Mariner's Hollow

Mariner's Hollow

by F. G. Capitanio

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Overview

Recommended reading by Stevo's Book Reviews on the Internet, November 2014. A mysterious and desolate island. A devastating turn of events. A secret that will reveal the true meaning of Justice. Fifteen-year-old Justice Worth is summoned to the house of Eleanor Burby, an unknown aunt living on Mariner's Hollow Island, miles off the turbulent Maine coast. Events transpire that are much worse than spending winter break apart from his friends back home, and turn his visit into a nightmare. A blizzard slams the island in all its fury, and in its midst, his aunt dies of an apparent suicide. Trapped in her island home, stalked by ghosts within and a murderer outside, Justice begins to unravel not only the truth behind his aunt's death, but the family secrets threatening to destroy his perception of those he loves most. Little about Aunt Eleanor's death makes sense, but as Justice probes the lives of those closest to her, suspects multiply and new dangers arise. Through it all, island spirits continue to haunt him, pushing him towards the family's dark secrets, before the only living person who knows them all silences him forever, burying the truth in the one place where it may never be found: Mariner's Hollow.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780988938199
Publisher: SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC
Publication date: 11/06/2013
Pages: 374
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

F. G. Capitanio is the author of several published poems, essays, and short stories. Mariner's Hollow is his first published novel. He has spent several years in various departments of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration within the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, located in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. He lives year round on Cape Cod, while continuing to work on his second Justice Worth mystery.

