Kathleen Doler grew up on California’s coast. She’s an author, journalist and adventure sports addict. She writes for national newspapers and magazines on everything from business and finance to helicopter skiing, surfing and scuba diving. She also travels extensively, often while pursuing sports that have the potential to maim her.
THE HOOK: Surfing to Survive a Shattered Family, Drugs, Gangs and the FBIby Kathleen Doler
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THE HOOK: After three years away, Dana, a globe-trotting journalist, reluctantly returns to her foggy coastal hometown, Half Moon Bay. She's been running away all of her adult life, from the mental illness and chaos that defined her childhood. Now her junkie brother, a former surf star, is tangled up with a brutal meth dealer and he's in the hospital.
Dana and Shane bonded over surfing as teenagers, frequenting local breaks, including THE HOOK, to escape their violent and damaged family. Dana's father and brother walked away from Shane years ago, unwilling to deal with his volatility and drug use. But she just won't give up on him.
As Dana turns to her friends and the tight-knit surfing community for help she confronts her brother's illegal activities and nearly homeless existence. But that's just the beginning ... a drug kingpin is chasing Shane and then Dana, the FBI are involved, a gang war is building, and a new family crisis is brewing. Meanwhile Dana's gut-wrenching and frightening journey forces her to face her ruinous childhood, her inability to sustain relationships and her struggle to move on with her life.
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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite The Hook by Kathleen Doler is aptly subtitled: Surfing to Survive a Shattered Family, Drugs, Gangs and the FBI. Set in an idyllic surfing town, this book explores the depth of kinship, crime, and justice, while looking at how far a woman can go to keep her brother out of trouble. As teenagers, Shane and Dana developed an incredible bond while surfing. One has the impression that they grew up in water. Now an adult, Shane has a run-in with a ruthless drug lord who is after him, and the FBI has developed a special interest in him. Dana wants to help her brother and, as she explores the issue, she has to come face-to-face with her brother’s illegal ties to a gang and get embroiled in a war she never asked for. Everything about this book compels the reader to read on. It includes surfing jargon that will help readers who are not used to surfing understand the experience better. The writing leaps majestically off the pages like irresistible music and begs to be read. The story itself is awesome, with just enough backstory to deepen characterization, intense action, and incredible surfing experiences. Kathleen Doler is a very gifted writer with exceptional skills in prose, plot, and setting. Few writers succeed in making the geography within which the story evolves come clearly to life as this writer does. The plot is indeed the very definition of the hook. I was hooked from the beginning by the plot lines and couldn’t stop reading as each chapter read like a promise of more incredible action to follow. The Hook is, indeed, a satisfactory read.
I just finished reading The Hook by Kathleen Doler. I tend to judge books by how much I look forward to free time to continue reading. I will say, I couldn't wait to get back to reading The Hook every chance I had. Doler pretty much nailed the crime fiction genre. It was just suspenseful enough and whenever I thought I knew which direction she was going, I quickly realized I was wrong. Anyone can identify with the dynamics and drama of family. We all have something, some more than others. You feel the love, the hate, the frustrations, the desperation and the frustration surrounding. Also to note are the beautiful surf/diving/wind surfing montages. I am a 100% land dweller with a fascination and simultaneous fear of the ocean. I admit the scenes got my adrenaline going. It is evident Doler is an expert in the sport and culture. If you are looking for a new author to try, I would recommend checking out The Hook by Kathleen Doler. Download The Hook now.