The Girl Beneath the Sea (Underwater Investigation Unit #1)
For a Florida police diver, danger rises to the surface in an adventurous thriller by the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Naturalist.Coming from scandalous Florida treasure hunters and drug smugglers, Sloan McPherson is forging her own path, for herself and for her daughter, out from under her family’s shadow. An auxiliary officer for Lauderdale Shores PD, she’s the go-to diver for evidence recovery. Then Sloan finds a fresh kill floating in a canal—a woman whose murky history collides with Sloan’s. Their troubling ties are making Sloan less a potential witness than a suspect. And her colleagues aren’t the only ones following every move she makes. So is the killer.Stalked by an assassin, pitted against a ruthless cartel searching for a lost fortune, and under watch within her ranks, Sloan has only one ally: the legendary DEA agent who put Sloan’s uncle behind bars. He knows just how deep corruption runs—and the kind of danger Sloan is in. To stay alive, Sloan must stay one step ahead of her enemies—both known and unknown—and a growing conspiracy designed to pull her under.

The Girl Beneath the Sea (Underwater Investigation Unit #1) Details

TitleThe Girl Beneath the Sea (Underwater Investigation Unit #1)
Author
ReleaseMay 1st, 2020
PublisherThomas & Mercer
ISBN-139781542009577
Rating
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction

The Girl Beneath the Sea (Underwater Investigation Unit #1) Review

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    Kindle First Read for April 2020!"Andrew Mayne is an Edgar nominated author, Thriller Award finalist, star of Shark Week and A&E televisions Dont Trust Andrew Mayne."Clearly, Andrew Mayne is an international treasure and we must protect him at all costs. And this book sounds incredible. *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy. Kindle First Read for April 2020!"Andrew Mayne is an Edgar nominated author, Thriller Award finalist, star of Shark Week and A&E television’s Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne."Clearly, Andrew Mayne is an international treasure and we must protect him at all costs. And this book sounds incredible. *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
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  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    January 1, 1970
    My Kindle First pick for AprilMel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
  • Mackey
    January 1, 1970
    I already knew going into this book that I really liked Andrew Mayne's writing style and his character development. Mayne, never-the-less, surprised me with yet another great thriller, this time set in southern Florida and filled with drug cartels, corrupt politicians, pirates and MORE. Generally I'm not a fan of Florida or water based thriller but from the very first page Mayne had my attention and kept me glued to the pages until the very end. I don't want this to 1 of 2 in a series! I want it I already knew going into this book that I really liked Andrew Mayne's writing style and his character development. Mayne, never-the-less, surprised me with yet another great thriller, this time set in southern Florida and filled with drug cartels, corrupt politicians, pirates and MORE. Generally I'm not a fan of Florida or water based thriller but from the very first page Mayne had my attention and kept me glued to the pages until the very end. I don't want this to 1 of 2 in a series! I want it to be 1 of 20!
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  • ij
    January 1, 1970
    Rated 3.5
  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    This was a good thriller. I am a fan of Andrew Maines The Naturalist series and I found by comparison this wasnt as good. This was a good thriller. I am a fan of Andrew Maine’s The Naturalist series and I found by comparison this wasn’t as good.
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  • Alayne Emmett
    January 1, 1970
    This was a prime first reads and it was excellent. It had all the elements that I love in a book, twists and turns and clues which make you try and guess who did what and to whom.I read this very quickly as I couldnt put it down and I wanted to find out who did the crime. This was a prime first reads and it was excellent. It had all the elements that I love in a book, twists and turns and clues which make you try and guess who did what and to whom.I read this very quickly as I couldn’t put it down and I wanted to find out who did the crime.
