Salt Lake City, UT – The Drowning Shark: A Sierra Rouge Adventure is a story of shark finning, standing up for what you believe in, and what it means to come into one’s own after the loss of a parent. First-time Utah novelists Stormy Sweitzer and Will Swanepoel have made it their mission to write about complex social and environmental issues, and the trials of youth, in an entertaining way. Their hope is to create awareness of global issues affecting our planet and its people and creatures, and to inspire young changemakers and adventurers to make the world a better place. In addition, 5% of net profits from sales of the book will go to shark conservation organizations.

As a child, fifteen-year-old Sierra Rouge, the main character in The Drowning Shark, is told by her mother--a former CIA operative turned undercover activist--that, “Changing the world takes action, and taking action involves risk.”  When her mother dies unexpectedly, Sierra travels to South Africa, a country she’s never been to, to live with her celebrity chef father, a man she barely knows. During a boat tour, she learns from local activists that dead sharks are washing up on the shore without their fins. Following in her mother’s footsteps, Sierra decides to take matters into her own hands to find the people responsible for the drowning sharks. In her efforts to bring down the shark finning operation, the past sneaks up on her and she discovers that there may be more to her mother’s death—and life—than she realized.

The Drowning Shark: A Sierra Rouge Adventure is a Jane Bond-esque environmental spy novel rooted in a real-life problem. Young readers (9-14+) will love Sierra Rouge, not only because she is a “spunky, independent, smart, witty, and strong” modern Nancy Drew as readers call her, but also because she is still a teenage girl who is coping with family upheaval, has problems making friends in a new place, and is trying to find herself and her own way in the world.
The book is currently available through Amazon in paperback in the US and Europe, and as an eBook globally. ________________________________________
If you would like more information about The Drowning Shark: A Sierra Rouge Adventure, please contact Stormy Sweitzer at stormy@metikventures.com or 801-448-6718.