Boone: A Deep Dive into Origins and Adventures

5 out of 5 stars

Nick Sullivan’s “Boone,” a prequel to the much-loved Deep Series, is a spectacular journey back to the early days of Boone Fischer, a character I’ve grown incredibly fond of through the series. This audiobook not only deepens Boone’s backstory but enriches the entire Deep Series experience. As someone who’s navigated through all the highs and lows with Boone, seeing his formative years in this new light was nothing short of a revelation.

From the very first chapter, it’s clear that Sullivan has poured his heart and soul into crafting a narrative that’s both a homage to his beloved series and a standalone masterpiece of character development. The “oh, that’s where that came from” moments were frequent and delightful, providing that thrill of connection that only the best series can deliver. The way Sullivan intertwines Boone’s early misadventures and romances with what fans know comes later is clever and deeply satisfying.

I particularly appreciated Sullivan’s honest portrayal of Boone’s romantic life. It’s refreshing and painfully real to see a character go through relationships that, quite simply, don’t work out. These stories added a layer of authenticity that resonated with me—reminding me that the path to who we become is often paved with trials and errors. Plus, the awkwardness and humor Sullivan injects into these episodes (SORTA SPOILER ALERT BUT WORTH THE JOKE “I dated a mermaid once”) were brilliantly entertaining, keeping the tone light even when the themes ran deep.

Overall, “Boone” is a stellar addition to the Deep Series. Sullivan’s narration, always a highlight, becomes even more impactful when he’s breathing life into a character so close to his heart. His passion for diving and storytelling shines through every minute of the audiobook.

This prequel not only sets the stage beautifully for new listeners but also acts as a treasure trove of insights for longtime fans. If you thought you knew Boone Fischer, prepare to fall in love all over again with his younger, equally compelling self. This isn’t just a backstory; it’s a heartfelt exploration of the adventures and misadventures that shape us.

Nick, thank you for this love letter to your own character

Book Description:

A vacation in Aruba. It started well… it ended badly.

It’s a long way from the hills of East Tennessee to the arid islands of the Dutch Caribbean.

From the author of the best-selling Deep Series, Boone is a brand-new prequel that follows Boone Fischer in his early years. His passions, his challenges, and the fascinating people he meets along the way… all are parts of the journey that will shape the man he will become, and lead him to the life of a divemaster in Curaçao and Bonaire.

A coming of age story filled with romance and adventure, Boone brings the listener right up to the events preceding Book One in The Deep Series, Deep Shadow.

Boone by Nick Sullivan
Narrator: Nick Sullivan
Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
Series: The Deep #0.5
Published by Wild Yonder Press on May 27th 2024
Genres: Adventure
Format: Audiobook
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Also by this author: Zombie Bigfoot (Creature Quest Series Book 1), Deep Shadow, Deep Cut, Deep Roots
Also in this series: Deep Shadow, Deep Cut, Deep Roots, Deep Devil

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