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Science Fiction Legend Ben Bova says, “DEEP BLACK SEA is science fiction at its best, a realistic tale of exploration and danger, written by a man who knows the details of deep-sea exploration firsthand. An exciting read.” When President Roberts was elected in 2020, his acceptance speech included references to exploring inner space and the oceans as a priority that could nScience Fiction Legend Ben Bova says, “DEEP BLACK SEA is science fiction at its best, a realistic tale of exploration and danger, written by a man who knows the details of deep-sea exploration firsthand. An exciting read.” When President Roberts was elected in 2020, his acceptance speech included references to exploring inner space and the oceans as a priority that could no longer be ignored. While his predecessor had promised a Mars mission that excited NASA, President Roberts immediately began making sweeping changes in the funding priorities of NASA, NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and the United States Navy. Within two months of taking office, Roberts had replaced the head of NASA with former U.S. Navy pilot-turned-astronaut Rear Admiral Thomas Antus, and unveiled his bold plan to see a deep-sea research station built to rival the international space station. Citing similar hurtles in both space and deep-sea exploration; Roberts announced that the deep-sea station would be a joint-effort between NASA, NOAA and the Navy. What it meant for the Mars mission was a huge budget cut that would delay the space mission indefinitely, but for those scientists that had been the pioneers of deep-sea exploration, it meant funding the likes of which they never could have dreamed. With a budget of six billion dollars, (the cost of two Virginia Class submarines), the deep-sea research station quickly became a reality. By comparison, the Alvin, one of the most famous deep-sea exploration vehicles ever built, was constructed and later refurbished for under a million dollars. With six billion dollars, the new Office of Deep Sea Research could take deep-sea exploration to the next level—tantamount to NASA first going to the moon. With a crew of seven, the Challenger submerges three miles below the waves for a one-year mission to study the hidden world of the deep black sea. One of the team members, Ted Bell, is a former NASA scientist with his own agenda. He is much more interested in learning about the Deinococcus radiodurans bacteria that keeps sea animals alive in seven-hundred-degree, superheated water that is full of heavy metals and other toxins that flows from the “black smokers”. Ted’s ultimate goal is a mission to Mars, and if it means sacrificing the deep sea crew to advance that mission, then so be it. How is it that sea animals can live and reproduce in water that should boil them? Superheated water that is full of toxins and heavy metals, and contains almost no oxygen should be void of life on planet Earth—and yet it is teeming with it. The answer to the puzzle lies in the bacteria, and Ted knows it. Convinced that the same symbiotic relationship between the sea life and bacteria can be reproduced in humans, and then used to help humans travel to Mars one day, Ted intentionally infects a few members the crew. Just as the bacterium forces a metamorphosis in the tubeworms and other animals as the bacterium take over their host, Ted’s infected crewmates also begin their rapid transformation. And while Ted is initially thrilled with his experiments, he quickly realizes that he has lost control. As his remaining crewmates realize that they have a traitor in their midst, the fight for survival begins three miles under the waves. With two crew members transformed into “something else” and loose in the ship, the remaining crew must find a way to kill the deadly creatures that used to be their friends....

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  • Jason
    2019-04-10 22:12

