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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Deep Waters is an action and adventure thriller written by Deborah Shlian and Linda Reid. While this is the third book in their Sammy Greene series, the authors provide enough background information to allow readers to enjoy this as a standalone. Sammy had mixed feelings about going back to Greece. She had just lost her LA Scene job at Canyon City Station and would be part of the new liberal talk show station, Radio USA. In the few weeks gap between that old job and the new, Sammy would be taking advantage of her old friend Gus Pappajohn’s invitation to spend some time with him and his newly widowed sister, Eleni, in Athens. While she was excited to be seeing Gus and Eleni, she couldn’t help but remember her last visit there six years earlier. She had been on assignment with photographer and diver Oliver Haines for CNN. They were documenting the recovery of artifacts from an ancient shipwreck in the Aegean Sea. While Sammy battled seasickness, Ollie was down there filming. On his way back to the surface, one of his fins caught on a protruding piece of bronze. As he turned to free himself, he noticed an ancient bronze wheel with what appeared to be Greek lettering and an attached toothed gear. What he hadn’t noticed was the diver who had been watching him -- and who was determined not to allow him to reach the surface alive.
Deep Waters is an exciting and thoroughly enjoyable tale set in Greece. While this is the first Sammy Greene novel I’ve read, I quickly felt at ease with the story and enjoyed getting to know Sammy and her old friend, Officer Gus. I also loved getting to know Athens. The authors work the culture, nightlife and the cuisine found on the Greek islands so well, it feels as though the reader is there along with Sammy and Gus. Shlian and Reid’s characters are marvelous, especially Sammy, whose New Yorker sensibilities are refreshing, and whose refusal to accept gender discrimination was a highlight. Their writing is seamless and flowing, and the plot is fascinating. Deep Waters is indeed a page-turner that’s both hard to put down and intelligent. Deep Waters: Sammy Greene, Book 3 is most highly recommended.