I believe this to be the best of this author's stories.
StangStar's stories inevitably involve a mustang of some sort. If you (like me) don't share the author's fondness for the pony car, this aspect can get tiresome and can even hamper the reader's plot immersion . In this particular story, the author uses the car a bit more subtly (very little) and as a result is excellent.
"Race.." has an Indiana Jones/Terry and the Pirates/Johnny Quest theme going for it that draws the reader in and separates this story from the author's other works. Maybe just the idea of islands floating in the sparkling Aegean invokes such strong imagery, the scenes are easier to picture.
At 157k, this story is also one of the author's longer stories. I'm glad he (I assume) was able to utilize the setting and plot to create a longer story than his usual fare (and longer than most in the "cheat" genre) as it further added to the immersion as well as rounding out the characters and tie up loose ends.