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No Power. No Food. No Rescue. When the rains came the first time and campus flooded, Cage thought it was a freak weather incident. Joule saw it for what it was—a warning. Life went back to normal when most of the water receded. But the standing puddles left behind weren’t normal. Something had laid eggs in it… The creatures from the San Fransisco Bay found a path into the flo No Power. No Food. No Rescue. When the rains came the first time and campus flooded, Cage thought it was a freak weather incident. Joule saw it for what it was—a warning. Life went back to normal when most of the water receded. But the standing puddles left behind weren’t normal. Something had laid eggs in it… The creatures from the San Fransisco Bay found a path into the floodwaters. As the rain comes harder the second time, the flood is much deeper and those who go underwater don’t come back up. The rip-currents are the least dangerous things in the water. Can Cage and Joule escape? How will they survive when even the land isn’t safe? And what about the ones they left behind? The Surface is the second book in the fast-paced Black Carbon apocalyptic thriller series. If you love narrow escapes and don’t-blink/don’t-breathe suspense, you love this new series. Brave the rising tide and read The Surface now!


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No Power. No Food. No Rescue. When the rains came the first time and campus flooded, Cage thought it was a freak weather incident. Joule saw it for what it was—a warning. Life went back to normal when most of the water receded. But the standing puddles left behind weren’t normal. Something had laid eggs in it… The creatures from the San Fransisco Bay found a path into the flo No Power. No Food. No Rescue. When the rains came the first time and campus flooded, Cage thought it was a freak weather incident. Joule saw it for what it was—a warning. Life went back to normal when most of the water receded. But the standing puddles left behind weren’t normal. Something had laid eggs in it… The creatures from the San Fransisco Bay found a path into the floodwaters. As the rain comes harder the second time, the flood is much deeper and those who go underwater don’t come back up. The rip-currents are the least dangerous things in the water. Can Cage and Joule escape? How will they survive when even the land isn’t safe? And what about the ones they left behind? The Surface is the second book in the fast-paced Black Carbon apocalyptic thriller series. If you love narrow escapes and don’t-blink/don’t-breathe suspense, you love this new series. Brave the rising tide and read The Surface now!

30 review for The Surface

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lynette

    *I received an advance copy with no expectation of a positive review* Cage and Joule are nearing the end of their freshmen year at Stanford. They escaped the terrifying events in Rowena Heights and have moved on to a far more stable environment. Or have they? After reading The Hunted, I didn't think that there could possibly be a worse situation that these two would have to endure. Boy was I wrong! The constant rain and flooding was enough to make me feel cold and uncomfortable the entire time I *I received an advance copy with no expectation of a positive review* Cage and Joule are nearing the end of their freshmen year at Stanford. They escaped the terrifying events in Rowena Heights and have moved on to a far more stable environment. Or have they? After reading The Hunted, I didn't think that there could possibly be a worse situation that these two would have to endure. Boy was I wrong! The constant rain and flooding was enough to make me feel cold and uncomfortable the entire time I was reading. This one kept me on the edge of my seat, and I learned not to breathe a sigh of relief too quickly. Great action, unexpected twists, and seemingly impossible problems to resolve. A great read!

  2. 5 out of 5

    D.B.

    Holy Environmental Crisis, Batman! I haven't been this afraid to go near the water since "Jaws!" The Surface is a nail biting, edge of your seat suspense that gives thrills and chills in equal measure. Water levels are rising. What was once confined to the depths of the ocean can now access inland hunting grounds, including a college campus, leaving a group of terrified students fighting for their lives. They'll need all of their wits and survival skills if they are to make it out alive. No spoi Holy Environmental Crisis, Batman! I haven't been this afraid to go near the water since "Jaws!" The Surface is a nail biting, edge of your seat suspense that gives thrills and chills in equal measure. Water levels are rising. What was once confined to the depths of the ocean can now access inland hunting grounds, including a college campus, leaving a group of terrified students fighting for their lives. They'll need all of their wits and survival skills if they are to make it out alive. No spoilers, but when Ma Nature fights back, she does it with a BITE. HIGHLY recommend!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    Goodreads Giveaway Award The plot of the story was epic. I loved the whole idea of it. I got bored with the theme and some things became too predictable for me. If you haven't tried Scudiere, definitely pick up a few. Opinions vary and being the plot is fantastic, I highly recommend even with the four star rating. Goodreads Giveaway Award The plot of the story was epic. I loved the whole idea of it. I got bored with the theme and some things became too predictable for me. If you haven't tried Scudiere, definitely pick up a few. Opinions vary and being the plot is fantastic, I highly recommend even with the four star rating.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Catriona Lovett

