Title: Somewhere in San Diego
Author: Dennis Macaraeg
Genre: Adult fiction, thriller
Rating: 4 stars
A thriller about best friends, scientific data, hired guns and a harrowing race with a past lover to stay alive.
Marine biologist Danny Maglaya must meet with his best friend and fellow scientist Blake Mason to upload the data demanded as ransom by the kidnappers of Blake’s fiancée. The task might have been simple, but every time the two scientists try to rendezvous, two contract assassins show up. With Danny and Blake’s phones hacked and each move they make monitored, the only way to survive is to outwit the men wanting to eliminate them. With an ingenious but risky solution, Danny teams up with his ex-lover to piece together secrets that only she, Danny and Blake know. A series of perilous events follows as Danny and his old flame, Valerie, race through San Diego County, solving clues about Blake’s whereabouts and about their possible future together. Will their love for each other be the catalyst for success or will the bitter pain of their breakup be a recipe for disaster?
*Author sent me a free copy in exchange of an honest review.*
When the author told me that there will be a sequel for Somewhere in the Shallow Sea and asked me if I would like to review it. I was surprised because the book had a good ending and I thought it was a standalone novel. Nonetheless, I agreed to get a review copy of the sequel because I enjoyed the first book.
If you’d like to read my review of Somewhere in the Shallow Sea, click HERE.
The first thing that I liked about the book itself is the cover. Can we take a moment to admire it? Because I really love the cover. It just looks so cool and the book seems to be action-packed and promises to be exciting based on how the cover looks.
So, going on to the review…
The book starts with the action and you’ll be intrigued right away.
In this book, Danny is still the main character. However, the story is narrated through a third person POV so we also get a glimpse of what is going on with the other characters in the story.
At first, I was confused because of the love interest that was mentioned in the book and as far as I can remember, Danny has a different LI in the first book. But my questions were answered by the next chapters.
The story revolves on like 36-48 hours only. There were a lot of chasing, hiding, and fight scenes. I can say that there are scenes that seem unrealistic but most were written well.
This is a sequel but I feel like it can be read as a standalone. Though there are some references from the first book, readers can still understand the story even if they haven’t read the first book.
Some parts were also predictable but there was this part that shocked me. I totally didn’t see that coming! Though this is a thriller, I cannot say that I felt the suspense or the anticipation but I did enjoy the action.
Another thing that I have noticed is that there were several elements that are similar to the first book such as the cause of the conflict or problem. Though the invention wasn’t exactly the cause of problem in this book, but it still has something do to with it. There are also 2 sets of bad guys just like in book 1, and the “reuniting with and old flame” thing.
During the last part of the book, there was a scene which I feel like is inappropriate, knowing that this is a realistic fiction kind of book. I know those things might happen in real life too, but I just didn’t like that part.
One thing that I liked about the book is how the author describes the places and even tells some historical facts about different landmarks and stuff. You won’t just imagine the place as how he describes it, you’ll also get more insights about it!
Overall, I liked the book and enjoyed reading about how Danny, Valerie and Blake could outrun the bad guys, stay alive, and complete the task and save Elizabeth’s life.
If you like to read an action-packed novel, then you should give this book a try.
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