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Monday, November 19, 2012
Review: Sliding Beneath the Surface (The St. Augustine Trilogy #1) by Doug Dillon
A new resident of America’s oldest and most haunted city, St. Augustine, Florida, fifteen-year-old Jeff Golden suddenly finds himself up to his eyeballs in frightening paranormal experiences. At the end of his rope in trying to figure out what is happening to him, Jeff decides to rely on his friend Carla Rodriguez, and Lobo, an old Native American shaman, for help.
Despite this guidance, things get even worse. Jeff’s spine tingling encounters increase in number and intensity at an alarming rate, scaring him even more. Eventually, he makes the startling discovery that unresolved circumstances involving a bloody event directly out of Florida’s distant past threatens his sanity and possibly his life.
Finally, overwhelmed by forces he cannot understand or control, Jeff’s world shifts from frightening to downright terrifying. In desperation, and on Lobo’s advice, he leaps headlong into the unknown in order to save himself. What Jeff discovers though is that he has entered a level of reality he is completely unprepared to handle while unwittingly dragging Carla with him.
Like all the books in THE ST. AUGUSTINE TRILOGY, the premise for Sliding Beneath the Surface is simply this: You create your own reality.REVIEW: 5 STARS***** I want to start by saying my first thoughts were to give this book 4 Stars- but after giving it some thought I've decided that this book is well worth 5 stars. This book has so many elements to it a perfect blend~ I enjoyed Doug Dillon's writing style* the book was well written and consistent- with likeable characters. A week or so has passed since reading this story and it's still on my mind. Although this book is aimed for younger readers I was able to stay fully engaged in this story- The Author managed to keep the pages turning while keeping the story clean. I loved the history in this book. (I liked that the Author added a page giving links to pictures of the real life cemetery where some events took place in the book) The ending of the book had just the right amount of mystery and suspense added. This is now a favorite of mine and I plan to have my 12 yr old give this book a try. I'm glad I was able to read this book it has become a favorite of mine for 2012. I can not wait to continue on with this trilogy.