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Summary

Rugged adventure guide and "player" Ron Combs leads a group of thrill-seekers to an island off Washington's coast. But when devastating lava flows destroy their boat and overtake the island, Ron and his clients are forced one-by-one into the sea, where a gigantic prehistoric predator awaits.

Trapped between the lava-covered island and the huge jaws of an ancient shark, Ron teams up with his client Rachel to devise a way to keep everyone safe...even if it means sacrificing himself in the process and finally changing his ways.

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potential but heavily let down.

the story itself has potential and could have been somewhat interesting with more plot depth but fails in character depth, reasonable plot development or reasoning. The ending felt incredibly rushed and obvious.
The performance is a huge let down, the performer gives no emotion to the reading and reads in such a monotone manner that chapters, characters and plot tension blend into one long mess of words.
A let down of a performance from a story that feels strongly written with the ambition to be a TV or big screen film but never picked up so left to languish as a mediocre story.

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 28-06-18

You'll feel like a seal in the water

Because everybody knows sharks love to eat seals. They are their favorite snack. Here, humans take their place in the food chain. There are some amazingly great things about this book, and some not so good stuff that makes you say WTF. The shark parts are exellent, and every chomp, rip, or crunch fills the water with enough chum to make a feeding frenzy look like some nuns on a sunday afternoon picnic in the park. Then you have the lava parts. The lava parts are not quite as crunchy, and oddly, are the least believable part of the book. Yeah. Lava. It takes you right out. It even comes off as harder to believe when people who have just lost some friends decide to share a shag near the death dealing lava. That would be the W portion of the TF part. Seriously, no one would act like that. Not even with the whole scylla and charybdis thing they had going on with the shark and lava. NO ONE.

Again, the shark pieces are fun and properly done, and when the book focuses on that it shines, when it doesn't focus there then it doesn't so much shine as suck in light. So the book ends up like a lighthouse, with moments of brilliance and then nothing.

The one saving grace for this novel was the narration by Ian McEuen. He somehow manages to salvage even the most unrescuable parts of the story and make it believable. The sharky bits are fun, and you can just feel McEuen waiting to attack and leave a wake of blood and severed limbs behind him. He even manages to make the lava scenes sizzle when they would absolutely fizzle without his narration. He undoubtedly carries this book on his shoulders.

If you are looking for some loopy Sharknado goofiness then this is the place to look, although you will get that more from the lava than the shark. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 23-01-18

Pretty Good

This book surprised me by being pretty good. The actions of the characters were reasonable and relatable. The characters were written really well. So much so that there were a few characters for whom I felt a distinct dislike and others I really like.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-02-18

regret thy name is colossus

I finished thus book only because I'm stubborn and couldn't believe it was actually this bad

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