As the title indicates, this book is a collection of stories that relates to oceans. I may never swim again!
I’m not sure why I didn’t expect a lot when I started this collection but I was quickly proven wrong. Brian A. Hopkins has some serious writing chops. Even though these tales all I have a common theme, they are widely varied and often the tone of one story is completely different from the tone of the next.
These were my favorites:
THE BAITED NIGHT-What a scream! I felt so, so bad for George, battling cancer and his entire, sad history. (And NO history with the ladies, poor guy!) Anyway, a man can be dangerous when he has nothing to lose. This would have made a great movie-because it was so well written, it played out like a movie in my head.
THE CROCODILE GODS- Holy Hell! This is one of the most harrowing tales I’ve ever read. There was a note from the author that end that chilled me to the bone.
NORTH- A blind boy gets lost in the woods, with only the sounds of a nearby bay to guide him.
DIVING THE COOLIDGE- A tale of two men, diving the wreck of a luxury ocean liner, later turned troop carrier in 1941, before she was sunk by a mine. Just thinking about a ship like being taken over by the ocean, sea creatures living in it, and who knows what else? shudder
Joshua Saxon, the narrator, is fast becoming one of my favorite voices in audiobooks. He can perform anything, his accents sound genuine, and he adds just the right amount of drama to keep those earphones stuck to my ears.
This was a rather short collection, and I enjoyed that it didn’t take me forever to get through. For me, short stories are often a palate cleanser between novels and as such, sometimes it takes me months to finish an anthology or collection. This one rolled by pretty quick and I’m looking forward to learning more and reading more from Mr. Hopkins.
Thank you to the author for the audio download in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.