Review: From the Deep by Michael Bray

Book Description:

Something has awoken.
Roused from its slumber following an Antarctic ice quake, an immense beast has risen from the depths. Dwarfing even the mighty blue whale, the gargantuan wonder of evolution takes charge of the oceans, setting a catastrophic chain of events in motion.
Henry Rainwater is a rookie crab fisherman trying to make his own way in life. After surviving an encounter with the beast which sees his father and the rest of the crew of their family boat killed, Rainwater becomes a recluse, deathly afraid of the creature which lurks in the ocean.
The only man that believes Rainwater is Andrews, an ambitious scientist charged by the government to investigate the existence of the creature. Rainwater soon finds out that Andrews has different motivations for locating the beast.
Driven to find his redemption and clear his name, Henry must overcome his terror and set out to sea in order to track down and kill the creature, in the hope of finding it before Andrews and his unhinged superior, Russo can put their own plan into action, one which could have terrible repercussions for the entire human race…

I love things that come from the ocean and the claustrophobia the ocean brings with it, despite its immense size. Ocean life has always fascinated me and when someone makes a discovery about a new ocean species, I get all excited. Dumb, I know, but I can’t help it. When I found out one of my favorite authors brings a huge ocean monster to life, I couldn’t wait to pick up a copy of the book.

A huge, tentacled creature is awakened in the ocean, and, of course, the government wants to find it before anyone else does. Henry Rainwater, a fisherman, and his friend Mackay go after the same monster and find themselves in a whole lot of trouble with government officials and scientists who want the creature for selfish reasons.

In classic Michael Bray style, From the Deep is a thrilling story with tons of nail-biting moments. It had a very cinematic feel and although there were a couple of moments that left me scratching my head, like how the creature could move thousands of miles in only a few hours, overall, I really enjoyed From the Deep.

For those who are interested, the sequel, Return to the Deep is now available.


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