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The Deep: The Island Series, Book 3 is another excellent story by Jen Minkman. The Deep begins where The Waves left off, with Leia and Walt sailing across the bay to the new world with about 20 other islanders. Keep in mind that we are 150 years after the Apocalypse where most of the known world died from biological warfare. When they first arrive in the brave new world, the citizens appear nice and welcoming. But soon Walt and Leia realize how drastically different the society is by observing one citizen put to death by lethal injection for a minor infraction without the benefit of a trial, or even the opportunity for explanation. When Walt and Leia soon decide to return home, they are prohibited from leaving and instead are subjected to terrible experiments.
While Leia is exploring the new world, Alyssa is helping the citizens of Hope Harbour deal with the reunification of the Island. There is a group of religious fanatics wrecking havoc on the island and destroying all attempts to bring the islanders together. Alyssa does a great job facilitating and bringing the two sides of the together. She befriends Ben and finds him a job and home, and then meets his brother Saul (the former leader of the manor) and quickly brings him back into society after his self imposed isolation.
I feel this trilogy went full circle, leaving no loose ends. The Deep is filled with several sympathetic and believable characters and it packs an emotional punch. It has joy, excitement, attraction, apprehension, fear, affection, betrayal, love, sacrifice, sadness and grief. What more could a reader ask for in an audio book?
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This is the third and the last book in The Island series by Jen Minkman. I enjoyed this story but I thought the first two books were more engrossing. All three books are written extremely well, almost whimsical and intriguing as well. Each story contains mystery, secrets, adventures, and even some murder throughout the story. A fantastic series!
Brenda Fredrick and Dawn Huestis did a good job but I must be honest and tell the author she wasted money with getting two narrators. I think that's why I didn't enjoy it as I did the others. A great narrator can do each characters accents and voices. I think they hurt the story more than helped. I can always help you find a great narrator, either a male or female that can off each characters voice. Overall, I give the story a 5 star rating!