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Who wouldn't want to shoot a movie in paradise? What could possibly go wrong?

Divemasters Boone Fischer and Emily Durand have left the relative bustle of Cozumel to start anew on the sleepy Sister Island of Little Cayman; population 200, give or take. In the Cayman Islands, the reefs are so spectacular and extensive, you can dive a different site every day of the year.

When a prominent film studio decides to shoot their upcoming science-fiction flick in the waters of the Caribbean island of Grand Cayman, everything initially goes well. Eccentric director Heinz Werner is brought on board, and the producers are lucky enough to score a popular young celebrity for their leading lady: sexy starlet Brooke Bablin.

After a series of strange incidents and the abrupt disappearance of the lead actress, the production of Man O' War is suddenly in jeopardy. Is the movie suffering a stroke of bad luck? Or is it something more sinister?

Boone and Emily will have a chance to discover the answer firsthand, as the couple finds themselves thrust into the middle of this ill-fated production...where careers, reputations, and lives are stake.

©2022 Nick Sullivan (P)2022 Nick Sullivan

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Great fun

Another amazing book in the deep series. Well worth the listen, comma if you like to pass the books in the deep series you will no doubt enjoy this one as well. Fun engaging classic Nick Sullivan.

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Brilliant once again

As always Nick Sullivan delivers the goods. Boone and Em never fail to provide hours of pure enjoyment. PS….We need the Zombie Bigfoot movie to go with the book.

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as good as it gets!

Mr. Sullivan never lets me down! His sorry telling is as great as his performance! can't wait for more!

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Great story with excellent narrationj

Nick Sullivan is one of those rare authors that can read his own books with total perfection. Each of the deep series has been very entertaining and informative.

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An English girl with an Australian accent and using Australian phrases, walk about, mate and bloke, drove me crazy.

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good times as usual

The other ones by this author and reader have a darker aspect, I wasn't sure if I was disappointed or relieved. I liked and disliked the tension in the earlier works. As usual though I was rapt and enjoyed

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More fun with Boone and Emily. Great storyline and fun characters. They all seem to come to life and keep you cheering for the heroine.

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Mysterious Fun In The Sun!

Nick Sullivan continues to impress and improve his ever expanding “The Deep” series of audiobooks. With every new release, each story in the series builds upon the previous ones. However, it is nice that you can simply pick up any of the books in the series and enjoy them as a stand-alone novel if so desired. “Deep Focus”, the fifth and newest audiobook in the series, is no exception. Even though it is a lighter and more fun story, it is just as mysterious, and action filled as the previous stories. I’m still impressed that Mr. Sullivan is both the author and narrator of these audiobooks, and I can say that I have never been disappointed with any of his audiobooks I have listened to. Both Boone Fischer and Emily (Em) Durand are just so likeable and interesting characters along with the numerous Caribbean locations in which the stories take place, I find myself coming back and always wanting more. I’m glad to hear that we may not have to wait over a year for the next one, right? If you enjoy great whodunits, warm beaches, and even a bit of a diving lesson, you are in for a treat with this audiobook. I recommend you give Deep Focus a listen along with the others in this series when you simply want to kick back and not only be entertained but also be educated.

As I stated earlier, Deep Focus opens a bit differently from the previous audiobooks in the series. The listener is dropped off in the middle of a b-rated movie set consisting of pirates, young adults and plenty of bad choices found in the early “creature double feature” movies. There is walking the plank, loads of rum, women covering themselves barely with small bathing suits and a covert set of events that will keep the listener engaged until the end. Even though this story had less scenes consisting of the two main characters being underwater I still learned quite a bit about diving, which I do with each successive story I listen to. Not sure if it is the author intent, but next time I’m in the warm waters of the Caribbean, I may have to do some more underwater activities. The level of research Mr. Sullivan puts into his stories continues to amaze me as well. Details around lionfish and other creatures found under the sea fascinate me even more. I always get so much out of the end notes chapter seeing just how much goes into each one of his novels. All I can say is that I’m excited for the next audiobook’s location as it is one that I’m quite familiar with; and loved it.

