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Somewhere in San Diego by Dennis Macaraeg

Regular readers of my blog may remember that last year I read and loved the book “Somewhere in the Shallow Sea” by Dennis Macaraeg. So I was really excited when Dennis asked me to review the sequel “Somewhere in San Diego”.

Somewhere in San Diego by Dennis Macaraeg

Here is the book blurb.

A thriller about best friends, scientific data, hired guns and a harrowing race with a past lover to stay alive. Marine biologist Danny Maglaya must meet with his best friend and fellow scientist Blake Mason to upload the data demanded as ransom by the kidnappers of Blake’s fiancée. The task might have been simple, but every time the two scientists try to rendezvous, two contract assassins show up. With Danny and Blake’s phones hacked and each move they make monitored, the only way to survive is to outwit the men wanting to eliminate them. With an ingenious but risky solution, Danny teams up with his ex-lover to piece together secrets that only she, Danny and Blake know. A series of perilous events follows as Danny and his old flame, Valerie, race through San Diego County, solving clues about Blake’s whereabouts and about their possible future together. Will their love for each other be the catalyst for success or will the bitter pain of their breakup be a recipe for disaster?

Different location but plenty of similarities to the first book, this time with two sets of bad guys after Rx-18 data on Danny’s thumb drive. Danny needs to rendezvous with his best friend Blake in order to upload the data to send to the kidnappers who have Blake’s fiancée Elizabeth hostage. Meanwhile Igor and Yuri chasing Danny are doing their utmost to shoot Danny and prevent the data being uploaded. Time is of the essence, as Elizabeth is being held in a tank of water which is rising 2 inches every hour.

Their phones are being monitored, so Blake comes up with a plan to involve Danny’s ex-girlfriend Valerie by getting her to take Danny to the place where she first told Elizabeth that she and Danny were dating. A cryptic clue but first they have to try to shake off their pursuers. And then they interpret the clue differently to Blake, so they try a different tack of involving Dr Adamson. Bad mistake, as they discover that Igor and Yuri are working for Dr Adamson.

How do Danny and Valerie feel being thrown together again and will they succeed? Another gripping story from Dennis Macaraeg.

Somewhere in San Diego is available on Amazon, currently priced at £8.79 in paperback or £2.33 in Kindle format. A fantastic read combining both thriller and a romantic interest. I loved it and highly recommend it. I’m certainly hoping Dennis will be writing a third book. To find out more about the author you may visit his website.

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

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Bumper book giveaway – open worldwide

Something a little different for my lovely followers now. Today I have a bumper book giveaway to share with you. The prizes are titles that have been reviewed on my blog earlier this year.

Bumper Book giveaway

Here are the links to the reviews.

Anyone can get an A+ by Geetanjali Mukherjee
Somewhere in the Shallow Sea by Dennis Macaraeg
The Secret of Sinbad’s Cave by Brydie Walker Bain
Happily by Sophie Tanner
Pete and the Persian Bottle by Sarah Jackson
Story of a Secret Heart by Cassi Ellen
Tryouts for Ben by Jean Cogdell
Sign of the Green Dragon by C Lee McKenzie

Please read the details below carefully regarding prize descriptions, as your location may affect whether you can win a paperback or ebook version for some of the prizes. You may win more than one of the 16 prizes available.

Anyone can get an A+ – 5 ebooks
Somewhere in the Shallow Sea – 1 copy (paperback if winner is within UK or US, otherwise an ebook)
“The Secret of Sinbad’s Cave” and “The Ship of Sight and The Hand of Shadow” – a pair of ebooks by Brydie Walker Bain
Happily by Sophie Tanner – 1 ebook
Pete and the Persian Bottle – 1 signed paperback, 1 ebook & bookmark
Pete and the Persian Bottle – 4 more ebooks
Story of a Secret Heart – 1 ebook
Tryouts for Ben – 1 ebook
Sign of the Green Dragon – 1 copy (paperback if winner is within US, otherwise an ebook)

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I’d love to hear about your favourite books.

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Somewhere in the Shallow Sea by Dennis Macaraeg

I have received a free e-copy of the book “Somewhere in the Shallow Sea” by Dennis Macaraeg to review. This is his first novel. To find out more about the author you may visit his website.

Somewhere in the Shallow Sea

Here is the book blurb.

Danny Maglaya, a marine biologist from San Diego, finds out that a radical group in the southern Philippines has kidnapped his best friend Blake Mason while he was conducting research in the waters of Sulu Sea, he vows to do whatever it will take to get his best friend back.

He takes the first flight out of California and travels to Manila to bring his invention, the Rx-18 compound, to satisfy the kidnappers’ ransom. When he meets with his colleague for help locating the kidnappers, he is surprised to find his ex-girlfriend Helen Glass has traveled from the States with the ransom money. Because of the unresolved personal issues between them, the last thing Danny wanted was for her to be tagging along while he travels to the most dangerous part of the country.

As Danny and Helen are about to rendezvous with Kulog ng Timog, his old professor and nemesis Dr. Klein intercepts them, wanting the Rx-18 compound for himself. They race to deliver the compound to the kidnappers, for if the money and compound are not delivered on time, Blake may be beheaded like the hostages before him.

The country has more than 7,000 islands and Blake could be in either one of them. While Danny and Helen jump from one island to another searching for a way to save Blake, they slowly rekindle the love for each other that had been dormant in their hearts. But will it work this time? Will he get to Kulog ng Timog in time to deliver the compound before Dr. Klein gets to it first, meaning his friend’s demise?

The book begins with Danny hearing that his best friend Blake and fellow marine biologist has been kidnapped in the Philippines. The kidnappers are not only demanding a hefty $1m ransom but also the Rx-18 compound “The Cube” that Danny and Blake have been developing. Danny can’t understand why, as it is fish food.

However he flies to the Philippines with the compound to meet Professor Melchor Rodriguez who had been working with Blake, where he is surprised to find that his ex-girlfriend Helen (Blake’s cousin) has arrived with part of the ransom money. He is unable to persuade her to let him deliver the ransom, as it requires both her and Blake’s thumb-print scan to transfer the rest of the money.

But the rendezvous with the kidnappers goes wrong, when they are ambushed by a gang led by Dr Klein, Danny’s former mentor, who wants the Rx-18 compound himself. From then on, Danny and Helen are island-hopping in the race to locate the kidnappers and rescue Blake, but trying to keep one step ahead of Dr Klein who is chasing Danny for the compound.

Wow, a gripping storyline which kept me on the edge of my chair. A real page turner!

Somewhere in the Shallow Sea is available on Amazon, currently priced at £6.47 in paperback and is also available on Kindle. A brilliant read with both thriller and romance element. I loved it and highly recommend it. Looking forward to Dennis’s next novel.

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.