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The Devil's Deep [Kindle Edition]

Michael Wallace
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (216 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Chad Lett is a mute witness to an attempted murder. He suffers from total paralysis, locked within a prison of his own mind. After years of silence, he establishes contact with a young nurse's aid through a single blinking eye, but then she is abducted and a staff member begins to administer dropperfuls of cleaning solution into his communicating eye.

A heart-pounding thriller that will stay with the reader long after the last page is turned, the Devil's Deep travels from the hell of a long-term care facility to the rain forest of Costa Rica. And a crime committed under tropical waters, the dive known as El Bajo del Diablo—the Devil’s Deep.

Books in the Devil's Deep Series:

Book #1 - The Devil's Deep
Book #2 - The Devil's Peak
Book #3 - The Devil's Cauldron

Editorial Reviews


Praise for Michael Wallace

"...Wallace's writing is brilliant and engrossing." - Crimespree Magazine

"A dashing tale of suspense, religion, and intrigue." - SFFWorld, SciFi, Fantasy and Horror

"... Wallace takes a page from Stephen King, using descriptions of violence strong enough to upset in a way violence should, but leaving enough unsaid to allow imagination to fill in the gaps (or not)." -Laura Compton, AML

"Deeply engrossing! Michael Wallace delivers the thinking man's thriller...." Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of Live to Tell

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Praise for Michael Wallace's Other Books:

The Righteous
"Deeply engrossing! Michael Wallace delivers the thinking man's thriller while establishing one of the freshest male leads in crime fiction--Jacob Christianson, an aspiring doctor and cult elder's favored son. Jacob's analytic nature has him questioning everything, including the nature of God and the sexist politics of polygamy. It also makes him a perfect fit to track down a killer whose grisly crimes threaten Jacob's community, family, and soon, his very life." --Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of Live to Tell

"Wallace authoritatively and unsparingly tears open the veil shrouding a Utah polygamist community and its secret oaths of blood atonement, temple sacrifice, and angels with drawn swords. Inside we find a riveting thriller that recaptures everything lost from the original American religion."
--Jeffrey Anderson, National bestselling, International Thriller Award nominated author of SLEEPER CELL.

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  • File Size: 682 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481927450
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004K1F0E6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,248 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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80 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Engrossing January 30, 2011
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This is a can't put down, must keep reading suspense novel.

A man in law school, a social worker, a home for people with no hope of being rehabilitated, a family torn apart by money and a devious doctor with hopes of regaining his past glory, give the author a great palette upon which to paint an awesome page turner.

Wes Pilson has a twin brother, Eric, who is retarded due to lack of oxygen at birth. Eric had some bruises and Wes, a law student specializing in medical law, signs on to work at the Riverwood Institution to check on the conditions there. Wes is confronted by two workers concerned over the disappearance of one of their friends and enlist Wes to help them find out what happened. Wes enlists the help of Becca, a hospital administrator/social worker. Soon they are embroiled in a life or death match that begins to uncover family secrets long buried but never forgotten and takes them to Costa Rica and back.

This is a well written book with marvelous characters - some good/some really bad - and they tell a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat with each additional page. This is one of those rare books where you want to tell the world you can't do anything until you finish it.

If you enjoy a pure adventure, I highly recommend this book.
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107 of 115 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK February 17, 2011
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From what I can see, my review will put me in a minority of one; but that's OK -- we don't all think alike.

This book gets off to a great start, hooked me from the first few pages. I thought it was a good read up to about the halfway point, when the violence starts getting more grisly, often gratuitous.

It's not what I would consider a thriller -- my idea of a thriller is a story that holds you spellbound and makes it hard to put the book down, which is not the case here -- and I was disappointed to figure out so early in the story the mystery which isn't revealed until almost the end. The story also becomes more far-fetched and unbelievable as you get deeper into it. In places it seems disjointed, not credible in terms of how the characters are connected.

If you like a book that's part mystery and part ordinary story-telling, and if the blood & guts don't bother you, you might like this one. It's just not my cup of tea.

