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Cool Blue Tomb (Aristotle Socarides series Book 1) by [Kemprecos, Paul]
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Book 1 of 7 in Aristotle Socarides series (7 Book Series)
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About the Author

My fiction-writing career owes it start to the bad navigation of an 18th century pirate. For it was in 1717 that a ship, the Whydah went aground, reportedly carrying a treasure. In the 1980s, three salvage groups went head-to-head, competing to find the wreck. The controversy over the salvage got hot at times and I thought there might be a book in their story. I developed my own detective, an ex-cop, diver, fisherman, and PI named Aristotle "Soc" Socarides. He was more philosophical than hard-boiled. Making his first appearance in "Cool Blue Tomb," the book won the Shamus award for Best Paperback novel. After many years in the newspaper business, I turned to writing fiction and churned out five more books in the series. Clive Cussler blurbed: "There can be no better mystery writer in America than Paul Kemprecos." Despite the accolades, the Soc series lingered in mid-list hell. By the time I finished my last book, I was thinking about another career that might make me more money, like working in a 7-11. Several months after the release of "Bluefin Blues," Clive called and said a spin-off from the Dirk Pitt series was in the works. It would be called the NUMA Files and he wondered if I would be interested in tackling the job. My wife closed the deal when she said: "What else have you got to do?" The answer was "nothing," and I took on the writing of "Serpent" which brought into being Kurt Austin and the NUMA Special Assignments Team. Austin had some carry-over from Soc, and another team member, Paul Trout, had been born on Cape Cod. The book made The New York Times bestseller list, as did every one of seven NUMA Files that followed, including "Polar Shift," which bumped "The DaVinci Code" for first place. I continue to write and am working on the e-book release of my Soc series. Christi and I live on Cape Cod where she has her own financial services business. We live in a circa 1865 farmhouse with two cats. We have three children and seven granddaughters. To learn more about Paul Kemprecos, check out his website at http://www.paulkemprecos.com/.

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  • File Size: 2133 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Suspense Publishing (January 10, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 10, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007MJLPDI
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,476 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Terry McAdams on September 3, 2013
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I remember in college my literature professor explained that good writing required colorful, descriptive scenes. You didn't write "the sun sat". You wrote something like "the orange disk settled into the burning ocean" or some such thing.

Well, Paul Kemprecos took this style of writing to a whole different level. Most books attempt to provide descriptive phrases in the beginning and then it is left behind and the author just tells his/her story. Not so with Paul Kemprecos. Not only are his descriptive phrases throughout the book but they are so long winded that they became boring and irritating. I swear one such phrase went on for half a page. I got to the point where I would just skip down a paragraph, or so, and continue from there.

Too much descriptive phrasing aside, the story was very slow and not very exciting. This book will not keep you up at night. I liked the premise of a treasure hunt but I could not get into the character of the detective, his Greek family and his lifestyle. It did take me a while to figure out the ending and that alone kept me going.

I see he has other books in this series. I don't think I will be reading any of them unless I run out of my favorite authors. I really don't see what Clive Cussler saw in this book to offer him a job writing for him. Maybe Mr. Cussler read all the books in the series and the others are much better than this one.

I also see a lot of 5 star reviews. I would be skeptical of a new authors 5 star reviews. You would be surprised how many family members and social friends will give a new author 5 stars just to help him out. I'm not saying this has happened here, to this author, but I know firsthand it does happen.
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Perhaps it was just that I bought a Kindle edition, but my copy was so full of typos, misused words and missing words that it was difficult to enjoy the story. I would have to go back and reread a sentence or section 2 or 3 times to figure out what they were trying to say. It was extremely frustrating. I bought The Emerald Scepter and loved it - no problem with typos there - so I'm not sure what the issue was here.
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I have just started this book and am uncertain whether I will finish. Too wordy. In the beginning the author describes the night and the location. It was very well described and at first I liked it, but then I quickly realized it will take me days to finish the book if an entire paragraph is devoted to what the air felt like on a summer night. I usually get through a kindle book in a few hours so this book feels restrictive to me. I will keep going and hope to come back and revise this review.
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I was hoping to find another author to read beside Clive Cussler (who I love)...Kemprecos co-authored with Cussler so I thought/hoped his stand alone books would be good.....I have tried to read two of them and can't get through either one..They are slow, boring, and I don't like his main character so it's hard to "root" for him....
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The milieu – Cape Cod – and the character – ex-cop, fisherman, diver, PI – were a refreshing change from the usual big city, hard as nails private eye novel.

Aristotle ‘Soc’ Socarides, the main character, has a distinctive voice with some wry descriptions of people and places. And he’s not the usual tough guy PI, always spoiling for a fight and using brawn to conquer the bad guys. It’s refreshing to see a PI use his brains to get out of tight spots.

It took a while for this book to get going but once it started to roll, it rolled fast. Occasional scenes of ‘Soc’ interacting with his family gave the reader a chance to catch his breath.

There were lots of typographic and punctuation errors in this download.

This book wasn’t good enough to make me want to read more in the series, but I won’t pass them up if they come my way.
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I bought this book because I love suspense and because the description promised Hellenism and Cape Cod. (My dad's from Greece and my family has had second homes on the Cape the past three generations.) I was not disappointed – I totally loved all the references to Greek-American culture and the setting of Massachusetts' storied peninsula. The main character is fantastic too – A Greek-American wise-ass with enough intellectual heft and military skill to succeed at part-time sleuthing. The rest of the time he eeks out a living on a friend's fishing boat and spends it in watering holes. An intelligent college grad from a prosperous family, "Soc" is simply most at home among the "townies" on the Cape. His characters remind me of the locals where I live – indeed, the people who make up any town anywhere. I felt completely at home in Soc's world and I was submerged into this irresistible tale as quickly and completely as the ill-fated murder victim in the opening sequence.
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This story is a very interesting read and is a great outline of how all sharks are not found in the water. The author does a good job of telling about the characters and circumstances with colorful and meaningful descriptions. As in life it is sometimes difficult to tell the good guys from the bad guys so careful observation is provided in the authorr's descriptions that keep the reader hanging on to the details on every page. Good read that is a page turner and is easy to get into each time the reader picks up the storyline even if it has been a few days since being immersed in the story.
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