Thursday, January 29, 2015

Review: The Deep by Nick Cutter

Nick Cutter did it again! Cutter weaves a horrifying tale that reminds me of what the horror genre is missing and I love it. There's endless suspense, tension, psychological warfare, alien matter, and just good ol' fashion terror. After reading last year's The Troop I was excited to see Cutter was back in the saddle. Anyone who's read The Troopknows there was some f**ked up Sh** happening to those boys. Poor, poor boys. Poor, poor us if we ever find ourselves living a true-life Cutter tale. First comes the virus, outbreak, etc. Then comes pure havoc.

The 'Gets is making its rounds around the world. No one's sure where it came from nor how to get rid of it. This disease begins some scarring on the skin. Then a little forgetfulness that eventually transforms into the brain totally forgetting how to function to the point where even the involuntary reflexes, such as breathing, cease to occur. Many have lost their loved ones to this handicapping disease. The only hope it seems is a small team of scientists who are stationed aboard a ship 8 miles beneath the sea.

Luke is asked to coax his genius brother Clayton into making a breakthrough or at least breaking out since he has been MIA to command control. Rule number one, if most of the people aboard a vessel are either dead or have gone crazy, it's probably a good idea not to continue with the mission. But if everyone followed rule number one, there would be no good stories such as The Deep. Plus, there's always gotta be one someone who could be the hero and save the world of the 'Gets.

Before long, Luke is given a rundown of all the strange happenings aboard the sub and still ventures on. And I mean there's some strange sh**. Wack-a-do scientists, dreams too real to be dreams, constant strolls down memory lane with mommy dearest, and an increasingly more frequent disembodied voice or pull. And that's not the it.

Not only does Luke face the threat of being impaled by 8 miles worth of water, there is an alien substance that can possibly cure the 'Gets. Only problem is... that may not be it's intent at all. The ambrosia could quite possibly have it's own agenda. Who knows?

Nick Cutter is descriptive to the point where you cringe because the portrait is painted so vividly. I felt like I was walking along the Treiste corridors with Luke and Al. He even completely immerses readers into the journals of less than reliable scientists gone mad. There were times I was even afraid Luke's badass mother was going to rise from the grave just to haunt me for no good reason. Cutter spares no detail and allows us readers to experience the psychological warfare that Luke is experiencing in the world's worse place on earth.

Before I give the whole book away I must say I enjoyed The Deep very much. There were no dull moments. It's cabin fever at its height, mixed with a bit of horror, with a side of paranormal activity. One man's journey to the deep blue assures me my place is on dry land.   ****

Copy provided by Simon & Schuster via Netgalley

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