I didn't enjoy this book nearly as much as everyone else. A year after reading it, I can't really remember too much of the plot except for the main story. I couldn't remember Ben Gannon's name, or who he was trying to rescue and why.
What I do remember is that the story bored me. I bought it because I have a large interest in sharks, and have thought the idea of bull sharks being able to transition to fresh waters is fascinating. Of course, I figured a title like "Shark Lake" would be filled with shark stuff. The sharks take up maybe 30 pages in the book, and the book wasn't really about sharks. It was an action/adventure story about a rescue, that happened to have some sharks in it. Kind of like an episode of MacGyver, except with less duct tape and more sharks. That being said, I tried to still enjoy it as an action/adventure story.
I didn't feel that the main character, Gannon, was very well developed. I wasn't very interested in him, and there were weak attempts to create a back story involving his love life. I don't even remember who the villain was in this story or how he died, but it must not have been very exciting to me not to have stuck in my memory.
While I don't really feel I wasted my money, I would have rather checked this out from the library than spent money on it. It's a decent novel, but there are thousands like it and Ben Gannon is more of a "poor man's Dirk Pitt" (from the Clive Cussler novels).
If you're a fast reader and just want to pick this up for a day at the beach, it's not a bad read. But don't invest too much time or money into it. While the book was okay, I don't have any interest in following up on the adventures of Ben Gannon.
- Mass Market Paperback
- Publisher: Berkley Pub Group (1 September 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451410068
- ISBN-13: 978-0451410061
- Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 3.2 x 17.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 159 g
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