The plot for this book really is split into two sections straight down the middle, but they are at least somewhat interrelated. The action is fairly tame, but does involve some grisly concepts, though they are not horribly explicit. Most of the character portayals are believable, if not perfect. The book is heavily focused on Captain Bridger, and the author seems to have a preoccupation with middle names, which got a bit old. I did enjoy reading it, and will probably read it again sometime. It's definately a book for 'seaQuest DSV' fans, and would probably not greatly interest the average sci-fi fan, as the characters are not as developed as they should be for a stand-alone novel. Some knowledge of the show is rather necessary to fully appreciate this book. I admit to enjoying this book, but my one major frustration was that the name of one of the crew is completely wrong: Lt. jg. Tim O'Neill is called Lt. Bachmann for NO concievable reason. It's clearly the same character, though; his mannerisms and speech patterns are very recognizable. It drove me crazy enough that I finally went through the book with White-out and a pen and fixed it. Other than that, it was a decent way to spend four hours.