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Something in the Water: An Ocean Romance by [Starling, Ben]
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About the Author

Ben Starling is passionate about marine conservation and boxing, both central themes in his upcoming novel. His interest in marine life has taken him across three continents over the past three decades. He is Oxford University’s only ever quintuple boxing Blue (varsity champion five years running), was Captain of the university boxing team, competed until recently, and continues to coach. He is 6’3”and 192 lbs. Ben graduated with a Master of Arts and a Master of Philosophy. He was born in the USA, but has lived in the UK since childhood.

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  • File Size: 3326 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0956581226
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Edington Press (January 21, 2016)
  • Publication Date: January 21, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B016ZXTRM2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #561,633 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Kindle Edition
Originally posted on Tales to Tide You Over

This book is very hard to classify which can be a bad sign but is not in this case simply because the story is strong. If you’re expecting a traditional romance, though, you’ll be disappointed. There is a confusing, realistic, at times frightening, romance that doesn’t hold to the markers expected in a traditional romance. The book is, however, mainly an environmental thriller with a mystery to solve that aspiring investigative reporter Teal Douglas is capable of undertaking if she only has faith in herself.

I’m going to avoid major spoilers, but I’ll say one of the reasons it doesn’t follow traditional romance guidelines is because Teal is in a long-term relationship through most of the story that is not the love story. This relationship is both toxic and abusive, clear from the beginning, though I felt Edward/Bear was a little overdrawn at times in both the descriptions of him and his behavior. I didn’t always agree with what Teal chose to do, but at the same time, I always understood why she did make those choices, so I’m divided. It’s certainly as complicated and messy as real life. The love story is a low-key romance that has non-explicit sex and is mainly about the people coming together because of what they believe in.

As might be expected with my characterization of an environmental thriller, there’s a strong environmental message mixed with mysticism in a beautiful blend of spiritual tradition and scientific knowledge. For the most part, the story is grounded in the contemporary world with a clear understanding of the problems we face not just in what’s happening to our planet but also clear in the mentality that drives the wealthy to act as they do.
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Something in the Water felt a lot longer than 395 pages, it covered such an array of topics. Ben Sterling has created in Teal, a character that is going through an extreme life/soul changing experience throughout the pages of this book. His character Perry has been somewhat likened to himself with the boxing, athletic, marine affinity background personality.

In Edward/Bear, Ben has provided a character that I truly wanted to die, multiple deaths within these pages. There were many times I wanted him to be punched, shot, drowned, eaten, etc. In the island, he has provided the auspicious myth of a people who shy away from tourism and outsiders.

I feel as though Ben dared to allow readers to take a glimpse into his own soul and the issues that mattered to him. He did a superb job of bringing the characters to life in these pages and in invoking feeling from his readers. I look forward to reading more of his work and hope he is answering his own calling to make a difference in the world.

** I received a copy of this book for free with the <a href="[...]">For Love of a Book Read & Review Opportunity Program</a>
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A fast-paced opening in the city of New York sees journalist Teal Douglas plunged into intrigue with the discovery of a small box dropped by a stranger. As career disappointments and a relationship with the wrong man begin to take their toll, Teal finds herself on an assignment to a beautiful and remote island in the South Pacific where she begins to discover what's truly important in life. A budding new romance with an ex-boxer turned marine biologist, a blue-footed booby, and a whale named Solomon are just some of the wonderful characters our protagonist meets, and throughout her journey we are subtly made aware of the current plight of dolphins and whales in our world of greed and excesses. Solving mysteries, saving innocent animals, and falling in love are just some of the themes woven throughout this wonderful story. Characterization is brilliant and, guaranteed, you won't be expecting the ending. Another wonderful story from author Ben Starling.
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Usually I'm not a big romance novel fan but "Something In The Water" isn't your average romantic story. The reader becomes instantly involved with Teal as she reluctantly accepts a surprising assignment which turns out to be a life changing experience. With her deceased Grandmother's letters to guide her, Teal tries to give her present life situation a second chance while slowly discovering that maybe her future happily lies elsewhere.Both personally and professionally, Teal finds mystery half way around the world, quite different from her New York City home. The author's passion for environmental conservation provides a background for suspense, surprise, love and a little bit of magic along the way. If this is an example of everything Mr. Starling writes then I will read all he has to offer.
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Format: Paperback
A journey that starts on page one and keeps you guessing, praying, laughing right until the last page. I found myself getting swept up in the characters, cheering for some and rooting against others. I loved that the book is a mixture of everything – mystery, romance, suspense, and excitement. It leaves you thinking about the delicate balance between all living things.

Is it a sad book? At times very, and yes, it made me cry. But I also cried tears of joy. Then there's the bigger picture, revealed in the subplot that puts everything in a spiritual perspective. Five very well-deserved stars.
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