Tongue of the Ocean by Len Vincenti

Nick Sanchez, a star attorney, finds himself entangled in crimes that put him, his girlfriend, Joulie Crane, and his close friend, Nate Briscoe, in danger. Nick is a likeable character. He is not trying to be a hero, but his sense of integrity drives him to find answers. You can’t help but root for him and get swept up in his pursuit of the truth behind the incongruous settlements involving his law firm.

The book is a legal thriller with underlying themes of romance and friendship. The dialogue is clever, and I enjoyed the dry humor. It is written in the first person, which adds to the character’s relatability. Following are examples of the author’s skilled expansive writing.

When asking Nate to do some “computer sleuthing,” Nick’s thought was:

“I knew it gave him great joy to ferret out arcane tidbits, foraged for, and then plucked from the abyss of cyberspace and onto the luminous slab on the desk in front of him.”

As a self-described loner who is socially adept as needed, Nick explains:

“I have always, though, been able to function well socially when the occasion calls for it, like a chameleon that takes on the color of whatever leaf it is on at the time.”

The one area that could be improved is proofreading. Some of the errors I noted detract from this otherwise fast-moving story. There are inconsistent pronouns: “I made his way down the hall” and “I could not shake his curiosity.” Also, when referring to Julio Vargas, the author flip-flopped his last name, calling him Julio Sanchez and then Vargas again.

Not being inclined toward boating and fishing, I found myself floundering in the parts of the book that contain excessive jargon, descriptive gulf scenes and craft architecture. But readers who appreciate this type of recreation are likely to relish how smoothly it is folded into the story.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this story and recommend it to all legal-thriller fans.

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