Seals the Deal

Seals the Deal

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Series: Sammy and the San Juan Express, Book 1
Genres: Adventure, Coming of Age, Fantasy, girl, Middle Grade, Thriller, Young Adult
Tags: Adventure, Book Club, Coming of age, Cry, Emotion, Girl, Laugh, Middle Grade, Novel, Recommended Books, Young Adult
Publisher: Loon Song Publishing
Publication Year: 2015
Format: Paperback, Kindle
Length: 292
Illustrator: Kolya
ASIN: 0996507000
ISBN: 9780996507004

First in the Sammy and the San Juan Express series: Only a week after their mother died, fourteen year old Samantha Carlisle and her younger brother, Loren, are shipped off to live with their Uncle, a float plane pilot in the San Juan Islands. Sammy’s hidden powers emerge when she senses danger and harm being done to seals and sea lions. Her effort to protect them triggers a chain of events that lead to kidnapping and attempted murder. Only her strength, courage, and new found friends, above and below the water’s surface, will determine if she lives or dies. “You are special,” her mother told her. Now she finds out why.

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About the Book

Samantha Carlisle’s world is turned upside down with the death of her mother. Her father, a gulf war veteran, is lost in anger and alcoholism. At fourteen Sammy is alone, frightened and abandoned. In her most desperate moment, she and her seven year old brother are sent to live with their Uncle Teddy, a float plane pilot, in the San Juan Islands. The adventure begins. Just two weeks in the Islands and Sammy’s world transforms from absolute grief to an awakening that leads to a fight for survival and if she succeeds, saving her new found friends, and finding herself.

Along the way she meets a federal agent who in her words, “looks like a female Indiana Jones,” she meets a pathologist from the National Animal Crime Scene Investigation unit, meets a woman who, through experiencing a similar loss, becomes her emotional sister, and encounters a marine biologist whose southern drawl carries Sammy to the realization that she can do anything.

Most importantly, Sammy discovers a special sensitivity to animals that opens doors to a new world. “You’re special,” her mother told her, and she now learns just how special she is.

Sammy also finds plenty of trouble along the way. “There are pirates in these waters,” Uncle Teddy told her, and she soon learns how dangerous modern day pirates can be. Thugs and killers might be a better description. Whether she lives or dies depends on her wits and courage, and on the new family, above and below the water’s surface, she has gathered around her.

Seals The Deal is fast moving adventure on the high-seas of the San Juan Islands. A must read for ten to fifteen year olds, and young hearted adults of all ages.

First of all...I have no idea why the internet isn't on fire, talking about this wonderful story. From the very first pages, the characters came to life and I could feel their emotions, breathe in their surroundings, and understand their thoughts as if I was actually them. So every scene and life experience that they had, I was there too. Secondly... This story is so well written that I am actually going to find out when the author is going to have another book out. I eagerly await the opportunity to hear more. It's my first experience with this author so for all I know, there already are other books out? If there are. I will find them. If not... I'll be there to purchase the next one on day one. This story of Samantha, her life, the loss of her mother, and coming to accept and use her wonderful gift of empathy, is a total treasure. I love this girl! This book had some scary action packed moments, but it is a book I totally recommend for young adults as well as us old timers! A definite 5-star!
This book was a fantastic, fun read! It was well written, had a great pace and kept you interested throughout the entire book. The characters and emotions are easily relatable. The book was full of authenticity and compassion and I can't wait for the second book to come out.
About the Author
Nickolai Vasilieff

When not traveling, Nickolai Vasilieff is found bent over his computer in a cabin, on the banks of the Necanicum River, in Northwest Oregon, USA. Nickolai is the author of the Sammy and the San Juan Express young adult series, and numerous articles and short stories. 

A Navy veteran, private pilot, father, and writer, Nick traveled to over forty countries, including a one-year, around the world adventure, living out of a backpack. The San Juan Express stories are partly inspired by his international travels, and summer vacations in the San Juan Islands with his two children. The stories he made up, to entertain his children during those trips, eventually evolved into the Sammy and the San Juan Express series.

“Young Adult novels are of particular interest to me, where the imagination of youth is combined with an insatiable appetite for knowledge and adventure, and where confidence is fragile yet boundless. Creating challenges through which characters grow in mind and spirit is a constant objective, along with spinning a good tale, of course.”

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