Shark Eater – a Book Review

Shark Eater by K. D. McNivenTitle: Shark Eater: Deck and Callie Adventure by K. D. McNiven

Genre: Currently #13812 on Amazon Best Sellers Rank in Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction, Action and Adventure

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Publication Date: September 24, 2017

Source: Author Request

Title and Cover: Shark Eater – Cover doesn’t appear to project a high seas adventure

Decker and Callie Hayden are archeologists of some renown who pair up with a salvager, Dax Drake. He has unwittingly stumbled across what may be a sunken galleon from the Spanish fleet. The galleon was shipwrecked after the 1539 hurricane off the Bahama shores. Unfortunately, they uncover more than just a possible treasure. I previewed this book in my #AmReading feature on October 20, 2017.

Dax Drake has gone to request a grant to explore the underwater remains of the galleon when he meet the Haydens. The Haydens, having diving experience as well, are fascinated with the prospect of exploring a centuries old ship and what may be Spanish treasure and are invited to join Dax and Karina Gustoff, one of Shark Eater’s divers and herself a marine biologist. Decker and Callie agree to join Dax and his crew.

Meanwhile, Decker’s dad, Garrett, was preparing to remarry in Malibu and they are in the process of altering the lower two floors of their home to accommodate the newlyweds. Garrett, also an archeologist, planned their honeymoon out of Hawaii off the Hayden’s Hatteras yacht, Jade. (As the work the Hayden’s did often kept them away from home much of the time, it seemed an ideal solution to the care of the home in their absence.) Garrett is also an expert diver and is looking forward to diving in the waters around Hawaii and teaching his bride to dive as well.

No simple plot, involving both the Caribbean and Pacific locations, the book also teems with characters. The Shark Eater actually belongs to Dax and he appears to position as protagonist, while Decker and Callie offer expertise, some financial support, and professional advice. Dax and his ship run into problems almost immediately when they discover another ship anchored nearby involved in what may be illegal activities.

Meanwhile, Garrett and his bride fare no better, discovering a trail of gold coins but incurring the interest of other divers less favored with history morals.

The split plot moves along at a fast pace, switching between the Hawaii location plot and the Caribbean location plot. While Garrett (Hawaii plot) and his crew are able to explore further the gold coins, Dax (Caribbean plot) and his crew were planning strategy to pursue their antagonist.

The author demonstrates a fair knowledge of ships, equipment, and the sport of diving as well as interjecting interesting tidbits of local knowledge. However, the shear number of characters requires a playbill to keep names and locations separate. The antagonist is certainly nasty and obviously has the deepest pockets.

Dialogue is a bit stilted and dipped a little into the syrupy side of the romance between Decker and his wife and Garrett and his bride. Dax is not fully fleshed and not wholly empathetic though we do get more information on Decker and Callie. At one point, I was wondering if Decker and Callie really needed Dax at all, except that it was his ship.

Ms. McNiven slides into the climax, heating it up with some riveting action scenes. If not believable, at least pulled in all loose threads. Heavy on descriptions (“sea-green eyes,” “deep slate-blue eyes,”), a few typos, and punctuation errors in the ARC I was given, but these are all being addressed and will be corrected in a new edition to be released shortly. Recommended for action-(sea)adventure fans.

K D McNivenThe Author: K. D. McNiven has previously written The Monkey Idol: Decker & Callie Adventure pitting the archeologists in a turbulent adventure through the Honduran jungle. ©2017 Virginia Williams I Love Likes and Comments--Please Share!

Author: Rosepoint Publishing

I am the granddaughter of Patrick John "Stanley McShane" Rose whose books including "Cocos Island Treasure" I've recently published. My time is now spent in reading, reviewing, and writing bookish articles. I'm looking forward to sharing this social media odyssey with you!

I love comments, ideas, and sharing. I will respond to you shortly!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Endless dreams and boundless imaginations!

We only live once. Hence, let's not stop dreaming

readingtonic

book reviews

Competitive World

Your Competitive Exam Companion

News from Ibonoco

Moments de vie, fragments de textes et quelques notes...

Poet The Mirror

Poetry My Religion

Foster Your Writing

Write Like You Know What You're Doing

SUSANNE LEIST

Author of Paranormal Suspense

psychologistmimi

Food, Road Trips & Notes from the Non-Profit Underground

Longreads

The best longform stories on the web

daneelyunus

This site is about the knowledge of different categories such as education, , health, mobiles, and tourism

culturevultureexpress

A little bit of everything

Yolanda - "Det här är mitt privata krig"

Kreativ text, annorlundaskap, poesi, bipolaritet, Aspergers syndrom, fotografi

City Of Brides (Dating Single Ukrainian Girls)

Meet your beautiful Ukrainian bride in the "City of Brides"

Trust and Believe In The Unseen

Live with More Light & Faith by CM.

Tel-Aviv's feral cats

Videos of feral cats on the streets, and my own four feral felines at home, feline humor, advice, and gifts for your cat.

Life

You read it, you love it!

Let's Talk

Life is running,Time is running, So the power, Use it.

Tales of Origen

Monsters Are Real

Balladeer's Blog

Singing the praises of things that slip through the cultural cracks

The Chamber Magazine

Contemporary Dark Fiction and Poetry

Pattimouse

A glimpse into the mind of a half mad poet

Blogger's World!

Where creativity meets passion!

BOOKISH CORNERR

So many books, So little time

WilsonKatumba

Discipling,Empowering and Fostering Nations

Audaysciously

Digital chatters of an introvert

Pensieri Parole e Poesie

Sono una donna libera. Nel mio blog farete un viaggio lungo e profondo nei pensieri della mente del cuore e dell anima.

Rab's Bookish Planet

My Thoughts Are Here.

Cosmic Latte

Books, movies, life and everything in between...

You Lil Dickens

Words To Think On

Autoimmune-ptsd-stress-anxiety-depression-fibromyalgia-ms-wellbeing-natural-sleep..

Autism-spectrum-disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder.. autoimmune.

Mitch Teemley

The Power of Story

JennyLou's book reviews

My escape from reality reading books

pe blog

Travelling is a good way to make your life different as well as fitness and a balanced diet.

Wordy Witterings

On Reading and Writing... mostly.

San Gabriel Writers' League

Encouraging & Equipping Writers for Success

Roving Savant

Read Travel Hustle

Free Fonts

Fonts Download

%d bloggers like this: