From the national bestselling author of The Troop—which Stephen King raved “scared the hell out of me and I couldn’t put it down.…old-school horror at its best”—an utterly terrifying novel that pits the mysteries of The Abyss against the horrors of The Shining.
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 Mariana Trench, an heretofore unknown substance hailed as “ambrosia”’—a universal healer, from initial reports—has been discovered. It may just be the key to eradicating the ’Gets. In order to study this phenomenon, a special research lab, the Trieste, has been built eight miles under the sea’s surface. But when the station goes incommunicado, a brave few descend through the lightless fathoms in hopes of unraveling the mysteries lurking at those crushing depths…and perhaps to encounter an evil blacker than anything one could possibly imagine.
“Fans of unflinching bleakness and all-out horror will love this novel….Each new shock is freshly disturbing” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Had real promise to start: apocalyptic situation with humanity destroying disease that takes peoples minds, a journey to the farthest depths of the ocean to find the cure, an alien substance with unknown power, and a haunted experience at the creepy underwater station. With all that the book manages to disappoint. I forced myself to see it through with moderate curiosity as to how it would end. Ending was as confusing and lame as the rest of the book.
Basically: bunch of gore just to be gory, constant flashbacks to main characters extremely depressing life, confusing hallucinations which ramble on way too long, and an author that constantly tries to show off his vocabulary by using archaic unnecessary words often out of context coming off as pretentious.
Wow, I really enjoyed "The Deep" by Nick Cutter. I adored his novels "The Troop" and "The Acolyte" and was eager to read this one as well. I don't think this one was as good as the first two I read, but it was still above many other books. Nick Cutter has become one of my favorite authors and I'm looking forward to more work from him. "The Deep" is about two brothers that came from an abusive home. One is a genius and has a cold and clinical mind. The other is a veterinarian who is trying to recover from a tragedy. Genius brother is in a research station at the bottom of the sea in the Mariana Trench. The world is suffering through a plague known colloquially as The 'Gets' and they have discovered a substance that seems to heal everything. However, this is not a dystopian novel about the plague.The younger brother is sent down to see what the genius brother is doing after losing contact following a cryptic message. This book is about what happens...
The story meanders between horror cliches (dark basements, scary boxes, poorly timed flashbacks), yet was still readable if you enjoy suspense-free gore.
A big problem I had was the gratuitous violence done to animals. Yes, it's horror fiction, but all authors want readers to become emotionally involved with characters. It seems a cop-out to create a defenseless animal whose only role is to be sacrificed as further proof of true evil. And seriously, did that horrific scene need to go on page after page? You wonder if the author had a bad experience with dogs, gaining his revenge with this queasy passage.
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