Book & Author Details:
Rising Tide by Lynn Steigleder
Publication date: 17th June 2015
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy
Rising Tide depicts a world in which land is at a premium due to the advancing sea, where man’s attempt to adapt has led to a decay of morals into survival of the fittest. In the midst of the ocean, a crew of racketeers rescues a stranded diver, Ben Adams. Is the rescue just a fortunate coincidence for Ben, or has he been led to this rendezvous with fate for a common goal? A mysterious island inhabited by a primitive yet advanced race of people. A devious ship captain’s metamorphosis into the essence of evil and a ship’s container discovered by itself in a billion square miles of ocean all play a role in this tale of rebirth for a world corrupted by the collapse of morality.
This story started off reasonably well. The short chapters drove the pace of the book forward and meant that the switching of the POVs was easier to follow.
However. Once the characters’ paths intersected, for me at least, the execution of the story started to drop off. It felt to me that the author had the story in his head, but only parts of it were being committed to the page. And that made the story feel very jerky and incomplete.
I struggled to make a connection with any of the characters, and I didn’t feel the depth of the apparent connection between Ben and Eve.
I tried to stick it out, but by the time the crew met the others, I’m afraid that my interest in the story had completely dropped off.
Not for me.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Lynn Kevin Steigleder was born in Richmond, Virginia. He spent most of his adult life as a supervisor in the field of construction and fabrication. When Lynn’s department was outsourced within two months of his diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, he realized the need to transition into a new career path due to his energy and mobility challenges.
His son suggested he consider writing as a career; having enjoyed Lynn’s short stories. He agreed to the challenge and his first novel, “Rising Tide”, was accepted for publication released in 2009 then re-released in 2015 with additional content.
Lynn writes mainly: science fiction, fantasy, action adventure with a Christian flair.