Baby Shark (Baby Shark #1) Kindle Edition
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Baby Shark is a fast-paced thriller set in the underworld of 1950s Texas. The action starts right away and doesn’t quit until the very last page. It’s a good book, but, unfortunately, the author chose to completely control the font on the Kindle version. Set to my normal reading size, the print was rendered very tiny. If I set it to a bigger, more comfortable reading size, when I switched to other books I was also reading, the font size on those was huge. This made the reading experience a bit annoying. I do not like it when authors choose to control the font and size like that.
Kristin Van Dijk's life changed forever one fateful night at a pool hall in Texas in 1952. She's only 17, but she's there with her father who's a traveling pool shark. Her mother having died a couple of years previously, Kristin's father gave her a choice of traveling with him and living in the back of his big old car or going to live with stuffy, religious Aunt Dora in Oklahoma City. You're sixteen, curious about the world, haven't yet really gotten to know your father and have just lost your mother--which would you choose? Right. Now Mr. Van Dijk isn't your typical hustler. He's a rather erudite pool shark and the trunk of their car contains just as many books as clothes and other possessions, and he generally seems to have done a fairly good job of looking after his daughter.
That is, until he misjudges an opponent's intentions and Kristin is forced to watch her father brutally beaten and killed, and then she herself is raped repeatedly, beaten senseless and left for dead in the burning pool hall--except that the owner, a diminutive Chinese man named Henry Chin, who has watched his own son be murdered as well, drags Kristen from the fire. After many weeks of hospital stays and surgeries, Kristin leaves to live with Henry on his isolated farm where she has her own small cottage and begins to plot revenge on the four men who left her an orphan and so physically and emotionally scarred.
Henry brings in a team of old friends who specialize in different things--hand to hand combat, firearms, physical training of all sorts--and Kristin trains hard, while Henry has hired a private investigator to help figure out who the men were and locate them. The police, of course, are just not that interested in pursuing justice. And after awhile, Kristin also decides she wants to shoot pool like her daddy, so one of his old cronies comes to work intensely with her and she becomes very good, eventually being given the name Baby Shark.
I wanted to like this book more than I did. The biggest problem I had with it was that this was 1952, supposedly, and yet very little about it made me feel like it was 1952. The attitudes of people, the way Kristin dressed and acted, even the medical attention and surgeries she had after her beating seemed too modern and didn't work for me; she was obviously a modern woman transported back in time and would have stuck out like a sore thumb in her tight jeans. Much of what happened with the training and these mysterious friends of Henry's also just seemed very implausible. So as much as I was rooting for Baby Shark, I just couldn't really get fully behind her and the story because I never was quite able to believe it--and there was too much of the anachronistic about it to simply suspend disbelief. I've given it three stars for originality mostly, but I've decided not to read on in the series.
I got this one for free too. I did not expect a lot from it. But, it surprised me. It is a really good read. It grabbed me on page one and held on to me the whole way through. There are things I could quibble over here and there, but they just don't take away much from the book. It is fiction after all.
Lots of guns, action, moral ambiguity, all tied into a mysterious conspiracy featuring a 19 YO female pool shark, a Chinaman, a motorcycle gang, crooked cops, and a pulp novel PI in 1954 TX. What's not to like?
It was so good I read it in one sitting. That does not happen real often with me.
It was a pleasure to read a book written by a guy with a decent command of the English language, and the ability to turn mere words into an adventure that I seemed almost part of.
Not our Baby Shark. She heals and vows revenge. Housed by the proprietor of the bar that was trashed and burned, the man who lost his son, he secures martial arts and guns experts to mentor his protege, while she seeks out the best pool training in the land. Meanwhile, a sleazy private eye friend of the bar owner has been tracking down the gang.
When she's ready, Baby Shark swoops out of the deep and delivers fatal bites tailored to each participant in the crime.
This is no normal book of revenge. This book seethes; it burns. The reader revels in the cold revenge Baby Shark dispenses. I couldn't put this book down.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Robert Fate's BABY SHARK may seem like a trip back in time to a kinder, gentler age, but Kristen Van Dijk's experiences in 1952 belie that illusion.Read more