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Middle Waters Paperback – April 10, 2015
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About the Author
John Clarke has been a diving scientist with the U.S. Navy for thirty-five years, conducting research specializing in the adaptations of people and animals to the deep-sea. That research began at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and Florida State University, culminating in research in the Puerto Rico Trench and participation in the U.S. Navy Scientist in the Sea Program. The University of Florida School Of Medicine provided NIH-funded postgraduate training in human medical physiology. His Navy research began at the Naval Medical Research Institute, Bethesda, MD and continues at the Navy Experimental Diving Unit in Panama City, Florida. He is a Physical Scientist and holds a Ph.D. in Physiology. He lives in Panama City, Florida, USA. His website is http://johnclarkeonline.com.
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This novel is fascinating. Personally, I never put much credence in clairvoyance and some of the other psychic phenomena that appear in “Middle Waters,” but Clark pulled me in, seemingly without effort – Bravo Zulu! The alien angle was fascinating and quite believable within the context of the story. Clark's characters were three-dimensional, and he even managed to generate some depth-of-character for a couple of the aliens who played meaningful roles.
I have a couple of negatives that should be mentioned. From time to time within a chapter, Clark suddenly shifts scenes dramatically from one paragraph to the next. This caught me unawares. I would have preferred a break of some kind to warn me. Also, as the story progresses from a specific party’s perspective, suddenly, Clark tells me about the thoughts of another character in the scene without shifting the story point-of-view to that character. It’s a confusing mistake that many first-time novelists make. Had the story not been so very good, I would have downgraded the rating to a 4-star or even less because of this, but the story quality simply trumped these problems in spades! I wholeheartedly award this story 5 stars, and will recommend it to anyone interested in a different take on humanity’s role in the universe, and in deep sea diving and aviation, of course. (Contact me, Dr. Clark, and we can have an interesting dialogue.)
Did I mention aliens?
That is, of course, precisely what Clarke’s self-styled protagonist Jason Parker must figure out.
“Middle Waters” captured my imagination and surprised me all the way to the epilogue. I just didn’t want to put it down.