Bahamarama Analysis

Bahamarama (Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

Zachary (Zack) Chasteen, former linebacker for the Miami Dolphins, is being released after spending one year, nine months, and twenty-three days in a Florida prison for a counterfeiting crime he knew nothing about. His one interest is getting to his girlfriend, Barbara Pickering, who was supposed to pick him up. Instead, two vehicles are waiting for him at the prison gate, and he knows none of the tough-looking occupants.

Barbara is on Harbour Island in the Bahamas, overseeing a photography shoot, a project called Bahamarama, and thinks she has arranged for Zack to meet her there. Things definitely do not go as either of them planned. Before the end of his first day out, Zack is in a fight with two men at the prison gate, has his passport and papers stolen by the man in the other vehicle, and is later attacked by three men, gets hit in the face with a shovel, knocked unconscious, and tied up with duct tape. Zack manages to escape by strangling one of the men and swimming away from the others. The action continues at a fast pace, with murder, blackmail, and kidnapping interfering with his rendezvous with Barbara. And of course, there is also a hurricane that hits Harbour Island.

Zack is a likeable character, with a colorful supporting cast: his enigmatic Taino Indian friend Boggy, Police Inspector Lynfield Pederson, and Barbara Pickering herself.

Bob Morris is a longtime newspaper columnist, essayist, and travel writer. Readers of Bahamarama, his first novel, will look forward to more.