Publication Date: November 14th from Orbit
Source: Review Copy
Seven years ago, the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a “mockumentary” bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a maritime tragedy.
Now, a new crew has been assembled. But this time they’re not out to entertain. Some seek to validate their life’s work. Some seek the greatest hunt of all. Some seek the truth. But for the ambitious young scientist Victoria Stewart this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost.
Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the waves.
But the secrets of the deep come with a price.
You know a book has gotten to you when you want to sleep with the lights on even though you are miles away from the setting of said book (in this case the ocean) and couldn’t POSSIBLY be in any kind of danger from the events that you’ve just read about. I mean they are fictional anyway. Right?
I’m going to sleep with the lights on.
ANYWAY I loved this as I loved Mira Grant’s “Feed” series – with the passion of a true believer I lived it alongside this motley crew of scientists, bodyguards and the ship that was supposed to keep them safe. Following on from an expedition that ended in disaster, with found footage either convincing you that here be monsters or making you marvel at the brilliant special effects, Imagine entertainment looks to find the truth of that earlier reality tv show nightmare, but really, did they not pay attention at the whole monster part?
What this author does so well is create a group of characters and makes you care about them – their hopes and dreams, their reasons for what they do, all of that, then she throws them against a wall over and over again and makes them bleed all the while telling an intelligent and not entirely ridiculous story about monsters from the deep. Or monsters from anywhere. Cleverly drawn monsters that will visit you in your dreams. Descriptively speaking this is brilliant brilliant stuff.
I need to go back and read the prequel novella now. Because this is a book one and going by the addictive quality of this first one I’m going to be stood in line at the bookstore a good few weeks in advance of the next..
Quality story within the genre and would stand up against anything out of the genre too.