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  • Kasa Cotugno
    January 1, 1970
    Florida is a great setting for a new series by Andrew Mayne, who lets his curiosity lead beneath the sea in a wetsuit. Sloan MacPherson comes from a family of treasure diving rascals, and while pursuing her Phd. in archaeology also has turned her experience as an experienced diver into a career with the Lauderdale force, retrieving sunken bodies as well as such specimens as tossed weapons. Sloan, who also is sharing parenthood with her daughter's father in a relationship she calls "complicated," Florida is a great setting for a new series by Andrew Mayne, who lets his curiosity lead beneath the sea in a wetsuit. Sloan MacPherson comes from a family of treasure diving rascals, and while pursuing her Phd. in archaeology also has turned her experience as an experienced diver into a career with the Lauderdale force, retrieving sunken bodies as well as such specimens as tossed weapons. Sloan, who also is sharing parenthood with her daughter's father in a relationship she calls "complicated," is almost superhuman in her fearlessness, but her questionable choices lead her often below the water's surface, a milieu she trusts and respects, and Mayne does a fine job of recreating action in that lightless realm. Being the first in a series, a lot of this book dealt with setting up characters and relationships, preparing for the next installment.
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    Amazon freebie and recommended by my brother who could not put it down. It is just not my favorite kind of story and/or heroine with "rough" edges.It is just the thing, I suppose, for lovers of diving/boat stuff/weird sub stuff/bad cops/drug cartel ownership of officials/judges VS the little "guy" - or gal, in this case. She makes risky decisions at every turn even though she has a young daughter to keep safe. There is a second book that I will not be reading.
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  • Lena
    January 1, 1970
    Kindle first, you knocked it out of the park! This was thoroughly entertaining! A police diver from a treasure diving family finds herself in the middle of a dangerous search for a hidden half billion stash of drug money. But thats not even whats worth killing for...Lol, I did have moments of doubt with some of the government conspiracy angles, but they did not bog down the story. Black Coral will be hard wait. Kindle first, you knocked it out of the park! This was thoroughly entertaining! A police diver from a treasure diving family finds herself in the middle of a dangerous search for a hidden half billion stash of drug money. But that’s not even what’s worth killing for...Lol, I did have moments of doubt with some of the government conspiracy angles, but they did not bog down the story. Black Coral will be hard wait.
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  • Alondra Miller
    January 1, 1970
    This is up for Kindle Freebie for Amazon Prime Users!
  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    Sloan works as a police diver - a frogman (or frogwoman) as we'd say in the UK. I have no idea if the Americans say the same. She's the one the police call to scrabble around in muddy water looking for knives, guns or bits of dead bodies. And, because she's based in Florida, she's got alligators in a lot of the inland waterways just to keep life more exciting. Sloan's family have a bit of a reputation as pirates and salvagers and her uncle's in prison at the hands of the man - George Solar - who Sloan works as a police diver - a frogman (or frogwoman) as we'd say in the UK. I have no idea if the Americans say the same. She's the one the police call to scrabble around in muddy water looking for knives, guns or bits of dead bodies. And, because she's based in Florida, she's got alligators in a lot of the inland waterways just to keep life more exciting. Sloan's family have a bit of a reputation as pirates and salvagers and her uncle's in prison at the hands of the man - George Solar - who becomes her unwitting partner in non-crime, trying to get to the bottom of why a girl she knew many years before was killed and thrown into a canal whilst Sloan was diving the same waters. Very quickly it's apparent that the girl's death is just one small piece in a much bigger mystery involving international narcotics smuggling, bribery and corruption and enormous amounts of money.Whenever an author chooses to make their lead character very different from themselves, I wonder 'Why?' especially when a male writer decides to write from the point of view of a woman. In this case, I started reading without checking who the author was but within a few pages I knew this was a man who knew the square root of diddly-squat about women. There is nothing in this book that justifies Sloan being female and nothing at all about the book that reflects any understanding of women. I'm a sport diver and I also found the writer's determination that his protagonist should knowingly break ALL the rules of SCUBA again and again really annoying. She repeatedly dives solo, takes absurd and unnecessary risks, and when faced with free diving through a barred security gate, she has no contingency plan of how to get out again. Would he have made a male police diver behave so stupidly? I'm not sure. In fact the only point in which the book makes you realise she's supposed to be a woman is when she tries to squeeze through the gate, her boobs get a bit squished on the way through. Seriously? Hmm. I do like the idea of a series based around a frog-woman solving underwater crime but this books just a bit too silly and superficial for my liking. And the ending is absurdly abrupt and underdeveloped.
