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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.
Publisher: Hillsborough, NJ : Riptide Publishing, 2015
ISBN: 9781626492585
1626492581
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Sarah1984
May 05, 2016

SPOILERS THROUGHOUT!!!

I'm expecting this to remind me of the movie Sphere, with Samuel L. Jackson and Dustin Hoffman.

I'm only two chapters in, so only a couple of important things have happened so far - deep-sea miners have brought up a strangely smooth 'rock' found at the extreme depth of 7000 metres in a previously unexplored trench, and Mo and Armin (these two appear to be the main characters) have jumped into a sexual relationship within about a page and a half of meeting. That was quick and a little unexpected. I didn't really read the summary from the back of the book too closely, it immediately had a Sphere feel to it and that was enough to get me to borrow it. The instantaneous chemistry between Armin and Mo, as soon as they met, was a surprise. If I'd taken more notice of what was written on the back of the book I'd have known it was coming, not that it was an unwelcome surprise, it was just a bit abrupt. To be continued...

Compulsive reading! The feeling of evil darkness slowly (yet quickly) creeping across the crew of BathyTech3 made the atmosphere thick with tension through pretty much the whole book, but it just got thicker with every cliff hanger chapter ending through the last 150 or so pages. A couple of nights ago (while I was in the middle of reading The Deep) I watched the movie Mission to Mars with Gary Sinise and Tim Robbins and realised that I'm terrified by the idea of being surrounded by any kind of atmosphere that is not conducive to oxygen breathing life forms - space or deep water. If you leave the safety of the oxygenated, pressurised environment that has been specially built to allow humans to survive in space and underwater then you will almost certainly DIE. No human can withstand the freezing oxygen-less atmosphere of space (spoiler for Mission to Mars), Tim Robbins sacrificed himself for his wife by taking his helmet off and his head (and presumably the rest of his body within the suit) froze in less than a second, he didn't even have time to take or release a breath. No human can withstand the massive amount of oxygen-less pressure that would be applied to the body at 7000 metres, one of the characters takes their helmet off while walking on the sea bed at 7000 metres and as soon as the helmet is off, long before he would've had a chance to drown, he is squashed flat by the pressure, almost like the impact a steamroller might have had if it had rolled back and forth over the body like he was pie crust dough that wasn't quite flat enough. The idea that a relatively thin piece of metal is all that stands between me and the freezing, squashing, dark depths of space or the world's oceans is enough to give me chills and nightmares. And that's way before terrifying fish with needle-teeth, purple glowy eyes and prehensile fins make an appearance.

I said before that I thought things got going between Armin and Mo too soon, I also think the ending was too short. Overall the whole book needs (and deserves, because it's a really great story) another 50 pages to flesh out Armin and Mo's relationship and to further explain the ending, especially Mo's eventual choice and what the mermaid fish's end game is.

Lastly, I want to congratulate my library on having at least one M/M fiction book. They got a bit bolder and branched out into erotica when FSoG fever swept the globe (I figured that was mostly due to advertising and local pressure), but I never thought the collection manager would be given the go ahead to include gay fiction in the catalogue. I always thought my library system was too old fashioned and stuck in its ways to be open to a book with openly gay characters who actually have sex (shock! horror! I thought I'd only ever be able to read decent gay characters in the occasional Kindle book). I guess I'll have to stop underestimating the Yarra Plenty Regional Library system, I'll expect even more from them from now on.

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