    One element that makes great horror so effective, at least for me, is isolation. I think it's scary enough being somewhere so far out of reach from fellow humans that to have something go horribly wrong, such as a monster intent on destroying and/or assimilating you, can, if done well, make the atmosphere and dread of what's already a dreadful situation even worse. Some of my favourite stories involve this kind of isolation and dread. Movies like Alien and John Carpenter's The Thing come to mind first. Those movies really cemented my perception of horror.But then in the late 90s, or there abouts, came a slew of deep sea movies like Leviathan, Deepstar Six, and The Abyss. The latter of these isolation stories reminds me of David Salkin's novel, Deep Black Sea, for obvious reasons, but the actual story and intensity of the growing dread remind me more of the former. No disrespect to the mentioned deep water movies, but none of them have the staying power of the classic Alien and The Thing.In Deep Black Sea we start the story with an introduction to all seven crew members as they discuss their mission: to stay in a new type of research submarine four miles below sea level for an entire year. The description of the living conditions down that deep, which also compares the differences of outer space, was fascinating and actually gave me nightmares. I'm not even claustrophobic. Or, perhaps I am and just haven't been in a situation yet to show me that I am. If that's the case, then my thanks to David Salkin for pointing this out to my unconscious mind.I digress.The seven crew members then head off on their mission. They make their slow descend into the deep. Along the way they catch fish and get to know each other better. Once they hit the ocean floor, things become immediately interesting. They bring aboard a bacteria that can enable flesh to live in extreme circumstances, such as seven-hundred degree water near a black smoker--which is sort of like an underwater volcano.The story moves quickly after this as a terrible situation grows worse and worse with each passing scene.Is Deep Black Sea so good as to become a classic and sit amongst greats? No, not necessarily. The book is really good with an ending that's probably one of the best I've read in a long time, but to join the cannon of true classics is seriously tough. First, it would be great to see this one become a movie. If done well, I think it would offer some new things along with some great homages to said classics. But we'll have to wait to see how the future remembers Deep Black Sea to see for sure.Whatever the case, this is a great read and a lot of fun. Give it a go and see what you think! I really don't think you'll be disappointed.

  • Michael Jensen
    2019-04-04 16:13

    This book was incredibly frustrating because the first 2/3s were so strong then it descended into a sexist silly story that completely lost me. As I first started reading I thought I was really in the hands of someone who knew what they are doing. The set up is great -- America has decided to create a giant underwater lab staffed by seven mariners that is going to explore the deepest parts of the ocean - and the author's description of both the lab and the undersea world are excellent. And the plot kicks into high gear when one of the scientists on board turns out to have a very different agenda then everyone else. What he gets up to is really creepy and sets in motion what should have been an exciting story. One of the things I dislike intensely in books is when strange things start to happen and somehow everyone finds a reason to overlook and ignore the strange happenings. When things first start to go wrong on the mission, the characters actually notice and investigate. Excellent! Unfortunately, when things seriously start to go wrong, characters with key information suddenly decide not to say anything for no particular good reason. And by not saying something, the situation gets increasingly worse which lets the author create a fake/unearned sense of peril for the characters that is supposed to frighten the reader. Instead, I just kept thinking, "Uh uh, I do not believe that person would do this really stupid thing." A writer can get away with that once. More than that is just bad writing. Far worse than that, however, is this author's view of women. The crew of the lab includes a female chief medical officer and a female scientist, both of whom are presented as being at the absolute top of their fields and consummate professionals. But what happens when the &$!# hits the fan? Both women completely lose their #*$!. When the doctor is confronted by an admittedly terrifying medical problem what does she do? Does she face it with steely eyed resolve? Does she bravely face the situation? Nope. She falls apart. She screams. She sobs. And then she screams and sobs some more. Ditto the female scientist. When things go wrong, she panics and panics and panics some more and begs the men to "Don't go do that brave thing! And don't leave me alone!" Ripley these women ain't. The writer even starts to referring to them as "the girls." Seriously? In 2014? If I were a woman, I'd be offended to read about female characters behaving so ridiculously. Then there is the sex these women have. Each end up shagging a male crew member even as horrible things are happening all around them. And then, of course, they cry and scream some more. Only a straight male could write female characters like this. As I said, this is a real shame because there is some genuinely good creepy stuff here. But that bad stuff pretty much drowns it under 20,000 feet of silliness.

