`A strong storyline has its climax back in London - like most of the book's best scenes it's underwater; in the Thames.' --Daily Mail
`Cunnell maps new noir territory in an incandescent underwater world, where shipwrecks and luminous sharks are described as precisely as the madness and weakness in the hearts of men, the slipperiness of relationships and identity, with a quest to find what really lies beneath.' --The Guardian
`What I particularly appreciated was that the diving sequences, from the Red Sea to Stoney Cove, fitted seamlessly into the action ... Pack it for your next trip.'
'You can really tell Howard has taught diving - this book is the first I've found with exciting and accurate descriptions of diving. Overall, it reminded me a little of The Beach. A good exciting noir.' --Good Reads
'Howard Cunnell wisely foregoes the diving-as-action approach and presents the emotion and sensation of diving that we feel through the main character, Kim...Cunnell presents diving as an emotional metaphor for the way Kim feels about his life. Diving is his escape. From poverty, tyrants, responsibility, and yes, even his wife. His description of diving is spot on, from the feeling when you first hit the water, to the excitement of sighting sharks.'
--The Diving Blog
Howard Cunnell has a Ph.D. from the University of London, and has been a Leverhulme Fellow at the University of Sussex. He is the editor of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road: The Original Scroll, which the New York Times described as ‘the living version for our time’. A former professional scuba diving instructor, he lives in London.
Excellent pacy thriller, given an extra dimension by the astonishing underwater sequences. Recommended.Published 8 months ago by Thomas Mogford
didn't really like this book, it's obvious that the author knows his subject of diving, but not sure if the premise of write about what you know is appropriate to this... Read morePublished 12 months ago by E. Dale
A good premise for a novel. The conflict between the beauty and awe inspiring freedom of the seas, and the responsibilities of family, all wrapped around a thriller. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Alison Towers
A rich man has decided to take his yacht and a number of guests to the Red sea where wonderful reefs could be found for scuba divers. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mrs. Stella White
Many years previously Kim and his best friend, Garland Rain traveled the world. They worked as dive guides, living free and easy by the sea. Read morePublished 22 months ago by xenofan
The idea is so promising, but it's just let down by a lack of focus. The writing isn't bad, the descriptions are beautiful and will almost certainly inspire you to take up diving. Read morePublished on 25 April 2013 by Cat R
for those who have even snorkeled in open water, it opens up a new world above and below the waves.
a gripping read through love in suburbia, the Red Sea and back again.
Kim is an accomplished professional diver, but this means him going off across the world for weeks or months at a time, and an insecure income. Read morePublished on 9 Jan. 2013 by T. Walker
I'm not really sure why I chose this book. The cover was a little off-putting: the intense-looking handsome young man with a veil of palm trees superimposed over the image,... Read morePublished on 31 Dec. 2012 by Mr. K. Cross