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Posted September 15, 2013
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Debut author N. R. Rhodes delivers a stunning novel of romance, mystery, and action in Deep Rising, the first novel in the Outside the Lines series.
Volcanologist Svetlana “Lana” Orskya wrote a thesis discussing how seismic activity could cause mega-tsunamis to earn her doctorate. Unfortunately for Lana, an eco-terrorist is using her thesis to purposely trigger natural disasters and cause the deaths of thousands. Furthermore, the terrorist is using coordinates that were not published in the article. When CIA agent Jared Caldwell arrives on her doorstep, Lana finds herself under investigations as a possible terrorist herself. Jared is prepared to do anything to get to the truth and Lana’s connection to the terrorist activities, but he finds himself attracted to the vulnerable Lana, which he knows will only complicate his investigation. Stunned by the terrorist label, Lana cannot believe that someone would use her research in such an evil way. She feels threatened by Jared’s size and confused when he blends physical and sexual intimidation to gain information from her. As a result, Lana realizes that she needs to find an inner strength that she is not sure she possesses in order to prove her innocence, which made me fall in love with her character. Their sexual chemistry sizzles as they determine Lana’s involvement, or lack of, in these terrorist acts. The witty banter between Jared and Lana provides many light moments within this suspenseful novel. Rhodes does a masterful job of writing realistic scientific conversations between Lana and Jared that are technical but do not distract from the story in any way. After Jared and Lana are injured during a face-off with the terrorist, Jared tenderly takes care of Lana. Jared’s feelings run deep, but he is afraid of rushing Lana, who is falling for him too. So, he is content to watch movies, hold hands, and take walks in the woods with her. I loved seeing the softer side of Jared, a man who can kill with his bare hands, which makes him the all-around perfect hero. With her strong storytelling voice, Rhodes develops a complex plot with tons of page-turning action and jaw-dropping plot twists along with Lana and Jared’s relationship.
It has been many years since I have read an eco-terrorism book that had grabbed my attention as thoroughly as Deep Rising has. I was completely drawn into this story, so much so that I spent the better part of a day gobbling up this book from cover to cover. Containing all of the elements that I love in a romantic suspense, a captivating couple with strong personalities, plot twists galore, and pulse-pounding action, Deep Rising is one of the best romantic suspense books that I have read this year! I, for one, cannot wait to read the next story in the Outside the Lines series.
I received an eBook copy from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Posted September 14, 2013
Reading Deep Rising is like being on the world's longest roller coaster. Just when you think you've crested the last summit and will be able to breathe easy soon, the novel's main characters are thrust once again into heart-pounding peril and the ride begins all over.
For the most part, this was good. More on that in a few.
This is a densely written story. There's a lot going on here, and a whole lot of technical scientific explanation. It's not really something you can sit down and read in a single sitting, but instead a book that needs to be absorbed at a slower pace. At the same time, though, it's pretty much non-stop action.
Sounds like a contradiction, I know, but somehow it pulls both off.
For a first book, this novel is really something else. It definitely held my attention throughout, and I even felt like I was learning something while I read-with the added bonus of no pop quiz after! I was thrown a bit when we find out where the information leak is coming from-it's earlier in the book than I would have expected. I soon discovered, though, as soon as Lana and Jared solved one puzzle, a new challenge emerged. I felt as if I could hardly catch my breath at times-I can only imagine how the characters felt!
Two things kept me from giving this another star. One is how quick Jared and Lana's relationship moved. It felt a bit fast as compared to how slowly the parts of the mystery were put together. For the most part, it was believable, but Jared was a little quick with the "Honey" label for my taste. A second element is that at times it felt as if too much were thrown into the mix, too quickly. Neither issue significantly impacted my enjoyment of the novel, though.
On the whole, this book was a win. I liked Rhodes's style of writing a whole lot, and appreciated the scientific aspects of the story. Blended with the spy stuff-one of my weaknesses from way back-it all made for one heck of a thrilling yarn. I'm really looking forward to what will be next up in this series.
In a nutshell: a solid debut effort. Nonstop action and characters you can root for make reading this one time well spent. B+
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Posted September 9, 2013
Imagine that somehow the awesome and sometimes destructive power of nature could be harnessed by those who want to cause
terror and death around the globe. Scary, huh? Well that’s what this book deals with. The heroine, Svetlana, is a scientist who wrote
her thesis on the power of tsunamis and the areas of the world that are vulnerable and could cause mass damage and casualties.
Someone has taken her paper –which she wrote as a warning to show those in power, basically, that such vulnerabilities exist— and
plans to use it for nefarious purposes. When the book opens we see the devastation that the “bad guys” can cause and we soon learn
there is more where that came from.
Enter Jared, a CIA agent and former Special Forces member who just wants to retire so he can help his mother take care of his sister’s
children. (His sister died several months before). Jared is tasked with finding Lana and determining whether she is on the evil plot,
or just an innocent in all of it.
I’m sure you can imagine that sparks fly when these two meet. Not only is Lana appalled someone would use her research for evil,
but she’s also super attracted Jared. And horrified that he, and the government, would think her capable of being in league with
terrorists. What complicates things further is that Jared finds himself believing Lana, and wanting to get her between the sheets.
But he has a job to do, so he needs to focus on saving the world, not making out with Lana. And soon, the two are on a plane to stop
the baddies and save the world. And of course, if it all works out, fall in love.
