Deep Fathom by James Rollins – ‘I feel humbled.’

You know that experience after reading a book and don’t know how you feel about it just yet?

That’s exactly what I felt after Deep Fathom. It’s thrilling, action-packed and has a bunch of really good characters to root for – all key ingredients to a wholesome reading experience. 

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But while ‘impressed’ is an expected reaction from Rollins’ work, I’d say ‘humbled’ is a more appropriate term for this.

It’s been a while since I’ve experienced reading something that makes me feel humbled. I’m not sure how but something in the story struck a chord. Now that I think about it, it’s something along the lines of:

  • There’s so much more out there – deep sea–  that we don’t know of. Secrets that invite curiosity but might be best left undiscovered.
  • We never really know when things end for us. One day it’s all sunshine, the next it’s over.
  • It’s always great to have people with the same interest – sharing your dreams, helping each other. To know someone has your back when you need it.

And Jack Kirkland is a beautiful protagonist – someone you can sympathize but is equally complex to fully understand. I especially liked his methodical approach to things and the way he easily diffuses panic by staying ‘focused’ – not an easy feat but one thing he did so very well in the entire story.

This was what Jack liked best about diving. The isolation, peace, the quiet. Here there was only the moment. Lost in the deep, his past had no power to haunt him.

The ending….is just plain WOW! I didn’t expect that. A literal out-of-this-world twist that I welcomed with open arms after everything. It’s an experience that I think every thriller and science-adventure fan deserves to experience.

And I thank James Rollins for this work. I’ve been a fan of Sigma Force and I’m always left in awe. This is amazing. Go check this out, dive deep!

Mark Your Calendars! January 17 – ‘Tangled Like Us’ (Like Us Series Book 4)

Like seriously. Never have I  been very excited waiting for a book sequel!

Damaged Like Us, the first installment, was an accidental find as part of my Kindle’s free ebooks and it’s amazing! Needless to say, I had to purchase books 2 and 3 because I just had to. There was no debate. No second thoughts.

So when I learned how book 4 was on its way, HURRAY!

Yes! I need more and the Ritchie sisters don’t disappoint!

Patience isn’t my strong point, but I’m being tested. Two days more. Just two days more and Tangled Like Us will officially be available! I can’t wait.

Here’s a sneak peek of the book’s first page from Krista and Becca’s official Instagram.

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Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark T. Sullivan – better fiction than true story

A novel based on a true story and set during the war against the Nazis, this book pretty much presented a solid train of events that spanned years while staying focused on the story of its hero – Pino Lella.

While inspired by true events, it can be tricky to identify along the way which of it is true and which is pure fiction. And if you have preset expectations on reading something autobiographical, this may not appear good.

Overall, though, I like the story. But I viewed it mainly as a fictional work based on the Nazi war rather than a recount of experience by someone who lived through the tragedy of that era. I suspect it has something to do with Mr. Sullivan’s writing style.

Still, the story is a fine read and shows a decent amount of drama, struggle, politics, and religion fit for its setting.

It’s not something I’d recommend but if you want a glimpse of what that war felt like without boring yourself out with dates and names, I say you give this a try. 

More details from Mark Sullivan books’ official website.

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