"Sunken gold, black magic, sea monsters, a beautiful Brazilian in a bikini-what more could you want from a summer thriller?" –Kirkus, starred review
Three college buddies, two ravishing shipmates, a wealthy yachtsman (and plenty of Mexican tequila) combine and combust in this thrilling tale of a search for sunken treasure—and survival against an awesome creature of the sea.
After graduating college, Jack Duran and his two best friends, Rock and Duff, are looking forward to a carefree trip around the globe—a last stab at freedom before tackling the “real world.” But when Jack’s vagabond brother, Dan, vanishes in Mexico, they head off instead for Puerto Vallarta on a mission to find him.
Following Dan’s trail of shady dealings, and fueled by a potent Mexican tequila, they soon join forces with a Bahamian yachtsman—a charismatic eccentric with a mysterious past—and become hopelessly enamored with his two enticing shipmates. Sailing down the jungle-covered coast of Mexico, they discover that Dan was searching for a 19th-century shipwreck reputedly laden with gold. When they finally locate the sunken wreck in the bay of a remote fishing village, they enter its eerie, black waters and begin their hunt for the treasure.
But, one by one, the divers begin to appear
Jack soon discovers that a mysterious leviathan seems to be guarding the wreck. Could it be the fabled Diablo Blanco—a deadly local legend come to life? Blinded by the prospect of untold riches, Jack pursues his harrowing quest to the very brink of the abyss, bringing him finally face-to-face with an awesome, mythical terror.
A fast-paced, high-adventure thriller reminiscent of The Deep and The Beach, Dark Gold is the hair-raising tale of a lost ship, a dark obsession, and a terrifying denizen of the deep.
"I sat down with Angsten's thriller in the afternoon, and I was still reading at 2 A.M. Dark Gold builds to a frantic and explosive climax."
—Royce Buckingham, author of Demon Keeper.
"Taut and well-crafted. I couldn't put it down."
--John Scott Shepherd, author of Henry's List of Wrongs and The Dead Father's Guide to Sex & Marriage, and screenwriter for Joe Somebody and Life or Something Like It
"Sunken treasure, exotic locations, adventure and intrigue on the high seas, and a dark and disturbing undercurrent of mystery that H.P. Lovecraft himself would have been proud of are all key ingredients of David Angsten's first class roller-coaster of a novel."
--Nick Redfern, author of Three Men Seeking Monsters