The Deep

The Deep

Book - 2015
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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. 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 Marianas Trench, an heretofore unknown substance hailed as "ambrosia" has been discovered--a universal healer, from initial reports. It may just be the key to a universal cure. In order to study this phenomenon, a special research lab, the Trieste, has been built eight miles under the sea's surface. But now the station is incommunicado, and it's up to a brave few to descend through the lightless fathoms in hopes of unraveling the mysteries lurking at those crushing depths..."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2015
Edition: First Gallery Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476717739
Characteristics: 394 pages ; 24 cm


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Emily O.: "If Stephen King had a conversation with Michael Crichton you would get Nick Cutter’s 'The Deep.' Full of King-like nightmares and a Crichton-like setting, eight miles below the surface of the ocean, this is one thrilling story full of horror and spooks. An intense read for any sc... Read More »

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Jan 14, 2020

Mildly likable main character (Luke) gets stuck in undersea complex with strange people. Luke mentions several times how he wants to get out then Just before it happens, suddenly changes his mind. Several things like that happen in the book. I had to re read a few paragraphs because things were not clearly explained at times. I just shrugged my shoulders and went on. The main situation at the beginning of the book (the gets) literally gets shelved at a certain point. Apparently a world wide Zombie-ish plague wasn't a big enough push for the book.

Absolute Twilight Zone bottom third.

Second Nick Cutter book I've read. I'm tapping out at this point.

Jul 14, 2019

The human race is on the verge of extinction (I hate when that happens) because of an incurable disease commonly known as the 'Gets: victims first forget where they put the car keys, then their spouse's name, then who they are, then how to breathe. However, a group of scientists led by (of course) the enormously gifted yet mad Clayton something-or-other discover a hitherto unknown substance they name "ambrosia" that could be the cure. The bummer is it can only be collected in the deepest chasm in the deepest part of the deepest ocean in the world. So, Clayton and team go live in a deep sea station to experiment with the ambrosia and they become incommunicado. In the last transmission from Clayton, he requests that his long-estranged brother Luke be brought to him. So, down Luke goes and very quickly things go very bad in very many ways. This book scared the crap out of me. Evil abounds and there's clowns and creepy crawlies and mind control and nightmares and even terrifying guinea pigs. Glad I read it, glad it's over.

Jul 03, 2018

I read his other book - The Troop - so I thought I would check this one out too. In this one, I found that it was a good read and I found that it was difficult to guess what happened next. I like it when I can't figure out what each character does at the end of the book.

Nov 08, 2017

This book was definitely incredibly strange. The main character Luke is going to rescue his brother who sent him a message from a station at the bottom of the Marianas Trench. He os researching a substance called ambrosia which is thought to cure a world wide disease called the Gets which make people forget things until they die. The book was very gory but not terribly scary for me. The ending was quite strange and if possible stranger than the rest of the book. It didn't really offer too much closure to the story line so perhaps the author is going to write another book. In comparison to The Troop it was definitely weirder in all aspects and more gory than The Troop but I felt that The Troop was almost scarier. Perhaps because it was more relate able to me or the disease in The Troop seemed more tangible.

Nov 01, 2017

This book starts off well. Appears well written if you ignore the fact that the first two chapters contain sentences ranging in length from 5-7 words. Very descriptive and attention to details that many current authors miss. For example, much of the book is about the dark, what's out there, the unknown... the main character is named Luke which means "light" or "bringer of light" or something similar.

Have to deduct points for the vividly described animal abuse and research on animals. One scene in particular is quite nasty about an animal we all consider a pet.

And then, there is the final third of the book. Not sure if the author got bored with telling the story, had too many ideas for an ending, or just what; but it just fizzles out... without even a whimper.

Save yourself some time & read Stephen Crane's "The Open Boat" short story. Sane theme that we are helpless against the sea.

As for the disease "the 'Gets" uh, must be nice to have the models of dementia and Alzheimers for a basis.

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.

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Nov 08, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: frightening scenarios and descriptions, gore

Nov 08, 2017

Sexual Content: incest and rape of a minor

Nov 08, 2017

Violence: Gory and violence towards animals


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Nov 08, 2017

First and foremost treat this book as if it was a rated R movie in my opinion.

The main character Luke begins the novel on his way to Africa to go to an under sea station after his brother appears to send some sort of strange distress signal from this very station. On his journey it is revealed that humanity is suffering from a world wide disease called 'The Gets' which causes people to forget enough until they die (forgetting to breath, eat, etc). Luke's brother is at the bottom of the Marianas Trench trying to research a recently discovered substance called Ambrosia which appears to be able to cure anything. Upon arriving at the top side station Luke observes this ambrosia and meats his partner Alice or Al who will navigate the submarine to take them down to the station. A few chapters contain flash backs about Luke's terrible childhood and the kidnapping of his son. There are also a few chapters which detail the journey down to the station. Once they get to the station everything falls to shit. It is also very difficult to explain. The long and short of it seems that there is some kind of ancient entity which was imprisoned in the trench for being evil?? They appear as monsters/boogey men with weird claw hands. They have been trying to manipulate their way to the surface since time immemorial?? The ambrosia is a substance they can control which exerts their potential presence on the world. They have finally attracted humans to the trench with this substance and then seem to mess with them. Each member in the station go insane and die in various gory circumstances. Luke eventually is corrupted as well and the monsters appear to use his body to gain access to the top side world. It is revealed that the creatures value intelligence and because of his brother he has been watched his whole life, and they also took his son as bait.


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