The Isle of Alaska
suitable for young
adults interesting in environmental issues
THE ISLE OF ALASKA MYSTERY, high school
senior Jake Benveniste has arrived in Seattle with his
mother, a software specialist with McDowell Aeronautical.
Jake meets Janet
Webster, a beautiful but potentially dangerous young woman, who
works for the Seattle Commission on a Competitive Workplace.
Involvement with Janet lands Jake right in the middle of the
Commission's plot to illegally dispose of toxic wastes in the
waters of Puget Sound. With the help of a University professor
named Dr. Sherlock Homes, and the grudging assistance of Janet
Webster, Jake foils the Commission's plans.
Jake is entrusted with a
computer diskette by Janet's mentor, James, after James is
injured. The diskette contains vital information that implicates
many leading citizens in illegal activities of the Commission.
As Jake becomes deeply immersed in the plot, he is pursued
through the streets of Seattle by Marvin Noxin, a ex-Navy SEAL
who wants to get the diskette back. Jake entrusts the diskette
to his friend, Dr. Sherlock Homes. Later, investigating Janet's
responsibility in the affair, Jake leads Noxin on a perilous and
exciting chase in sea kayaks through a surprise summer storm in
In the end, with Noxin planning
to seal Jake in a 55 gallon toxic waste drum and toss him off
the deck of the tramp freighter ISLE OF ALASKA, Janet comes to
the rescue and saves Jake's life. For this act of heroism she
isn't punished too badly when the information on the disk is
turned over to the authorities.
Dr. Homes, impressed with
Jake's knowledge of science and his quick thinking in difficult
situations, offers him a job in ferreting out what is causing
problems at a research site on the Olympic Peninsula. Jake
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