Seven thousand meters below the ocean’s surface, the crew of the BathyTech 3 mineral mining facility has found something remarkable: a rock-like sphere of unknown material and origin.
For Mo Rees, the discovery calls to his inner explorer and adds color to his dull miner’s life. Even better than the promise of new knowledge is the unexpected connection he forges with Dr. Armin Savage-Hall, leader of the team brought down to study the thing.
For Armin, the object is the find of a lifetime. It could prove his controversial theories and secure his scientific reputation. And Mo is a fascinating bonus.
Then crew members start behaving strangely. Worse, they start to change: their eyes glow purple, their teeth sharpen. Then the violence begins, the brutal deaths. As BathyTech descends deeper into chaos, the surviving crew works desperately to find the cause of the horrors around them. What they uncover could annihilate the human race. And they can’t stop it.
Deep-sea chills abound in this well-built futuristic horror novel from romance and suspense author Blue (Hell's End), but the romantic plot surprisingly fizzles. In 2137, an undersea mining operation finds an anomalous object that defies attempts at scanning. The discovery launches a multitracked mystery involving an earlier doomed expedition and a newly discovered life-form. Maximo "Mo" Rees, a seasoned veteran of undersea exploration, guides the BathyTech Corporation's science team, headed by haunted but hunky Armin Savage-Hall, to find and recover the object, which immediately has disturbing effects on the crew. Mo and Armin have their first, off-screen tryst within moments of meeting, effectively hobbling any sexual tension, and their romance is squished into stolen moments between the markedly more galvanizing action and suspense as the crew develop hallucinations, psychosis, and inexplic able and terrifying physical alterations. Blue's sure-handed plotting animates the desperate struggle by a large and precisely composed cast to unravel the mystery in a rivetingly evoked deteriorating environment. While romance fans may be let down, and some elements feel derivative of classics like The Abyss and Sphere, undersea-suspense enthusiasts will be well rewarded.