Into the Killing Seas

Michael Spradlin

Author of the Youngest Templar and Killer Species series brings us a thriller that makes a fascinating chapter from history come alive. With a bite.


Patrick and Teddy lived in the Filipinos where their dad managed a Ford factory, until news said the world was about to turn crazy. Their parents put them on a plane to San Fransico, with plans to catch the next plane themselves. Then Pearl Harbor was attacked. Patrick and Teddy were grounded on the island of Guam during another invasion. Had to escape gunfire. Into the jungle, where:

“we learned how to stay invisible.”

With a small band of natives they learned to live off the land. Three years later, Americans retook Guam. Patrick and Teddy were put in an orphanage where Benny from the Bronx, a Marine stationed nearby, loved to play with the kids.


And here’s where the real adventure begins.

To help them reunite them with their parents, Benny sneaks them on his ship. It’s hot in the cargo crate, and Benny’s superior seems to be catching on, but they have much larger problems when the ship is attacked.


They’ve learned to live off the land. Now, they’re stuck at sea.

Clinging to remains of an old cargo crate, Benny’s too wounded, Teddy’s too traumatized—only Patrick can save them from the sea, and from other survivors, like a traumatized marine who would kill for their raft:


“Was that what would happen to all of us eventually? Did this endless sea make everything in it crazy?”

And: “When the USS Indianapolis exploded, the sound and vibration traveled through the water like a homing beacon to sharks for miles around, who were attracted to noise and vibration in their hunting instinct.” Patrick stares sharks dead in the eyes. Fights them off with a stick. But they keep coming. Hundreds:


“I suppose I’m getting used to the beasts…”

We couldn’t recommend this one more. It’s a masterful blend of engaging story, complex characters, and well-researched history. And sharks. Lots of sharks.


Here’s what an enthusiastic reader like you had to say:

“This is an amazing book which the boys in my 5th grade class think is amazing. They love the twists and turns and can’t seem to put it down.”

Page Count 224
Part of a Series? No
Age Level 9 — up

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