First Lines Friday: 8th May

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words.

What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

How it works:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first.
  • Finally… reveal the book!

First lines…

“Marko Sverichek sat at the prow of the motorboat as it sped down Wall Street Canal. At nearly seven feet, his gaunt figure towered over the boat’s captain and the two armed bodyguards who rode with him. A gentle breeze blew against his black suit and neatly trimmed dark hair.”

‘The Maiden Voyage of New York City’ by Gary Girod

50 years after New York City sank beneath the rising seas, human ingenuity raises it up again.

The economy might be revitalised, but Mayor Ramos knows it won’t last. Debt and crime threaten the city and to Ramos, only an even more radical idea is the solution.

As Manhattan’s elite are targeted by an underground criminal empire, the city threatens to fall apart before she can rescue it. A journalist, engineer who helped elevate NYC, and police chief battle over the Mayor’s solution, while, two cops fighting their own demons and city-wide apathy struggle to control a place falling under martial law.

In the end, who will stand atop America’s tallest buildings?

I’m reading an eARC of this now, and at 7% so far so good! I like the writing style and Girod has set the atmosphere nicely.

Thanks for reading! Does this book sound interesting to you? Have you read it? Let me know any thoughts below!

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