The Wreck


They were supposed to rekindle their marriage at the lake. Instead, he’s diving for treasure among dangerous men…

High school science teacher Nate Martin feels unfulfilled in his humdrum life. Retreating to his folk’s tiny cabin along the rapidly gentrifying Great Lakes shoreline, he plans to reconnect with his wife—and maybe give her the baby she’s been begging for. But a different kind of enterprise comes floating his way when he discovers an unusual gold coin on the beach.

Teaming up with a reclusive ex-Coast Guard sailor, Nate dives for clues to the treasure’s origins. But when word leaks that there may be a fortune hidden under the waves, he finds himself hunted by greedy residents willing to use deadly measures to claim the loot.

Will the Martins change their planned family’s fortunes, or will callous rivals sink their dreams?

The Wreck is the first standalone novel in the Great Lakes action adventure saga. If you like twisted plots, underwater thrills, and unforgettable characters, then you’ll love Landon Beach’s compelling tale.


"Landon Beach's debut novel The Wreck is a modern-day Treasure Island that keeps the reader turning pages."

– Steve Alten, NY Times & international best-selling author of The MEG and The Loch

The Wreck has tons of fun stuff, like the log of a long-dead lighthouse keeper and flooded caves. Great underwater scenes, with a real sense of place and an action-packed climax that will make you jump out of your reading chair.”

- Paul Kemprecos, New York Times Best-Selling Author

“For a fun, exciting twist on the greatest mystery in Great Lakes maritime history, The Wreck by Landon Beach is an excellent summer read! Beach has crafted a story full of colorful characters; the bad guys are really bad and the good guys are really great. The Michigan summer cottage experience is perfectly captured, and then enhanced by a gripping adventure aboard boats, on shore, and best of all, underwater. Because the tension builds unbearably, the reader will not be able to turn away from the book and should take care when reading on the beach because of the danger of forgetting to re-apply sunscreen! We’re looking forward to more terrific Landon Beach Great Lakes novels!”

Cris Kohl and Joan Forsberg, well-known maritime historians, founders of Seawolf Communications, Inc., and authors of numerous diving and shipwreck books including The Wreck of the Griffon: The Greatest Mystery of the Great Lakes


The Wreck was named a semi-finalist in the 2018 Clive Cussler Adventure Writers Competition.

CC Award Semi-Finalist Seal The Wreck