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Below the Surface

(Code of Silence #3)

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  207 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Something is wrong with Cooper. He’s plagued by a fear he doesn’t understand and can’t control. Cooper just wants to escape, and a summer vacation aboard the restored cabin cruiser, The Getaway, with best friends Gordy, Hiro, and Lunk seems like the perfect way to do it. Two weeks of fun—with no mysteries or life-and-death danger. That’s the plan.

But their plans are shatte
Hardcover, 397 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by Zonderkidz
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Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If I had one word to describe this middle-grade book that took me by surprise, it would be: GRIPPING.

I haven't seen much of the suspense genre in a kid's category. Especially Christian suspense... for kids. What a niche. Basically, I enjoyed this read, because it was something different. And new.

To be honest, there's actually some pretty creepy stuff that happens. Allegedly, a girl may have died in the lake, right in front of the four main characters' eyes. Later on, the four kids go through var
Claire Hoyer
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-read
I think that it was a great way to end the trilogy. The trilogy was probably one of my favorite series!
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I truly do love this series, and am so glad that I got them all together in a bundle , took the chance on it and was NOT disappointed... though have to admit this gand have the worst luck ever , you can't help but like the protagonists and root for them esp Copper, and the way the character of Lunk was developed was a true heart melter...I won't say no to a 4th book, but that would be stretching their bad luck I guess.. the only drawback is sometimes the paraphrasing gets too much, it might then ...more
Liz Terek
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Below the Surface: Tim Shoemaker
‘Below the Surface’ is the 3rd installment in the Code of Silence series. 4 young people-3 boys & 1 girl- are celebrating their last summer before high school. Vacationing with their families at Lake Geneva, the boys relax on a boat while the girls stay at a local hotel. Hiro, Gordy, Lunk & Cooper are the best of friends. Each has seen his/her share of heartbreak & pain. Thankfully, they’ve had each other to lean on. This summer will be no different.
Summer fun e
Meagan Myhren-bennett
Below the Surface
A Code of Silence Book
By Tim Shoemaker
Fear can be buried...
but that doesn't mean it's dead

This is the last summer before High School and Cooper just wants to hang out with his friends and enjoy it, but something won't let him. Something is Below the Surface of the water and this something is scaring Cooper. The question is what exactly is down there?

When Cooper, Gordy, and Hiro think they witness a crime, a series of events is set into motion and the past and all its fears begin
Jenneth LeeD
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Cooper, Gordy, Hiro, and Lunk make an attempt to escape from the crazy life of mystery and intrigue for a few days of vacation before starting high school. Unfortunately, on their first night at the lake, they appear to have witnessed a murder unable to go unnoticed.

Tim Shoemaker's Code of Silence novels are just plain fun. There's no dystopian, no fantastical world, no government corporations, no terrorists--yet every page is packed with suspense and mystery. Something about Shoemaker's style m
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
A christian, gritty, murder mystery novel, with quaint characters and tangible dread.

I give it an 8.6 out of 10, and an age range of 11+ because it is a murder mystery after all.

One of the trademarks of a 'Code of Silence' novel, is an explosive, abrupt beginning, and 'Below The Surface' does not disappoint. The hooker pounces on you and charges the plot with suspense.

Another trademark of these books is an extreme sense of reality. Everything feels so plausibly real, and it's refreshing. But it
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cooper is just a few days away from starting high school but that's not what is bothering him. Something else is but he wants to keep it buried. Not going to happen Cooper! Lunk, the friend that is now included in the original threesome of Cooper, Gordy and Hiro is still struggling with self-worth. He still can't believe that the kids want him to be a part of everything just because he is who he is, Lunk!