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The Great Thing About Life-Threatening Disaster Is No Personal Drama This second volume of the Black Carbon series picks up not too long after the first book ended. Joule and Cage, now freshmen at Stanford, remain the main characters, but several other young adults and a few professors also have important roles. The author doesn't dwell too much on the typical coming-of-age issues among the twins and their circle of friends, and there's no romantic entanglements, but the characters become vivid d The Great Thing About Life-Threatening Disaster Is No Personal Drama This second volume of the Black Carbon series picks up not too long after the first book ended. Joule and Cage, now freshmen at Stanford, remain the main characters, but several other young adults and a few professors also have important roles. The author doesn't dwell too much on the typical coming-of-age issues among the twins and their circle of friends, and there's no romantic entanglements, but the characters become vivid despite the sparse information written about them. They become known by what they do, which is a much more interesting way to reveal characters' personalities, particularly in an action-heavy plot like this one. At first, the driving intensity I anticipated seemed far less than the previous novel, but I didn't have to read too much further to begin burning through the pages again. I was expecting the climate change upheaval that the author certainly delivered, but she has the knack for building surprises into the expected threats. Like Book one, this volume can be read alone, there are no cliffhangers, but I'm reading the series in order to enjoy the full, heart-in-my-throat thrill ride.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    Once again Scudiere has written a book that I could not put down. The action was non stop and, although the characters are not my favorite of hers (those would be Cyn and Lee from Vengeance) I do enjoy the way they are developed. I will even say the author almost made me hate one of them due to her actions. This, to me made the store that much better. Anytime a strong emotion can be brought out of the reader is a good aspect. I would also like to note that although the part of the story really h Once again Scudiere has written a book that I could not put down. The action was non stop and, although the characters are not my favorite of hers (those would be Cyn and Lee from Vengeance) I do enjoy the way they are developed. I will even say the author almost made me hate one of them due to her actions. This, to me made the store that much better. Anytime a strong emotion can be brought out of the reader is a good aspect. I would also like to note that although the part of the story really had no similarities to it, I couldn't help but imagine Brad Pitt from the movie seven when one of the characters asked "what's in the box?" This is probably a sure sign of the weird tangents my mind will go on, but none the less it added to my enjoyment of the story. I tend to always find something in Scudiere's books that trigger thoughts of other books or movies. Overall I would highly recommend The Surface to everyone. I believe if you are not already a fan of the author, you will eventually become one. Do not hesitate now.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Felix Bearden

    Rating 4 stars. (Note this rating compares with Tom Clancy, Thomas Jefferson and the like). In a style and with skills that A.J. Scudiere seems to possess in expressing the terror of the unknown and partially known, “Surface” is a welcome addition to those of us who collect her books. Except for the special connection the heroes have with each other, none have special attributes that many of AJs have been given. That connection, maybe comparable to a married couple married for 62 years, adds to t Rating 4 stars. (Note this rating compares with Tom Clancy, Thomas Jefferson and the like). In a style and with skills that A.J. Scudiere seems to possess in expressing the terror of the unknown and partially known, “Surface” is a welcome addition to those of us who collect her books. Except for the special connection the heroes have with each other, none have special attributes that many of AJs have been given. That connection, maybe comparable to a married couple married for 62 years, adds to the tension throughout the story, for the reader no longer can count on a special attribute to save the day. In my opinion, the only negative to the book is AJs choice of venue for the story. I should warn readers familiar with the Bay Area in California that some technical problems exist associated with that choice. I recommend that you not get hung up on those problems as I was. Enjoy! The author of this review was not compensated monetarily in any way.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Loy

    This is the second book in the Black Carbon series by A J Scudiere. I have many of her books and have enjoyed them all. This one is about twins Joule and Cage who are now in school at Stanford. They are finally living a normal life. It starts to rain and flood. There is something on in the water. The wildlife on dry land is extremely aggressive. When students go missing it is time to act. I was to see more depth in Joule roommate, Ginnifer and her bestie Holly. They turned out to be great asset This is the second book in the Black Carbon series by A J Scudiere. I have many of her books and have enjoyed them all. This one is about twins Joule and Cage who are now in school at Stanford. They are finally living a normal life. It starts to rain and flood. There is something on in the water. The wildlife on dry land is extremely aggressive. When students go missing it is time to act. I was to see more depth in Joule roommate, Ginnifer and her bestie Holly. They turned out to be great assets in the fight to get away and battle the unknown. Once again, the author writes a good story that kept my interest throughout the book. Looking forward to the next one. I received an advanced copy for an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Monica Mac

