I have always been a big fan of the ocean and the animals that live in the water and especially sharks. They have always seemed like majestic creatures that are so peaceful most of the time even while being one of nature’s greatest predators. When I saw the cover for “Shark Fin Soup” by Susan Klaus, I knew that I was going to have to read this book before I even knew what it was about.
Christian Roberts has the perfect life. He is young, handsome, rich, and ready to spend the rest of his life idling away his days with his beautiful wife at his side. Their dream trip to the Bahamas turns into a nightmare when they encounter a boat of illegal fishermen that are fishing for sharks in order to harvest their fins. Christian’s wife is murdered by the fishermen as Christian works to free the sharks and he soon finds himself off on a new mission to fill the gaping hole left by his wife’s death.
Christian honors his wife’s dying wish to save the sharks by becoming the environmental terrorist Captain Nemo. Things start off relatively simply when he burns down the warehouse and distribution center that his wife’s murder was working for but then he quickly realizes that it is not enough. It is time to step up his game and take his quest global. Unfortunately for him, he is already a person of interest in his wife’s murder who is being watched by an FBI agent just waiting for him to slip up. Christian must find a way to continue his quest to save the sharks while at the same time saving not just his freedom but his very soul.
“Shark Fin Soup” is a good thriller that does shed some light on a controversial topic which the author obviously feels strongly connected with. There is not a lot of heavy details or even covering of the topic. The reader is well aware of what Christian is battling and why but the author does not belabor the point by putting in a lot of detail and information on the subject. I think that there is still enough that this novel could lose some appeal to those with an opposing viewpoint but I think that it really is kept apolitical enough that this should not be a sticking point with most readers. I find myself of the same opinion of the author, if not in agreement with Christian’s methods, so that this was not an issue for me at all and I could sit back and enjoy the novel.
In “Shark Fin Soup,” Klaus crafts a fast paced and entertaining thriller that kept my attention from the first page to the last. While I do not think that this is a great book by any means, it is an entertaining read and does have an important subject (the decline in shark population due, in part, to the continued popularity of shark fin soup) at its heart but does not become preachy. I found Christian to be a little too “larger than life” for my taste but not enough so to become a distraction. The story was entertaining and was kept fresh throughout through its constant action as well as the shifting locations of the story. I did not even realize that this is the second book starring Christian and did not notice that I had not read the first book at all. As I said in the open, I am a sucker for anything that has to do with the ocean and this book was an entertaining diversion as well as one that does put the spotlight on an important environmental issue.
I would like to thank NetGalley and Oceanview Publishing for this advance review copy. “Shark Fin Soup” is scheduled to be released by Oceanview Publishing in August.