The Deep

The Deep

Book - 2015
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"A strange plague called the 'Gets is decimating humanity on a global scale. It causes people to forget--small things at first, like where they left their keys...then the not-so-small things like how to drive, or the letters of the alphabet. Then their bodies forget how to function involuntarily...and there is no cure. But now, far below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, deep in the Marianas Trench, an heretofore unknown substance hailed as "ambrosia" has been discovered--a universal healer, from initial reports. It may just be the key to a universal cure. In order to study this phenomenon, a special research lab, the Trieste, has been built eight miles under the sea's surface. But now the station is incommunicado, and it's up to a brave few to descend through the lightless fathoms in hopes of unraveling the mysteries lurking at those crushing depths..."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2015
Edition: First Gallery Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476717760
1476717761
9781476717739
1476717737
Branch Call Number: SF CUTTER NICK
Characteristics: 394 pages ; 24 cm

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MaxCW26
Sep 08, 2017

Really enjoyed the first two thirds of the book before it fell off for me at the end. Still a decent read that should be enjoyable for horror fans.

Cynthia_N Jun 06, 2016

Good book by the author of The Troop! Very disturbing book from the bottom of the dark depths of the sea!

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Zoroastar
Apr 05, 2016

I read it because a blurb on it from Stephen King said it was old school horror at its best. It is too much written for the screen I think, but I was eager to read it all, so it did keep my attention. Creep deep sea voyage to try to save a brother he never really loved, the narrator has to work really hard to not succumb.

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mnovak27
Oct 30, 2015

Must say that being a fan of horror, I enjoyed this book immensely. Well crafted, chilling, and unsettling.

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Jana1234
Jun 05, 2015

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review I'm not a big fan of horror, mainly because most are terribly written. Stephen King bores me to tears and I feel like most plots are overcooked versions of the same thing. THIS book, however, caught my attention immediately. The blurb was interesting, and I found myself willing to give it a shot.
I enjoyed the first two-thirds of this book immensely. The author has described emotions very well, and I could feel what the characters were feeling. Character development is also not bad and the plot is top notch. It is definitely NOT predicable, and can get a tad bit disturbing at times - something I loved since I rarely feel that way anymore. As everything turned to chaos, I felt like I was descending into madness as well. It was a delicious feeling.
The last few chapters of the book, however, were a bit overcooked and, at one point, cliche. I felt like the author had too many ideas and wasn't sure of what to do with them, so he just threw them all in instead of cutting out what was unnecessary. Perhaps if spaced better, it would work incredibly well but the way it is, is too much. I would get exhausted after reading a chapter and have to wait a little bit before I could start reading again.
All in all though, I feel like it's definitely worth the overall experience. Most of this novel is excellent. If something starts off as great, it's hard to keep the rest of it just as good but Cutter has managed to do so for the most part and that is definitely worth praise.

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maeaves
Feb 12, 2015

I really enjoyed this book. It was full of twists and turns and it was easily to feel the madness that had settled with every page. This book was unsettling and horrifying in a way that might give even Stephen King a run for his money. It really reminded me of The Shining due to the way everybody starts falling under this deep, dark madness. Great read!

KateHillier Feb 06, 2015

That was incredibly unsettling. It's a really slow burn, think old school horror, and aside from being The Shining meets The Abyss there's a lot of The Thing here too. Honestly I found parts of the book slow and confusing but that's part of the whole thing. I really want to give this another read if only to try and draw firm lines between what was flashbacks, what was real, and what was hallucination. Try being the operative word here.

It's creepy, disturbing, and can get quite graphic so this book is definitely not for the squeemish but if your stomach (or your mind) can handle it I highly recommend it. Just stick with it to the end, no matter how little sense it's making.

garyalex Jan 27, 2015

I wasn't able to finish this one. While it has moments of interest and tension, the overall impression I got was that it was just overcooked. This book reminded me of a comment Miles Davis made about some musicians having a tendency to play too many notes, and not paying sufficient attention to the silence between the notes. The horror is ladled on much too thickly and clumsily here, to the point where much of it seemed gratuitous. It just became tedious. Nice try, though.

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