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Undersea Paperback – November 2, 2011
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While the advanced yet decaying technology is fascinating (and surprisingly plausible), and the descriptions of the various craft and structures make you feel as if you are there (or at least, that the author was), it's the human interactions that give the story its substance. The characters are, for the most part, complex: likeable (at times detestable), heroic (at times cowardly) but most of all imperfect, just like you and me. Each major character is motivated by his or her own agendas, some hidden, some not; some grandiose, some petty. And over the course of several months, a story unfolds that is both petrifying and uplifting. The intense action interspersed with interpersonal interaction and scientific discourse will keep you on the edge of your seat in suspense and may rob you of a few hours of much-needed sleep (as it did me).
If you're a fan of science fiction and are looking for a new voice in the genre, Mr. Morrison's "Undersea" is definitely worth a read.
Unlike a lot of sci-fi authors, Morrison really took the time to think this story through in every last detail. There are no plot holes, no important matters left unexplained, no ridiculous pseudo-physics, no deus ex machina.
Best of all, there's loads of action and intrigue with barely a slow page, much less a slow chapter. LOTS of stuff blows up.
I read most of it in three sittings.
I found the premise to be incredibly creative, too. I've read or seen plenty of sci-fi, where the future is either in a desert, or on another planet, or even ON the water, but never one under water, floating around in submarines. Morrison makes everything seem new and interesting, while at the same time his descriptions leave you feeling appropriately cramped and moldy. You would think that it would be hard to imagine a world that was so foreign, and yet his descriptions are incredibly vivid and detailed.
I can't recommend this book enough. If you're a fan of Harlequin Romances, well, you probably won't get enough of that here, but if you enjoy either sci-fi or action (and especially both) then I would definitely say to read UnderseaUndersea.
As far as the eBook or editing aspect goes, I did notice a few typos but nothing I haven't seen before (or worse) even by well known authors like Stephen King. I read the first couple of books in the "Gunslinger" series and had half a page of notes which I sent to the author. He was kind enough to reply with a post card saying that others had pointed out these same things to him already and thanked me for my time. I kept the post card. If this is an indie book, then I think they did a decent job in the editing. Overall, "Undersea" was a pretty fast and fun read with lots of action.
A diamond in the rough who becomes a hero.
An upperclass girl who despite her pampered life can handle herself.
A derranged dictator who has his own twisted agenda with no real backstory.
Passes the time but really just chewing gum for the eyes.