I added myself to the end of this tour for several reasons.
1. The book was getting mixed reviews from the bloggers on this tour.
2. The trailer really stuck me – the eyes of Captain Shelby just drew me in. (See Book Cover.)
3. My husband said, “this is not like the mysteries you like to read, but I love it! You really need to read this book.”
So on Sunday I read Pelican Bay.
Publisher: Imajin Books (July 19, 2013)
Paperback: 208 pages
E-Book File Size: 486 KB
Some things are better left alone…
After Ethan Hodges discovers an undersea cemetery just off the beach of Pelican Bay, South Carolina, he seeks answers from a grandfatherly fisherman named Captain Shelby. The captain wants the past to remain buried, and he warns Ethan to stay away. But Ethan doesn’t listen.
Ethan’s best friend and secret love interest, Morgan Olinsworth, joins in the investigation, unearthing intriguing secrets about the mysterious fisherman. When Captain Shelby is suspected of murder and disappears, a manhunt ensues, revealing a truth that unnerves everyone in Pelican Bay.
The title of this blog is Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book and until I read this book I thought I had escaped into quite a few. Then I started reading Pelican Bay and I would have to say I was not only escaping into a book but immersing myself into it. Jesse has a very unique writing style. He has a very descriptive style that paints not only the images into your mind but feelings on your soul. It didn’t take long to enter the ghostly realm of Pelican Bay. You can smell the sea and hear the waves and feel the sand blowing into your face by the winds. In fact Captain Shelby jumped right out of the pages and seeped right into the floor in front of me. His dialect was spot on!
This is not a mystery although there is a mystery. It is a contemporary mystical myth of a story featuring fantastic characters set in idyllic place. There is romance but falling in love with your best friend makes moving forward hard especially when there are such awesome, incredible, unbelievable and tragic things happening all around you. Intrigue, uncertainty, and suspense. The story builds slowly and before you know it you are so engrossed things happening in the real world around seem to disappear.
The author says he was influenced by Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea and I really saw the correlation. I think I was the only person in my English class that loved that book when we were forced to read it. It is a book I have reread several times since. Santiago in Hemingway’s story had the same relationship with the sea as Captain Shelby.
I don’t think is possible for me to put the measure of my enthusiasm for this book into actual words. This is one of the best stories I have read in years.
This is not a story for everyone. You really need to be able let go of the reality and step into the magical fantasy world Christiansen has created. Or is it really fantasy, who knows what lies beneath the sea. Maybe things are better left alone……….. but maybe not!
About The Author
Jesse Giles Christiansen is an American author who writes compelling literary fiction that weaves the real with the surreal. He attended Florida State University where he received his B.A. in English literature. His newest novel, “Pelican Bay,” focuses on a very old fisherman, Captain Shelby, and the mysterious happenings linked to him surrounding a nosy, sea-battered beach town (release date: July 20th, 2013, Imajin Books). One of his literary goals is to write at least fifty novels, and he reminds himself always of something that Ray Bradbury once said: “You fail only if you stop writing.”
Pelican Bay is not your usual mystery book.
There is plenty of mystery, suspense, interesting characters, murder or accidents?
The book subtly sneaks up on me and the need to know the answers grasps me and won’t let me go.
Someday I will tell my grandchildren that I interviewed Jesse Giles Christiansen when nobody knew his name.I’m not even giving this book my trite little hearts rating as this book is so beyond that. Go buy it right now.
~Rantin’, Ravin’ and Reading
Suspenseful and mysterious Pelican Bay is a Great Read…
~Saving For 6
Pelican Bay held my attention!
~Kaisy Daisy Corner
This is such a harrowing tale of mystery.
The story is gripping and enchanting and will certainly entertain even the most hard core fan.
~Must Read Faster
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”