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Sliding Beneath the Surface: [The St. Augustine Trilogy, Book I] [Kindle Edition]

Doug Dillon
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Book Description

In America’s oldest and most haunted city, St. Augustine, Florida, teenager Jeff Golden is in trouble. Horrible dreams won’t let him sleep, and he is up to his eyeballs in terrifying, paranormal experiences.

Finally, Jeff turns to his girlfriend Carla, and Lobo, the mysterious Native American shaman, for help. But what he discovers is a lot more than he bargained for.

A ghostly presence linked to a local historic cemetery is not only threatening Jeff’s sanity but his life as well. And before he knows what’s happening, Jeff finds both himself and Carla pulled into one of the nastiest and most bloody events in Florida history. It is a place from which they may never escape.


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This is a frightening story. Ancient weapons that still kill, dead cats that walk, dreams of dying, and out of body experiences; they are all here in Doug Dillon's Sliding Beneath the Surface shrouded in a cold fog of mystery. But there is more... much more.

I thoroughly enjoyed Sliding Beneath the Surface and predict the book will be a big seller.

Charles R. "Chuck" Dowling
Author
Military History

The Midwest Book Review

Ancient weapons that still kill, dead cats that walk, dreams of dying, and out of body experiences; they are all here in Doug Dillon's Sliding Beneath the Surface shrouded in a cold fog of mystery. But there is more - much more. This is a frightening story about Jeff Golden, a self-pitying and rebellious teen-age boy who is being attacked by ghosts and deadly entities. What is happening? He reluctantly accepts help from Carla, a friend, and Lobo, a Native American Shaman with mystical powers. Together they work to uncover the truth and to keep Jeff from an imminent deadly threat. The fast-paced action quickly pushes the reader into the happenings - and the danger. As Jeff, and ultimately Carla, move between the present and a deadly event from the past where they both could be killed, Jeff finally comes of age. The setting - St Augustine Florida, the oldest city in the United States - is an inspired location for this heart thumping mystery. The old Spanish fort, the curling mists that exude from Matanzas bay, the old cemetery with the pyramids that burn, the historic buildings and the unwitting tourists that walk in and out of the tale, all provide just the right background for this marvelous story. I thoroughly enjoyed Sliding Beneath the Surface and predict the book will be a big seller. Charles R. "Chuck" Dowling Author: To Keep Our Honor Clean The Mad Dogs.

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THE TRILOGY LOCATION:
The historic, waterfront city of St. Augustine, Florida is the perfect setting for these three strange tales about a confused and terrified teen having to grow up all too quickly.  The stone fort built by the Spanish 300 years ago, the spooky cemeteries, and all the old buildings create a background that just oozes paranormal activity. Well, that and all the ghost tours they have there. Some say it's the most haunted place in the United States. Each book could have it's separate name, but the series had to called, The St. Augustine Trilogy.

Product Details

  • File Size: 495 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Old St. Augustine Publications; 2 edition (July 18, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005J5L0BO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #529,720 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I do believe I am ready to review this book tonight as I say this I am currently thinking of what I would like to say about the book. I finished this book within two days as I started it on the 10th and finished it on the 11th, today being the 13th. I've given the books ending and mystery a few days to think about what I would like to say in my review.

This book is a very unique book as I cannot compare it to any other book I have read in the past. And I have read a lot of paranormal books. It has history, paranormal experiences, mystery as it is like a puzzle to figure out, action and a budding romance. When I say history I mean that the author, Doug Dillon really did his homework in order to recreate a scene that I believe no one will question. I have never read a book that has a shaman as a character in the book and it opened my eyes and mind to the possibilities. It also had me question some of my own past experiences and rethink a few things that has happened in my life.

Because this book has had such an effect on me as a reader I purchased An Explosion of Being: An American Family's Journey into the Psychic [New Edition] also by Doug Dillon and Barbara Dillon, his wife. I'd almost like to see if it gives me any insight as to where Doug got the idea for this book. :)

This book hooked me from the beginning with Jeff and his telling of the story. The intro to the book cracked me up and gave me a feel for Jeff as the main character. Jeff is a unique teenage boy that is smart but has some family problems in which leads to anger management issues.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative Spin on Paranormal and History! January 12, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Sliding Beneath the Surface is a story I can't wait to share with my son (12y). I know he will enjoy it as much as I did and learn something in the process. Doug did an amazing job detailing true events in history and there current locations. This story is based in St. Augustine Florida, I am now wanting to plan my next trip there to explore the real places that are noted.

The main character Jeff is hilarious even when he is freaking out. If I wasn't laughing I was saying OMG that can't be happening, then laughing again at something else that was said or done soon after. Carla, his friend, helps him get to the root of his problems when Jeff starts to have painful constant headaches and dreams that wont go away. She brings him to her friend Lobo (an old Native American Shaman)who seems mean and rude, but leads Jeff down a path that will uncover the puzzle behind his troubles.

