There’s a lot of adventure, intrigue, action and mystery in Near Miss, the latest novel from adventure writer Paul Mila. As with his other novels, much of the storyline in Near Miss takes place above and below the water on the Mexican island of Cozumel.
According to Mila, many of the characters and scenes in the book were inspired by real-life people Mila has encountered during his many visits to the island, a Mecca for scuba diving enthusiasts. “Spending so much time in tropical latitudes, I’ve been fortunate to meet an array of colorful characters with intriguing backgrounds—fertile ground for a novelist. So of course, several new friends and local amigos have found their way into this story.”
In this latest fictional tale, displaced international consultant Dayle Standish heads for the Caribbean, following a losing battle involving corporate intrigue and blackmail. Diving Cozumel’s azure waters, Dayle photographs a mysterious encounter inside a deep underwater cave. Soon after, a deadly assassin working for a foreign intelligence service starts targeting Cozumel dive operator Terry Manetta's customers. But Dayle is determined not to become the next victim, keeping one step ahead of a relentless killer pursuing her across the Atlantic and back to the Mexican Caribbean.
Mila, who traded in his corporate suit for a wetsuit, devotes his time to writing, scuba diving around the world, underwater photography, and speaking to groups about the growing need for ocean conservation. Mila’s books, videos, and underwater photographs are featured on numerous diving websites and by National Geographic Television. Near Miss is his fourth novel, following three successful dive adventure tales: Dangerous Waters, Whales’ Angels, and Fireworks.