  • John Demartino
    2019-04-19 20:59

    I've been looking to review this book for some time now. Why? Because it would mean that I was done. This was a painful read. I nearly quit several times, but it eventually became a challenge - finish the awful book!I see all these great reviews on Goodreads and Amazon for this thing and I am flabbergasted. I assume that the Amazon reviews are friends and family but Goodreads too?I paid $0.99 for this book. I was robbed.Let's start with what it is. Horror? No, not really. Techno-thriller? Can't be when you get that much of the techno part wrong. The author lists Crichton as an inspiration, but Crichton researched his subjects and wrote intelligently (with the exception of AGW) about his subjects. My 11 year old son does better research and would get fewer key factual items wrong.So, bad research leads to wrong facts. Throw in enormous plot holes and bad dialog and what do you get? Deep Black Sea. Honestly, at one point I googled the author because the dialog was so bad I was sure he had to be a teenager like that kid that writes the dragon books. The preeminent researchers in oceanography spent their days flirting and fighting like an episode of the Jersey Shore, only with a less robust vocabulary. Naturally they were all sleeping together within the first 100 pages. Because...that's how it is on research vessels...I read about a book a week - this was the worst I've read in years. Many, many years.Save your dollar.

  • Toby Tate
    2019-04-19 20:57

    I really like undersea sci-fi adventures like this - James Rollins' DEEP FATHOM comes to mind - and this rates up there with the best in my opinion. A gigantic underwater lab with a crew of scientists descends deeper than most anyone has ever been - about three miles. The second-in-command of the expedition, a NASA scientist named Ted, is obsessed with studying tubeworms and the amazing bacteria that keeps them alive in 700 degree water. Well, let's just say those bacteria are more adaptive than even he knows, and they get loose among the scientists via Ted's bad judgment and before you know it, all hell breaks loose aboard a vessel no one can escape. Talk about claustrophobic! Some really original "creatures" populate this story, and some really cool science. I actually learned something! The characters are well-developed and the plot rolls along at a good clip, although it does build slowly at first - but that's also where the suspense builds. I give this story a five out of five - one of my favorite books this year! A fun, adventure/horror/sci-fi story. Way to go, Dave!

  • David
    2019-04-14 17:17

    This small-press horror novel has a story that drives you right past all the implausibilities in delivering a monster movie. If you liked Deep Blue Sea, Deep Rising, or Sphere, or Aliens for that matter, you are the target audience for this book.The first suspension of disbelief is required when we learn that the President of the United States basically cut all space funding, but instead has plowed it back into a multi-billion dollar deep sea exploration project. So the Challenger is a gigantic metal ball designed to go to the bottom of the deepest part of the ocean with a mixed crew of scientists and Navy personnel, and spend a year there.Unfortunately, one of the crewmen is a NASA astronaut disgruntled about his beloved Mars project being shelved. He goes from arrogant and creepy to utterly sociopathic, deliberately infecting several of his colleagues with a mysterious bacteria that keeps aquatic life alive at the bottom of the ocean, even in the boiling temperatures near "black smokers," undersea volcanoes.Wacky monster hijinks and graphic dismemberments follow.The plot of this book would make a great low-budget movie. It's basically a vampire or zombie flick underwater. The science, while not terribly plausible, is also not completely ridiculous, and if you like your horror with a heavy dose of yuck and slimy fish guts, you should enjoy this.That said, Deep Black Sea gets 3 stars only for its page-turning quality and the unabashed embracing of genre tropes. The writing itself is not very good... we're repeatedly told what every character is thinking, and why, and jokes and the meaning behind characters' comments are explained to the thick reader. Once the bad things start happening, the characters all begin acting about as stupid as the bait in any monster movie. Everyone - but especially the two women - is described as screaming pretty much constantly, while the women go into hysterics at the first death and never recover.This was a cheap ebook and if you get on sale for 99 cents, it's worth it, but it's a gory pretzel of a book, cheap but empty entertainment.

  • Nick
    2019-04-01 17:05

    What a major disappointment!I loved the description for this book. An undersea research station being attacked by a scientists creation. The hubris of man to play god and then his creation turning on everyone.Sounded like The Thing or Alien. Or how about those classic 80's movies Deep Star Six and Leviathan.The book started well and the author knows his science and the undersea life which we as humans barely know about. However, it soon lost my interest.The characters became cardboard cut outs (and I don't even mind cardboard cut outs!) and the story repetitive. Moving from the lab to the sickbay then back again…..with some coffee drinking thrown in. The two female scientists who were the best in their fields became screaming hysterical girls, dependent on the males.All the characters became horny teenagers, flirting and trying to get in each others pants. What!?! Is this what happens in isolation. Maybe it does. I will never look at the International Space Station the same way again. Maybe I can't blame them as the science got boring for me. They must have been bored as well.The book was too "hard sci-fi" for me. I lost interest in the magnificent undersea life discovered by the crew.The story took to long to build. It was 80% in before it all kicked off.A real shame that this book got a 1 star review from me as it had a great story and potential to be a fantastic undersea horror read.

