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Product Details

  • Series: Hallie Michaels (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (March 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076532900X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765329004
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Deep Down is a pleasing story, which begins with Hallie trying to convince herself that everything is normal after the battle she fought in September (in Wide Open, 2012). Then her father asks her to check up on their neighbor, Pabby, whom she finds sitting on the front porch with her house surrounded by black dogs—invisible black dogs—apparently, the harbingers of death. Then Hallie’s boyfriend, Boyd, gets brought into the story. Hallie comes across an accident in the middle of nowhere that seems to be a precise recreation of the one in which Boyd’s wife died seven years ago. She acquires a black dog of her own. People start disappearing. She has dreams about a strange man who says the walls are getting thin. Eventually, it becomes obvious that Boyd’s problems, and hers, are inextricably linked and she must take a grave risk to repair the damage. Stylistically, the execution is occasionally awkward, but Hallie is, overall, a solid character that will carry the story through its rough patches. --Regina Schroeder


Praise for Denorah Coates's Wide Open:

“[A] refreshingly original dark fantasy debut.”  —Publishers Weekly

“Coates’s debut novel scores.”  —Kirkus Reviews

“Excellent… Sergent Hallie Michaels is a complex heroine filled with anger, sadness, and grief who runs headlong into a murderous puzzle.”  —RT Book Reviews

“Deborah Coates is a storyteller in the best sense of the word.”
—Patricia Briggs, New York Times bestselling author of River Marked

“Deborah Coates offers a pitch-perfect sense of place, an uncanny knack for dialogue, and a complex heroine who’s mad, sad, tenacious, and tough.”
—Sharon Shinn, author of The Shape of Desire

“A great blast of fresh air. From the intimate story of a young woman haunted by forces both natural and supernatural, to the grand scope of godlike elementals, Deborah Coates demonstrates a sure storytelling hand.... Wide Open is the impressive debut of a distinct new voice in fantasy.”
—Greg van Eekhout, author of Norse Code

Wide Open lures us into the dangerous world of Sergeant Hallie Michaels and her alarmingly real ghosts.... Vivid, suspenseful, and filled with intensely convincing characters, this novel is an unforgettable homecoming.”
—A.M. Dellamonica, award-winning author of Indigo Springs

“This contemporary fantasy is the very best of its genre, from its cinematic landscape, to the compelling twists of the plot, to the building relationships between characters that leap off the page to live in the imagination. Very, very highly recommended. The best contemporary fantasy you'll read this year.”
—Sarah Prineas, author of The Magic Thief

More About the Author

Writer. Owned by dogs.

Deborah Coates writes science fiction and fantasy. Her first novel, Wide Open, was published by Tor in March, 2012. Her second novel, Deep Down, which features many of the same characters as Wide Open, was published in March, 2013. A third novel in the series, Strange Country, will be published in 2014. Wide Open has been nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel for 2012 and is on the 2012 Locus Recommended Reading List. Her short stories have been published in Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, Strange Horizons,, and Best American Fantasy 2, among others.

Deborah grew up on a small farm in western New York and currently lives in central Iowa. She has been a farmhand, a factory worker, a statistician, a researcher, an educator and is currently an IT professional. She has two dogs, a German Pinscher and a Rottweiler. Billie is a therapy dog and regularly visits the local hospital. Blue tracks, does obedience and rally and prowls the back yard looking for Things.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Mahnken on March 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Deep Down is the second in Deborah Coates' series of novels featuring Hallie Michaels. The first novel was good, and this one is even better, so this is a must-read for anyone who liked the first book.

For readers who are unfamiliar with the series: Hallie died and was revived while serving as a soldier in Afghanistan. She came back with a new ability--she can see ghosts. In Coates' first novel, Wide Open, Hallie solved her sister's murder with some help from ghosts and a handsome sheriff's deputy who has prophetic dreams. In Deep Down, the novel opens with Hallie's neighbor asking her to investigate why black dogs--harbingers of death--have shown up at her ranch, since it's not her time to die. The story builds from there, with people disappearing, reapers appearing, and death coming for someone. At the end of the novel, Hallie receives an offer from a supernatural entity that she might not be able to refuse. Stay tuned for book 3 to find out more!

This isn't your typical paranormal fantasy series. While the supernatural is clearly present, there aren't vampires, or fae, or were-creatures of any type. The novel takes place on the plains of South Dakota, and the environment plays an important role in the mood and action of the story. Hallie isn't a stereotypical genre heroine; she's a tough ex-soldier who prefers action to talking. Present her with a problem, and she might not know what's going on, but she's not afraid to jump in and confront the situation head on (maybe with her fists or a gun., if necessary). And, while there is the obligatory handsome guy (the deputy) who Hallie isn't quite sure about her future with, well, she's not afraid to jump in there, either.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sneaky Burrito on June 26, 2014
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This is the second Hallie Michaels book by Deborah Coates and it's a little different in tone compared to the first one. Hallie, a female veteran of the war in Afghanistan, is home after being discharged from the army. She's not entirely sure what to do with her future (she's still in her early 20s) and is considering various options, including at least one that would take her out of her home county again. Whereas in the first book, Hallie started off knowing about ghosts but not much else in the supernatural realm, she now (reluctantly) accepts that there's more out there than she realized. Many of the town's other residents have seen evidence of supernatural forces at work, but prefer to believe other explanations that are within their realms of experience.

Characters from book 1 are back including sheriff's deputy Boyd Davies, Hallie's childhood friend Brett, and some of the other locals. Brett isn't as involved in this book as she was in the last one, but it makes sense -- she has a life, she's going to graduate school, and it seems unlikely that she'll stay in her hometown forever. Boyd is actually absent for a good portion of the book because he has to leave the state of South Dakota as part of an investigation. We're introduced to some new characters, as well, including Laddie Kennedy, a down-on-his-luck Gulf War (first one) veteran who has the ability to talk to the dead. We actually get a good deal of his backstory in this book and he has a lot more depth than side characters normally do. We also learn a lot more about Boyd's background, which is directly related to the events of this story. So at least for the main characters, there's a lot of depth.
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By Amazon Customer on February 17, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I really liked this book . A sequel to another one before. If you like paranormal and romance this is a good read. Would recommend it to anyone.
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Format: Hardcover
Deep Down by Deborah Coates, the sequel to Wide Open opens on its protagonist busy with chores, baling hay for cattle and bison. It's an idyllic image, and one that is soon shattered, as a shadow quite literally falls over her. For Hallie Michaels, this is not only frightening, but also a source of pain, as she gets a blinding headache when the ghost, aka the shadow, passes over her. And so the quiet of her life is broken, and things don't improve from there.

There are some elements that are clearly related, black dogs, which are bad news personified, as they represent death, and reapers. Most importantly, in this story, a reaper isn't some shadowy figure that doesn't get his hands dirty. All of these things are related to the magic introduced in the first book, and that's because dying and coming back changed Hallie, now she sees things that other people can't, or don't want to admit are there.

But the black dogs hanging around her friend Pabby's ranch aren't just mutts, they're harbingers of death, and Pabby wants her to make them go away. It turns out that Pabby's mother had the Sight, and that she buried an iron hex around her property, so the dogs can't cross. But they won't leave.

They're not mean, and talk to Hallie, even riding around in her truck with her, but they won't leave, and Hallie isn't willing to let them take anybody she knows.

She doesn't want to be trapped in the small town, and is driving home thinking over a job offer when she is confronted by an accident that has already happened. It's a message to Boyd, the guy she's been sort of dating, but it's also intended for her.

It turns out it's not the dogs that are the only problem.
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