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The Deep Dark Well [Kindle Edition]

Doug Dandridge
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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Book Description

An Adventure Forty Thousand Years in the making

Pandora Latham was just a country girl from Alabama turned Kuiper Belt Miner. The last thing Pandi expected was to run into a ship from the future on the outskirts of Sol system. Even less expected was that the ship would fall apart while she was inside it, the Universe correcting the paradox. The wormhole in the center of the ship beckoned, and Pandi jumped through, forty thousand years into the future. She arrived on a massive station built around a black hole. Once the center of a Galactic Civilization, the station was used to generate wormhole gates linking the Cosmos. The empty station is a memorial to the civilization that once was.

One survivor, an immortal being called Watcher, remains, guarding the secrets of the station from those who covet its advanced technology. Watcher, lonely from his self-enforced exile, befriends Pandi. Soon the woman from Alabama discovers that there is more to Watcher than is apparent on the surface. What was Watcher's part in the fall of civilization? The answer to this question will determine whether Pandora Latham survives in this world, or becomes just one more death added to the trillions who went before her.

Grand adventure in the tradition of Larry Niven and Poul Anderson, set in a far future in which many struggle for supremacy, and one woman from the past will decide the winner.
Book 2 of the series, To Well and Back, is now out at amazon.com/Well-Back-Deep-Dark-ebook/dp/B00B3EWEEW


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I hope the author does more like this, as this type of book has become uncommon in the last few decades.  Janet D. Ballard.
I enjoyed this one all the way through, and the beginning didn't give a hint at where it was going to end. Runningbear

About the Author

Doug Dandridge was born in Venice Florida in 1957, the son of a Florida native and a Mother of French Canadian descent. An avid reader from an early age, Doug has read most of the classic novels and shorts of Science Fiction and Fantasy, as well as multiple hundreds of historical works. Doug has military experience including Marine Corps JROTC, Active Duty Army, and the Florida National Guard. He attended Florida State University, studying Biology, Geology, Physics, and Chemistry, and receiving a BS in Psychology. Doug then studied Clinical Psychology at the University of Alabama, with specific interests in Neuropsychology and Child Psychology, completing a Masters and all course work required for a PhD. He has worked in Psychiatric Hospitals, Mental Health Centers, a Prison, a Juvenile Residential Facility, and for the past five years for the Florida Department of Children and Families. Doug has been writing on and off for fifteen years. He concentrates on intelligent science fiction and fantasy in which there is always hope, no matter how hard the situation. No area of the fantastic is outside his scope, as he has completed works in near and far future Science Fiction, Urban and High Fantasy, Horror, and Alternate History.

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  • File Size: 547 KB
  • Print Length: 341 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1468157086
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  • Language: English
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Deep Dark Well January 9, 2012
By azog
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Not too bad. I am in agreement with the product blurb, in that I was often reminded of the great grandmasters of sci-fi like Asimov and Niven. Set in far distant future, when galactic empires have risen and fallen, leaving barely a memory of their existence. Massive engineering on incomprehensible scales. There are also nods to some of the great writers within the story.

The story was well-paced. It wasn't a frenetic page turner like some action novels, but I don't think there was any moment where I felt bored with the story. Mysteries are introduced in such a way which made me wanting to keep reading. The major actors were introduced in a manner which felt natural, and the overall backstory developed over the course of the novel. I would certainly like to read more of this story.

Edited on September 10, 2012: Earlier versions of the book had formatting issues. If you look at the comments thread for this review, you'll see the author's own comments on the issue, and addressing the issue, so I'm removing the comments regarding editing and boosting it to a much-more deserved 5-stars. Great to see authors who are proactive (and interactive, not just a name on the title page!)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Todd a
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I was very mixed about this book. This has some great key elements and would be a fantastic book if the author hired a professional editor.

What I liked:
The premise was quite good and the story was engaging. The characters are generally likable. Spanning vast reaches of time and huge empires is very Asimov-like, but it's not done in a fan-boy way. The universe the author creates certainly borrows ideas from the Foundation series but he does a good job establishing his own style. The author certainly put thought into how the technology would impact the characters and the society in which they operate.

What I didn't like:
The mind numbingly thick layer of foreshadowing, where the author must have thought he was trying to be clever, severely cramps an otherwise good story. Did he really think he would fool any reader past the moment the antagonist walked through the door for the first time? He tried for fight club and ended up with the Khan "reveal" in Star Trek: Into Darkness but even more painfully obvious and drawn out. It wouldn't have been as bad if it wasn't one of the pivotal conflicts in the story.

This book, like most independently published books, badly needs an editor. The terrible foreshadowing could have been avoided but one of the biggest issues is the author's reliance on spell check. There must be 20-30 typos that spell checkers simply wouldn't catch. The word that ended up in the book is correctly spelled, but it's just the wrong word. It really pulls you out of the narrative because the sentence just doesn't make sense and you have to read it couple times to figure out which word he meant from the context. An editor will also catch basic things like sentence fragments, run-ons, and the 200 or so missing commas.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent and Fun, a Thrill Ride for Sci-Fi Fans October 11, 2012
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As soon as Pandi Latham brought her "twin forty-five automatics" into space, I knew she was my kind of gal. I love a heroine who is not afraid to go toe-to-toe with the bad guys (and in this case, an army of robots). Not only that, but she's intelligent and passionate about what she wants. Watcher was equally fascinating as a leading man, and just enough of an enigma to keep Pandi on her toes through the twists in the plot.