  • C.T. Phipps
    2019-04-10 20:59

    One of the most well known ways to do a horror story, at least in Doctor Who, is the "base under siege." Basically, there's a bunch of likable protagonists who are trapped in an enclosed place and find themselves under attack by whatever sort of monster the storyline is based on. It can be in space like Alien or a cabin in the woods like, well, The Cabin in the Woods. Deep Black Sea is a "base under siege" story, though the simplicity of the narrative should not be confused for lazy storytelling. David M. Salkin weaves a good story which distinguishes itself from its counterparts through fun characters and unconventional monsters. The premise of Deep Black Sea is sadly unbelievable: a pro-science U.S. President takes away money from the military for a large-scale research project. I mean, zombies I can buy but this is just ludicrous. Just kidding. Sort of. Anyway, a team of competent deep-sea researchers are assembled and sent down four-miles underneath the water where they're expected to spend the next year. When they're down there, they find something unpleasant. Things go from there. I like this novel because it's a story which simultaneously is more plausible than most science-fiction horror, taking time to give reasonable-sounding explanations for the events within, but doesn't take itself too seriously. Deep Black Sea keeps a balance between humor and horror, and drama quite well. The heart of any story is its characters but the ocean researchers here are all a fun bunch of guys and girls, reminding me a good deal of the characters from Alien. I think part of what I liked about the protagonists is they reminded me very much of many RL oceanographers I've met. They grouse about their jobs, take their circumstances less than seriously (until it becomes dangerous), talk about sex, and constantly rib each other. People used to more Star Trek-like sanitized depictions of scientists will be in for a rude surprise dealing with this crew. I like how David M. Salkin manages to capture the mind-numbing tedium of actual research. Having worked with many of RL researchers, I can say with some authority they come up with very inventive ways of distracting themselves from how boring a lot of it can be. All of the characters love their area of special concern but there's really no way to dress-up the fact real-life science mostly consists of, "put sample under glass, watch it for twelve months." There's no romances per say in this novel but in a mixed group, it's unsurprising quite a few debate who they'll be sleeping with to pass the next year. I enjoyed that. I won't spoil the "monster" of the book but while I sincerely doubt anything like it exists in reality, the fact it seems like it could exist makes the book work much better than it might have otherwise. The author has done his research and the techno-babble seems less forced than it does in other science-fiction I've read. I don't quite buy the villain of the story's motivations but that' a small complaint in an otherwise entertaining story. In conclusion, I think Deep Black Sea is an excellent example of genre fiction. As much as I love vampires, zombies, and werewolves--it's nice to take a break from them for something different. I don't think there's much room for a sequel but if the author chooses to do one, I'd love to see both characters from the original novel as well as the creatures within. Which is about as good a recommendation as I can give.8.5/10

  • Carrie Reimueller
    2019-04-12 16:57

    What an awesome book. I instantly felt a connection to all the characters and couldn't wait to see how everything played out. David's imagination mixed with science makes for an amazing and thrilling story. Can't wait to read whatever he writes next.

  • Rodney Moorhead
    2019-04-01 16:01

    This book will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time.

