Beginnings: A Repeat

On Sunday we’ve been doing beginnings – all the Chet and Bernie’s (as part of Chetspeak) – and now taking on all the Peter Abrahams novels in chronological order. Today a repeat, on account of this week’s smart and courageous Thai cave rescue. PRESSURE DROP, my fifth book, has some blue hole/cave diving scenes, and although the equipment was somewhat different then (1989) the feeling is the same. On the next book tour ask me about my crazy Bahamian diving experiences way back when. I’d love to go on and on about them.

[“TECHNOLOGICALLY AIDED CONCEPTION, BABY STEALING, INEXPLICABLE MARINE ACCIDENTS and the activities of a wealthy, mysterious family are among the intriguing elements Abrahams expertly brings together in this gripping tale. Abrahams sets his scenes with evocative details, using cynical wit to describe the harried lives of Manhattanites, then switching tone to convey the darkly sensual, threatening atmosphere of the Zombie Bay Club.”
– Publishers Weekly]

The blue hole isn’t blue. It is gray, even under a clear sky; just a quiet pond in the woods. Any of the village boys could skip a stone across it, but they never do. They don’t go near the blue hole because a monster lives at the bottom. The fisherman even claims he has seen it; the fisherman who drinks a bottle of rum a day.


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27 Responses to “Beginnings: A Repeat”

  1. BearSpiritDog
    8:50 am on July 15th, 2018

    Pressure Drop! Very Good Book.
    Spence, We would love to hear about your Diving Adventures.

    Good Morning Everyone.
    It’s another Beautiful Day here.
    Almost time for Sunday Brunch.

  2. Herd of Hounds
    9:01 am on July 15th, 2018

    Good morning BSD and everyone. Happy Chetspeak and Beginnings and Egg Day and Sunday. We’d love to hear Spence tell about his adventures since he is a great storyteller.
    Enjoy this Sunday halfway through July.

  3. Wose-The Small and Meek
    10:12 am on July 15th, 2018


    Spence: Do tell!

    Happy National Ice Cream Day!

    Create a good day!

  4. B.Stover
    10:18 am on July 15th, 2018

    It would be fun to hear about the diving experiences. (I used to scuba dive and it was fascinating–such a different world under water.)

    Good morning all.

  5. Herd of Hounds
    11:23 am on July 15th, 2018

    Mom’s check out dive off Santa Catalina in SoCal included sea-sickness, kelp that got caught in her regulator and two sharks. The best thing was the sunken boat that had burned to the waterline. Talk about sucking a tank down.

  6. BearSpiritDog
    11:58 am on July 15th, 2018

    A Far Memory of Diving in Mexico…and not knowing if you were up or down.

    Mr. Big…one Cool Cat…last night’s Photo is Great!

  7. Herd of Hounds
    1:27 pm on July 15th, 2018

    BSD, our peeps are having Alaska withdrawals. Missed this year’s Iditarod due to family issues but hoping to head “north to Alaska” fairly soon.

  8. Wookie's and Teddy's Paw
    3:05 pm on July 15th, 2018

    I’ve only been skin diving once, nearly 30 years ago, but it was off of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. An absolutely incredible experience.

  9. Wookie's and Teddy's Paw
    3:06 pm on July 15th, 2018

    Who stole my avatar?

  10. BearSpiritDog
    5:01 pm on July 15th, 2018

    The Thieves?

  11. Thieves!
    5:14 pm on July 15th, 2018

    Uh…would you believe we were busy buying corn out of the back of a truck with the intent to shuck at the time in question?

  12. Herd of Hounds
    6:21 pm on July 15th, 2018

    Thieves, if you say it, it must be so. Sounds shucking good to us.

  13. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    6:25 pm on July 15th, 2018

    Corn!…Anybody want some shucked corn on the cob?…snort!…We got a load of it here. Not a truck-load but “A Load”…heh!heh!

  14. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    6:26 pm on July 15th, 2018

    Pressure Drop!…Wot a great story!…snort!…I was holding my pug-breath for quite a lot of it…yeeep!

  15. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    6:30 pm on July 15th, 2018

    Cover!…I love the new cover art for Pressure Drop!…zow!

  16. BearSpiritDog
    6:32 pm on July 15th, 2018

    Corn-On-The-Cob with lots of Butter…a big Fav here!

  17. Wose-The Small and Meek
    7:05 pm on July 15th, 2018

    What Bear just said!

    Grizz and I just celebrated National Ice Cream Day at Carvel! :^)

  18. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    7:30 pm on July 15th, 2018

    Carvel!…Wot is Carvel?…sniff!sniff!

  19. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    7:32 pm on July 15th, 2018

    Corn!…We here ear corn on the cob with nothing but the fresh corn…chuffle!…Corn is sweet enough on its own without condiments…sneeze!

  20. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    7:36 pm on July 15th, 2018

    Ear! = Eat …grunt!

    Shape!…Watching a movie called “The Shape of Water”…snuffle!…Has anyone else seen this? Just started so no really knowing whats going on yet…grunt!

  21. BearSpiritDog
    7:48 pm on July 15th, 2018

    The Shape of Water is on Our Watch List.

  22. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:05 pm on July 15th, 2018

    Bear!…We are on the fence with this one…sniff!…Not sure if it is a bit to “artsy-pants” for our tastes…grunt!…It is a very beautiful movie to watch and I’ve seen the bad guy just recently in another film so we totally think he is awesome at playing bad guys…wuffle!…He always plays the same bad guy is the problem so far…sneeze!

  23. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:12 pm on July 15th, 2018


  24. dawson
    10:21 pm on July 15th, 2018

    The Thai cave rescue was thrilling!

    In honor of the cave rescue and OFA’s post, I watched some World Cup soccer and some Wimbleton tennis today.

    I’ve never been skin diving. 🙁

  25. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:34 pm on July 15th, 2018

    Dawson!…Has yer package arrived yet?….chorkel!

  26. dawson
    10:37 pm on July 15th, 2018

    Rio: No! What’s in this package anyways?

  27. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:43 pm on July 15th, 2018

    Dawson!…Check out July 3rd, 10:36pm post…grunt!…I do believe Alice has sent you a large hairball…chuffle!

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