Thursday, 10 March 2016

Book Review: Beyond The Surf


For me this was an interesting introduction to kitesurfing, intriguingly blended with the murky world of political unrest and mercenaries.

The discourse between the beautiful surroundings and the tensions that occupy them was well portrayed as Kayte and her kitesurfing friends attempt to break their speed records and find themselves in a picture perfect paradise that is anything but idyllic.

We follow Kayte as she leaves her dull apartment and mounting debts, to drag her disagreeable boyfriend off on what she thinks will be an amazing holiday, a chance to kite surf and earn some money. But with a boyfriend who would rather spend time drinking than with her, a handsome mercenary who takes an interest in her, and a country on the verge of eruption, Kayte's trip does not go quite how she expected.

Whilst I loved the story telling and plot, I struggled to feel connected to the characters. Their dialogue felt a little outdated which made it feel phony at times. I don't tend to come across words like wow wee and wizard in everyday conversations these days. Otherwise it was an enjoyable and exciting read.

About the author: 

Henry Neild divides his time living in a small village outside Winchester and a coastal retreat in southern France. Leaving school age 16 Henry worked in the film industry as a freelance location manager and later turned his hand to music videos for bands including; Oasis, Moby and Pulp. Returning to college he studied Agricultural Business and Finance which took him to work in Africa. He went on to become a rural property developer and wine exporter before setting up web-based conduit for commercial property owners and filmmakers in the UK. He has previously written scripts for Sky Travel and Fierce Vision as well as articles for magazines including; Hampshire Life, Flybe and Society. Henry’s interests include walking with his Patterdale terrier, Mister Bonaparte, gardening, cooking and horse racing, he is also a keen tennis player and ocean swimmer.

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Beyond the Surf by hwneild (published 11th March by HNL RRP £7.99 paperback, £3.99 ebook) is available to purchase from online retailers and to order from all good bookstores. For more information please visit or follow him on Twitter @hwneild.

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