Vanishing Games, by Roger HobbsHere's the first review:
A perfect sampler. It tells a tale from start to finish, like a Saturday serial episode that ends in a cliff hanger. You learn how sapphires are smuggled out of Burma/Myanmar and how pirates operate in the South China Seas. Every character is unique, even the ones who barely matter. You feel like you know them though you sure hope you never run into them.
I want to read the rest of this book and have added it to my to do list, though I couldn't help wonder why boats carrying fortunes aren't protected by helicopters or seaplanes? Or in this day and age, armed drones. For that matter, why isn't the cargo carried by aircraft instead of small boats?