Near Miss by Paul J. Mila



1. Dangerous Waters

2. Whales' Angels

3. Fireworks

4. Near Miss

5. Killer in Paradise

6. Fugitive In Paradise


Larry Loggerhead Travels to the Sea Turtle Hospital

Gracie Green Turtle
Finds Her Beach

Harry Hawksbill
Helps His Friends


Bubbles Up

Basic Underwater Photography


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  Near Miss by Paul J. MIla

NEAR MISS: Spies, treasure hunters, and Cozumel scuba divers collide in this Caribbean adventure.

Near Miss, is the fourth adventure featuring the husband and wife diving duo Terry and Joe Manetta, who return with a new cast of unforgettable tropical characters.

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.

Terry and her husband, former New York City detective Joe Manetta, team up with old friends at the NYPD, FBI, and CIA, to solve this international caper. Throw in the Washington DC PD and the alphabet soup gets even thicker, as spies, treasure hunters, and Cozumel scuba divers collide in this Caribbean adventure.

It's been several years since Terry and Joe Manetta accidentally embroiled themselves in a Caribbean mystery thriller. Their latest adventure covers an international triangle anchored in New York City, Havana, and Cozumel with brief stopovers in Washington D.C., Madrid, and Cadiz

About the Author

Paul J. Mila traded in his corporate suit for a wetsuit, and now devotes his time to writing, scuba diving around the world, underwater photography, and speaking to groups about ocean conservation.  He has enjoyed the opportunity to photograph and dive with Caribbean reef sharks in the Bahamas, humpback whales in the Dominican Republic and the South Pacific Tonga Islands, diverse sea life in the Cayman Islands, Cozumel, Bonaire, Hawaii, Antigua, and in his home waters off Long Island, NY. 

Paul’s underwater pictures have been featured in magazines, National Geographic Television, and on web sites related to scuba diving.

Following the advice of writers who said to write about what you know and like, he has incorporated the ocean and diving as the core of his writing.  FIREWORKS is his third novel. Diving in the same waters as the characters in his books has enabled him to write with realism, and to describe for non-diving readers the beauty and wonder of exploring our undersea world.

He and his family reside in Carle Place, New York, a small town on Long Island. 
You can contact Paul via email: [email protected]