If you've read the first two books you will know that Cooper's dad's uncle gave them a boat,
Dec 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015, read-books
Oh my goodness this was so confusing and intense. I had no idea what was going on for the first 2/3 of the book! Which made me really excited to keep reading because I needed to figure out what happened! I am really sad this is the last book, but I loved the way the author wrapped up the story/series. I definitely think that if you read the first book, you should finish the series because it wrapped up some loose ends and answered a lot of my questions! So, I loved the book, I got really into it ...more
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
The final book in the Code of Silence series. For this one, there is a little background information from the first and second books that you wil need to really understand everything going on in this book unlike how you can read the second book without having read the first book (although you should read them as a series anyway). This book is just as riveting as the first and second books and is SO GOOD!! I finished it in about 2 days. The books definitely have some darker elements but this adds ...more
Essie-Marie W.
I loved this book so much, I couldn't put it down!! You will like it if you enjoy suspense, mystery. One thing I liked about it is that there's no romance in any of the books in the series. I personally find romance to be distracting from the plot, but the author replaces what could have been romantic subplots with character developement. Definitely read the rest of the series to add to your reading experience! The book is scary, but it's not really gory, if there are parents reading.

Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think that it should've included something more about Cooper's fear and whether or not it stopped. I also think that Cooper or one of the others should've been sucked under and saw Wendy (Pom-Pom)'s dead body and that was what was causing Cooper's panic attacks. If not that something else should've been included about the thing underwater that could've been the thing causing his panic attacks. Basically I just think that Tim Shoemaker should've included more about Cooper's panic attacks when h ...more
Mikayla Green
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So good!
Jodi Woody
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The last book in Code of Silence trilogy. I sure enjoyed these Christian mystery books for teens. The last one didn't disappoint. Will be looking for more from this author. Great for boys and girls, main characters are fourteen in this one. There is no swearing, some violence. I loved them. I give "Below the Surface" five stars.
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, teens, suspence
Volume 3 of the Code of Silence series. A good clean series for teens. No swearing involved.
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Very exciting.
Aug 24, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Just finished reading the book last week and it was good.

I'm kind of disappointed since there are no more books (I still wanna hear more of Gordy, Hiro, Cooper and Lunk's adventures)

Ok, so the mystery was great, and I like how the story takes place right away at the first few pages. It was kind of confusing but eventually I was able to know the parts of a boat especially a cabin cruise just by reading this book which is an advantage.

The ending happened so fast and-(SPOILERS) I think there shoul
Nora St Laurent
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I’m thankful for a review copy of a book that reminded me of a few fun movies where a bunch of kids go on a grand adventure; such as The Goonies and Stand By Me.

When I received this book I didnt realize that Below the Surface was the third and final book in the Code of Silence series. Book one is titled Code of Silence the tag line is; Is there ever a time to lie? And what happens when the truth is dangerous?

Book Two is titled Back Before Dark - the tag line is Sometimes rescuing a friend from d
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Chills, Excitement, Mystery & Fun

This is the story of four teenagers, one girl and three boys. They are all good friends who, along with their families, are taking a lake vacation together right before starting their first year of high school.

The action starts right at the beginning, and a mystery develops involving a missing girl who might have died–or she might not be missing at all. There is a mix-up over the girl’s identity. The teenagers in this story are immediately thrown into the middle
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Below the Surface is the third book of a trilogy. In this series you follow a group of friends as they encounter life head on. Each story has character development aspect that everyone can learn from woven seamlessly into the story. They are written for Middle Readers, but as an adult I enjoyed this series just as I enjoy many YA books. I have read the first two books in the series to my kids and I can't wait to read this one to them as well.

Below the surface is a suspenseful, action-packed boo
Victor Gentile
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Tim Shoemaker in his new book, “Below The Surface” Book Three in the Code of Silence Series published by Zondervan gives us Fear can be buried…but that doesn’t mean it’s dead.

From the back cover: He believed he’d beaten his fear. Killed it months ago. But he’d only buried it. Fear has a way of resurrecting itself, and right now it was crawling up his throat.

