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Aint gonna be no next time Mikey...
on 6 May 2014
I don’t know that I really needed to read this book. It is very similar to his last in this series, i.e. lots of surfing terms, an interesting will-she won’t-she end up in bed with his new fancy scenario, a lawyer, who is several rungs above him on the San Diego society ladder and a well-plotted real estate scam for him to work out and then get into danger in pursuit of (1) a cheating wife, and (2) a lowlife gang of sorry failures attracted to the ideas behind a racist white supremacist. Excuse me if this sounds a little tired, but it all depends on whether you like the setting (surfers) and the Private Eye, Boone Daniels. I liked him in his first in this series, but I’m just a little bored, especially with three line chapters and – well – the refusal of Boone himself to get a life outside of the surfing scene.
It’s well written, don’t get me wrong, but it really does depend on whether you are a ‘surf’s-up’ freak. The action is good, in parts – and I think he’s done enough to make this a successful read, but I’m not a surfer and this time there is little to learn. We already know about his commitment problems, and we know about his surfing credentials, but the ocean is: “as flat as Kansas” in this book and there is nothing really new to learn about Boone here. My reaction is, sadly, move along people, there’s nothing to see here. Development of the ‘Raine’ superstructure plot might get me back, but I’m reserving judgement on this one.