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Fast Action with an Unbelievability Factor
Reviewed in the United States on January 19, 2018
First, the good news. I liked the author’s use of the language a lot. The pacing of the story is excellent, too. A little too fast but that is fine by me.
The story in the book begins with the assumption that the drinking water is becoming scarce on earth. A female scientist, Francesca Cabral, who has invented a method of producing drinking water from the sea water is kidnapped and during the course of her kidnapping, the plane she is in goes down into the Amazon jungle where she is rescued and tended to by the natives who revere her as a Goddess. In the meantime, dead whales disturb a sailing race. Among the racers are Kurt Austin and his side-kick Zavala, who work for the NUMA, short for National Underwater & Marine Agency. Thus, begins the investigation into the death of the whales to take the two undying-no-matter-what heroes after an eco-terrorist worldwide organization led by a seven-foot woman of Scandinavian origin. The ending is for the reader to find out.
Truth is, I almost stopped reading this book at its beginning. This must because I am not too much into the action-adventure genre or maybe because I don’t believe Olympian type of heroes as if reflections of Zeus can exist, but what threw me off over everything else was the beginning sections of the novel. Several disjointed chapters with totally different characters was a shock. I could understand this strategy of introduction if this weren’t a novel but a movie script where producers cut from scene to scene, but this is a novel, which should take its readers into account.
Granted, every chapter was exciting. The book is full of action, mostly incredible, and I could live with that…to a degree, but was it necessary to do away with Francesca at the end? Since everything edges on the unbelievable here, she could have lived, too.