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Deep Water

(Sam Donovan Mystery #1)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Oil—the currency of global economic power. Alter the supply a country controls; alter the power they wield.

Patrick Donovan, Texas wildcatter, sitting on a deep-water well, has tapped into a reservoir so vast it could totally alter the balance of economic power.

A software scatter-bomb planted in the trading software at the New York Mercantile Exchange. A software security e
Kindle Edition, 328 pages
Published March 28th 2017 by Deborah Coonts
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Ashley Hampton
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I've tried to begin this review several times, and there's so much good I don't even know where to begin. Deep Water was my first book to read by Deborah Coonts. As a Sam Donovan mystery, it followed Sam and a host of characters through a huge mystery set in Houston and on deep oil rigs in the ocean off the coast of Houston, Texas.

This story has it all - interesting characters, solid plot structure, mystery and intrigue, and captivating writing that keeps you wanting to turn the page. I had
Leslie Gadway Sepulveda
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow! Great first book in Deborah Coonts Sam Donovan series. She introduces lots of characters which to me can be a bit confusing, but it all clears up. Fast passed, exciting! Ms Coonts has really done her research and it shows through wonderfully with a very visual and detailed read. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from the publisher.
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow, this one took my breath away. Besides a deep, knowledgeable look at a setting I knew nothing about (flying, oil rigs), the plot was absorbing, the stakes were high, and the pacing never let up.
Minus one star because although all her characters were interesting, there were way too many of them. It keeps you guessing not only what's happening next but which side each of them is on, but it also kept me from truly caring about any of them and taking them to heart. But now that I've met them, I
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
Plucky heroine with a man’s name, a monkey wrench, a pilot’s license and a host of insecurities. Handsome coast guard hero type yearns for her and is infinitely kind in the face of her inner fears and reluctance. Evil-doers out to wreak havoc on oil rig and disrupt energy supplies worldwide. Political malfeasance. Bodies in unpleasant state of decay. I tried, I really did, but I just couldn’t care. Abandoned halfway through.
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Coonts surprises again with yet another facet of her excellent writing - speculation about international economic and political intrigue.

It's a fast - paced thriller, keeping the reader with baited breath at the evil greed can generate and the hope that, after sadness, grief, regret and pain, good can prevail in the end. Who doesn't like a good ending after a stormy ride?

I really enjoyed this story and I liked the characters, so I can't wait for the next book!

I received a free ARC of this b
Jul 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I had mixed feelings about this book. I have read the author's "Lucky" series and thoroughly enjoyed it, but knew that this book would be a change of pace. I was impressed with the way the author wrote, stringing together words into almost poetic lines at times. Her descriptive writing really appealed to me.

What didn't appeal quite as much was all the technical jargon that was thrown around. The story centers on flying and an oil rig, and often times I felt that it was bogged down with descripti
Betty S. Holliday
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Spell bound from the beginning.

I liked the fast pace clean story. By clean, I refer to the well handled sexual scenarios as well as no profanity. To me each was an enhancement not a detraction to be skipped over. Once again remember this is entertainment with more than enough twist and turns to make you want more. I really do not know who to recommend this to as I am a senior who really likes a who dunnit. This author seems to be able to provide good reading material. I hope she continues on he
Leah Fickau
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this mystery. Especially since it was in a setting that was completely new to me. Strong characters and a mystery that made you think.
Alice J Wilson
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book.

Very exciting fast moving and suspenseful. Will there be more with Sam & Kellen?

I love all your books and look forward to each new story.
Louise Newman
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Sharon Grow
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it

A great suspense and mystery novel from Deborah Coonts! Mary Catherine Donovan who prefers to be called “Sam” runs a helicopter business in the Gulf of Mexico. Worried about the Coast Guard trying to end her lease, she worries even more when Commander Kellen Wilder, U.S. Coast Guard, continues to drop in during the day. Sam becomes concerned when her father, Patrick (who seems to bring trouble with him), gives her a key and tells her that she will know what she needs to do when the time comes. P
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Deborah Coonts has done it again with a great read. This Sam Donavan mystery is full of twist and turns and a sweet bit of romance. I am looking forward to the next book.

I received a free arc of this book from the publisher.
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Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book by a great author. I love everything she writes. Thank you Deborah Coonts for another book to enjoy.

"I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from the publisher."
Karen A Palenik
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Jul 22, 2017
Stephanie Merrill
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved this book - lots of interesting characters and it kept me guessing up until the end. Looking forward to more in the series! I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from the publisher and definitely enjoyed it!
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful start to a new series by this author. The book is very fast paced and the characters are well developed and interesting. The subject matter is very intriguing and you definitely feel like this could really happen. I wouldn’t be surprised if similar situations have happened; which is what really pulls you into the storyline. The story has just a hint of romance to make things fun between Sam (Samantha) and Kellen. I look forward to more in this series!
Monica Miller
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Mar 28, 2017
Lucianna Wolfstone
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Amy R
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
WOW!! Deborah Coonts is one of my favorite authors and Deep Water is another AWESOME first in a series. I can't wait to read more about Mary Catherine aka Sam Donovan and Kellen Wilder. Sam is a pilot that learned her love of flying from her not so good of a role model dad, but the love of Family is clear and when Sam's father, Patrick gets involved in a huge oil find that some bigwigs will do anything to make sure that no one ever finds out about the abundance of oil off the Texas coast Sam doe ...more
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What really happened to Deep Water Horizon

Like Deep Water, there is stupidity and greed at work. Coonts adds the backstory to make it entertaining. I am a big fan of her Lucky O'Toole series, but now I have to add her name to my short list of thriller writers. One small nag: there is one place the explanation starts to sink the story, but it is a mere hiccup. Besides, many questions are answered, like, how to land a helicopter in a near hurricane. Lots of fun.
Barbara Fulp
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Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it..from beginning to end couldn't put it down. So much suspense you'll just want more.
Love Sam Donovan and Coastie Commander Kellen Wilder.

Your heart will be racing reading this book.

Highly recommend. Also read AFTER ME!!

I volunteered to read and provide and honest review.
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Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it

The best suspense books have an element of truth to them. Personal experiences, because we’ve seen this happen before, ratchet up the tension because even though it is fiction we don’t want to see it happen again. Such is the case with Deborah Coonts’s latest release, Deep Water. We, as the reader, remember Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon deep water well blowout; we don’t want to see these things happen again. Full of twists and turns, with lots of seemingly unconnected threads, Coon
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is my first book by Deborah Coonts. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The story quickly grabbed hold and pulled me in. There are so many twists and turns that I really had to read carefully so I didn't miss any clues. I couldn't get to the end fast enough! Not because I wanted the story to end but I wanted to know the answers to all my questions.

I don't understand why it is called A Sam Donovan Mystery. The story doesn't revolve around her. It was a little hard to keep up with all the characters bec
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Apr 13, 2017
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