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The Secret of Othello: A Fisher Key Adventure

by Sam Cameron

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I want to than Net Galley and Bold Stroke Books for providing me with an ARC of this book to read for an honest review.

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A shooting star streaks across Fisher Key’s skies. Natural phenomenon or secret military satellite? For Steven Anderson, any mystery is a welcome distraction. He’s vowed to avoid all the island’s pretty girls until the SEALs approve his waiver request. Unfortunately his libido—and the girls—have other ideas. Meanwhile, Denny Anderson is busy wooing the boy of his dreams. If he plans things right, he won’t be the only virgin entering the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Too bad every romantic rendezvous is ruined by misunderstandings, interruptions, and pesky tourists. As the days get hotter, the twins are drawn into an underwater race against time, tide, and treason. Suddenly, true love is the least of their problems. Under the waves, no one can hear you scream…

When I requested this book, I did not realize it was a sequel to a previous book written about these same characters. I did not read the first book in this series and this may explain my reaction to the book. Honestly, I am not sure if there is a lot of background information in Mystery of the Tempest, but if there is it explains why I really could not connect with any of the characters in this book.

I like to think that I can envision characters in my head, figure out what they look like and let that give me an idea into the psyche. I did not feel this at all while reading this book. The characters all seemed very flat to me. I didn't see any development at all, no changes that make the characters more interesting or lead me to want to learn more about them. There was a definite difference in the personalities of the twins. Steven seems more of the go getter type, confident and outgoing, not to be messed with. Denny seems more passive and shy, easily persuaded and not one to really jump at what he wants. Other than these observations, I didn't really get a sense of what these characters looked like, why they wanted to take positions in the military, what drove them towards that goal.

I also felt like nothing really happened until the last 80% of this book. I was just reading along, not really getting a sense of where anything was going. Not getting a sense of the fact that some of the characters were bad guys. The twins didn't seem suspicious of anyone. The introduction of Tristan and her father seemed like a way to expand the story more, rather than a way to move it along and get you curious as to the mystery that was supposed to be unfolding. Then all of a sudden, BOOM, action starts happening.

Cameron does have a clear sense of how to write. There is no doubt about that. The flow of the story was interesting enough. But I didn't want to jump into it and not put it down. I wanted to read a bit here and then a bit there until I finished it.

All in all I found the story lacking in much, tho I can't even put my finger on exactly what that is!

2.5 out of 3 stars for this book. ( )
  bhwrn1 | Aug 18, 2012 |
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Twins Denny and Steven, both training for careers in the military, are drawn into a mystery that may involve high-stakes treason, while Steven tries to keep his focus on training--and away from girls--and Denny deals with his first boyfriend.

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