Somewhere in San Diego is the second book in the Somewhere series, the first I have read by this author.
It is a break-neck paced action story with main characters racing against time to save the fiance of one's partner. Oddly enough, the character who is trying to save his fiance gets very little print. He is actually a subordinate player.
Our heroes are a man and woman who should be together but aren't due to their history. They are reunited by the current circumstances. In the midst of the life and death perils they face we witness their working through relationship issues. This strained my credulity a bit as I find it difficult to think they would be focusing on their relationship while being hunted by bad guys looking to kill them. But maybe that is just me.The action of the story was almost relentless. We did get short interludes to catch our breath, but then bang! it's on again.
There is plenty of sexual tension, and outright sexual activity, interwoven with the blistering action. Very graphic at times. Yes, sex and violence in the same story. For all the action and intrigue, the story wrap-up fell a bit short for me. The action side of the story line was wrapped up in one paragraph. The resolution of the relationship issues got several pages. So, we have a romance with action overtones rather than an action story with romantic overtones. Not a bad thing by any means, the story is good, the action tight, if maybe a bit overwhelming given that we actually have a romance here.
Somewhere in San Diego by Dennis Macaraeg is a good overall read. Enjoy!
Now while I think it works better if you read Somewhere in the Shallow Sea first it’s not 100% necessary. Personally I would just so you can see the progression of not only the tale but also the author.
The plot follows the same sort of pattern as the previous book. Danny is a biologist who created a compound that can attract fish. While Danny and his friend Blake have been collecting data on their research Blake’s fiancée has been kidnapped.
The kidnappers want this information uploaded for all to see otherwise Blake’s fiancée dies.
So of course Danny wants to help. The only issue is he’s being hunted down by two assassins who seem to want him dead and the data destroyed.
What we get is a fast paced tale with twists and turns all the way as Danny tries to but the pieces together.
Again we have some romance for Danny, as much as I don’t like romance in my books this worked well and built up nicely so wasn’t forced on me as a reader.
What I really liked is the tale is fun and exciting and a super easy read.
Yes it’s a bit outrageous that this is the second kidnapping to involve Danny and that these assassins seem a little useless at times but that’s what give it a fun edge.
Overall for me this was an improvement on the last tale. The development worked better especially between Danny and Valarie.
If you’re looking for a fun action thriller rather than the dark gritty thriller then this is the book for you.
First page and BOOM we're thrown right into the action with the familiar Danny - one of the main characters from Somewhere in the Shallow Sea.
This time it's Blake's fiancée, Elizabeth who has been kidnapped until Danny and Blake deliver the latest data in relation to the Rx-18 compound (this compound seems to attract Drama... never mind fish!). If only it was as simple as supply the data and rescue Elizabeth... but no... there are two trained killers hot on Danny and Blake's heels determined not to let either of them upload the data.
In the end Danny has to do something mortifying, he needs help from his ex Valerie - who he's never quite got over (and it seems she hasn't either!). The pair of them set off across San Diego determined to meet up with Blake without being detected by the 'baddies'.
The two of them send messages to Blake of clues of where they can reunite... the problem is the messages are too cryptic sending both parties to different locations.
Danny and Valerie must try something different and ask others for help. Sadly the outcome is not always positive! Quick thinking and trust are the only factors than can save Elizabeth.
This is a fast paced plot which combines action and adventure with love and friendship. It's very easy to divulge this book in one sitting and although there are a few steamy moments, this plot would suit all age groups (YA and up) as the writing style was simple, clear and convincing.
I've said in the past I'm not particularly interested in romance in novels but I think Dennis has got the right balance in this story for romance readers wanting to try something new with a more intriguing plot... although I'm not sure how it would go down with die hard fans of the action and adventure genre.
I particularly love the way Dennis manages to add in geographical and historical references throughout the book; a technique he also used in Somewhere in the Shallow Sea.
If you've got a long train journey or even a flight coming up soon, this would be the perfect filler to keep your mind busy.
Thank you Dennis for my copy, which I received in exchange for an honest review.
Different location but plenty of similarities to the first book, this time with two sets of bad guys after Rx-18 data on Danny’s thumb drive. Danny needs to rendezvous with his best friend Blake in order to upload the data to send to the kidnappers who have Blake’s fiancée Elizabeth hostage. Meanwhile Igor and Yuri chasing Danny are doing their utmost to shoot Danny and prevent the data being uploaded. Time is of the essence, as Elizabeth is being held in a tank of water which is rising 2 inches every hour.
Their phones are being monitored, so Blake comes up with a plan to involve Danny’s ex-girlfriend Valerie by getting her to take Danny to the place where she first told Elizabeth that she and Danny were dating. A cryptic clue but first they have to try to shake off their pursuers. And then they interpret the clue differently to Blake, so they try a different tack of involving Dr Adamson. Bad mistake, as they discover that Igor and Yuri are working for Dr Adamson.
How do Danny and Valerie feel being thrown together again and will they succeed? Another gripping story from Dennis Macaraeg.
A fantastic read combining both thriller and a romantic interest. I loved it and highly recommend it. I’m certainly hoping Dennis will be writing a third book.
Disclosure. This is a review of an e-book I was sent for free. All opinions are my own.