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  • Armand Rosamilia
    January 1, 1970
    First time reading this author and I feel like I've missed out on some great action, adventure and thrills. The cast of characters is interesting and believable, the plot has many twists and turns, and I'm looking forward to the second book coming out next year in what I hope is a long series.
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  • Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    Top flight thriller. When part time police diver Sloan McPherson surfaces to find a fresh murder scene, she's thrust into a world where she (and by proxy her daughter) are a potential taget of cartel violence. Turning to assistance from law enforcement (within her precinct and without), she realizes local and federal authorities believe shes behind the crime, or are ready to assist in framing her for it. From this set up we enter a taut thriller in South Florida set amongst international Top flight thriller. When part time police diver Sloan McPherson surfaces to find a fresh murder scene, she's thrust into a world where she (and by proxy her daughter) are a potential taget of cartel violence. Turning to assistance from law enforcement (within her precinct and without), she realizes local and federal authorities believe shes behind the crime, or are ready to assist in framing her for it. From this set up we enter a taut thriller in South Florida set amongst international espionage, corrupt law enforcement, violent drug cartels and one family with a past of treasure hunting and drug running.If you enjoy thrillers this book is for you. The pacing is tense, the turns are logical and there are characters you want to spend weeks with.
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  • Natacha Lakoki
    January 1, 1970
    A well written story that is different from what I would normally read. Loved the main characters as well, and more particularly that the author steered away from the clichés regarding romantic interests between main characters. No damsel in distress here, how refreshing!
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  • Roberta
    January 1, 1970
    Sloan McPherson has been diving since she was very young with her expert father teaching her. She has searched for artifacts, but in recent years has become a part of Lauderdale Shores Police Department. They use her regularly for evidence recovery, since she is very familiar all the South Florida waterways. One day when she is doing a dive, she surfaces to find a body that seems to have just been dumped while she was underwater. At first, this puts her as the prime suspect, but as time goes by Sloan McPherson has been diving since she was very young with her expert father teaching her. She has searched for artifacts, but in recent years has become a part of Lauderdale Shores Police Department. They use her regularly for evidence recovery, since she is very familiar all the South Florida waterways. One day when she is doing a dive, she surfaces to find a body that seems to have just been dumped while she was underwater. At first, this puts her as the prime suspect, but as time goes by she and others realize the situation has much deeper roots in some really scary criminals. Soon she comes to fear more for her young daughter than herself. Can she protect herself and those she loves from harm?Andrew Mayne is a new to me author. I am thankful Thomas & Mercer shared an advanced reading copy of this wonderful novel to read and review. I have truly become a thriller reader in the past year or two and Andrew Mayne is master of the genre. This male author gets how to write an authentic, strong female protagonist. Sloan "marches to a different drummer" in regards to her career choice and her relationship with her daughter's father. She is loving, but tough and wants to seek justice and what is right. Another standout character is George Solar. He is a DEA agent who arrested Sloan's uncle who was into lots of illegal activities. Solar is a intelligent, highly trained man and partners up with Sloan despite their past.The author sets this book in South Florida where he grew up and the phrase "write what you know" serves him well in this story. Even if you have never been to this area, he brings it alive for you. The forensic and crime details are well researched.There is lots of heart stopping action.Andrew Mayne has a legion of fans who call them themselves "Mayniacs" Since I loved THE GIRL BENEATH THE SEA, I will be looking forward to the next adventures of the Underwater Investigation Unit in the future.
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  • Don Gorman
    January 1, 1970
    (2 1/2). An Amazon Prime freebie that turned out surprisingly well. Sloan McPherson is a really good protagonist, and Andrew Maynes does a nice job of surrounding her with a good supporting cast. The story is almost believable, the Florida setting works and the action is constant. I am not a diving or scuba enthusiast, but the excitement and mystery of it is carried out well. Very reasonable stuff.
