Epic adventure in a strange world by best-selling author Jack Conner.
A thousand years ago, the sea began to change, and the change spread. Now the boiling, toxic, lightning-wreathed Atomic Sea has encompassed every ocean on the planet, and the creatures that live in it have become mutated and unnatural. The sea's taint can infect any human who comes in contact with it or with unprocessed seafood, killing them... or altering them.
No one knows why the sea has become this way or what it portends, only that it's irrevocably changed the world. Meanwhile, world war has erupted, and the small country of Ghenisa, like many others, is tottering on the brink of collapse under the onslaught of the Empire of Octung.
Dr. Francis Avery, a middle-aged widower, is aboard a military whaling ship far out on the Atomic Sea, when a series of murders onboard propels him down the rabbit-hole of danger and terror unlike any other. Soon he becomes aware of a spy on the ship, but that's just the beginning. With the help of the grizzled whaler Janx and a mysterious woman named Layanna, he will embark on an epic quest to save Ghenisa from Octung and unravel the secrets of the Atomic Sea.
This is the opening volume of a multi-volume saga of adventure and high stakes in an awe-inspiring world unlike any you've ever seen before. Welcome to the world of the Atomic Sea.
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Good story with old-style 'Sea Monsters'
It was a short enough book so I would say it was a worthwhile listen.
The world building and introduction that went into the first half of this short book was great. It set everything up and gave the reader a good sense of the world.
He shouldn't have ended the book the way he did. I understand that there are several books in this series (which I haven't read yet) but it seems to be that the book was just chopped at this mid point toensure readers bought the next installment.
Not especially. I would probably read the next book, because I so enjoyed the world which the author built.
I did enjoy this story overall, and liked the world in which it was set. Definitely has a Lovecraftian vibe from it. Just a shame the book is so short and ends abruptly.
I received a copy of this book in return for this honest review.
Cthulu-like sea creatures + espionage!