  • Paul Mannering
    2019-04-17 22:13

    Review posted on Horror Novel Reviews Crichton, who wrote such classics as Jurassic Park, The Andromeda Strain and Airframe, passed away in November 2008. He left us a legacy of science fiction-horror-science-thrillers that ranged from the remarkable to the downright proselytising (State of Fear being a prime example).Crichton at his best is the main author who comes to mind as a comparable influence when reading Deep Black Sea. A civilian crew of scientists are embarking on a one year mission to live at 20,000 feet under the sea in a specially designed habitat. They will conduct experiments and do research that will help with the development of technology for the currently shelved manned mission to Mars.With NASA involvement the scene is rich with tension. We have the astronaut whose lifelong dream of going beyond earth’s orbit has been shattered. We have the clashing personalities and we have the clear signs of things being messed with from the very start.The deepest ocean is as alien to humankind as the surface of Mars. The remarkable thing is that life exists in abundance at these incredible depths and at pressures that would crush almost anything. Around completely toxic environments like black smokers – where underwater volcanos spew hot gases and elements into the surrounding water, tubeworms, fish and other creatures thrive.The horror in this novel comes in several flavours. We have the constant fear of being in complete isolation. There is no help. There is no rescue. Leaving this depth would require weeks of decompression and a very slow ascent. The habitat creaks and groans reminding us that a horrific death is a constant risk.There is the villain, perfectly realised in the form of a character with the purest of intentions – he is absolutely invested in the potential benefits of the research he is conducting during the mission. Of course, no one else knows exactly what he is doing and his near-complete lack of conscience as the story progresses makes him fascinating. Finally, there is the horror of the creatures themselves who live and thrive in the abyss. This is where Salkin shines and the phantom of Crichton silently applauds. The informative and fascinating science that fills each page really elevates this book to a higher grade. Alien horror from space is a common theme – but this is reality. The science-fiction of it shows when humans interact with the entities of the deep - and you are left painfully aware that this scenario may actually be plausible.The only concerns I have from a reading perspective is that I found the characters lack development to the point they appear as caricatures of stereotypes.The Italian from New Jersey cooks, the Scotsman speaks in a thick brogue that the others can’t understand. The two women on the mission are simply there for sexual tension (and sexual fulfilment) to sate the men. In the beginning there was a Clive Cussler style of super-shiny character description. Men are handsome gods, rippling with muscle and experts at everything. Other than the villain there is really little sense of imperfection in them anywhere. It might be why the characters seemed interchangeable and without any particular value, except as set pieces.

  • Drew
    2019-04-10 15:56

    So I really enjoyed the story here. And that's the only thing that kept me reading it. It was not the characters or the dialog in the least. If not for how much I enjoyed the STORY I would never have finished it. The dialog was choppy but what was especially frustrating was the author's handle on writing women. It felt like he suffered greatly from "female as a character trait". The book is 7 researchers sinking to the ocean floor in a sea lab but it felt like as soon as he decided that 2 of those researchers were going to be women he stopped writing about 7 researchers and started writing about 5 researchers and 2 women. The women can't NOT sleep with someone and they cry and are in hysterics for most of the book. The very first spooky thing happens and the women doctor can barely function until the man she banged about 2 chapters ago comforts her. "Jessica was rocking back and forth with her hands over her ears like a hysterical child."Oye. With that massive complaint out of the way, the story itself is very good. Hints of The Thing and a dash of Sphere painted a very creepy scene and the monsters were truly unsettling.As much as I like the story, I will not be reading anything further from this author due to the poor dialogue, character interactions that don't really make since, and what really seems to be an issue he has with women.

  • Sheri
    2019-04-14 17:15

    Deep Black Sea by David M. SalkinSeven scientists go down in a submarine to do some research. Three miles into the deep dark ocean, they find a bacteria that is able to survive on certain fish and animals. But one of them has a different agenda. When one of the crew members becomes an unknowing human experiment things turn really bad. It is up to the rest of the crew to figure out when went wrong, and why. Soon all of their lives are in danger and who can be trusted and how can they stop what is about to happen.A well written psychological thriller. Very detailed descriptions and biological knowledge make the story very interesting. Each character is unique and has their part on running the submarine and experiment. The story was easy to follow and becomes very intense. Those who love a good thriller with a sci-fi undertone should enjoy Deep Black Sea.

  • Scott
    2019-03-25 17:13

    this was a great 1st book in what I predict will be a series. The character list is small which makes it easy to keep all of them clear. The overall story plot is thought provoking, and I didn't find myself thinking that it was to far-fetched. I would recommend this book.

