9780061894770_p0_v1_s260x420Reviewed by Caleb Shadis

Abyss Deep is hard core sci-fi! Ian even uses new science to explain something faster than light travel. I do have to say that while I enjoy reading about actual science and how we could ‘fix’ problems in the future, at times Douglas could get a little long winded. He obviously has a huge interest in the health sciences for both physical and mental wellbeing. There were times I wished he’d shut up and just get on with the story already! But overall I found the book to be very well written, engaging and hard to put down.

Elliot Carlyle “E-Car” is a Navy Corpsman assigned to a Marine company and he does his best to keep them all healthy and in fighting shape. It’s a tough job because his company gets assigned a lot of dangerous missions and most of them wouldn’t have it any other way.

Earth has found that it is cheapest to bring asteroids into earth orbit before mining them down. There are also many crazies who fear technology and do what they can to sabotage what they can. A group of terrorists were able to board and gain control of one of the orbiting asteroids and threatened to crash it into Earth if their demands weren’t met; one of the demands was to stop space mining. E-Car and troop were sent to neutralize the situation. They were successful but with one embarrassing political hiccup.

The hiccup almost caused the next world war, so E-Car was rewarded by being volunteered to go to Abyss Deep to help find out what happened to a science research colony that went quiet. The only known life on the planet were immense sea monsters. When they arrived they found an alien ship of an unfriendly sort that ran off when it spotted them. They also found a landing party that had been abandoned, most of the base was missing and no sign of the scientists. E-Car seems to be the only one with any answers.

I really enjoyed this book and I already have the first book, Bloodstar, on my wishlist. E-Car is just impulsive enough to get himself into enough trouble to keep himself from falling down the ‘Mary Sue’ character chute. Looking back on the book I wonder how he seemed to be the only one to put all the pieces together. I’ll have to see if he’s that blessed in the first book.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Caleb is a software engineer and amateur woodworker living in southern Minnesota. He has more hobbies than he has time or money for, and enjoys his quiet time reading.

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