Surface Tension

Surface Tension

by Mike Mullin

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781939100160
Publisher: Tanglewood Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 05/08/2018
Pages: 350
Sales rank: 543,398
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Mike Mullin's first job was scraping the gum off the undersides of desks at his high school. From there, things went steadily downhill. He almost got fired by the owner of a bookstore due to his poor taste in earrings. He worked at a place that showed slides of poopy diapers during lunch (it did cut down on the cafeteria budget). The hazing process at the next company included eating live termites raised by the resident entomologist. Oh, and then there was the job where swarms of wasps occasionally tried to chase him off ladders. So he's really hoping this writing thing works out.

Mike is a full-time writer. He holds a black belt in Songahm Taekwondo and lives in Indianapolis with his wife and her three cats.

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Surface Tension 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
MargoKelly 7 months ago
Surface Tension by Mike Mullin features dynamic characters fighting for their lives in a compelling plot of murder and mayhem. There are many elements to praise about Surface Tension, including its interesting premise and well-told story. There were also a few things that made me scrunch my forehead in frustration. These included hard to believe elements in the plot line and character behaviors, forced dialogue, and a nonlinear timeline. A nonlinear timeline by itself is not an issue; however, in Surface Tension, when the point of view would shift from Jake to Betsy or vice versa, sometimes the story would jump backward in time, which often left me confused and forced me to read the passage again. Some of my favorite lines from the book: "It's not easy growing up with a memory instead of a mother." (page 52) "I ride fast, trying to out-pedal all my doubts and fears." (page 138) [I received a copy of this book from SoCal Public Relations in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.]
SecondRunReviews More than 1 year ago
Surface Tension fails as a suspense thriller. Mullin takes the craziness of a suspense thriller beyond the point of insane with characters who struggle to be heard in the midst of all noise and unbelievable scenarios, taking the suspension of disbelief beyond the breaking point and shattering it.
reececo331 More than 1 year ago
Surface Tension (Hardcover) by Mike Mullin This is a scary concept going on home grown terrorist, prejudice confrontation, domestic violence, and religious persecution. Jake is a young bike racer in the wrong place at the wrong time. He pedals into a road block of significant nature, that puts his life, his mother's life and his girl's life into jeopardy. It takes risk to change his life and fix the problem. He becomes a reluctant hero in the process. The author looks into the perceptions of racism and the assumptions the majority of people perpetuate with the relationship between Jake and his girl. Jake is a poor white single parent child, his lady is the entire opposite. This book relates in a unique way to the current US political atmosphere, with racial and religious tension at breaking point. The idea that home grown terrorists want to change America calling for military action against political and racial lines. There are many instances in the book that show how flawed this thinking is. The author reminds the reader that this racial and political stances is unsustainable.
reececo331 More than 1 year ago
Surface Tension (Hardcover) by Mike Mullin This is a scary concept going on home grown terrorist, prejudice confrontation, domestic violence, and religious persecution. Jake is a young bike racer in the wrong place at the wrong time. He pedals into a road block of significant nature, that puts his life, his mother's life and his girl's life into jeopardy. It takes risk to change his life and fix the problem. He becomes a reluctant hero in the process. The author looks into the perceptions of racism and the assumptions the majority of people perpetuate with the relationship between Jake and his girl. Jake is a poor white single parent child, his lady is the entire opposite. This book relates in a unique way to the current US political atmosphere, with racial and religious tension at breaking point. The idea that home grown terrorists want to change America calling for military action against political and racial lines. There are many instances in the book that show how flawed this thinking is. The author reminds the reader that this racial and political stances is unsustainable.
GDCribbs More than 1 year ago
What a roller coaster of a read, like a plane going down without explanation, except for those of us who have read this breakneck story in nearly one painful, butt-numbing session. I might need stitches after all that. More to come. I've got to unravel this wild ride and collect my thoughts before a more complete review, but damn, Mike. That was one hell of a ride. Now I'm wondering if this is a duology. There seems to be room at the end for such a possibility. Here's hoping.
Caroldaz More than 1 year ago
A great story and the ending was stunning! Jake is a teenager, just a great kid, responsible and likeable. He has witnessed a terrorist attack without realizing it, wakes up in hospital with a head injury and not knowing how he got there. As he searches for answers, he begins to understand what might have happened, but his story sounds so insane that no one believes him. He and his girlfriend Laurissa, set out to find proof of the terrorist attack. Jake’s life is in danger as is that of his mother and girlfriend. The action really ramps up during the book as does the suspense. The ending makes me think there must be another book following this and I would certainly read that!
tpolen More than 1 year ago
Trust me when I say this - don't blink or you'll miss some things while reading this book. It moves that fast. Surface Tension is a thrilling ride with a chilling premise - it could potentially happen. Because Jake happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and witnesses something he shouldn't, his whole life, and the lives of his loved ones, change in an instant. He finds himself in dire, nearly impossible situations, many of them life-threatening, but trust me, this kid is smart and resilient. And his girlfriend, Laurissa, is brave, tenacious, and someone you want on your side. She's definitely a keeper. Told from a dual POV (Jake and Betsy), this book deals with real world issues of terrorism and hate groups and, along with Jake, the reader will question who's trustworthy. An action-packed, twisty thriller, this is easily a crossover novel I'd recommend to both YA and adult readers. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the digital ARC.