The story is written in Jeff's POV and the story is well written from beginning to end. I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series to see what adventure Jeff and Carla embark on next.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Super Exciting! December 1, 2012
By aly4811
Format:Kindle Edition
Sliding beneath the surface is another one of those books that really stands out, to me at least, as an original piece. Doug Dillon does a great job incorporating history of St. Augustine into this book, and let me tell you...I'm not one for history...But he made it interesting. Of course, I'm not sure how much of it is actually true?? *guess she'll have to look that up >.>*

Following Jeff Golden, you see this story as told from his perspective. And boy was Dillon right on the money in portraying a 15 year old's mind!! Through this series you learn about Jeff's past, Carla's past and Lobo is kind of their guide through their "now" journey. The weird dreams, the alternate realities, copied images of people that they make themselves, ghosts, shaman's...and the list goes on. This book keeps you on your toes every step of the way.

I loved Sliding beneath the surface and I believe that people who like ghost stories and paranormal books will too! Give it a try, Dillon won't let you down!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A ton of potential, very intrigued... July 10, 2013
Format:Paperback
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Mr. Dillon for offering up your story.

Ok, so first of all a disclaimer, this book is probably more of a 3 1/2 stars for me and loses a star because I absolutely hate when in a first person narrative the character talks to me knowing I'm reading their story. The whole, "oh wait I'll get back to that in a moment" thing drives me nuts. First person isn't my favorite narrative voice in the first place, but first person breaking the fourth wall, grrrrrrrrr!

Jeff has just moved to town recently. With a absent mother and no real home life he has developed a strong bond with a girl, Carla, down the street. As things begin to happen to Jeff he can't explain Carla takes him to meet her friend Lobo. An older Indian gentleman who has a strange ability to know what you're thinking and know things about you that he has no business knowing. Lobo explains to Jeff that after his bike accident he has abilities others don't. He can see the worlds within worlds of the reality around us. But Jeff has no control over those powers and finds himself in danger as an ancient spirit keeps trying to contact him. Jeff finds himself thrust into a world with rules he doesn't understand trying to figure out what is happening around him and gain even a little control over his new "powers." He finds himself splitting away from his body and seeing double, as things trip him up and send his consciousness to another reality. As more details of the ancient spirit trying to get his attention become known Jeff and Carla find themselves delving into the details of one particular battle in the Seminole War. Only finding out everything they can will help them free the spirit trapped in it's endless loop and let things return to normal.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 15 days ago by polly forrester
4.0 out of 5 stars Beneath the Surface
I enjoyed reading this book. I learned a wee bit about St. Augustine and had to pull it up and google the city. I will recommend.
Published 1 month ago by Crafty Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read!
This book was so good,I had to stop and come back to reality! It, (the book) took you to a place, and held you there. It was like you visited along with the story line. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dee's Kindle review
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
could not put it down
Published 2 months ago by Susie
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Impressed
Okay says it all. I was not impressed with this book.
Published 3 months ago by SSM
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Published 4 months ago by michelle
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT read!
I really enjoyed this book, and look forward to reading the next two. The story sucks you and before you know it's 2 am and your wishing you didn't work in the morning so you could... Read more
Published 4 months ago by JESSIKA
4.0 out of 5 stars History Is NOT Boring
This is a good book for all ages, but especially for boys who have reached the age when they just want to play soldier games and everything they draw looks somewhat like planes... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Deborah L. Klein
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange book
At first I thought it was too weird and maybe I'd stop reading it. But I kept on reading and began to enjoy it more. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars terrible story. The main character was difficult to follow
I live near St Augustine, so was interested in the book as the tie in to some of the lore of the place and it's history (I realize it's fiction). Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jayne
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A former award-winning educator, Doug writes about things paranormal and historical. His interest in the paranormal comes from personal experiences as detailed in the nonfiction adult book he and wife wrote titled, AN EXPLOSION OF BEING: AN AMERICAN FAMILY'S JOURNEY INTO THE PSYCHIC. Out of those events and extensive historical research, he created SLIDING BENEATH THE SURFACE for young adults, Book I of the St. Augustine Trilogy. Doug set his trilogy in the oldest and most haunted city in the United States, St. Augustine, Florida not only for those reasons, but also because it's his favorite place to visit. Books II and III of the trilogy are on the way.

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Sliding Beneath What?
I can't say that I am or not. I know that there are a lot of unexplained things out there that we will not understand and can't explain. I find it intriguing too but like Jennifer I would have to see it with my own eyes to believe.
Feb 13, 2013 by Len Phelps |  See all 5 posts
Do you believe there is some type of life after death?
I believe that when we die we go to heaven and that our spirit can linger here.
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Paranormal?
I am sure I would be terrified. I would seek help from the clergy and pray a whole lot.
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