The amazing thing about this author is that Dandridge not only gives us engaging characters in The Deep Dark Well, but a startlingly original world for them to inhabit. I had never encountered many of the inventions and concepts that he details in such clarity. The style was reminiscent of classic sci-fi from the old masters, but with a fresh approach and modern eye. A real treat for those interested in the "science" part of the genera. At the same time, those details didn't detract from the overall story arc, which kept the pages turning for this reader. Well done, and highly recommended for sci-fi fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good read. old fashioned heroic sci-fi June 5, 2013
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well... not quit old-fashioned... R rating for some sexual content, and the science is modern.

enjoyable read, good characters, good plot. I'm looking forward to the sequel ( though this episode is entirely self-contained).

for a while I thought a mystery was obvious, but I don't give out 4 stars to that kind of book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars sci fi author who knows science...Asimov would be proud! February 26, 2013
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As a science teacher and ex artillery officer...I get picky with authors sometimes about their use of 'science as a cheap tactic'. Not here! Well thought out. Exciting tale with loads of action and heart. A Fun read...thank you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Value September 7, 2013
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Doug Dandridge's work that I've read so far is pretty good. Not on the five star read it again and again type work, but fondly reminiscent of the early Sci-Fi work somewhere between Campbell's Arcot, Morey and Wade, and Smith's Subspace series - with a heavier dose of tech explanation thrown in.

This particular series represents one of the more interesting Sci-Fi fantasies - thrown thousands of years in the future to explore strange new tech and new peoples and kill them or be killed...The tech is similar/common to other Dandridge work. You will see familiar names, places, tech, but in a different universe.

The main problem for me is the inconsistencies in the tech explanations and usage. Invulnerable, impenetrable armor gets penetrated all the time. Superduper killer weapons aren't so great after all. It sort of follows the Heinlein/ Haldeman 'even a couple hundred savages with a rock in each hand can bash your brains out while you are trying to read a vernier' theme, but not consistently and easily understandably. The next part of the series will be getting into advanced ships and ship tactics, so we will see if Doug steps up and eliminates the inconsistencies. The tech is not consistently used in its most advantageous manner either. I keep almost wanting to shout, use a wormhole, use a wormhole dummy!

The characters are not as developed as some of other better known Sci-Fi people. Pandi is not militarily trained and it shows. Even Watcher makes big, big rookie mistakes in the second book. (So much for being "superman".) I almost wish that Doug had spent more time letting Pandi learn and explore before throwing her into a battle against "Landru" right off the bat.

But enough negative. This is a solid 4 star read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not so deep
If you want a fast moving but highly improbable story set 40,000 years in the future; a romance between a present day Rambet and a super intelligent immortal who happens to be too... Read more
Published 1 month ago by sergio smiriglio
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
You start the book with hmm, that's interesting and then it gets so quick and exciting so fast.
Published 1 month ago by Amy Ambrosini
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Edge of your set sy-fy!
Published 1 month ago by Cooter
5.0 out of 5 stars more great SF from Doug Dandridge.
I am a huge fan of Doug Dandridge's Exodus series, so I decided to take a chance on another of his ST series. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Larry L. Southard
2.0 out of 5 stars Ma jor grammer issues
I am not a stickler for grammar, but the grammatical errors were a huge distraction in this book. I thought the concept was very interesting and I wanted to see the story til the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by A. Stokes
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Book
The action and creativity were okay. Some of the scenes were cliches, and the relationship between the main characters seemed a little far fetched. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Patrick D.
3.0 out of 5 stars THE Deep Dark Well
It was a good read but predictable . I enjoyed it .I Will get the next book in the series.
Published 11 months ago by Alfred Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read full of imagination
I enjoyed the characters and use of science. The story hangs together logically which is important in keeping me interested.
Published 11 months ago by M. Hitesman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
While I'm not a sci-fi expert, for me, this was simply a great book! I was hooked at the very beginning & didn't want to but it down the whole way through. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Laura
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable, non-plagiarist offering inspired on a classic
This book is a refreshing re-take on some aspects of Larry Niven's Ringworld. The author duly mentions Ringworld as an inspiration. To me, this was refreshing at several levels. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Pedro R. Checo
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Doug Dandridge was born in Venice Florida in 1957, the son of a Florida native and a Mother of French Canadian descent. An avid reader from an early age, Doug has read most of the classic novels and shorts of Science Fiction and Fantasy, as well as multiple hundreds of historical works. Doug has military experience including Marine Corps JROTC, Active Duty Army, and the Florida National Guard. He attended Florida State University, studying Biology, Geology, Physics, and Chemistry, and receiving a BS in Psychology. Doug then studied Clinical Psychology at the University of Alabama, with specific interests in Neuropsychology and Child Psychology, completing a Masters and all course work required for a PhD. He has worked in Psychiatric Hospitals, Mental Health Centers, a Prison, a Juvenile Residential Facility, and for the past five years for the Florida Department of Children and Families. Doug has been writing on and off for fifteen years. He concentrates on intelligent science fiction and fantasy in which there is always hope, no matter how hard the situation. No area of the fantastic is outside his scope, as he has completed works in near and far future Science Fiction, Urban and High Fantasy, Horror, and Alternate History.

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