Open Water — Finalist, Debut Novel.
Open Water: Lavender Certificate for Debut Fiction.
October, 2011: Open Water is a well-told tale of the triumph of human emotion in the face of adversity. In addition, it's an excellent love story told against a backdrop of Olympian proportions. This first offering from new author Pol Robinson could be a gold medal winner. - Anna Furtado
October, 2011: Robinson has done her homework in giving descriptions of the boats and the technique it takes to bring them across the finish line. She also does a great job describing the scenes at Olympic village and the lives of the athletes. Open Water is an exciting read with just enough intrigue. It's also a good love story, told with humor and warmth. - R LynnePiercing Fiction
Open Water flows off of the pages. The story passes smoothly and quickly, almost emulating the strokes of the rowers' oars. The personality of each character contributes to the atmosphere of the book as well as the setting in Beijing. It's also a very clean book with no mistakes or misprints in it. That makes the reading even easier. If this is an example of what can be expected from Pol Robinson in the future, then readers have some good books to look forward to..