Novels With a Scuba Diving Flair

Neo-noir scuba diving novels

Neo-Noir Scuba Diving Novels by Darcy Kieran

Darcy Kieran’s neo-noir novels have a scuba diving flavor somewhere in the story, although not always at the forefront.

We cannot be underwater all the time — but we can always pretend to be!

Scuba diving novel in South Florida and the Florida Keys

Mystery of The Blue Dragon

“Mystery of The Blue Dragon: A Neo-Noir Dive Into Crime, Passion, and The Abyss” is a crime saga with a heavy dose of romance, drama, intrigue, and scuba diving.

When a chance encounter with a DEA agent leads dive instructor Nollaig and computer hacker Sierra into a dangerous double life of scuba diving and cybercrime in a mission to take down a shady drug & gun-smuggling operation, they must face their personal demons and fight against a corrupt system to save their own life and accept that adversity can be a door to a better future.

Nollaig is a scuba diving instructor trainer with successful dive businesses in Miami and Key Largo, Florida. But when he meets Lucy, an undercover DEA agent, his life is changed forever. As they become entangled in a dangerous mission to take down a drug & gun smuggling ring with help from hacker Sierra, Nollaig’s world is thrown into chaos. Forced to flee Miami, Nollaig and Sierra will eventually find refuge on a tropical island, working as divemasters with fake IDs while fighting against bad capitalism, corrupt governments & unsafe dive operators. But the consequences of their mission still linger, and they must come to terms with their past in order to move forward.

Available – digital:  Kindle

Available – print:  Amazon (world)  |  Barnes & Noble (USA)

A scuba diving novel about a vigilante

Tidebreaker: A Vigilante’s Perfect Storm

Love, betrayal, and revenge collide on a tropical island as a former scuba diving instructor and his hacker friend cross paths with a lethal hitwoman on a mission for justice.

In a world where corruption thrives beneath the serene surface of tropical waters, Nollaig “Noll” Durand and Sierra Fleming find themselves entangled in a web of deceit and danger. Formerly betrayed and forced into hiding by a nefarious business partner, Noll seeks redemption while Sierra, a skilled hacker and loyal friend, stands by his side. Their quest for justice takes a perilous turn when they uncover a sinister operation involving toxic waste and the trafficking of young women to a sadistic billionaire’s private island.

Enter Lilith Smith, a vengeful assassin with a haunting past of her own. Drawn together by circumstance, Noll and Sierra are both captivated and conflicted by Lilith’s fierce determination and striking resemblance to a lost love. As alliances blur and desires collide, they must navigate treacherous waters to expose the billionaire’s atrocities and protect the ocean they hold dear.

But in a world where power protects the wicked and justice is elusive, their plans unravel, and they become the hunted. With danger closing in, Lilith takes matters into her own hands, delivering a brutal reckoning to those who believe themselves untouchable. As the dust settles, Noll and Sierra find themselves once again on the run, their fates intertwined with a mysterious woman who vanishes into the shadows, leaving behind a trail of chaos and a legacy of defiance.

“Tidebreaker” is a gripping neo-noir tale of vengeance, redemption, and the enduring power of friendship in the face of darkness. Join Noll, Sierra, and Lilith as they navigate the murky depths of morality, where the line between hero and villain blurs, and only the strongest will survive.

Gradually available on: REAM [Soon!]

Scuba diving novel in Miami's South Beach

Shadows on Ocean Drive

“Shadows on Ocean Drive” is a neo-noir crime novel with elements of thriller, mystery, drama, and romance added to a unique scuba diving component.

When framed for a devastating building collapse, an engineer-turned-Uber driver must join forces with a mysterious runaway as they attempt to take down an insidious criminal syndicate and find safety in the depths of the sea.

“Noir” is not for everybody. It’s mostly an acquired taste.

Gradually available on: REAM

Reasons To Love Scuba Diving Novels

Scuba diving opens the door to a fascinating world beneath the waves, and scuba diving novels can be a breath of fresh air, or should I say, a lungful of compressed air? 😄

Here are some whimsical reasons why scuba divers should dive headfirst into scuba diving novels.

  1. 1) Deep Dive Daydreams: You know those moments when you’re stuck on dry land, daydreaming about your next dive adventure? Well, scuba diving novels are your underwater escape. They’ll transport you to the deep blue sea, even when you’re stuck in a bus in rush-hour traffic.
  2. 2) No Nitrogen Narcosis: Reading about underwater exploits won’t give you the giggles like nitrogen narcosis, but it will provide a good dose of adventure without any pressure-related side effects.
  3. 3) Underwater Intrigue: Forget spy novels; scuba diving novels are all about underwater intrigue. From hidden treasures to sunken secrets, these books plunge you into a world of mystery and discovery that would make James Bond jealous.
  4. 4) Fishy Friends: Ever wonder what it’s like to commune with marine life or solve underwater mysteries? Scuba diving novels introduce you to fictional friends with fins and scales, giving you a taste of the aquatic social scene.
  5. 5) Equipment-Free Reading: Unlike your trusty scuba gear, books don’t require maintenance or regular servicing. No need to rinse, dry, or inspect pages for corrosion.
  6. 6) No Decompression Required: You can devour these novels without worrying about surface intervals. Feel free to binge-read; there’s no need for decompression stops between chapters.
  7. 7) Weatherproof Adventures: Rain or shine, you can embark on these underwater adventures. No weather cancellations here – just grab your favorite drink and dive into a good book.
  8. 8) Expand Your Dive Bucket List: Scuba diving novels may inspire you to add new dive destinations to your bucket list. Who knows, your next underwater escapade might be the result of a literary recommendation.

So, whether you’re a seasoned diver or just someone who’s “wading” into the world of scuba, these novels promise a world of aquatic amusement and escapism. Get ready to submerge yourself in captivating stories that make the ocean’s depths come alive on the page!