after a career as an IT consultant. He is the author of Woodruff’s Firebase and Galvez Stadium.

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