Review of ‘Ocean of Fear’

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Baxter Cruise is a graduate student in robotics and computer technology who is just cruising through life. Instead of focusing on getting his higher degree, working with his mentor, Professor Sydney Mantis, he’s up to his eyeballs in an illegal computer spamming scheme that allows him to live a life where money flows through his hands like water. One day, when Mantis gives him a thumb drive to deliver to the cold-fish robotics professor, Alessandra Bisch, his life changes forever. Baxter finds Bisch shot to death in her office and himself caught in the cross hairs of a deadly assassin for a drug cartel, and a ‘person of interest’ to both the FBI and CIA.

Ocean of Fear by Helen Hanson is a fast-paced techno-thriller that provides just enough technology (thankfully, without all the techno jargon) to keep geeks interested, and enough thrills and chills to keep you turning the pages. In places, the author mixes up tenses a bit, but not so much that it makes you want to stop reading, and you’ll find yourself sympathizing for Baxter as he tries to work his way out of a no-win situation.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. Some of the tense changes disrupted reading in places, but the author kept the pace going, and logically worked out the main character’s dilemma. This one’s a quick read that can be easily finished in an afternoon. I give her five stars for the concept, but have to knock off points for some of the grammatical blips. I’d actually give it three and a half stars, but that rounds up to four anyway. If you like techno thrillers with fast-paced action, this book is a good read, and if you like flawed characters who get it together before the last page, you’ll love it.

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