Jack and Sue Drafahl
Earth Sea Publishing (2019)
Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views (02/2020)
“O.M.G.” is the fourth book in the Acroname Series by husband and wife writing team, Jack and Sue Drafahl. Two storylines come together in dramatic fashion full of intrigue, adventure and discovery. It’s an entertaining story that will leave you with a feeling of satisfaction and a smile on your face.
One storyline involves three college buddies, partners in a deep-sea diving company that specializes in treasure seeking and recovering historical artifacts. While on a recovery mission for a missing Japanese submarine from World War II, they find instead an old military secret the government wants to keep buried. The other storyline features Oscar Madison Gains, a retired Air Force Colonel. Oscar is somehow connected to the old military secret discovered by the deep-sea diving group. And, while he wants nothing more than to be able to enjoy his retirement, gardening and searching for meteorites, circumstance beyond his control drag him into the world of politics and espionage.
This is such a fun story, though I must admit, as “O.M.G.” is the first book I’ve read in the series, I was a bit concerned going in. My worries were quickly alleviated, as this is not your typical series. In fact, it’s not a sequential series at all. A quick bit of research led me to the discovery that the acronym titles in the Acroname series stand for one of the characters. O.M.G. in this book stands for one of the main characters, Oscar Madison Gains.
The writing is phenomenal, the husband and wife writing team create a narrative that was seemingly effortless to produce – but there is no doubt extensive research was involved, as obvious from the level of detail provided. The side story surrounding Oscar’s meteorite hobby is so outrageous, I wondered if it was actually true! And, I personally fell in love with the characters – genuine, personable, relatable, these are just a few of the traits endearing the reader to the “good guys.” As for the protagonists, they excel at creating conflict that turns pages.
I highly recommend “O.M. G.” by Jack and Sue Drafahl. It’s one of those books that, when you turn the final page, will leave you wondering where your day went. I look forward to checking out the rest of the books in this lively, robust series.