This book was a really great mix of suspense, romance and action, and I found myself engaged in the plot (and with the characters)
right up to the end. It’s not often that a romantic suspense book is actually written in a, well, suspenseful manner. Often they either
drag in the middle, or resolve to quickly at the end, and I’m left unsatisfied. I am happy to say that this book does not leave me in such
a state. The author did a great job writing a fast-paced and action packed adventure with a hot hero, a smart, sassy heroine who is no
wimp, and a plot that seriously has me questioning ever going to an island again. (I was already more than a bit frightened by the
power of the ocean. Now, yeah…I think I’ll stay on dry land!)
*I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own*
Posted September 8, 2013
Somebody triggers a devastating tsunami and the race is on to try and figure out who would do such a thing.
Lana becomes a suspect when it's learned that her theories and a thesis may have been stolen, leaked and used as part of the devastation. She's aghast that she'd even be considered a suspect and is responsible for such an atrocity. She wants to clear her name because she knows she's innocent. Jared is the CIA agent, sent to retrieve Intel from her, and even he, has some doubts about her guilt once he starts the process. It had everything, suspense, thrills and you really wanted to find out who'd be behind such a horrific event. Jared and Lana made an interesting couple and you even rooted for them to get together and hope that she truly was innocent. Definitely, a great read and if there's a series and it probably could lead into one, it'll be a good one. Don't miss it. You'll enjoy it.
Posted September 4, 2013
Deep Rising is seriously intense! You can't sit and read through it in a couple of hours. It took me a week to read. I couldn't read it when I was tired because I had to pay heavy attention to the details so I wouldn't miss out on anything. It is filled with suspense, action, a mystery that you can't solve right off the bat, romance and lots of information on the earth.
Lana is a volcanologist. So be prepared to learn a lot about our world. I love to learn new things so that was interesting and terrifying at the same time. Because the author made it seem so plausible that someone could create a man made tsunami. Anyway, Lana, our heroine, is proud of her work and shared her thesis with her family which included her deranged brother, Sergei.
Jared is a good man. A real hero and is stuck in a world of moles and people who betray their country and terrorists who want to kill. He fights for freedom. His only regret is that he couldn’t go to his own sister’s funeral because he was on a mission. Now, he only wants to retire and go home and help his mom raise his sister’s children. What a man!!
The only thing is he happens to be at a spot where the CIA needs him and he has to do this one more mission before he can retire. That mission has him training his gun on Lana Orskya.
Lana is a good person. If only Jared would believe her. Her papers show how it is possible that things could go really bad for the world and someone knows her work and uses it for evil. She is of course, suspect number one. It is her work after all. But she never intended for her work to be used for ill will. But the terrorists know her work intimately well! So even though Jared is instantly attracted to her and wants to believe her there is too much evidence that says she is responsible for the tsunami that just killed too many innocent people.
Sparks fly and eventually she proves her innocence. Jared and her work together, in more ways than one (cough cough); to fix the mess the world has no idea is happening all around them.
There is a lead in at the end at the next person- SEAL Master Chief Tyler Houston’s story.
If you like trust issues, betrayal, family loss, gunshots, multiple hospital visits, action adventure, hiking, volcano learning, deep sea scuba diving, things that go boom, a little romance ,military men and a mystery that isn’t solved in the first book than you will love Deep Rising.
Posted September 1, 2013
Ok,so this is a awesome book.A received the book to do a review.
Jared it is a employee on CIA.His sister died about 5 monts ago and he dint`t go to the funeral because it was in a mission.he want to retire,to help her mother with the 5 kids of his sister.But something was heppend.In Italy,happened a earthquake who caused a tsunami,and kild a lot of people.The CIA send them to find out what heppend.What thet found it is the earthquake was caused by o bomb.Somebody want to kil people.This samples lead him to a beautiful woman,who has divorce,and try to found his way. She study the earthquake, volcanoes,the think that can cause major disasters on earth.Jared thinks that she works with the terrorists who caused the disaster in Italy.When he interrogates Svetlana,he notice her will and strength.They fall in love with each other and both of them help to stop the person who want disaster.It is a perfect book.How trust must be earned.The book has so many informations,about the thinks the humas.I love tha book.And I love the humor,and the lines between Jared and Svetlana.It makes me laugh.Everyone has to read this book.
Posted August 31, 2013
DEEP RISING is a completely different than a lot of other books I've read recently and I loved it! It was so fast-paced and there was so much drama! I literally could see it all playing out in my head as if I was watching an action film. N.R. Rhodes is a superb writer!
The story-line throughout DEEP RISING held me captive and I couldn't wait to see what happened next. When you thought everything was over and done with you realize real quick that you were wrong. It was literally one dramatic "omg the world is about to end" scene after the next. Throw in the chemistry lighting up between Jared Caldwell, a rough around the edges CIA operative, and Svetlana, a woman is who snarky and smart, and you have yourself a great read.
Every character in this book was well developed and relatable. I found myself laughing out-loud at the sarcastic remarks and conversations between Svetlana and Jared. Yes, their chemistry burned deep but they also matched one another on personalities. They were good for each other.
I'm excited to see more from N.R. Rhodes and I'm even more excited to see where this series will lead us.
Posted August 30, 2013
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