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  • Stacy
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book! It was a unique story, with good non-stock believable characters, and a female lead that I really liked. I felt so happy with how her character was written that I was convinced this book was written by a woman! Kudos to the author for developing a true and genuine female heroine! *SPOILER*The only thing I wasnt stoked about was the ending unfortunately. I was hoping for more intrigue and details about how the documents played out and how the characters would be dealing with I loved this book! It was a unique story, with good non-stock believable characters, and a female lead that I really liked. I felt so happy with how her character was written that I was convinced this book was written by a woman! Kudos to the author for developing a true and genuine female heroine! *SPOILER*The only thing I wasn’t stoked about was the ending unfortunately. I was hoping for more intrigue and details about how the documents played out and how the characters would be dealing with the stress of the uncertainty of all these different agencies and levels of government that were involved and then Sloan and George being roped in essentially too. I did appreciate that the ending wasn’t tied up in a neat and pretty bow. It’s mentioned that they’re both stressed, and how the legality aspect didn’t work out ideally, so it successfully didn’t feel fake like ‘everything worked fine!’ I just wanted more of a wrap up at the end. All that said, even the ending didn’t make me give it less than 5 stars! I really liked it 👍🏻
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  • Tex
    January 1, 1970
    Fun to discover a new series! This one is set is south Florida where I am now and has a single mom diver cop as the protagonist. This first one sets up the characters and the intensity. Problems start when our hero Sloan MacPherson discovers a dead body while on an archaeology dive. Drug cartels, oh my.
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  • Joni
    January 1, 1970
    Strong female protagonist, check. First person POV, check. Fast-paced and action-packed story, check check. For a landlocked Kansan to follow, understand, and enjoy a mystery taking place in and under water is quite a feat. Mayne does an excellent job of explaining diving and boating procedures without losing the reader.
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  • Vanessa
    January 1, 1970
    This book was great complete page turner and really interesting.
  • Marilyn Cugini
    January 1, 1970
    Fun thriller with an unusual setting, plenty of amusing tough cop banter, and getting out of tough jams through cleverness and ingenuity. Enjoyable escapist fare for diversion from Coronavirus.
  • Martha K
    January 1, 1970
    This suspense/police diver series earns 5 stars for originality and plausibility. Its got a great milieu, colorful characters, action, and a savvy protagonist with interesting knowledge. This ‘suspense/police diver’ series earns 5 stars for originality and plausibility. It’s got a great milieu, colorful characters, action, and a savvy protagonist with interesting knowledge.
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  • Neda
    January 1, 1970
    I wanted to love this novel. Ever since reading Storm Front, I have been craving another detective novel that would sweep me away. This book was not it. I picked this up as a first attempt at a Prime Read, and I am sad now. There was no life to this. Maybe I read it too fast, but I was never sucked into the story. I never became the detective. I hardly even remembered her name. She had no defining personality trait other than a love of diving. And although, I will admit, the underwater portions I wanted to love this novel. Ever since reading Storm Front, I have been craving another detective novel that would sweep me away. This book was not it. I picked this up as a first attempt at a Prime Read, and I am sad now. There was no life to this. Maybe I read it too fast, but I was never sucked into the story. I never became the detective. I hardly even remembered her name. She had no defining personality trait other than a love of diving. And although, I will admit, the underwater portions of this book, where the best parts, that alone can not carry a novel. The relationships in the book had the potential to carry the story, but they were never fleshed out. Seriously, every relationship dynamic had the potential to carry this novel, but the author missed every chance he had to give me the complexity I craved. Characters just walked around the story saying, "It's complicated" when they were in the room with an other character. It was annoying. I wanted real tension. Real complication. Real drama. But I got nothing. All the "complicated" relationships between characters just became something the main character could easily put on the back burner while she worked on her case. If a relationship is truly complicated, then I am afraid that's not really how it works. My biggest issue with this novel is that I kept hearing the author's voice instead of the main character's voice, and that is death in first person narration. I kept getting pulled out of the story when the main character would describe something, and it was really, REALLY distracting. I'll probably pick up the second one, just to see if the series improves; but I do not have high hopes.