  • Jennifer Reidenbach
    2019-04-20 18:02

    Great Read!!! Keeps you on the edge of your seat! Loved it!

  • Anne Fletcher-jones
    2019-04-12 16:55

    Wow! What a storyA very exciting, fast-moving story. I really enjoyed it, from the start and right up to the last word. I highly recommend this book.

  • Leigh
    2019-04-07 17:02

    Surprisingly good for the genre, and well-researched. Salkin is obviously quite knowledgable in this field, and a good enough writer to keep the pace going.

  • Ian Prest
    2019-04-22 23:59

    Would probably make a decent 'B' monster movie, though I'm not sure it works as well in book form. It was a quick, easy read, though.

  • Mike
    2019-04-12 21:10

    When I was a kid, unsurprisingly, I read a fair bit. I'd lay on the back porch and read whatever book I got from the library or dug up in the used book store. Deep Black Sea is a return to the books of that age, and while the nostalgia is welcome, there's some aspects of it that could have stayed in the past.The book lays out a scenario that's familiar, but not as well worn as, say, zombies. The government builds a huge deep sea research ship, loads it up with a couple of the best and the brightest and tasks them with going into the ocean and studying the alien world below. Through the course of the book, they discover that a very resilient, virulent deep sea bacteria has made it on board and has infected some of the crew with the potential to destroy mankind if it makes it to the surface. Part-mystery/thriller, part-ocean adventure, and part-horror, the book reminds me of an almost forgotten trend of the 80's movie industry: the deep-sea as a stand-in for space alien encounter movie.The idea is a good one and the plot is certainly not boring. It's nostalgic as well, like I said above, and this kind of story has been overrun by zombies, super-viruses, and environmental disasters in the apocalypse genre, so it's a welcome change. The pacing is good and it sums up the conditions that allow for the deep-sea vessels construction and the assembling of the team quickly and neatly. The book continues on as a fast clip, and if nothing else, the reader is never bored with what's going on. The science behind the creatures the crew encounters and construction of the vessel are also deftly handled and most readers will find it accessible.On the other hand, it suffers from some crucial flaws of this bygone era of writing. For one, there are some pretty gaping plot holes. I don't mean plot holes that are a result of the fantastical nature of the story or even holes created by the confines of a limited page count. Instead, some of them seem to exist merely to advance the plot regardless of logic. For example, at one point the characters have to disengage some locking mechanisms to escape to surface. The master computer is on the fritz of course and where are the back ups? On the bridge? Nope, as the bottom of the ship, which inevitably forces them to go through monster territory. I know this is a common plot contrivance, but I've seen it more than enough times by this point in my life. Second, all of the characters hate one particular crew member. Wouldn't crew dynamics be a pretty key thing to focus on if they're going to spend a year at the bottom of the ocean together? This may seem like minor quibbles, and to a degree they are. They don't ruin the plot, and they serve a purpose to advance the story, but they felt forced and a bit tired to me.Secondly, the dialogue and characterization. This was the big one for me. All of the characters act like they're in high school. They pair off, flirt with each other, and make sarcastic cracks all the time. It's not a ruining proposition, but it just does not feel like they are speaking like world-class scientists and military lifers would. Furthermore, with the focus on these budding personal relationships, it doesn't feel like a lot of science is really going on. For someone who was actually attracted to the science aspect of the story and the disclaimer at the beginning about how the whole story is based on science, it may be a bit of a let down.In conclusion, it's a quick read, and it's something different. It'll strike a nostalgic pang for some, which is not a bad thing, but it feels a little to close to the fiction of my youth to allow me to say that I would read more from the author.

