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There’s action and there’s adventure and
Reviewed in the United States on April 1, 2020
there’s a decent story. What I had a hard time with was the characters.
When Andrew Mayne is writing about his new heroine’s, (Sloan McPherson), diving escapades, the writing is exciting and often breathtaking. Well, she does have a problem remembering to...😉 There’s lots of tension and all the stuff action and adventure junky readers like; all except the BANG, BANG, BANGS that made me think about episodes of Batman and Robin from the 60’s...
The story is written from a first person POV. That puts the responsibility on the storyteller to tell you about herself and all the other characters so we can become invested in both the story AND the players. OK on the story, a bit lacking on the players, for me. Mayne did have flashbacks to fill in the history but this is not a dual timeline story. As much as I’m tired of reading them, this book could have benefited from a few chapters of backstory. The development is just lacking.
Violence is moderate and not too descriptive: 3/10
Sexual content is non existent
Language is typical of this genre and includes f-bombs but no divine epithets: 4/10
“The Girl Beneath the Sea” is volume 1 in a new series. It is a stand alone novel without cliffhangers. With a location like Florida, there’s certainly plenty of fodder for story material. There were enough good elements to give the second book a chance and hope for better characterizations and a few other tweaks📚