ARC Review: Surface Tensions (Island Adventures #1) by G.R. Jordan @carpetless

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Flora Reviews… Surface Tensions (Island Adventures #1) by G.R. Jordan. My thanks to BooksGoSocial (via Netgalley) for the advanced eBook.

What’s Surface Tensions about?

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ARC Review: Surface Tensions (Island Adventures #1) by G.R. Jordan @carpetlessMy Rating:
Title: Surface Tensions by G. R. Jordan
Series: Island Adventures #1
Published by Carpetless Publishing on 6 May 2017
Genres: Paranormal Fiction
No. of Pages: 267

Mermaids sighted near a Scottish island. A town exploding in anger and distrust. And Donald’s got to get the sexiest fish in town, back in the water.

There's something in the water and Donald's got to look after it.

On a quiet Scottish Island, local man Donald must navigate the dangerous social waters as mermaids are spotted. Unable to reject his inherent decency, Donald helps a stricken mermaid and engages the assistance of Irish incomer Kiera.

When a fisherman is killed, they flee the growing rage as the locality rips itself apart in the name of revenge. With the local presbytery demanding a response, glamour models challenging the reserved image of the island and a rejected child hunting these new mammals, can Donald and Kiera keep a human fish under wraps and out of sight? Or will they succumb to the sharp end of a harpoon?

Keep a good watch 'cos something's stirring the water.

Source: ARC

I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. This doesn't affect my opinion of the book or influence the content of my review.

Review Format: eBook
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Read: 5th – 13th August 2018

Surface Tensions is a novel that kicks off GR Jordan’s new series – Island Adventures. This stand-alone sci-fi/fantasy story is an adventure full of suspense, romance and gentle British humour. It’s set on a Scottish island where the discovery of mermaids has divided a community; those who want to wipe them all out and those who want to save the enigmatic creatures.

 What did I like about Surface Tensions?

Gary Ross-Jordan is a new-to-me author. However, I was impressed with his writing style and the prose he used. I found this story intelligent, the characters compelling (even those I didn’t like) and liked the way he reflected all of human nature within these pages.

Primarily, I think that this story is a lovely gentle British comedy-drama.

I really enjoyed reading how the tail unfolded (pun definitely intended). Each character had their own chapters so that we could get to know them. Throughout the story, we were given insights to help understand what it means to live on an island as part of an insular community. We are introduced to quite a few of the main protagonists of this story, the islanders, and I liked that some resonated with my own personality. While others rubbed me up the wrong way. However, all were complex creations who felt very real and believable.

Surface Tensions wasn’t what I was expecting.

It’s NOT a paranormal romance between a human and mermaid – it’s actually a story about the human condition. About how different people react to the unknown, what’s different or new. It also highlights the comparisons between island life to that on the mainland. I didn’t know what to expect, where Mr Jordan would take us. I had no idea how the story would climax and who would come out on top.

Surface Tensions has made me chuckle out loud, made me rage with indignant frustration, put a soppy smile on my face as well as had me holding my breath, on the edge of my seat.

Was there anything I didn’t like?

So, now I have to be honest and say why Surface Tensions had me dithering between a 3 or 4-star rating.

I am probably being rather mean to Mr Jordan and doing his book a disservice. However I need to explain, the dystopian type themed books are not my cup of tea. I don’t like reading stories where everything is as bad as it possibly can be because of the inevitable brutality of our species. Mob mentality really frightens me. When a group of people assemble because they’re emotional and angry about something I shiver. It only takes one act of violence to whip the crowd into a fury and I know that this viciousness, this sense of righteousness is just there barely below the surface. That’s the horror story right there!  I find it very hard to read stories that contain scenes of this nature, and at times, Surface Tensions did make my heart and soul weep. It’s why it took me so long to read, I had to keep putting it down, breathe and step away from the story. I need my fiction to take me away from the horrors of the human condition. Perhaps I should be praising Mr Jordan for getting me so emotionally connected rather than penalising him… 😉

Basically, what I’m saying is…

I did really enjoy this book. It’s got everything that I look for in a good story; adventure, great characters, action, humour and a sprinkling of romance.

I’d recommend Surface Tensions to fans of paranormal mysteries and dramas. I can confirm that the content (e.g. language, violence, sex, etc) is not horrific due to the lack of graphic blood or explicit sex scenes. However, I’d suggest that the target audience is older owing to the tension and thriller aspects of the story.

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About G. R. Jordan

Author - G. R. Jordan

G R Jordan is the pen name for Gary who writes crime fiction, urban fantasy, adventure and Lovecraftian fantasy. He always has a few new ideas in progress!

Previously he spent his time at Loughborough University masquerading as a chemical engineer but ultimately playing American football, Gary worked at changing the shape of cereal flakes and pulled a pallet truck for a living. Watching vegetables freeze at -40’C was another career highlight but currently he is one of the few remaining “blind” air traffic controllers. Having flirted with most places in the UK, he is now based in the Isle of Lewis in Scotland where his free time is spent between raising four young children with his wife, writing and caring for a small flock of chickens. Luckily his writing is influenced by his varied work and life experience as the chickens have not been the poetical inspiration he had hoped for!

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Bye for now,

Flora x

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