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Mariner's Hollow 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
CMetzer2014 More than 1 year ago
After reading two good reviews and one (terribly unhelpful) bad review, I thought I'd give this book a shot. I'm glad I did. I enjoy reading first time authors and hoping that they'll do well. I also enjoy reviewing the books I read and giving good books the attention they deserve. I'd say this is a good book. I'm a grown man with a teenage son and a daughter who's 12. So I'm not an expert at YA novels. They are. But whenever I pick up an unknown book that may be for them, I have to read it first to make sure it's appropriate. I didn't expect to get sucked into the book myself! The interesting thing is that my son, who's 16 loved the book (but for different reasons than I did), but my daughter lost interest after the first couple chapters. She read Twilight all the way through. I think it shows that, for a YA novel, it takes some maturity to grasp a much more in-depth and beautifully written story than your usual. I'm always trying to find my kids a non-trashy book to expand their mind a bit, so I'm glad to have stumbled upon this one. Pros: 1) The book is beautifully written,and the author uses strong language and descriptions that really put me into the scenes. Somehow I found myself, a 50 year old, relating to and imagining a 15 year old's thought process, feelings, turmoil. 2) The book involves a lot of history, literature, and a little philosophy - a rarity in YA books, and something totally missed by my son, who was only interested in "who dun it" But for older readers, the more philosophical aspects of the book and the growth that the main character goes through will be helpful. 3) It's creepy at times, but not scary - the supernatural aspects are well written and not cheesy, like I find in other stories with ghosts and witches and things. 4) There is a strong main character that would serve as a great role model for any kid, who transforms from a bratty teen into a mature and sobered man! 5) While the book is dark and violent at times, there are no swears, no sex, and positive themes. 6) It's a book parents and their teens can enjoy and talk about, even if its for different reasons and though they will probably get something different out of it. Cons: 1) The book has slow parts in it. I'm not sure if this is intentional. I found that the places where the author "sets the scene" are well done and really put me there, but I found it slowed down the book's pace. I'm not sure that there won't be some teens turned off by this kind of thoughtful writing, what with their ADHD mentalities nowadays. The book felt like a snowball gathering speed to a great climax, but it takes a while to get going. 2) I could have done without some of the more explicit supernatural scenes which, to me, make them more unbelievable, especially towards the end - though I know some people like this kind of thing. The creepiest parts were when I knew less. 3) It's deep and really deals with death and some of that can either bore younger readers (like my daughter) who don't really think about life in a morbid way, or scare younger readers. Some of the descriptions of death and murder were disturbing. I don't think it's a bad thing (it was great for me!) but I wish it was something me and both my kids could have enjoyed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book because I wanted to know if it was any good - it came recommended to me - and I wanted to give it a shot. I got really engrossed in the story and even though YA novels aren't my favorite, I forgot that it was a YA novel. I was on the edge of my seat and just really wanted to know how it all ended. There are a couple twists in the plot that took me by surprise. It's a debut novel, and the literary quality of the book stands out. The author doesn't dumb the language down as sometimes happens in Young Adult books. It's engaging, intense, and takes you right into the world so that from the first page, you're sucked into the story and you want to know what happens. A must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An Epic journey to discover truth through the eyes of young Justice Worth. I must say that I'm not much of a YA reader myself, but the authors style of writing guided me through a descriptive tale of islands, mystery, murder & the meaning of Justice... Truly something for all ages is what I discovered after being completely engaged into the mystery aspects of the story. I feel many teenagers will also connect with the concept of a journey to seek truth and the growth involved along the way, family struggles, love, death and becoming. I highly recommend it for the upcoming holiday season as a gift for readers of all ages.
RileyBanks More than 1 year ago
Mariner's Hollow - a paranormal mystery that keeps the reader guessing to the very end. Over the weekend, I posted an interview with Frank "FG" Capitanio, the author of the award winning novel, Mariner's Hollow - which won Gold in the IPBA Benjamin Franklin Awards.  If you read that, you'd know I pretty much consider Frank to be the cross-generational love child of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and JK Rowling. Mariner’s Hollow is one of the best teen novels I have read since Harry Potter - and definitely one of the best debut novels I have seen from an Indie author in… well ever. Mariner's Hollow is the perfect combination of classic literature and contemporary adventure. It has the mystery of a Sherlock Holmes novel, the epic, paranormal drama of Harry Potter, and the darkness of the Hunger Games - all rolled into one. While I make mention of these other characters and authors, not for one second do you ever get the feeling that Capitanio is trying to mimic anyone else. His writing is truly his own, and Justice Worth, his main protagonist, is a character who will forge his own path in this world. I am convinced that, given the right attention by one of the major publishers, Justice will be as famous as a certain boy wizard. Like JK Rowling, Capitanio has mastered the ability to cross generations with his writing - to keep both adults and children entertained and enthralled. Take the mystery of Mariner's Hollow for example. I am one of those people that can usually pick the bad guy a mile out. It doesn't matter whether I'm watching a television crime procedural, or reading a murder mystery, I can often pick the killer in the opening scenes - probably because all too often, writers get lazy and introduce the killer as the very first suspect. But with Mariner's Hollow, I had no idea who the killer was, or even what it was. There were so many possible killers - both human and supernatural. And every single one of them had probable cause to commit murder. With so many of Justice's ancestors dying in tragic, questionable circumstances, I couldn't decide whether the killer was human or ghost until moments before Justice figured it out. Capitanio was brilliant in keeping everyone a plausible suspect until the very last possible moment. "The fire, still bright and hot, cast a heat that covered him like syrup, stuck to his clothes, and melted away the cold." Capitanio's writing style is truly evocative. The poetic language of the opening scenes lulls one into a false sense of security, causing them to forget for a moment that this book is, at its core, about murder most foul. But then, just like the first victim, a rope is yanked around the reader's neck, creating a jarring, violent juxtaposition from poetry to horror, perfectly encapsulating the gritty realities of death. It is this polarity, this ability to be multiple things at once, that sums up both Capitanio and his main protagonist, Justice Worth, that allows them to entertain, enthral, entrance and electrify the audience. "He ran back to the living room, flicking on the lights as he moved to the portraits on the wall. It was true, plainly engraved on each plaque. Throughout 300 years of the history they reflected, five people had died on the same day. They had died on December 28th." In my profession, there's a fine line between reading for work and reading for pleasure. With the former, I have often had to force myself to keep going, pushing through to the end regardless of how I feel about the book as a whole. In those instances, reading becomes a chore - and as we all know, chores are not enjoyable! But there are those occasional authors that hook their audience, grip them tight, and keep them enthralled through 100,000+ words until the very end. Those are the masters; the ones whose work will stand the test of time; the ones people will still be reading a hundred years from now. Justice demands that Capitanio belongs to this group. Mariner's Hollow is a five star book that belongs on every book shelf.
Sheri-A-Wilkinson More than 1 year ago
Mariner's Hollow Justice, a fifteen year old is asked to go to the Island of mariner's Hollow to visit with his Aunt Elenore Burby. While there a blizzard occurs and his Aunt ends up dead. Everyone believes it to be a suicide, but not Justice. He has strong feelings something more sinister took place in that house. He has  visions and see ghosts, he knows something bad has happened and he is about to find out what. He begins to investigate and soon believes his Aunt was murdered, the suspect list is high, but can he get everyone to believe him? He is also about to unravel some long held family secrets, secrets some(one) would kill to keep hidden. A fanatic mystery, filled with secrets, twist, turns ghosts, and a murderer among them all. I loved Justice, a fifteen year old determined to get to the truth. It was a refreshing and original story with such a young "detective". I really liked Justice, he was more than an ordinary teen. The story was well written and kept me on the edge of my seat. I highly recommend to Y/A as well as adult readers who love a great who-done-it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading many YA books, this isn't what I expected! I expected more after reading the reviews from this book but this just didn't do it for me. I was looking fir much more and hope since this is the authors first book the second will be better. I do not recommend.