Colleen Coble never disappoints! Her characters are well developed and storylines intriguing. Abundant references to local culture and excellent research into the mystery of the Hawaiian islands combine to immerse you in the experience of her characters. An excellent third book in this series.
Colleen Coble in her new book Dangerous Depths Book Three in the Aloha Reef series published by Thomas Nelson takes us into the life of Leia.
From the back cover: Sometimes lifes most precious treasure lies at Dangerous Depths.
Leia ditched a promising medical career to settle on a secluded island of Hawaii. She ditched Bane, too, and hes come to the island to find out why. Hes also in search of a fortune rumored to lie offshore. But an act of sabotage that pushes Bane closer to Leia plunges them both into a tangle of emotionjust as a series of threatening events grip the island.
Theft, a friends death, a bizarre intruder, hints of a second treasure . . . and even murderhow can they sort it all out when everyone on the island has something to hide?
Whenever you pick up anything by Ms. Coble you can be sure you will be reading a top-notch exciting story and a wonderful romance. Dangerous Depths is no exception. Sunken treasure, undersea lava flows, a secretive adversary and espionage are all ingredients that Ms. Coble has baked into this clever thriller. Leia and Bane are well drawn characters that I liked a lot. There are many story-lines that Ms. Coble weaves together in this book and each one, by itself, is interesting taken all together and they will keep you hoping. And on top of everything there is a romance. This is a fast-paced read that will keep you guessing as to what is really going on. I am so looking forward to the next book in this series.
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As always, Coble does an excellent job of combining the powers of mystery, suspense, and romance. However, I didn't feel as captured by this book as I have the previous three in the series. Don't get me wrong. There are a lot of things I liked about the book, but I just feel like something was missing.
This book does address a couple hard issues that I haven't encountered in a book before. Leia, the female heroine, has a cleft lip. Her sister, Eva, has Downs Syndrome. Bane suffers from abandonment issues. I love that Coble writes her characters in a more human light. It's hard to relate to someone who's "perfect" on paper.
Overall, the message of the book was still very, very good. The message was one of learning to let go of the past and letting God worry about your future. He knows every hair on your head. He knows the number of days you will live. If He knows that much about you, why can't we trust Him to lead us and help us make decisions? Let go, and let God.