"A whimsical romantic fantasy"
The race of Mers lives in, on, or by the sea but they do
not have tails or shift from half human to human and back
again. They are very strong physically and are able to
speak telepathically with their own kind and the high
order of sea creatures. June Lee Pourfox is on probation
because she squelched a deal with Donald Trump and a Mer.
She is in the custody of Lilith who asks her to bring
Molly Reve, a famous writer who tells stories about
mermaids to Bellmede a seaside town right across from
Seinte's Point Island.
Molly, who suffers from Leukemia and damaged legs, fears
that her cat is going to die any day of old age. She is a
floater, a person with Mer blood running through her veins
but is unaware of her heritage. June Lee kidnaps Molly
and brings her to the home of her clan where she meets
Rhymer. He is a Mer who is protecting his three neices
from their father, a sleeper much more powerful than
Singers like Molly and Rhymer. He believes the swimmer
killed his sister and is doing his best to keep his nieces
away from him. Rhymer and Molly fall in love and through
his affections, she comes into her powers as a Mer and is
physically blessed and ready to battle with the swimmer.
This romantic fantasy is a combination of romance, chick-
lit and conspiracy thriller. Deborah Smith creates a
world of Mers that is so believable readers will believe
they celebrate the world and have the ability to do it if
some brave Mers do not stop them. DIARY OF A RADICAL
MERMAID is a cross between Lara Croft's Tomb Raider and
Daryl Hannah's Splash. Ms Smith is a joy to read because
she knows how to give pleasure to readers who want
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 15, 2004