Below the Surface: Fear can be buried ... but that doesn't mean it's dead.

Below the Surface: Fear can be buried ... but that doesn't mean it's dead.

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by Tim Shoemaker
     
 

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Something is wrong with Cooper. He’s plagued by a fear he doesn’t understand and can’t control. Cooper just wants to escape, and a summer vacation aboard the restored cabin cruiser, The Getaway, with best friends Gordy, Hiro, and Lunk seems like the perfect way to do it. Two weeks of fun—with no mysteries or life-and-death danger.

Overview

Something is wrong with Cooper. He’s plagued by a fear he doesn’t understand and can’t control. Cooper just wants to escape, and a summer vacation aboard the restored cabin cruiser, The Getaway, with best friends Gordy, Hiro, and Lunk seems like the perfect way to do it. Two weeks of fun—with no mysteries or life-and-death danger. That’s the plan.

But their plans are shattered the very first night when they witness a murder. Or did they? Despite their intentions of leaving the investigation to the police, narrow misses and creepy encounters lure them in. Is there really a body floating in the underwater currents of the lake? The closer they get to the truth, the deeper into danger they get. Too late they see the trap. Now each of them must face their own buried fears . . . just below the surface.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780310735021
Publisher:
Zonderkidz
Publication date:
03/25/2014
Series:
A Code of Silence Novel
Sold by:
Zondervan Publishing
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
766,974
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
11 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Tim Shoemaker is a national speaker and author of eleven books, including Code of Silence, Back Before Dark, and the third in the series, Below the Surface. His nonfiction titles include Super Husband, Super Dad … You Can Be the Hero Your Family Needs.  Tim has three grown sons and has been happily married for over thirty years. Tim has also been working with youth on a volunteer basis for over twenty years—and still loves it. Connect with Tim on Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorTimShoemaker

 

 

 