Along with the wonderful research, I find the writing style and scene descriptions to be detailed just like you would find on a movie set. Close your eyes while listening and you will be able to imagine being there with Boone and Emily. Even in the fifth audiobook, we still have the romantic banter, sexual tension, and fun between these two main characters as they continue to grow within themselves and each other. I found the many other new characters also engaging while also possessing depth. At the heart of the story, we have a kidnapping, this time not Emily, and the team begins to follow the breadcrumbs left behind to solve the case. What makes the story interesting is that others just feel the kidnapped individual departed the island on their own free will. It is always interesting to see how the various items come together in a climax of both action and intrigue. Along with this, we are always presented with various twists and turns that come out of nowhere leading us down different paths. Add to this some new and exciting technology and this is what makes Deep Focus such a great story to listen to.

I enjoyed the multiple plugs and insertion of Zombie Bigfoot (another great story written and narrated by Mr. Sullivan) sprinkled throughout the tale. If you have not listed to this one, I also highly recommend it to all my readers. I welcomed the multiple flashbacks that Emily had as it showed her vulnerability and the impact of previous incidents that have greatly affected her life. We also get a glimpse in to how this impacts Boone’s life as well. With each new story we get a deeper look this wonderful fictional couple, and each time I find them more and more interesting.

Turing my attention to the audiobook’s narration, if you have read any of my previous The Deep series reviews, you will not be surprised when I say that Mr. Sullivan’s narration is exceptional. His voice brings the characters to life while not overdoing things and I’m sure being the author of the work helps. The narration supports each character by feeling unique and having personality as well. Being able to properly voice female characters along with a good Russian accent is not easy, but the narrator pulls them off. There were no noticeable audio artifacts or glitches I can recall. I am often not a fan of authors narrating their own work, but in this case, I can say that for Mr. Sullivan it works wonderfully.

For parents and younger listeners, I would say this book can be enjoyed by young adults and up. It does contain some mature language, implied drug use, and subject matter that may not be suitable for younger listeners. The more mature content is not excessive or used without justification by the character, but I did want to make the listener aware that it existed.

In summary, while listening to this audiobook I was surprised how closely it related to actual events that happened on a movie not that long ago. Mr. Sullivan discusses this in the audiobook’s afterword chapter. If you are looking for an audiobook that gives you the ability to be both entertained and educated, with a high level of research to ensure it is authentic, I have to say that Deep Focus meets and exceeds my expatiations here. I can also say that if you find that you enjoyed this audiobook, pick up any of Mr. Sullivan’s others and you will not be disappointed.

Disclaimer: This audiobook was provided at no cost by the author, narrator and/or the publisher in exchange for a non-biased review.

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Loved it!

Boone and Emily are back in another awesome Caribbean adventure with some old friends and enemies! With each of these books I actually learn a bit about these beautiful islands. I learned a few interesting film facts about the Cayman Islands in this book, but I don't want to add spoilers.

Nick Sullivan wrote and narrated another great story in this Caribbean adventure series! I hope to see much more of Boone and Emily in his future books!

Side note. The only small disappointment about this book is that the film director's previous film was canceled. Zombie Bigfoot sounds like it would have been an awesome movie! lol If you're a fan of Nick Sullivan you'd understand.

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This was more theater and less action than the previous books in the series but still fun to listen to the familiar characters. I had the privilege of leading tour groups to many Caribbean islands before retiring. Those trips included several of the islands in this series and it is always enjoyable to hear about those locations. I have also enjoyed many of the books that Nick Sullivan narrated prior to reading these that he authored and look forward to more of both venues.

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  • ernie driedger
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Heck I give this book a 10 star rating

Nick has become my favorite writer/narrator, this book has crowned him of that title, this book has alot of undertones in it , Nick is having so much fun with his characters and thus making it a joyful to listen too , I can't say enough about Nick and his performances, I strongly suggest to start with the 1st book of the Deep series and enjoy the ride.