- File Size: 3341 KB
- Print Length: 243 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Severed Press (February 3, 2015)
- Publication Date: February 3, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00T5JBJHA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,512 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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On an atoll that is part of the Fiji islands a developer has decided to create a unique vacation experience. James White has built a hotel complex that includes an underwater hotel made of a thick durable plastic glass. The views of the reef and marine life are incredible.
Coco Keahi is a fresh out of college with a degree in marine biology. She has accepted a position to be the resident expert for the guests at the new underwater hotel. She can't believe her luck in landing this job. She will also be doing tours in a mini submersible. However, her luck is about to change.
This story follows a predictable path, but is very fun to read. It moves along swiftly with mass destruction and new construction technology that doesn't work well, especially when being attached by an ancient fish. Great cliffhangers at the end of the chapters too. I didn't want to put it down, had to find out what was going to happen next.
I recommend this book for those of any age who like the shark week type movies, disasters, and adventure stories.
The plot of this book has the meat (that is the tourists) in an underwater hotel, deep down behind glass windows. The shark seems to be just furious at those people behind the glass so like a human tapping a fishbowl to see the guppies swim, he will attack and try to destroy the glass. Now, unlike Jaws, there is no easy way out. In general, the way out is to swim out of the underwater hotel and make it past the shark back to the beach. So, the danger is more real and the chance of death is up close to 100%. It adds more tension to the book. I might add that in Jaws the food was tourists, mostly middle class. Here the people are all millionaires with a belief in their innate right to luxury and the good life. For some reason, it is more interesting seeing a millionaire eaten than some truck driver on a beach weekend.
The heroine is a tiny little thing from Hawaii brought in to lead diving parties and give lectures. As might be assumed, she yells "wolf" and tells her boss Mr. White all about the big fish, but millions in debt to investors, he does not want to hear. At first the boss did not seem like such a bad guy; he saved a few dollars here, took a short cut there, but it is all in the American business style. However, given enough rope he does eventually turn into a proper villain. Sometimes I wonder about the way the people in a book think. Told that a rescue capsule is too heavy to float because of furniture, my first thought would be, "remove the furniture." That never occurs to those trapped. The shark gets trapped a few times in an enclosed area and in the old days we were told they would die if they did not continually swim, but science has since found sleeping sharks and it appears they can live without moving. The heroine gets away from the big shark and can live a long and healthy life on land. But she goes back in the water and puts her life in immediate danger, not once but twice. That made no sense at all, but I guess she is just heroic beyond all belief.
So, in general I enjoyed the book. There was plenty of danger to go around and as an old scuba diver I could feel the threat. As a New Yorker I hate the New England Patriots and there was a Tom Brady character in the book who I sincerely hope was eaten by the shark. The author never quite made that clear.
Why such a poor rating then? Horrible (or non-existent) editing. For instance:
-at one point a character goes from being a "medium height, slim Indian man" to being a "tall, powerfully built African American". The references to the character are so jumbled you can't figure out if the author is simply confusing the names or has truly morphed the character from one descriptor to another without remembering
-In one conversation "Clarissa" is speaking with "Coco". However "Clarissa" says something, and then "Clarissa" replies. From reading the text you understand it should be "Coco" who replied, however why am I as a reader having to make these mental edits/corrections as I go along?
-In the SAME paragraph, one character is described as another's girlfriend. A few sentences later she's his wife. A few sentences later she's his girlfriend again. Huh?
I could go on and name countless others of these. I overlooked the initial few as just artifacts, but there were way too many to be forgivable. Which is incredibly frustrating, because otherwise this is a narrative you can really become immersed in -- but just when you do, one of these hugely clunky misses jerks you back to the surface.
Add to that some elaborate setting, and my popcorn and I are ready.
This is a popcorn book. Coco (oh how I hate that name) has been hired as a pilot of a submersible at the most extravagant hotel ever built - a hotel that is entirely underwater. When a host of the world's richest and most famous people gather for the grand opening of the hotel, a hungry beastie that has been disturbed by the building process decides to see if the 1% actually taste better (hint - they do!).
This is action-packed, bloody, and absolutely ridiculous! I loved it.
Rick Chesler, I want more!