Below Book Review
The mysteries of the deep have always piqued a human's curiosity. Why not pen an oceanic thriller novel based on sea creatures that aren't sharks? Looking for a horror beach-read just in time for October? Perhaps, 'Below' is your kind of story. Read on to find out if it truly is...
Below - Ocean Suspense Story or cover for a Racist Apologist
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Below the great, murky depths are many sea creatures. Some are cute like a sea otter and others can be exceptionally dangerous like the barracuda. In Ryan Lockwood's world, the 'red devils' are prowling beneath the waves looking for their next meal.
I mentioned this will be my shortest review(Probably not my last) but it's for one blistering loud reason - as a reader I can't tell whether or not this is an ocean suspense story or a cover for the author's revelation of being racist. And that's just awful.
He's not racist, he just doesn't know any better
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It's a glaring problem that jumps out right from the beginning. A flaw that rapidly took the enjoyment out of reading the book. In fact, I'm glad I deleted it from my Kindle library. Good riddance. What a waste of e-space.
Never mind that Will is also related by marriage to a Mexican cop. I suppose when his wife passes away that the bond of brothers is torn away as well. When Will's brother-in-law is beaten in public, Will only gives a shrug of an apology for the crappy behavior of his friends.
Honestly, it's sad that the only redeeming factor that Will has that gives a small clue that he's somewhat human is that he's at least fond of taking care of his pet dog.
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So is there anything positive to the story? I will give kudos that the author appears knowledgeable when discussing marine life. But that's about it. Which is a real shame. There's not enough monster creature novels out there. The book, 'Below' could have been a decent story if only the author didn't allow his personal beliefs bleed out all over the pages.
Below Book Details:Originally published: January 1st 2013
Author: Ryan Lockwood
Below Book blurb:In all his years as a professional diver, Will Sturman has never encountered a killing machine more ferocious than the great white shark or as deadly as the piranha. Now, off the coast of California, something is rising from the deep--and multiplying. Voracious, unstoppable, and migrating north, an ungodly life form trailed by a gruesome wake of corpses. With the help of the brilliant and beautiful oceanographer Valerie Martell, Will finds himself in a race against time to stop the slaughter--by a predator capable of devastating the world's oceans. Pray it kills you quickly.
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