    Wow, the action just kept on coming with this one! Cage and Joule are now at college and doing quite well. When it starts to rain, and rain, and rain, they don't give it too much thought, at first. It is when campus starts to flood, that is when things get really scary. This was another "can't put it down" book by this author. The last book was scary enough but this one was next level again. It was the right mixture of facts e.g. climate change is real, whether we like it or not; and some fiction Wow, the action just kept on coming with this one! Cage and Joule are now at college and doing quite well. When it starts to rain, and rain, and rain, they don't give it too much thought, at first. It is when campus starts to flood, that is when things get really scary. This was another "can't put it down" book by this author. The last book was scary enough but this one was next level again. It was the right mixture of facts e.g. climate change is real, whether we like it or not; and some fiction mixed in. I was wondering, time and again, how they were going to get through the situations they found themselves in. Love the style of writing from this author! I have always loved apocalyptical stories and this was an excellent example of one. 5 stars from me.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Trudi Jorda

    The author knows how to scare the pants off of you! Twins attending college together on the west coast find that it keeps on raining and there is an increasing amount of flooding. Then they nearly get drowned in a flood of water. It continues to rain and the water continues to get deeper. The water is flooding basements at the university and the water continues to climb. The sidewalks and streets are flooded and soon the water is flooding into the second floor of the dorms. As they climb up to t The author knows how to scare the pants off of you! Twins attending college together on the west coast find that it keeps on raining and there is an increasing amount of flooding. Then they nearly get drowned in a flood of water. It continues to rain and the water continues to get deeper. The water is flooding basements at the university and the water continues to climb. The sidewalks and streets are flooded and soon the water is flooding into the second floor of the dorms. As they climb up to the third floor due to rising water they find that people have gone missing. They find body parts. Something is in the water! Very scary!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ruthie Jane Wheeler

    Cage and Joule’s life was finally getting back to a normal. Now attending Stanford everything seemed to be normal as it could be after last their adventure. Until the rain begins and students started disappearing. Strange things were seen swimming in the rising waters. Rain kept coming, water rising, roommates sullen. Food is running out. They must survive at any cost. Once again I could nod put this book down. Thanks A. J. For another great read. RJ

  11. 4 out of 5

    Keigh C. Flack

    In this latest book, Joule and Cage are caught in a flood so massive it links San Francisco Bay to the Stanford campus. As if the flooding isn’t bad enough, there are denizens of the deep and displaced wildlife hindering the twins’ efforts to rescue other students. This book kept me reading until the early morning hours, and made my heart race. Another great story by A.J. Scudiere!

  12. 5 out of 5

    R D

    Another hit from A.J., I had to keep putting this book down and come back to it. The tension builds until I was afraid of what was coming. This is a scary good story. Since I went by the Stanford campus last year it was easy to imagine the locations. I can easily recommend this book and look forward to the next story in the Carbon series.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl A. Rathbun

    Good stuff! Same strong lead characters, totally different turmoil. I already don't like water, this solidified it for me! You feel a complete range of emotions & even find yourself arguing with characters about the next course of action. Great next book in series, and great stand alone book. Can't wait for the next one, Tempest! Good stuff! Same strong lead characters, totally different turmoil. I already don't like water, this solidified it for me! You feel a complete range of emotions & even find yourself arguing with characters about the next course of action. Great next book in series, and great stand alone book. Can't wait for the next one, Tempest!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alexis A Burns

    Great stories - REALLY need a proofreader Enjoy this author. Strong character development, captivating story lines. But her Kindle books DESPERATELY need a better proofreader. Words are missing or extra words are inserted. Characters are misidentified in scenes. Occasionally character names are misspelled. Breaks the focus on the story.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Laura Sublette Greer

    Amazing. Riveting. Scary as hell. I loved it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Gayle S. Calka

    Enjoyed this book Only a 4 star rating since I got tired of the rain. Subject matter needed some diversity. Still, I really liked all the characters and enjoyed the story.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    won from goodreads. thrills and chills. good book good premise

  18. 5 out of 5

    Asiaman

    there is not a lot to say about The Surface except that if you like non stop suspense then this is right up your ally. Seldom do books start and finish with so much excitement. I loved it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Gigi Denton

    Again What more can I say about this author, and the dynamic story line? Scudiere, has done it again, riveting and fast paced, this book is great!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

  21. 5 out of 5

    Michael Nichols

  22. 5 out of 5

    Stacey Hall

  23. 4 out of 5

    Roberta Pate

  24. 5 out of 5

    Joanne Cole

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kelley DeOliveira

  26. 4 out of 5

    Vera Fulton

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cat

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kim

  29. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Steck

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tanya Fleming

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