- File Size: 1146 KB
- Print Length: 184 pages
- Publisher: Sea Minor (February 19, 2016)
- Publication Date: February 19, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01C0REJLG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,673 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I loved the story, the difficulties they got themselves involved in, and the rivalry between the police and the navy. It a was classic cat-and-mouse story and the shaves were close. My only misgiving is that I found it hard to imagine that previously law-abiding people would take the chances they did but I’ve never been in that position. Where would I really draw the line if I thought my child would starve or become embroiled in a gang shoot-out? I don’t know. This is an interesting and engaging story and I enjoyed it very much.
This is some of Bird's best plotting as well, with the story gradually picking up suspense before a nicely executed conclusion. The Shallows is similar in content to a lot of what you find on the Barnes and Noble mystery shelves. But it's about a third of the price, contains no filler, and is considerably more human.
I came across Nigel Bird's work several years ago, in the form of his short stories. One of the best short story writers around, his short story collections Dirty Old Town (and other stories) and Beat on the Brat (and other stories) are collections I greatly enjoyed. And his novella Smoke is superb (to see my review of Smoke, click here )
The Shallows is equally, an excellent piece. It displays Bird's usual quality of prose - tight, yet always poetic - a very hard trick to pull off. I read the whole book in less than two days. In those two gripping days, I was thrust into the fast disintegrating world of Brad and Molly Heap, and their son, Shem, as they, a normal family, do everything they can to stay one step ahead of their pursuers - the Navy, the Police, a gang of drug and people smugglers, and most pernicious of all, their own conscience. These are normal people in a tough situation, through no real fault of their own, fleeing for their lives. And I was with them every step of the way.
Right to the last few pages, Bird leaves us hanging, not knowing if the family will make it. And even if they do make it, it is unclear as to their future together. Carrying all these unknowns into the final pages, leaving the reader hanging onto every word - that is great writing.
There are various subplots within the book, all handled expertly by the author. One is the Navy's pursuit of runaway submariner, Brad. The sea plays a large part within this book. There, you might think, the title of the book stems from - The Shallows - Brad's escape from the depths to the shallows. But, for me, Bird hints at something else. We all have hidden depths. All of us. Those places where the darkness consumes us, and the answers lie hidden. And it is only by going down into the darkness that the answers will reveal themselves. But sometimes, we haven't got the luxury of such a journey. Sometimes it's all about getting through the next day.We know that journey to the depths awaits, but before we go any deeper, we need to first survive the shallows.
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A family fleeing drug dealers, sought by the police and the military...well rendered, well told.