Neptune’s Tear

This is a pre-publication review. Neptune’s Tear by Joseph Baneth Allen will be released on July 13, 2012.

Bob Crisci’s reality becomes fantasy when he journeys to Topsail Island, North Carolina, with the intent of writing an article on abandoned military towers. Instead, he has a strange run-in with an elusive nudist, and meets an old woman named Mary, whose desperate search for an unusual treasure captivates Bob’s imagination.

Neptune’s Tear is a delightful story, with vivid scenery, and fun characters. I especially loved the way the author incorporated Bob’s human flaws; he’s visiting the ocean, but he’s terrified of water. I found his character easy to relate to in many ways. The small-town atmosphere is well-described in the story. I felt as though I was really there!

The author doesn’t give away too much, and we are left to wonder about some of the characters and how they came to be. There is an air of mystery that is particularly enjoyable. Neptune’s Tear is a great summer read–short and sweet!


Becoming involved in a search for a missing treasure was not on Bob Crisci’s agenda when he arrived at Topsail Island, North Carolina.  Bob had come to the island town to write an article on the abandoned military observation towers and the role they played prior to NASA moving to Cape Canaveral.  Instead, at the urging of a mysterious island nudist named Connor, Bob becomes involved with the elderly Mary Morgenstein who is desperately searching for a mysterious treasure known only as “Neptune’s Tear.” While the entire town adores Mary, there is one who will stop at nothing to prevent her from finding her lost treasure.


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