Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Sliding Beneath the Surface” as Want to Read:
Sliding Beneath the Surface
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Sliding Beneath the Surface

(The St. Augustine Trilogy #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  232 ratings  ·  104 reviews
In America’s oldest and most haunted city, St. Augustine, Florida, teenager Jeff Golden is in trouble. Horrible dreams won’t let him sleep, and he is up to his eyeballs in terrifying, paranormal experiences.

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
Nook, 294 pages
Published September 2nd 2011 by Old St. Augustine Publications (first published August 1st 2011)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Sliding Beneath the Surface, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Sliding Beneath the Surface

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.68  · 
Rating details
 ·  232 ratings  ·  104 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Sliding Beneath the Surface
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Okay I know I'm going to give this amazing, unique book 5 stars but I will have to come back to review later...

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
Carrie (Book Fairy) Fort
Loved this book!! Loved the history, the characters, all of it. Took me no time at all to quickly become engrossed I the world the author created!
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!
I was given a free copy of this book by the author in return for a review. This has not impacted on my ability to be honest and critical of what I've read.


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
Elizabeth Noah Astle
This is classified as a YA paranormal book. It is told from the viewpoint of Jeff Golden a 15yo who recently moved to St. Augustine. Jeff is telling the story of what happened a few weeks early to him and his neighbor, Carla, who he has a bit of a crush on.

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
Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
I recieved this book for free through a R2R program on Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.

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
Jan 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
What an awesome read. First, the fact that I lived in FL my whole life mad it feel even more relatable and because it was filled with such rich history. I love the paranormal aspect of it as well and that I was hooked right away. I want more and felt like I was part of the story from start to finish! I have never been to St. Augustine but my parents have and they have told me of the history there so this was just awesome to read.

Jeff is a young boy who’s fighting terrible dreams and headaches.
Pam Funke
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author for the purpose of review. The review is my honest opinion and I was not paid for this service.

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
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Theresa by: Goodreads and The Author Doug Dillon
I want to start by saying my first thoughts were to give this book 4 Stars- but after giving it some thought I've decided that this book is well worth 5 stars. This book has so many elements to it a perfect blend~ I enjoyed Doug Dillon's writing style* the book was well written and consistent- with likeable characters. A week or so has passed since reading this story and it's still on my mind. Although this book is aimed for younger readers I was able to stay fully engaged in this story- The Aut ...more
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sliding Beneath the Surface is a very unique story filled with rich history, mystery and paranormal features. It only took me a few chapters before I was totally immersed into Doug Dillon's world. Once I started to connect with the main characters, I couldn't put it down.
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
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Mr. Dillon for offering up your story.

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
Stina Rubio
Nov 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A new resident of America’s oldest and most haunted city, St. Augustine, Florida, fifteen-year-old Jeff Golden suddenly finds himself up to his eyeballs in frightening paranormal experiences. At the end of his rope in trying to figure out what is happening to him, Jeff decides to rely on his friend Carla Rodriguez, and Lobo, an old Native American shaman, for help.

Despite this guidance, things get even worse. Jeff’s spine tingling encounters increase in number and intensity at an alarming rate,
So ah you know...The narration is sort of like this... Typical teenage boy speak...Where he says practically um...Nothing like Forrest Gump.

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
Christina M Condy
Okay now how to review this book without giving anything away….

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
Dixie Goode
I received this book for free through a Read to Review program on Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. I do not believe my review would be any different if I paid for the book.

"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
 Reading Reindeer 2021 On Proxima Centauri
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Reading Reindeer 2021 On Proxima Centauri by: Making Connections
Review of Sliding Beneath the Surface by Doug Dillon St. Augustine Trilogy #1

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
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
First, I would like to thank Mr Dillon for giving me a chance to read this book much sooner than I would have otherwise. That said, get back to writing sir! I'm waiting, lol.

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
Lynn Worton
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in The St. Augustine Trilogy. It is certainly intriguing!