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  • Dominique
    January 1, 1970
    I feel so bad for giving this book a low rating. I was actually thinking about giving it 1 star, but that's really harsh. This book lacked so many elements. The most striking one of all is depth (no pun intended). The story is about a girl who works freelance for the police in Florida. Her uncle has been arrested on drug charges and for that reason her father isn't a fan of the police either. She's not a black sheep of the family, but she keeps her police business far away from them. Then one I feel so bad for giving this book a low rating. I was actually thinking about giving it 1 star, but that's really harsh. This book lacked so many elements. The most striking one of all is depth (no pun intended). The story is about a girl who works freelance for the police in Florida. Her uncle has been arrested on drug charges and for that reason her father isn't a fan of the police either. She's not a black sheep of the family, but she keeps her police business far away from them. Then one day, she goes solo diving for archeological treasure (yes, she does that too normally with a friend who isn't present in this book). A body is dumped next to her in the water, and what do you know? It's a person she actually knows!She now feels threatened by the criminals, so she goes on a hunt (with the man who arrested her uncle). I found the plot to be thin and uninteresting. The chapter titles which only refer to all things nautical but say hardly anything about the content say it all. The character development is flimsy. I didn't find the main character Sloan to be believable. Her emotions and thoughts were scattered and she would jump from one opinion to the next. This is the first booked I picked from Amazon First Reads that I didn't enjoy. Let's see what next month has in store for me!
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  • Harriet
    January 1, 1970
    MehI've liked other books by Mr. Mayne, but this one never really got me involved. I almost think he was trying too hard to create a new series of books rather than writing one whose character was so great I wanted more. Very shallow
  • bootsie0000yahoo.com
    January 1, 1970
    This was an excellent read! I couldn't stop, I had to find out how it ended, I couldn't go to bed until I was I finished. Just enough knowledge of scuba diving to be extremely suspenseful(the free-diving was shocking, but possible) Police and government corruption was totally believable and understandable. This author gave me just enough of the background of everyone's life, that I felt like I knew everyone and routed for them to come out alive and victorious. Yeah! I can't wait to read the This was an excellent read! I couldn't stop, I had to find out how it ended, I couldn't go to bed until I was I finished. Just enough knowledge of scuba diving to be extremely suspenseful(the free-diving was shocking, but possible) Police and government corruption was totally believable and understandable. This author gave me just enough of the background of everyone's life, that I felt like I knew everyone and routed for them to come out alive and victorious. Yeah! I can't wait to read the second book!
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  • Albert C. Elser
    January 1, 1970
    Cracker submarinesKept me entertained during the corona quarantine. Not too believable especially the free dive routine. But a fun read. Ill recommend it. Cracker submarinesKept me entertained during the corona quarantine. Not too believable especially the free dive routine. But a fun read. I’ll recommend it.
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  • Lindsey
    January 1, 1970
    Just one more chapter Rapidly becoming one of my favorite authors, Andrew Mayne has a knack for keeping you reading. All of the books I have read by him have in common that the chapters are short, and almost all of them end on some sort of cliff hanger or problem to be solved. The result is that you are always willing to read another chapter to see how the conflict is resolved even though you intended to put the book down and go to sleep. Before you know it, you've read 100 more pages!
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  • Rhonda Holle
    January 1, 1970
    THE GIRL BENEATH the SEA had me hooked on the first page. I know little to nothing of deep sea diving but I am impressed with the knowledge the author has. The protagonist Sloan is so dynamic. Sloan finds herself in several difficult situations and still gets out and not be killed. Skilled and creative writing, an edge of your seat murder mystery.
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  • Darinda
    January 1, 1970
    The first book in the Underwater Investigation Unit series by Andrew Mayne. I've enjoyed Mayne's The Naturalist series, so I was excited to read his latest book. This was a suspenseful mystery with interesting characters. An entertaining read. Looking forward to reading more of this new series.
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