The Dark Beneath

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5 out of 5 stars
By GeoffNotJeff on 08-03-15

Uncomfortable, gripping and constantly tense.

Where does Tenacity rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's right up there. Certainly in my top 3.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The protagonist Lt 'Dan' Lewis is really the only character you can 'like', but in terms of characterisation, I love the way the author wrote the more pernicious characters. Two stood out, but without spoilers, it's difficult to elaborate. They're so well written you feel like taking a swing for them yourself every time they arrive on scene.

What does Lisa Coleman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Lisa Coleman was perfect for Dan Lewis. Just the right balance of vulnerability and kick-ass. She did struggle a little with the few regional accents in the book, particularly Geordie, but it wasn't distracting.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

'Moved' me? If claustrophobia and fear count - absolutely. Again, without spoilers, I'll just say that there are 2 particular chapters which will stay with me. The action described in each covers only a few minutes, but the prose was so dense and intimate and very chilling.

Any additional comments?

I wish the book had been longer - which is always a good sign. The book finishes with much unresolved and whilst I picked out the baddies reasonably early, the reveals were still shocking and unexpected. That's almost always the way with crime thrillers: there are only so many characters from which to choose the perpetrators. For me though, it was the density of the story and the prose rather than the scale of the plot that were the biggest revelation and I can't wait for book 2.

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5 out of 5 stars
By rob on 11-22-17

gripping, emotional and really well tuned!

I have delayed reading this book owing to a personal preference not to indulge in fiction writing.....what a mistake!

The parallels the author draws from his experience as a submariner strike home with real effect. Couple this with a gripping storyline that leaves you desperate for the next chapter and a lead character that has real appeal as an investigator gifted with talented instincts but suffering as a result of her own life decisions makes the read that more indulgent. I was expecting the story to conclude..... but am left excited at the prospect of how events unfold in the future.

This novel is a must. if you are a will really hit home. If you are not, then I can't think of a more inciteful read than this to give a feel for how a brotherhood can be guilty of pulling together, and excluding, yet operate as professionals in the most challenging of environments. The Fictional Twist that the author has developed really plays off the weaknesses inherent to the services.

a must read made better by Audio books

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By The Earnest Critic on 02-15-16

Unusual setting for claustrophobic crime novel.

This well written novel features an intriguing protagonist and an exceptionally unusual setting. I can see this becoming a TV series for sure.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Gillian Hill on 02-13-16

Claustrophobic thriller

Thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel. The description used in creating the atmosphere on board Tenacity is very clever. It immerses the reader in the claustrophobic environment of a submarine. The story was clever and I went back and forwards trying to guess the protagonists. Can't wait for the next Dan Lewis escapade.

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4 out of 5 stars
By SE COATES on 11-14-15

Tenacity needed to finish

I really enjoyed this until nearly the end.
It was unbelievable that Dan, having already been in huge trouble for not going for help in a previous case, that she would behave the same way.
The conversation with Felicity was a clumsy way of moving the story forward and very dull.
That said, it was a good listen for 80% of the time.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Catherine on 08-13-15

Edge of your seat thriller

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Recommended if you like a well-written, tense mystery/thriller. The first in a naval series from debut author J. S. Law. As he is ex Royal Navy (including submarines) the authenticity shines through. You don’t get much more terrifyingly claustrophobic than on a submarine with a killer out to get you. Ashore wasn’t any safer either. That was the most edge-of-my-seat book I have read in a long time, and I read a lot! I actually yelled "NO" at the last line. I am sure this will rocket up the best-seller charts.

What does Lisa Coleman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She is the perfect reader for this book, edgy, determined voice, just like the main character!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, in fact I kept reading it way past my bed-time as I didn't want to put it down

Any additional comments?

He has two more in the pipeline and I can’t wait for them! As ex WRNS myself I can assure you, this is a brilliant book!

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