Title – Somewhere in San Diego
Author – Dennis Macaraeg
Genre – Thriller
Length – 226 Pages
Publication – April 2016
My Rating – 4/5 Stars
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?
Before I get down to what I thought of the book have you read my review for Somewhere in the Shallow Sea? If not take a look.
Now while I think it works better if you read Somewhere in the Shallow Sea first it’s not 100% necessary. Personally I would just so you can see the progression of not only the tale but also the author.
The plot follows the same sort of pattern as the previous book. Danny is a biologist who created a compound that can attract fish. While Danny and his friend Blake have been collecting data on their research Blake’s fiancée has been kidnapped.
The kidnappers want this information uploaded for all to see otherwise Blake’s fiancée dies.
So of course Danny wants to help. The only issue is he’s being hunted down by two assassins who seem to want him dead and the data destroyed.
What we get is a fast paced tale with twists and turns all the way as Danny tries to but the pieces together.
Again we have some romance for Danny, as much as I don’t like romance in my books this worked well and built up nicely so wasn’t forced on me as a reader.
What I really liked is the tale is fun and exciting and a super easy read.
Yes it’s a bit outrageous that this is the second kidnapping to involve Danny and that these assassins seem a little useless at times but that’s what give it a fun edge.
Overall for me this was an improvement on the last tale. The development worked better especially between Danny and Valarie.
If you’re looking for a fun action thriller rather than the dark gritty thriller then this is the book for you.
My thanks go to the author for the chance to read/review their work.