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Publication Order of Aristotle Socarides Books

Cool Blue Tomb (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Neptune's Eye (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death in Deep Water (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Feeding Frenzy (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mayflower Murder (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bluefin Blues (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Grey Lady (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shark Bait (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The God in the Sea (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Matinicus "Matt" Hawkins Adventure Books

The Emerald Scepter (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Minoan Cipher (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Killing Icarus (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of NUMA Files Books

Serpent (With: Clive Cussler) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blue Gold (With: Clive Cussler) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fire Ice (With: Clive Cussler) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
White Death (With: Clive Cussler) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lost City (With: Clive Cussler) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Polar Shift (With: Clive Cussler) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Navigator (With: Clive Cussler) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Medusa (With: Clive Cussler) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Devil's Gate (By: Clive Cussler,Graham Brown) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Storm (By: Clive Cussler,Graham Brown) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Zero Hour (By: Clive Cussler,Graham Brown) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ghost Ship (By: Clive Cussler,Graham Brown) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pharaoh's Secret (By: Clive Cussler,Graham Brown) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nighthawk (By: Clive Cussler,Graham Brown) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Rising Sea (By: Clive Cussler,Graham Brown) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sea of Greed (By: Clive Cussler,Graham Brown) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Journey of the Pharaohs (By: Clive Cussler,Graham Brown) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fast Ice (By: Clive Cussler,Graham Brown) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Vector (By: Clive Cussler,Graham Brown) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Condor's Fury (By: Clive Cussler,Graham Brown) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Nothing Good Happens After Midnight(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Paul Kemprecos

Paul Kemprecos is an American adventure and mystery writer. Paul worked in the newspaper business for over 25 years before he started writing fulltime. He says that the writing bug bit him when he took up a story involving the Whydah ship that sank with treasures of immense value in 1717. Paul found the rescue characters quite engaging and thought that the story could be turned in to a novel. His debut novel, Cool Blue Tomb, has some details of this intruding ship that pushed this talented managing editor into full-time writing. Paul’s debut novel enjoyed quite a readership and even got a Shamus award for the best paperback novel.

Paul has co-authored the NUMA FILES series with Clive Cussler and also went ahead to write more novels after that. Paul lives in Cape Cod with his wife and two cats. He lives a rather quiet life where he enjoys time spent with his three children and grandchildren.

The Cool Blue Tomb

The Cool Blue Tomb is the first book in Aristotle Socarides series by Paul Kemprecos and its’ a private eye novel that features Soc, a witty and appealing protagonist. Soc gets involved in an expensive salvage operation whose budget is pegged at 50 million dollars. While the offer is quite enticing, there is a diver who has lost his life in the rescue mission, and there is no telling just how dangerous the salvage operation can get.

Aristotle Socarides, a Cape Cod part-time fisherman best known as Soc, is part of the salvage operation. Though imperfect in every sense of the word, this honorable man who also doubles up as a private eye has no problem swimming with the sharks. The only problem is that his blood works as the bait. He is torn between doing the sensible thing and getting off the troubled waters of the sea or getting deeper into the water to do his part in honoring his family. It does not help that one diver is already dead, and the dark underworld is unpredictable; however, talented one is.

His decision to plug deeper into the cape cod waters leaves him with a few startling discoveries. For one, he gets to discover just how dangerous the currents in this area can get. He also finds that getting to the bottom of things in search of the truth can be quite a task. That said, his private eye skills are put into good use, and he is able to unearth a few truths. It takes time for this philosopher to untangle the web of betrayal, smuggling, and revenge that leaves a ship loaded with treasures of immense value and an expert diver dead at the bottom of the sea. There is more than meets the eye in the whole rescue operation, and there are many people involved in ensuring that the truth does not eventually come out.

The mystery and thrill in this novel will have you hooked from the first page to the end. While the storyline is simple, the maritime setting and the passion, betrayal, and violence details give it quite an edge that sets it apart from other books in this category. Soc will have you sucked into his imperfect private eye’s life and leave your mouth wide open at some of the extreme activities he engages in during the rescue meeting. The book is also quite witty, and readers enjoy the humor littered throughout the story. It is hard not to look forward to reading the next sequel after reading this new-york best seller.


This is the first book in the NUMA series by Paul Kemprecos. The first eight books are co-authored with Clive Cussler, and these two talented writers can churn pieces full of wit, mystery, and the thrill that comes with dangerous missions and unexpected twists and turns. It helps that both are New York best sellers with a good number of engaging books and awards to their names.

The series feature Kurt Austin, the head of the National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA), and his partner Joe Zavala. Thanks to his job, Kurt is aware that the underwater world is nothing but dangerous. However, this does not prevent him from taking dangerous tasks and dealing with numerous challenges head-on.

Kurt’s job involves engaging assignments in different parts of the world. He is often in conflict with people who want to exploit available resources without a care in the world. Even though such people are many, Kurt is determined to ensure that these exploits do not happen under his watch. He is a professional man who wants to leave the world a better place. This puts him in conflict with many, and he faces death many times throughout the series.

The Serpent book centers on a group of men who are keen to keep a few truths from the world. In this book, Kurt is involved in rescuing Nina, a marine ecologist who gets in trouble off the coast of Morocco. The NUMA team is keen to find out why archeologists are being murdered. Soon enough, the team links the murders to a Texas group known as Time Quest. The archeologists have stumbled on artifacts that could potentially change history. While Time Quest claims to offer volunteers to help the archeologists dig, the volunteers turn out to be murderers who are keen to conceal the fact that Spain did not come first in the New World scene.

What follows is a thrilling story showing how the NUMA team works hard to stop Francisco Halcon, the leader of the Time Quest group, from killing archeologists and trying to form a revolution to reclaim part of the U.S as a Latin-America territory. From the first book in this series, it is clear that Kurt, who also happens to be a dueling pistols collector, loves and understands women in a way most men do not. He also has a good relationship with his partner Zavala who had quite a colorful childhood that involved growing up in New Mexico and a stint at middleweight boxing. These two partners undertake many exciting tours throughout the world and explain the elaborate lies and betrayals that take place in the deep waters of the sea.

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