  • John Sugden
    2019-03-31 21:08

    Another BookBub special, I was drawn to the blurb and the setup, it sounded more imaginative than some. Having read it, I feel sorry for the author. It feels as though he had an idea for a horror/science thriller. He imagined a location, a threat, a dramatic final act, but had no idea how to get to that point. So he just skated over the top fast and hoped that the readers wouldn't notice. Do not misunderstand me. I know that some suspension of disbelief is required for a science thriller. I swallowed the prologue with its background setup - a future President committing the NASA budget to deep sea exploration. However, the setup is just too unbelievable. A massive undersea habitat vessel is created at massive cost to be plonked on the ocean floor for a year. It will have no communication with the outside world. It's first ever test with a crew who barely know each other will take place four miles deep. It will take days to ascend to the surface in case of emergency. It has no submersibles, whether manned or unmanned with which to do any exploring/research or maintenance. Given that the visual range of any external cameras will be feet, it is clear that this is not a research station - this is a writer manufacturing an environment for his horror thriller without doing any supporting research to make any of it believable. As far as basic prose goes the author isn't a bad writer, just not a terribly good one. It was no surprise to read in the mini bio at the end that he's a Michael Crichton fan. The way this reads like a third rate 'Sphere' from start to finish work should have told us that. As an episode of 'The X Files' this might have worked, as a novel it is a very rough idea that hasn't received anything like enough polishing.

  • Pheebz
    2019-04-07 17:07

    Deep black sea,is a story about a 7 person crew, aboard a research submarine for a year.They embark on their journey after the President redirects the funding from space exploration, to deep sea research.They are studying worm ,fish and other sea life and find a bacteria that allows these animals to live in the 700 degree water around a Black smoker also known as an underwater volcano.It had all the elements to be a good psychological thriller.Confined space,a traderist crew member that had his own agenda to avenge the lost of his much anticipated Mars exploration,and a monster that changes existing life forms into something not seen before.Mr Salkin has the ability and the know how to build suspense.My problem with the story is how the female counter parts were portrayed.You have a female Chief Medical Officer and female Scientist that are described as being top of their field.Yet when things start to go bad they turn into hoe's and Hysterical girls who can't seem to handle their job or contribute anything to finding out what has gone wrong.All they do is scream and cry,and sleep with most of the male counter parts and are referred to as girl.

  • Katie
    2019-04-16 19:05

    Look, I love this kind of book.I don't think there are enough of them and this might have been awesome, but I had to quit in the middle. The science was interesting, but the dialogue was awful! Almost every paragraph was filled with the cheesiest flirtatious banter I've ever heard between a couple of the guys and gals on this mission and it starts right away! Like, not even under water yet and already a ridiculous flirtfest. Just a lot of cheese in a book that could have smart and interesting.

  • Syndilou
    2019-03-31 16:56

    It was a good story well thought out. The progress of the story line kept you wanting to find out what happens next. It was really smart to have used a sea creature that really exists (I didn't know there was something called a tube worm) after seeing what one looked like it made the creature more believable and could picture what it looked like. The ending was what I thought the main characters being saved and the creature not destroyed. I look forward to reading a second book if there is one available.

  • John Fletcher
    2019-04-08 16:11

    I enjoyed this book. It was a fast read and kept my attention pretty much throughout. It had a rough start, but it got good fairly quickly. Parts of it reminded me of a Jules Verne kind of story detailing the deep ocean. Then it became a horror thriller in the vein of John Carpenter's "The Thing." The last few chapters had great action and didn't disappoint.

  • Tim
    2019-03-25 16:05

    Semi-predictable right down to the end of book stinger. Decent plot, reads a bit like a slasher movie or Resident Evil game in book form. Fluff. Some interesting science, but not intellectual at all. Worth a go if you're interested and it's cheap.

  • Paul Kleimeyer
    2019-04-11 17:14

    An interesting concept told a little too quickly. We never get to know any of the 7 characters other than by their names. We are told that a character has a passion for studying a type of sea creature, but we don't ever see that passion in detail. The last few chapters were quite intense

  • Nick
    2019-04-20 15:56

    Trash horror

  • Dorian Elliott
    2019-04-23 19:07

    Reminded me of the movie Leviathan. Enjoyed the story.

  • Prescottl
    2019-04-22 18:19

    What a delightful horror novel. The science was believable and the plot was imaginative -- simple bacteria as the cause of the horror. Well written.

  • Ruth
    2019-04-08 20:13

    The story was good but the characters just weren't believable to me.