Into the Drowning Deep
New York Times bestselling author Mira Grant, author of the renowned Newsflesh series, returns with a novel that takes us to a new world of ancient mysteries and mythological dangers come to life.
The ocean is home to many myths,
But some are deadly. . .
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 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.
There's some solid gore and nastiness in this sequel to Grant's novella Rolling in the Deep, but a mix of overwrought prose and questionable decisions prevent it from being much more than a 1990s horror throwback. Years after the ship Atargatis disappeared while attempting to film a fake mermaid documentary for Imagine Entertainment (a fictional company in the SyFy vein that inexplicably shares a name and nothing else with a real studio), the company finally decides to send another expedition, this time one with actual scientists. Key among the crew are marine biologist Victoria "Tory" Stewart, whose sister vanished on the Atargatis, and Dr. Jillian Toth, a sirenologist who considers herself a leading expert on mermaids. Grant's concept mermaids as vicious creatures is golden (and a late revelation about their biology is pretty nifty), but the prose gets bogged down in clich ("She would show them all" appears, unironically, as a standalone paragraph) and long and meandering passages with little payoff. The neat hook and Grant's fan base will still prop the book up, but there's too little depth in these depths.
Thrilling page turner
Literally couldn’t put this down, it was awesome. I particularly enjoyed placing my bets on who would live and die by books end. Liked the cast of characters, enjoyed the
Though I overall enjoyed the cast of characters….I would say some of the characters were a bit stereotypical and cheesy to a fault.
Could really bring you out of the flow of the story. Sometimes a few of the asides could take you down a wandering path amd by the time you made it back to the action you had forgotten what the action was.
If I could take the hours of my life I wasted on this “well ain’t that convenient” slog back, I would. I would not stop until I’d gotten back every second. Save yourself! Don’t make my (or my book club’s) mistake!
Zzzzzzzz - great start, but the end fizzled