The Deep

The Deep

Paperback - 2015
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From the national bestselling author of The Troop-- which Stephen King raved "scared the hell out of me and I couldn't put it down....old-school horror at its best"--an utterly terrifying novel that pits the mysteries of The Abyss against the horrors of The Shining .

A strange plague called the 'Gets is decimating humanity on a global scale. It causes people to forget--small things at first, like where they left their keys...then the not-so-small things like how to drive, or the letters of the alphabet. Then their bodies forget how to function involuntarily...and there is no cure. But now, far below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, deep in the Mariana Trench, an heretofore unknown substance hailed as "ambrosia"'--a universal healer, from initial reports--has been discovered. It may just be the key to eradicating the 'Gets. In order to study this phenomenon, a special research lab, the Trieste , has been built eight miles under the sea's surface. But when the station goes incommunicado, a brave few descend through the lightless fathoms in hopes of unraveling the mysteries lurking at those crushing depths...and perhaps to encounter an evil blacker than anything one could possibly imagine.

"Fans of unflinching bleakness and all-out horror will love this novel....Each new shock is freshly disturbing" ( Publishers Weekly , starred review).
Publisher: New York : Pocket, 2015
ISBN: 9781476717746


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A strange plague called the "'Gets" is decimating humanity on a global scale. It causes people to forget--small things at first, like where they left their keys...then the not-so-small things like how to drive or the letters of the alphabet.

Below the surface of the Pacific Ocean lies a cure to the sudden plague dubbed the "the Gets", which is quickly wiping out humanity. But to go eight miles under the sea surface--not knowing what could be down there--could be more dangerous than anything else.

When the "'Gets" plague sweeps across the globe, a secret underwater lab comes up with a solution...only to go dark days after announcing their findings. Now it's up to a choice few to swim to the deep and find out what's happened..

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Sep 08, 2017

Really enjoyed the first two thirds of the book before it fell off for me at the end. Still a decent read that should be enjoyable for horror fans.

Cynthia_N Jun 06, 2016

Good book by the author of The Troop! Very disturbing book from the bottom of the dark depths of the sea!

Apr 05, 2016

I read it because a blurb on it from Stephen King said it was old school horror at its best. It is too much written for the screen I think, but I was eager to read it all, so it did keep my attention. Creep deep sea voyage to try to save a brother he never really loved, the narrator has to work really hard to not succumb.

Oct 30, 2015

Must say that being a fan of horror, I enjoyed this book immensely. Well crafted, chilling, and unsettling.

Jun 05, 2015

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review I'm not a big fan of horror, mainly because most are terribly written. Stephen King bores me to tears and I feel like most plots are overcooked versions of the same thing. THIS book, however, caught my attention immediately. The blurb was interesting, and I found myself willing to give it a shot.
I enjoyed the first two-thirds of this book immensely. The author has described emotions very well, and I could feel what the characters were feeling. Character development is also not bad and the plot is top notch. It is definitely NOT predicable, and can get a tad bit disturbing at times - something I loved since I rarely feel that way anymore. As everything turned to chaos, I felt like I was descending into madness as well. It was a delicious feeling.
The last few chapters of the book, however, were a bit overcooked and, at one point, cliche. I felt like the author had too many ideas and wasn't sure of what to do with them, so he just threw them all in instead of cutting out what was unnecessary. Perhaps if spaced better, it would work incredibly well but the way it is, is too much. I would get exhausted after reading a chapter and have to wait a little bit before I could start reading again.
All in all though, I feel like it's definitely worth the overall experience. Most of this novel is excellent. If something starts off as great, it's hard to keep the rest of it just as good but Cutter has managed to do so for the most part and that is definitely worth praise.

Feb 12, 2015

I really enjoyed this book. It was full of twists and turns and it was easily to feel the madness that had settled with every page. This book was unsettling and horrifying in a way that might give even Stephen King a run for his money. It really reminded me of The Shining due to the way everybody starts falling under this deep, dark madness. Great read!

KateHillier Feb 06, 2015

That was incredibly unsettling. It's a really slow burn, think old school horror, and aside from being The Shining meets The Abyss there's a lot of The Thing here too. Honestly I found parts of the book slow and confusing but that's part of the whole thing. I really want to give this another read if only to try and draw firm lines between what was flashbacks, what was real, and what was hallucination. Try being the operative word here.

It's creepy, disturbing, and can get quite graphic so this book is definitely not for the squeemish but if your stomach (or your mind) can handle it I highly recommend it. Just stick with it to the end, no matter how little sense it's making.

garyalex Jan 27, 2015

I wasn't able to finish this one. While it has moments of interest and tension, the overall impression I got was that it was just overcooked. This book reminded me of a comment Miles Davis made about some musicians having a tendency to play too many notes, and not paying sufficient attention to the silence between the notes. The horror is ladled on much too thickly and clumsily here, to the point where much of it seemed gratuitous. It just became tedious. Nice try, though.


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