I do, however, have another highly rated book by this author which I intend to read.
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130 of 147 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Had potential, but ultimately unsatisfying February 22, 2011
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The first third of this book worked fairly well. The premise behind the novel instantly captured my attention: a paralyzed patient (Chad Lett), locked within his own mind with no way to communicate that he is not actually a vegetable. The mystery aspect of the novel was intriguing as well. When he finally finds someone who understands that his blinking patterns register conscious thought, this woman (Rosa) vanishes under suspicious circumstances.

A law school student, Wes Pilson, decides to take a semester to work at the facility to keep an eye on his little brother, who is a patient at the facility. Wes is assigned to Chad's room, and he eventually begins investigating some of the unexplained happenings at the facility.

The set-up of the plot line was fine. It pulled me in and held my attention. However, things started to devolve once the reader starts to uncover the why, how, and who. There were a couple of scenes that just were not believable. I understand readers are expected to buy some plot contrivances for the sake of good fiction- but this was stretching the suspension of disbelief just a bit far for my taste.

The other thing that bothered me about the novel was the profanity. I know not everyone has a problem with profanity, but for those like myself that do, I usually include this in my reviews so others can know what to expect. This novel used just about every curse word, including several uses of the "f" word (once inserted in between Jesus and Christ). As a Christian, this kind of misuse of Jesus' name is very offensive to me- as is the misuse of God's name (g.d. which popped up numerous times). I expect to find some profanity in most mainstream novels, but this one had too much for me.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A page turner January 28, 2011
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This is another great book by Michael Wallace. The action moves quickly, the characters are interesting and varied, and the plot has several unexpected turns. Using the patient with locked-in syndrome creates some particularly engaging sequences, and the book builds to a thrilling conclusion.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal September 7, 2011
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This book is fantastic.

It is gripping and compelling all the way through, never losing urgency and tension. The mystery is revealed so carefully, never too much revealed at a time. I felt invested in the story right from the first page.

Despite it being a thriller, the characters are well drawn, interesting, varied, and believable. The dialog is realistic.

I'm sensitive to the pacing of stories and how much is told v.s. shown. I thought this book kept the balance of both those things perfectly. It's been a long time since I felt so engaged in a story. I was completely engrossed all the way through.

There's a reveal half way through that upped the tension so much and made me care so much that I was reading late into the night, wanting to know how it turned out!

I've never read anything by Michael Wallace before, but I will be reading more of his work in the future. I am definitely a fan now!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series. Different theme and different culture from the ...
Excellent series. Different theme and different culture from the usual.
Enjoyable and not totally predictable.
Published 13 days ago by Peyton Robert
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Lightweight thriller.
Published 3 months ago by Christine
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark and deep
A haunting tale of the destruction wreaked by greed and betrayal. Most chilling is the story told by the character suffering "locked in" syndrome. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ruffnek
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Wes and this girl named Becca work at a senior home but the doctor is a killer. Wes and his family had problems like his uncle is dead but they found out he was getting poison by... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars What a farce!
I am also amazed at the reviews this book received. Without giving the ending away, it is very difficult to believe these characters could be that stupid. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jeff
4.0 out of 5 stars I think you would enjoy this book.
This is the first of Michael Wallace books I have read. I thought it was a great read. A new take on an old theme. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lace
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, solid medical mystery.
This book was well written, well edited, and well researched.
The settings were varied and interesting. The suspense was genuine and unforced. Read more
Published 5 months ago by T.A.Finigan
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Great story line
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read!
Published 6 months ago by Millie S. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A really good story.
Published 6 months ago by Bobman
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I've trekked across the Sahara on a camel, ridden an elephant through a tiger preserve in Southeast Asia, eaten fried guinea pig, and been licked on the head by a skunk. In a previous stage of life I programmed nuclear war simulations, smuggled refugees out of a war zone, and milked cobras for their venom. I speak Spanish and French and grew up in a religious community in the desert.

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I'm enjoying the book so far (about 40% through) but I've noticed occasional formatting issues - specifically, several paragraphs at a time being indented farther than the other paragraphs (not just the first line - the whole paragraphs are farther in). It's not a big deal, just thought I'd... Read More
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