Somewhere in the Shallow Sea: A Novel of Suspense by Dennis Macaraeg


In this suspenseful thriller, two lovers are in a race against all odds in the jungles of the Philippines to save their kidnapped friend. Somewhere in the Shallow Sea will test Danny and Helen’s determination in order to outwit Dr. Klein, the man who is after the scientific compound they brought as ransom.


Danny is a decent character. Flawed, trying to do the right thing, and utterly believable. Helen was strong and never a damsel in distress. They were great characters together and I really enjoyed their interactions. I hadn’t expected there to be romance in the book and I wasn’t sure if it added to or detracted from the book. I won’t lie, at times I felt the romance was filler but I enjoyed it. That being said, the biggest issue wasn’t with the characters, even though the ‘bad guy’ was a little over the top at times (almost generic), it was the jarring character POV shifts.


Predictable. It was interesting, and suspenseful, but it was almost painfully predictable. I thought there was going to be an awesome twist but it didn’t happen. I really enjoyed the fight scenes, the author did an excellent job of writing them in such a way that they were easy to follow along.


I enjoyed it. Besides getting lost a few times on who was talking, or what POV I was in, it was good. There were a few convenient moments that made me think the main character should have been Professor Melchor because without him this entire rescue couldn’t have even gotten off the ground. Despite its flaws the writer’s depiction of the Philippines was amazing. I was swept away into the setting and loved the overall progression of the novel.


3 stars.

It was okay. The bad and good balanced out; this was an enjoyable, suspenseful book. It is a ‘reset’ book that isn’t too complicated and is a book you can put in gear and just cruise through. Beware of POV shifts, but that is paired with an engrossing look at the Philippines and awesome action scenes.

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