Into the drowning deep

440 pages

English language

Published Nov. 5, 2017

ISBN:
978-0-316-37940-3
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OCLC Number:
975485716

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4 stars (36 reviews)

"Seven years ago Atagaris 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 maritime 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"--

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Into the Drowning Deep Review

4 stars

A well written thriller about killer mermaids.

Everything that could have gone wrong, did go wrong in this book. Really enjoyed the forays into the more scientific aspects of marine biology. Great emphasis on the speculative nature of the mermaids, which made them feel quite realized.

A lot of fun.

Review of 'Into the Drowning Deep' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

4/5

This was a fun and thrilling read, full of killer mermaids and a boat packed with scientists with very little self preservation instincts. It was almost comical how everything that could go wrong did go wrong.

I did enjoy the amount of research the author put into making the mermaids feel believable, and sprinkling in pieces to tie in real biology in ways that it almost felt plausible that they could live in the deep dark parts of the ocean.

The characters also felt very real and interesting, each with their own reasons for joining the crew but also flawed in their own way. There were many of them, almost too many, but they were all well done.

The thing I did not like though was that omniscient narration. It felt very jarring for me to head hop so much with no warning. I got confused many times as …

Congo on the Sea

4 stars

As mentioned before, this book feels like a throwback to that time in the 90s when everybody tried to emulate Michael Crichton - but in a good way. Maybe it is just a bit of nostalgia on my part, I loved those kind of books as a kid. But regardless, I found this book highly entertaining; a mix of plausible sounding marine biology jargon and some sciency sounding stuff I think is all made up (in good Crichton tradition); easily recognisable good guys and some cartoonishly stereotyped bad guys and not at least an almost human, still but wholly Other Big Bad. In other words, this is - in very broad strokes - a "Congo" set on the high seas.

I'm very forgiving when it comes to this kind of literature. It is pure entertainment, an action movie in book form. If there is is anything to nitpick at it …

Kind of like Aliens, at sea

3 stars

Content warning Ending referred to

Horrifying killer mermaids! I mean, sirens.

4 stars

Written like a good action movie. You're given pretty clear instructions on how to feel about each character (heroes, villains), the plot is tight and exciting, and the monsters are extremely badass. It's quite fun reading books this gory.

Review of 'Into the drowning deep' on 'Goodreads'

No rating

Loved the idea here, but it was so very bloated. It grabbed me with the description of the found footage, but then I could see I was in for a very, very long setup before getting to the meat of the story. That can work if the characters are good, but they were real basic and dull here. This was going to be a 3 star at best, so… I’m out!

Review of 'Into the drowning deep' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

[a:Mira Grant|3153776|Mira Grant|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1380320279p2/3153776.jpg] is the horror nom-de-plume of [a:Seanan McGuire|2860219|Seanan McGuire|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1245623198p2/2860219.jpg] — 3× Hugo-winner (and 20 more noms), 2× Locus-winner (7 more noms), 1× Nebula-winner, 2× Tiptree honouree, John W Campbell-winner, Philip K Dick finallist, 3× WFA nom’d, 2× Endeavour nom’d, 1× Sidewise nom’d, 1x BFA nom’d, 1× Shirley Jackson nom’d.

Normally, Mira Grant is someone who I buy the moment I see her work available for pre-order, since having discovered her work with her “political conspiracy theories with zombies and bloggers” novel [b:Feed|7094569|Feed (Newsflesh, #1)|Mira Grant|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1408500437l/7094569.SY75.jpg|7351419]. That said, a lot of her work gets published through Subterranean Press, who make beautiful books but which are expensive in print and not always available as UK ebooks. That is pretty much the only reason I can think that it took me until now to read her 2017 novel Into the Drowning Deep, which follows on from …

Review of 'Into the Drowning Deep' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Into the Drowning Deep reminded me in many ways of Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park, but instead of dinosaurs, there are killer mermaids. It's set in the very near future, enough to allow for some slight technological advances and a bit more damage to the environment. There's scientific speculation and an unnerving reminder than humans's place at top of the food chain is precarious.

The Atargatis set sail to film a mockumentary on mermaids in the Mariana Trench, only to never return. The only clues to what happened to them is their footage, which many dismiss as an elaborate hoax. Fast forward a few years and the entertainment company is looking to send another expedition to find the truth. Is it possible mermaids are real?

I loved all the marine biology sections and the Northern Californian setting of the opening chapters. The premise is that the "mermaids" have evolved in the …

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