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Sliding Beneath the Surface
Finally, Jeff turns to his girlfriend Carla, and Lobo, the mysterious Native American shaman, for help. But what he discovers is a lot more than he bargained for.
A ghos ...more
Well now, I do believe I am ready to review this book tonight as I say this I am currently thinking of what I would like to say about the book. I finished this book within two days as I started it on the 10th and finished it on the 11th, today being the 13th. I've given the book a few days to think about how I would like to review this book.
This book is a very unique book as I cannot co ...more
If you want a paranormal book that is strictly unique then this is the book for you!
I was given this book for a honest review!
WARNING: (SMALL) SPOILER AHEAD.
20/10 - Before I comment on the story, I want to compliment whoever was in charge of the choice of paper used in the creation of the book. The pages have a wonderful, satiny feeling and are nicely heavy, giving the impression of a lot of thought and care going into the choosing of the paper (it almost feels like ...more
I had just started to read this story when my 11yo saw it and wanted to know if she could read it with me. Every night we have some time put aside and she would read out loud. As we started a new chapter we would wonder what the name of that c ...more
This book is very different than anything I've read recently. I normally don't read books with a male lead. I have to admit, that was a bit weird at first, but I got the hang of it eventually and liked it. I usually don't read books that are historic. Its not that I dislike history, I just usually stick to certain aspects of history, and this isn't one of those timeframes. The history was fairly dry ...more
Jeff is a young boy who’s fighting terrible dreams and headaches. ...more
Sliding Beneath the Surface is not my typical read, but I must say that Doug Dillon certainly has a way of capturing your attention and drawing you into the book. I liked how Doug not only introduces you to the characters but pulls you in as though you were old friends. I enjoyed getting to know the main characters Jeff, Carla and Lobo. Lobo ...more
Jeff Golden, a troubled 15 year old, moves to St. Augustine Florida. He begins suffering from excruciating headaches and terrifying nightmares. Desperate for relief, he confides in his friend Carla Rodriguez. Lucky for Jeff, she ...more
Ok, so first of all a disclaimer, this book is probably more of a 3 1/2 stars for me and loses a star because I absolutely hate when in a first person narrative the character talks to me knowing I'm reading their story. The whole, "oh wait I'll get back to that in a moment" thing drives me nuts. First person isn't my favorite narrative voice in the first place, but first person breaking the fo ...more
Despite this guidance, things get even worse. Jeff’s spine tingling encounters increase in number and intensity at an alarming rate, ...more
Oh Jeff tsk tsk freaking tsk.
Jeff would probably reply,"um...OK...Nowhere?"
I prefer the spelling of okay to OK.
Anyway, Sliding Beneath the Surface #1 is a refreshing paranormal book without the cliche romance in the teenage market. When I say refreshing! I mean I'm glad that Jeff didn't start smooching on Clara like his lips were going to shrivel and die in ...more
So this book has it all, out of body experiences, ghosts from the past, a past that could kill those involved in the present, and all done under a dense fog of mystery which will keep you turning the pages to discover what will happen to these children.
The story begins with young Jeff who is having nightmares and horrible headaches. His best friend Carla takes him next door to meet Lobo, a Native American Shaman with a strange and u ...more
"Sliding Beneath The Surface," refers to a concept that there are many Worlds within worlds, in layers, as Shrek says, "Like an onion." This book centers on two teenagers and their adult mentor with unique abilities to split themselves and experience more than one layer at a time. There is a real, historical battle ...more
This novel elicits a giant “Wow!” from me-Author Doug Dillon is one incredible storyteller. He has wrapped troubled adolescence, grief, being orphaned or partially orphaned, with history, legend, superstition, parallel dimensions, indigenous shamanism, and so much more, to deliver a story seamless in its coherence. I absolutely am on tenterhooks waiting for the next entry in Mr. Dillon’s “St. Augustine Trilogy.”
Jeff Gol ...more
I don't (or almost never) write plot synopses. I don't really want to know more than what you find on the back of the book in advance and usually skip the ones my fellow GoodReaders write. I am usually tempted to skip prologues in books for the same reason, because too often they've given away the bad guy or too much of the ...more
Jeff Golden is a fifteen year old who is caught up in some scary paranormal events. He is scared and he enlists the help of his best friend, Carla, and a Shaman by the name of Lobo to get to the bottom of things.
This is a fantastic YA paranormal horror that kept me on the edge of my seat. The story is told well, and has a fantastic flow. I'm not sure if the author was trying to tell a horror story, or give a history ...more
We have a boy ,Jeff, with a very special gift. That gift takes him on a 2 day journey with what started out as horrifying nightmares. He shares these nightmares with his neighbor, African American girl named Carla. She too has a special gift. Her other neighbour, Lobo, has helped her with her specia ...more
Following Jeff Golden, you see this story as told from his perspective. And boy was Dillon right on the money in portrayin ...more
This is one of those book that's mixed with a lot of things, not to the point of being annoying, it's so perfectly structured with romance, paranormal, history, suspense and more that you can actually enjoy it. I love things to be described thoroughly because you get a major view of the story and is easier to be part of it.
Jeff and Carla, both teenagers, it was credible how they develop as the story goes. Doug captured the voice ...more
The author brings the reader into the story and you feel like you are actually Jeff going through these horrible situations. The descriptions of what is seen is very disturbing as you think of y ...more
Overall, I thought this book was fairly well written. I liked Jeff Golden as a main character, but I especially liked Carla Rodriguez. She's...spunky. Yeah, I think that's the word for it :) Anyways, Dillon wove together a mix of adventure and mystery to create Jeff's story. I mostly recommend this book to middle grade/younger teens and ayone who likes paranormal stories.
***I reluc ...more
Sliding Beneath the Surface is a good read. The characters are well-established, the plot quickly grabs your attention and holds it, the setting is vividly described, and the historical elements are very well researched and explained.
Set in St. Augustine, Florida, the novel starts out with the protagonist, Jeff Golden. A new resident, he is already solid friends with Carla, a fun and well-read g ...more
This is the story of 15-year old Jeff Golden discovering, accepting, and learning to use his psychic powers with the assistance of a shaman named Lobo and his friend, Carla Rodriguez. In the beginning of the story he is plagued by nightmares that keep him from sleeping at night. He shares this with Carla who introduces him to Lobo. Jeff learns about the supernatural cause of these nightmares and the three cha ...more
Sliding Beneath the Surface is a creative mix of Florida history and the supernatural. Jeff learns that there is more to the world than the one reality he has always perceived; he finds himself being dragged into other realities by a spirit from the past that relives the day of his death over and over again. Lobo teaches him about these different realities and how Jeff can slide into them, and Carla ...more
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Doug Dillon is a husband, father, grandfather, author, blogger and former educator living in Central Florida. He writes for both adults and young people, mostly in the arenas of history and the paranormal. Doug has written for Prentice Hall, Harcourt, Boys’ Life, Learning Magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, Mitchell Lane Publishers and Old St. Augustine Publications.
The paranormal thread in this aut...more