Reviews for the DARK SURF novel

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Kirkus Reviews:

Kirkus ReviewsZmak sets a vampire romance in the California beach community in this offbeat debut New Adult thriller. … The story provides genuine depictions of the joy the characters take in surfing and the sea, and the tribulations of love, guilt, and loyalty. It’s all passionate, fun, and delightfully new. An entertaining and emotional novel in which blood is thicker than salt water.” — Kirkus Reviews

Paul Goat Allen for BlueInk Review:

BlueInk Review logo“This debut novel is so good—so insanely audacious—I actually stood up and applauded when I finished reading it! Zmak reimagines the vampire mythos in classic California style. It’s the story of surfer dude Jake Ryder, who witnesses his friend Cody die while surfing at dusk, the victim of an apparent shark attack. But minutes before his friend died, Jake saw another surfer out in the water with Cody. During his quest to track down this mysterious surfer, he finds a group of surfers who only surf at night… I don’t want to say anything more for fear of giving away too much. This novel blew me away—one of the most imaginative vampire novels I’ve ever read.”

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In the last 20 years, Paul Goat Allen has reviewed more than 8,000 genre fiction titles for companies such as The Chicago Tribune, Publisher’s Weekly,, and BlueInk Review and is an adjunct faculty member in Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction program. He has published one novel and two collections of poetry and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle.

Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers’ Favorite:

RF 5star-shiny-web smallReview Rating: 5 stars!

“Dark Surf by TC Zmak was an amazing story! I was hooked right from page one and could not put it down until the very end. I have always loved vampire tales; this was something so completely different, such a unique take on an age-old story, and that is what will give this book the edge over all the other vampire stories on the market today. Exceptionally well written, with a fantastic story line and well developed characters. TC Zmak allowed us regular insights into the background of each character in a measured manner, drawing out the details and giving the story some real depth. Absolutely loved it, can’t wait for part two!”

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Joanna Brauer for The Californian, part of the USA Today network:

“This is an entertaining vampire yarn, with a unique twist … There is romance, betrayal, secrecy, murder, sun and surf.”

“Audience: Anyone who enjoys a thrilling vampire story, surfing, the Californian lifestyle, lovers of the natural world, and…Hollywood, I see a movie here, folks!”

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Reviews for RISING (book 2 in the DARK SURF series)


Kirkus Reviews:

Kirkus Reviews“The book does an excellent job of developing the players’ connections beyond those initial sparks and through further and further trials, making this sequel a real treat to read, maybe even more than the original. Delivering the salt- and blood-kissed depths readers expect, this vampire tale is everything a sequel should be.” — Kirkus Reviews 

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Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers’ Favorite:

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Review Rating: 5 stars! 

“Rising (Dark Surf Volume 2) by T.C. Zmak is another fantastic story, a great sequel to Dark Surf. Although it starts where Dark Surf ended, there is still enough information provided for those who didn’t read the first book to know what it’s all about. … The story is every bit as good as the first part, perhaps a little deeper, and with those all-important twists and turns that keep a reader hooked. It is a fast-paced story, one of those that you just can’t put down.”

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Joanna Brauer for The Californian, part of the USA Today network:

“This book is very easy to read, the action moves along swiftly, and the language is pure surfer Californian.

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