- File Size: 822 KB
- Print Length: 288 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; Original edition (May 5, 2009)
- Publication Date: May 5, 2009
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002I1XS2Q
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #855,346 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Deeper" is a first person account of Captain Joe Bierden who hires out his yacht, Isabella's Dream, to a group of college instructors and students along with a couple of noted parapsychologists who are set on exploring a series of mysterious underwater caves near Golden Cove--a town that may have a history blacker than many imagine. There is, of course, something or some things down in those caves best left alone but our explorers, with varying motivations, soon capture one of the "Deep Ones" and that sets off a tragic chain of events that doesn't reach resolution until the last page of the book.
Joe and perhaps Charlie, his friend and first mate, are the only truly deeply fleshed characters in the book--most of the rest are two-dimensional and predictable. Joe was an enigma to me as he was something less than a swashbuckling hero and more of an Everyman capable of making errors in judgement at just the wrong moment. There is nothing particularly deep (pun intended) about the storyline yet it is a thrill-paced fast read that kept me hooked most of the book. It has that movie spectator sense where we say "don't be stupid and go in there or don't do that" kind of suspense--and, of course, they do go in there and they do do that--but that's the joy of the book, it makes you stay with the characters and story to see what happens next.
I found James A. Moore to write in a style that flows so comfortably and so naturally that I seldom had to stop and reread a passage for meaning nor did I ever get the sensation that something was too awkward or too inappropriately presented to affect the flow of the plot or the characters. There is nothing profound or deeply prophetic in "Deeper" but the true fan of this sub genre should have a rollicking good time with this fast paced novel.
This story could have gone off the charts with sheer terror if it had been written differently, no first person, more blood and gore, scarier situations!!
In the beginning, I found the first-person narrative of the main character, Joe Bierden, very easy to read, and it was an effective way to bring him to life as the likable captain of a charter boat business. Captain Joe was approached by a college professor and a couple of parapsychologists and asked to hire his boat out for a month to explore underwater caves around Golden Cove and Devil's Reef, areas with a history of sunken ships, devil worship, and massacres. Although reluctant to dock in the area, Captain Joe was seduced by the money in the visitor-slack, off season of New England tourism.
When one of the professor's student divers comes to the surface with a bloody leg and says something grabbed his leg and pulled him down, one gets the idea that there's a creature in the works (not to mention the cover of the book). For the next few chapters, ghost sightings, stories of past diving experiences, thrumming sounds, heavy fogs, and the glimpse of a man-like creature with claws and flipper feet set up enough foreboding for me to avoid reading the book at night. However, when the creature finally emerged to full view as a cross between duck-billed platypus, walrus, and human, the book's suspense flopped. For the rest of the book, the creatures were described as fish men, and that was about the level of believability that was left in the book. There was even a ghost ship battle, a la Pirates of the Caribbean.
I paid $6.39 for this on Kindle. At least I don't have to recycle it. It might have been good for a beach read. Maybe I could have imagined Jaws while reading it.