Something is wrong with Cooper. He’s plagued by a fear he doesn’t understand and can’t control. Cooper just wants to escape, and a summer va
Desiree Putaski
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am going to start this off with my own PSA :) This book is written for a young audience (ages 11-14). I know, I know….we are all adults here… but some of you might have children who love to read just as much as you and those kids might want to read more of the things that you read. This trilogy is awesome and I would highly recommend it for the ages above (my daughter has even read it, she’s 8, but reads well above her grade level). There is still a lot of mystery and suspense, but without any ...more
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am envious of kids nowadays. When I was a kid, there weren't many Christian books on the market to read, and now there are many that are. This series is among the best I have read. Each book has not just been an entertaining read, but has had a great lesson to learn. This book dealt with fear. The main character, Cooper, is still dealing with something that happened to him in the second book that is causing him to panic in the water.

This may be the most suspenseful of the three books, and wa
Marcus Spear
Jan 08, 2016 rated it liked it
The book Below The Surface by Tim Shoemaker is about 4 teenagers named, Cooper, Lunk, Hiro, and Gordy. They are on a relaxing vacation on a boat on a lake. Their vacation was ruined when their friend Hiro thinks that a woman was murdered and there's a cover up. So she investigates as Cooper, Lunk, and Gordy think she is crazy. As she discovers more, they start to believe that something is up. During this, Cooper has problems swimming in the lake, because he freaks out every time when he goes und ...more
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May 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-copies
Below the Surface is the third installment in the Code of Silence trilogy but also can be enjoyed as a stand-alone. The story begins when Cooper and his friends are planning on pulling a prank on a near-by boat during their vacation. This is the last summer before they have to go to high school and after everything that has been going on, it's the perfect way to relax and enjoy the sun.

When their prank goes wrong, Connor and his crew think that they witnessed a murder but since everything happe
Jennifer Clausen-greene
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. Filled with mystery, a little romance, suspense, intrigue, an all around fantastic book. This is the 3rd book in the Code of Silence series,and the first one I have read, but it easily stands on its own merits.

Below the Surface is an amazing book about friendship, conquering ones fears and loyalty. It does not hurt that the book is packed full of action, humor and mischief that all middle grade readers and schoolers will love. I think part of the reason the kids got into troub
Alicia Marietta
May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Below the Surface is the third book in the Code of Silence series, however, it can easily be read without leaving you totally confused, as I never read either and had no issues following along.

I love the faced paced, action packed, mystery and suspense of Below the Surface. It was not until I was reading reviews and book labels that I discovered that A Code of Silence series is considered Religious Fiction. While there are reference to prayer and Coop not being alone while facing his fears, I do
Michelle Kaderly Welsh
Aug 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Below the Surface by Tim Shoemaker is a fast paced, keep you on your toes and turning the pages kind of book for middle grade/YA. Three boys and a girl witness what looks like a murder while on vacation and find themselves watching their backs against the bad guys while struggling whether to get involved in solving the case or not. They do, so it gets intense. Also two of our heroes are struggling with fears from their last two adventures so they must work through those. I like how the author we ...more
Mary Hamilton
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-middle-grade
Having read and enjoyed Mr. Shoemaker's first two books, I was eager to read this third book in his Code of Silence series. It lived up to my expectations. Continuing the believable thread of repressed fear as a result of circumstances in the previous story, Back Before Dark, the four friends each struggle with their own internal fears, some more than others. And each must face and conquer their fear in their own way. The story was all the more interesting to me because it took place in a locale ...more
McKenzie Rae
Sep 29, 2014 rated it liked it
I liked the previous book in the series better, honestly, but this one was still good. My review for "Back Before Dark" for its technicalities applies here too. I thought a few things were a bit cliché and that the author was repetitive in the climax a bit-- it the whole theme, really. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it. SPOILER!!! I was honestly kind of bummed when Stein was the one who rammed Cooper and sabotaged their vacation, especially because he was brought up in Back Before Dark as a suspect. I ...more
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Tim Shoemaker is a speaker and author of eight books, including Dangerous Devotions for Guys; Smashed Tomatoes, Bottle Rockets, and Other Outdoor Devotionals; and Mashed Potatoes, Paint Balls, and Other Indoor/Outdoor Devotionals. He has three grown sons and has been happily married for over 32 years. His debut into the juvenile fiction market draws from his experience with kids as a volunteer you ...more

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