Brilliant Storytelling

5 out of 5 stars

Before I dive into my review – I wanted to let you know, that before getting into the book – I had watched my favorite travel couple talk about and show a lot of the walk around Saba.  I didn’t think this would affect my enjoyment of the book but I was wrong.  Knowing just a little bit of what it looked like (and how absolutely stunning it is) made me enjoy the story that much more.  Maybe it was because I didn’t have to imagine how pretty it was – I had an image in my head.  I didn’t have to Google what Saba’s runway looked like (or what a landing looked like) since I already watched a video on it.  If you have 20 minutes and you’re curious (before or after reading Deep Cut) what Saba looks like – check out these two videos from Kara & Nate:



Okay, on to the real review:

I wasn’t really sure where Sullivan was going to take Boone and Emily but Deep Cut was brilliant from beginning to end. His ability to intertwine real world (beautiful) locations within the main story in both Deep Shadow and Deep Cut blows my mind.  Add in his fantastic writing and combine that with his years of narrating experience and you have a fantastic book that is made for audio.

I realized quickly that without spoiling the book (and Sullivan did not do so in the synopsis) the premise will be a bit hard to explain. Just know that the book is about a massive storm is bearing down on Saba while some evil stuff going on. Both of these things require some help investigating.

I need to point out the interaction between Boone and Emily (and especially Emily’s quips) had me in stitches numerous times – especially in a book that got as dark as Deep Cut did.  It was those moments of reprieve that allowed me to absolutely fly through listening to this one.  It would get real serious, but then Emily or Boone (usually Emily) would say something that had me rolling and their interaction with each other was the perfect kind of relationship for me.

The overall “vibe” of Deep Cut reminded me of the island of Saba – even though there was a lot going on, everything got there in due time.  The introduction, investigation, and storm took some time, but the overall feel was that everything was on that “island time”. Even though I mention that it was an intense book (and there were some dark and scary moments) everything was paced extremely well for its setting.

I will say this, Sullivan can write. Deep Shadow had me wondering if they would ever make it and Deep Cut made me realize that I need more of these characters in my life. Emily and Boone complete me in some way – and I cannot wait to figure out where they are off to next.

Book Description:

Sometimes, the brightest corners of the world can hold the darkest shadows.

Rising steeply from the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, the Dutch island of Saba is a sleepy paradise, the mountainous slopes dotted with little red-and-white cottages and the seas teeming with life. But this little oasis has a less tranquil history, many of its inhabitants having descended from smugglers and pirates.

Boone Fischer and Emily Durand are eager to explore their new home, but their peaceful lives are about to be shattered, as one of history’s most powerful hurricanes begins to form – and, as if that weren’t enough, a savage evil has made its way ashore. In this sequel to the best seller Deep Shadow, Nick Sullivan brings listeners to another fascinating corner of the world and sends them into a swirl of action and adventure.

Deep Cut by Nick Sullivan
Narrator: Nick Sullivan
Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
Series: The Deep #2
Published by Wild Yonder Press on April 30th 2019
Genres: Sea Adventure, Thriller
Format: Audiobook

I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Also by this author: Zombie Bigfoot (Creature Quest Series Book 1), Deep Shadow, Deep Roots, Deep Devil
Also in this series: Deep Shadow, Deep Roots, Deep Devil, Deep Focus (The Deep #5)


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