Author Peter Benchley is best known for his book, “Jaws” and the subsequent film adaptation (with Carl Gottlieb). Five years after Jaws’ publication in 1974, Benchley’s book “The Island” was published in 1979. Whilst “The Island” did not achieve the same critical acclaim as “Jaws”, and the movie based on the 1979 book was considered a box office flop, the novel was equally as riveting as some of Benchley’s better known works.
The suspenseful story tells the tale of a journalist who travels to the Caribbean to uncover the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle. The divorced journalist, named Blair Maynard, decides to mix business with pleasure and takes his son first to go fishing in Turks and Caicos. Whilst on a fishing excursion, they are kidnapped by pirates in Turks and Caicos. To avoid spoiling the ending for those who have not yet read the book, we’ll end our review here but “The Island” does provide some interesting insight into the seventeenth century pirate presence in the Caribbean.