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Publisher's Summary

2016 BRAM STOKER AWARD NOMINEE FOR BEST NOVEL 
There are places we were never meant to go...
A woman searching for a sister lost at sea.
A man bent on finding lost treasure.
A mother who has lost all hope.
A maniac who believes all life exists for his pleasure.
The man who would keep them all safe.  
Together, they will all seek below the waves for treasures long buried, and riches beyond belief. But those treasures hide something. Something ancient, something dark. A creature that exists only to feed on those that would enter into its realm. A creature... of The Deep.
©2015 Michaelbrent Collings (P)2018 Michaelbrent Collings
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4 out of 5 stars
By Ray Johnson on 06-26-18

Ancient undersea evil arises to destroy divers

I would have posted this review a while back, but it took some time to get to me, and when I finally got this book I was backlogged with other books. There were some really good things about this book, and then a few "meh" things, too. The Meh, for me, was the fact that you never really get a good idea of what the dive team was fighting. Sure it is monstrous and malicious, but you never know if it was a natural creature, a sci-fi horror show experiment, or a lovecraftian styled supernatural menace, and that bothered me. See, if I read a story about a shark killing people I ought to know what kind of a shark it is, like in the movie Deep Blue Sea. There you had genetically modified fish that were made smarter in order to fight Alzhiemers disease. In the movie Piranha 3D, you know these are ancient fish that had been living in a sealed environment for thousands of years. So, when it comes to vicious monsters I want to know what it is my "people" are fighting. To not find out was a bit of a let down, and to me it comes off as lazy writing; it seems like Collings couldn't decide what the horror was, and so left it purposefully undetermined. That cost a star, plain and simple.

Anyway, that was my panty twist. The rest of the story is good, and it has some great characters, one will disturb you when you get inside their psycho noggin. I appreciate that concept that a sister would go looking for her sibling, but really, after more than a day in the ocean I don't know what they were honestly expecting to find. Sue and Tim are interesting, and keep the story moving, and do not let it get bogged down. The rest might just be what they appear to be. . . .snacks. You can always tell a snack from a survivor. The books horror elements are all in place, and it is a refreshing change from your werewolf and zombie books that are all over the place.

Kessel crushes the narration, and does his level best to make the creature parts seem dark and horrifying. He plays each character, be they snack, survivor, or psycho with relish, and you get a feel who these people really are. I really enjoyed listening to him and feel that he meshed well with the writing. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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5 out of 5 stars
By norman on 06-04-18

Mystery Adventure

The Deep is a well written, fast paced, mystery adventure. The characters were well drawn and the story suspenseful.
The narrator was professional and did a good job with the various voices.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Victoria Elizabeth on 06-20-18

Atmospheric and eerie

The synopsis of this book caught my attention immediately. A bunch of people stuck in the middle of the ocean together, deep sea diving and coming across a mysterious, unknown and very scary entity... Sounds great!

It starts well and hooked me in with the backstory of one of the diving groups sister's last moments at sea. From there, in honesty, it took me a while to get into the story as it keeps flipping from one character to another, and, I'm not too interested in the technicalities of diving. So had to persevere for bit but once they started diving it becomes really atmospheric, the descriptions took me down there with them and it was very, very eerie. The narration is absolutely perfect and adds to the experience of listening to the story, I cannot fault it.

We have a really odd mish-mash of characters on this boat and I struggled to get to know them, there's one who has mental health issues, probably psychopathic, who believes that everything in the world only exists for him and because of him. He's a truly horrible character that I would never want even close to my life but he was my favourite character as I'd say he's the one we get to hear what's going on for him in the moment. Another, Raven, is my second favourite... and he's not such a nice person either really. So these two stood out, maybe because they are interesting. The others, well, they were there and I struggled much of the time to differentiate between them so they merged into one - until close to the end.

As the story progressed, despite the merging of characters, I was drawn in and half way through decided it's brilliant but needs concentration through the diving descriptions. They are diving a lot. Scary things happen when they dive and I can conclude most definitely that I will never ever dive. It's not often a book gives me the heeby-jeebies like this one did. By the end I'm thinking that this was seriously good stuff, the descriptions of the weird events that unfold are still with me. As is some of the great narrative like the quote below, which struck me as so poignant I had to note it down.

"There are things people were not made to experience. Contrary to popular wisdom our own death is not one of them. We are born to die and on the day of our birth we begin the inexorable process of preparation that will end in the ground. But we are not, cannot be, able to properly prepare for, or face the death of our children. Though born to die, our deaths make sense only in the face of new life and so, when we see our children into the ground before us, it makes a mockery of the process. It cuts the circle off mid arc."


I received a review copy of this story, at my request, from the author/ narrator/ publisher via audiobook.boom and have provided an honest review.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Zoe on 06-12-18

The Deep

This is a very intense and frightening book!! The creature was very scary but the parts that I found most terrifying were the dangers involved in diving

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