- File Size: 985 KB
- Print Length: 149 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1497395607
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Just4kix Books (December 30, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 30, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004H1TD38
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,093,649 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mystery at Ocean Drive (teen action adventure) Kindle Edition
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A young man and his close buddies manage to rescue a lovely young lady who is being held against her will by some sinister people in his neighborhood. There are some really exciting moments, some close escapes, and a charming romance (very tame one, mind you) to move the story along. I liked the strong family unit in the book, the supportive friendships, and the overall wholesomeness for lack of a better word. It just felt a bit like Nancy Drew-land where things might get scary but you know somehow there will be a happy ending. Indeed, Mystery at Ocean Drive gives us a happy ending, and I wish that there were more in the series!
The only confusing aspect I found was that I continually wondered where the story took place. The terminology seemed British but some of the areas mentioned just didn't seem to match up with the US or the UK...finally I figured out South Africa after a good deal of wondering. It's really a minor thing but I'm one of those people who likes to know "where" when reading.
Excellent read that any young person, male or female, can enjoy. (And by the way, adults who'd like an escape to the days of their youthful adventures with teenage sleuths will love it too.)
My main issue with this book was that the characterisation felt rather flat and I didn't really connect with any of the main characters. However, considering that it's a relatively short book and two-dimensional characterisation is a common problem in children's mysteries, I don't think it's a big deal - just a personal preference for me.
Another thing I struggled with at first was trying to place the book - the blurb/description didn't tell me and neither was it mentioned anywhere in the first half of the book, so I spent a while trying to work it out from the clues (surfing, beaches, ocean) combined with mostly British English spelling/terminology; at first I thought US, then Australia, until it finally clicked that it's probably South Africa instead (and indeed, it was confirmed later in the book). In a local market, that would not be an issue at all, but this may be something that at least some readers on Amazon would prefer to know in advance to avoid getting confused. Again, this is probably just my personal problem.
Other than that, I'd consider it a pretty decent, quick read, although I'm far from being in the target group.