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Below the Surface 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
GlennHaggerty More than 1 year ago
Cooper gets his long-awaited summer vacation on beautiful Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. There’ll be sleep outs on The Getaway, the MacKinnon’s restored cabin cruiser, snorkeling, scuba, swimming, lots of eating and pranking with his three friends, Gordy, Hiro, and Lunk—just the kind of entertainment they need before entering ninth grade. A couple of months previously, imprisonment in a flooded basement and a near drowning have wounded Cooper's psyche, Gordy's too. And they don't even know it. Cooper's just not ready for another run in with deadly criminals. When Hiro, the cop wannabe with her woman’s intuition, sniffs out foul play on a girl-gone-missing, Cooper and the other guys remained in denial. But burying your fear doesn't mean that it’s dead. Lethal danger is bearing down on Cooper and his friends. Will they realize it in time? Below the surface explores post-traumatic stress and is an excellent sequel to the terrors Cooper experienced in Back Before Dark. The author, Tim Shoemaker, did an excellent job juggling five points of view thus giving readers insight into each of the four friends, their personal struggles and relationships to one another. He also progressively raises the tension and mystery while pushing the plot forward to the dramatic conclusion. At the end of the book, the author also includes an excellent discussion of fear and how to handle it, as well as stimulating discussion questions.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Tim Shoemaker in his new book, “Below The Surface” Book Three in the Code of Silence Series published by Zondervan gives us Fear can be buried…but that doesn’t mean it’s dead. From the back cover:  He believed he’d beaten his fear. Killed it months ago. But he’d only buried it. Fear has a way of resurrecting itself, and right now it was crawling up his throat. Something is wrong with Cooper. He’s plagued by a fear he doesn’t understand and can’t control. Cooper just wants to escape, and a summer vacation aboard the restored cabin cruiser, The Getaway, with best friends Gordy, Hiro, and Lunk seems like the perfect way to do it. Two weeks of fun—with no mysteries or life-and-death danger. That’s the plan. But their plans are shattered the very first night when they witness a murder. Or did they? Despite their intentions of leaving the investigation to the police, narrow misses and creepy encounters lure them in. Is there really a body floating in the underwater currents of the lake? The closer they get to the truth, the deeper into danger they get. Too late they see the trap. Now each of them must face their own buried fears . . . just below the surface. Fear is not dealt with has the potential to kill and certainly destroy. This is the main theme that is running through “Below The Surface”. There is fear of the water and fear of being alone to name just a few that are explored in this story. Cooper and the gang may have witnessed a murder and a girl is possibly missing. Now they have to determine is what they saw correct and what about the girl? This is a story about friendship and what it means to have our friends. It also deals slightly with the impact of male leadership from an adult. In addition to everything it is also a page-turning, you won’t be able to figure it out mystery thriller.  This book is supposed to be written for young adults but I have news for you this book should also be read by the adults as well.  This is good stuff. Cooper, Hiro, Gordy and Lunk are wonderful characters that are bright, resourceful and full of faith.   “Below The Surface” is a book that will keep you up late into the night flipping pages as fast as you can read. I recommend this book with enthusiasm. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Zondervan.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
DesPutaski More than 1 year ago
I am going to start this off with my own PSA :) This book is written for a young audience (ages 11-14). I know, I know….we are all adults here… but some of you might have children who love to read just as much as you and those kids might want to read more of the things that you read. This trilogy is awesome and I would highly recommend it for the ages above (my daughter has even read it, she’s 8, but reads well above her grade level). There is still a lot of mystery and suspense, but without any of the gratuitous violence, sex, drug use, etc. that we see in books aimed more towards older audiences. I was excited to see this book come up on the blog tour because my son had actually read the first two books and loved them and he’ll definitely be reading this one. This is part of a trilogy but you don’t have to have read the first two to enjoy it. Of course, it will give you more insight to the characters and more understanding of situations that are referenced (such as Gordy being kidnapped), but you won’t be completely lost. The past experiences that are referenced all culminate and have a direct impact on our characters in this book. Cooper, Gordy, Lunk and Hiro are all burying fears and this summer vacation together is going to test the bond of their friendship. It’s the last summer before Cooper, Gordy, Lunk and Hiro start high school and they are all spending it together. While waiting on Coop’s dad’s boat for Lunk to arrive, Cooper, Gordy, and Hiro witness a crime. But something about the whole situation doesn’t add up in Hiro’s mind and she’s determined to find out the truth; even if she has to do it all on her own. Unfortunately, Hiro is usually right. A series of events are set in motion where the past and all of their fears begin haunting the group. But someone is determined to keep them from discovering the truth and he isn’t beyond silencing them forever. I like the life lessons that Mr. Shoemaker puts into his books. He tackles some subjects that you might not even think about discussing with your kids, but the stories actually open up an avenue to discuss them. Friendship is another great theme in his books. Being a good friend is introduced in a variety of ways. If you have younger children I high recommend this series. Adults will even enjoy it; so read it first to make sure that it’s material that they will understand. This is more than a great book, but a lesson that I am sure your kids won’t even realize they are getting!
Pooke More than 1 year ago
Chills, Excitement, Mystery & Fun This is the story of four teenagers, one girl and three boys.  They are all good friends who, along with their families, are taking a lake vacation together right before starting their first year of high school. The action starts right at the beginning, and a mystery develops involving a missing girl who might have died–or she might not be missing at all.  There is a mix-up over the girl’s identity.  The teenagers in this story are immediately thrown into the middle of the confusion and possible danger.  Much of the story has the lone female teenager, Hiro, convinced that foul play has taken place, while the rest of her friends waver between partially believing her, to complete disbelief. This is a real page-turner that involves lots of suspense and mystery along with believable dialog and situations.  Although this is the third book in a series, the story definitely stands on its own.  There is a small amount of referral back to earlier books, but it is easy to understand the story-line, and is not confusing.  I have not read the other two, but did not have trouble following Below the Surface.  The author states this is the end of this series.  I hope not, because I would like to revisit these characters after they have had some high school experiences. I was pleased with the way the author handled the book’s characters that had fears which ran the gamut from swimming under water to doubts about fitting in.  Also, at the end of the book, the author has some great advice about fear, and what should be done when one experiences it.  I appreciated that this was a clean story written from a Christian point-of-view.  Although this book is supposed to geared toward young adults,  the story and characters are so well-done that adults would like this tale as well.  I certainly enjoyed it, and highly recommend this 5-star book to adults, young and old alike. The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Zonderkids/Thomas Nelson Publishing for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner. Despite my receiving the book free, it has not influenced my judgment, and I have given an honest opinion.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
Below the Surface A Code of Silence Book By Tim Shoemaker Fear can be buried...    but that doesn't mean it's dead This is the last summer before High School and Cooper just wants to hang out with his friends and enjoy it, but something won't let him. Something is Below the Surface of the water and this something is scaring Cooper.   The question is what exactly is down there? When Cooper, Gordy, and Hiro think they witness a crime, a series of events is set into motion and the past and all its fears begin stalking them.  Cooper, Gordy, and Lunk want to ignore Hiro's concerns but Hiro is usually  right.  And she isn't convinced that a murder wasn't committed. Something doesn't add up and she's is determined to discover the truth even if it means going out on her own.    Someone is determined to keep them from discovering the truth, even if it means silencing them forever.  And  he does mean forever... Below the Surface is the third book in the Code of Silence trilogy.  You don't have to read the first two books to enjoy this book, but you will know about past experiences that are mentioned in this book.  And these past experiences have a direct bearing on the fears Cooper, Gordy, Lunk and Hiro are burying.  This summer will prove just how strong their bonds of friendship are. I think part of the reason the kids got into trouble is because they really needed more adult supervision/interaction. They got into the biggest messes when there were no adults around and the fact that they didn't tell their parents the whole truth of what was going on was the issue.  The statement about silence being golden is so not true when there are problems.  And underlying fears were something that they needed to talk about, as was evidenced when Cooper's dad was with the boys.  I really enjoyed this book and the intensity and excitement level really held my attention.  I did not want to put it down until the very end.  And I have to say I was a little disappointed to learn that this is the last book (well a lot disappointed if you must know).  These books should appeal to middle grade readers and even young adults who enjoy realistic heart-pounding fiction.   I was provided a copy of this book through the BookLook blogger program in exchange for my honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive read Code of silence,Back before dark, and Below the surface and they were fantastic! Tim Shoemaker is great at making the readers guess 'who done it'. A great book for teen readers, im 14 and totally love this series. Is a clean read with good Christian morals and really builds your character as you read Cooper, Gordy, Hiro, and Lunks stories. Has a lot of suspence and im possitive you wont want to put this down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
mojo_turbo More than 1 year ago
Once again we return to northern Illinois to the adventurous world of Cooper, Gordy, and Hiro.  Below the Surface, is the third installment in the Code of Silence series, is just as action packed and is just as well written as the first two books. What happens when you think you've witnessed a murder? It's a tough question that has you wondering what will the characters do? Some Summer Vacation this turned out to be! It has a very "teen-version" rear-window sort of feel to it. The story keeps the reader guessing at every turn. Boys, girls, and readers of all ages will love diving back into the world of these three friends. Highly recommended, highly anticipated, and highly amusing. Below the Surface is a well written, fast paced book and will have teens swept up in suspense within the first few pages! Plus it teaches our children the valuable lessons of faith, as well as the importance of friendship and doing what's right.  Thank you to Zondervan for this preview copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.