Somewhere in the Shallow Sea (Somewhere, #1) by Dennis Macaraeg

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

(by Goodreads)

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 the main characters’ determination in order to outwit the man who is after the scientific compound they brought as ransom.

Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Suspense
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Suspense
Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Romance
Series: Somewhere, #1
Length: 229 pages
Release date: 2015-10-23


“This group is notorious for kidnapping Westerners and holding them for ransom. Usually they require a wire transfer, but this time the group’s leader is demanding not only money but also the compound you’ve invented,” Melchor said.

“I only brought the Cube with me,” Danny replied, realizing the scope of the daunting task ahead of them.

“Don’t worry about the money. Someone from the States is delivering it and due to arrive any moment.”

My Opinion

This book introduces you to Danny and Helen, former lovers. They are trying to rescue Blake – Danny’s friend and Helen’s cousin.

With Somewhere in the Shallow Sea, Dennis Macaraeg has created a light thriller with a touch of romance. The story has the characters criss-crossing the Philippines, trying to pay the ransom and get Blake back unharmed. It is a quite entertaining read with thrilling moments. Dennis Macaraeg includes a bit of the Philippines’ history in the plot, the reader being a comfortable spectator. Danny is a quite likeable character with sufficient depth.

This is a book for you if you like light and fast-paced suspense, with touches of thrill and romance; and if you like promising début novels.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Hopeful
Pace Fast
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence 😳
Sexual content :mrgreen: – 😳

About the author

I attended San Diego State University and earned a degree in teaching. I thought I’d be spending my working career in a classroom but life had different plans for me.

When I turned 40—not a spring chicken at that time—I remember asking myself what else is out there in my life. The answer came in the stories I’ve been reading.

I was listening to a thriller on an audio book or maybe it was a love story while driving to the beach. I liked both of them—the hero gets the girl, the money and lives to tell the tale—and right then, I had a serendipitous moment. Naively, I told myself, I could write a novel.

Storytelling is easy. All that’s needed is a beginning, a middle and an end, and about 53,000 words. Not true. There is nothing more difficult than inventing a story. With nothing but bits and pieces of inspiration here and there, I began writing stories in my spare time. I joined writing groups and enrolled in a creative writing class at a local college.

Not really knowing what to write, I thought of my trip to the Philippines in 1993. I went backpacking throughout the country just a few years after graduating from college, visiting the country’s three main islands of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The seed for writing this novel was born.

Since I love reading thrillers, love stories, history and travel books, I decided to combine all categories and turn them into a novel. Words became sentences, then paragraphs. Finally, the compiled chapters turned into a book!

I hope you enjoy reading my novel just as I enjoyed writing it.

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about Somewhere in the Shallow Sea? Or – if you did not yet read Somewhere in the Shallow Sea – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂




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