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
Steve Ballou
Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
I finished reading this book yesterday. There are so few books that combine a picture of history, spiritual awakening, adolescent growth through crisis, 21st century shamanism, and just sheer fun in the process of knowing more about who we are as human beings. There are three characters in the story: the young, cocky boy who is challenged the most to expand his awareness, the young, pretty girl who is stronger and smarter than the boy (thank goodness for Jeff!), and, the archetype wise man who t ...more
Suzanne Pringle
When I think of Ghost stories, I usually think of hauntings, or possessions. I think scary,terrifying or even sometimes unrealistic. This book put a new spin on the whole Ghost - haunting - you story.

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
Sliding beneath the surface is another one of those books that really stands out, to me at least, as an original piece. Doug Dillon does a great job incorporating history of St. Augustine into this book, and let me tell you...I'm not one for history...But he made it interesting. Of course, I'm not sure how much of it is actually true?? *guess she'll have to look that up >.>*

Following Jeff Golden, you see this story as told from his perspective. And boy was Dillon right on the money in portrayin
Liss Martz
Nov 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ombs, yay, check
Thanks to Doug Dillon for the awesome opportunity to read this book!

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
Nov 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author did a great job of using historical facts to create this paranormal book. Jeff is connected to an ancestor that he must help with the aid of his friend Carla and a somewhat scary and intimidating shaman, Lobo. Lobo will be the only one who can possibly help the two teens out of this situation.

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
I won this book through a Goodreads book giveaway contest--thank you Doug Dillon and Old St. Augustine Publications!

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
Michelle Hart
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
I had a hard time making it through this book. The first person point of view was at times too much. I felt like I was reading one of my fifth graders' papers. I tell them all the time " don't talk to the reader!" It was very interesting in the fourth part, but needed to move a little faster in the other 3 parts. ...more
I don't normaly read read books by men,but this one is actually not bad at all.This book sort of got me intrested in reading books by men.It is actually almost as good as meg cabot's books.AMAZING!!!!!! ...more
Lori Mitchell Myers
I really liked this book!! Read it in two sittings....only because I had to get the laundry done. Lol. Can't wait for the second book. ...more
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of detail the author packs into this book. You are quickly pulled into an engrossing story of historic fact and paranormal fiction. Recommended reading.
The kind author, Doug Dillon, gave me this book to review. This does not impact my review in any way.

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
Sonia Fogal
I’m pretty hard to please with Young Adult paranormal books, but this one was very good.

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
Jillian (PidginPea's Book Nook)
{ I was kindly provided a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. }

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
« previous 1 3 4 next »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Sisterhood, #1)
  • Dragonsblood (Pern, #18)
  • The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, #1)
  • The Skies of Pern (Pern, #16)
  • Copper Sun
  • Damia (The Tower and the Hive, #2)
  • Damia's Children (The Tower and the Hive, #3)
  • The Celtic Dagger (Alistair Fitzjohn, #1)
  • Lyon's Pride (The Tower and the Hive, #4)
  • The Tower and the Hive (The Tower and the Hive, #5)
  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (Scary Stories, #1)
  • The Burning Soul (Charlie Parker, #10)
  • Murder at the Rocks (Alistair Fitzjohn, #2)
  • Emerald
  • Coexist (Keegan's Chronicles, #1)
  • In Love with Nowhere
  • Conflicted (Keegan's Chronicles, #2)
  • Consumed (Keegan's Chronicles, #3)
See similar books…

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


Other books in the series

The St. Augustine Trilogy (2 books)
  • Stepping Off a Cliff (The St. Augustine Trilogy, #2)

Related Articles

With his new horror novel, The Only Good Indians, author Stephen Graham Jones conjures one of the most effective scary images to ever hover in that...
66 likes · 8 comments
“If you live in constant fear, you die in spirit time after time before anything negative actually catches up with you, if indeed it ever does. You weaken yourself so that you stand little or no chance of winning whatever battle you’re fighting.” 1 likes
More quotes…