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Underneath [Kindle Edition]

Oli Jacobs
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Terry King is a man damaged by his personal demons. With an ex-wife and son who don't want to see him and a career lost to drink, he's at rock bottom when an offer to be security at Station 17 arises.

Based near the recently discovered Shackleton Trench, Terry arrives to find things are not what they seem, the rig being a front for a vast underwater research facility led by Walker. However down beneath the depths, Terry soon finds his demons becoming real as the Station's discovery infects the crew and Terry finds he has to fight not only his issues, but the creatures from the depths, to survive.

Underneath: A Filmic Novella is a story 8 years in development from Oli Jacobs. Inspired by classic stories The Thing and The Shining, it brings a brand of horror that will both chill and sicken you.

Remember, you never know what lurks Underneath...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 611 KB
  • Print Length: 107 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008STJ8AS
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #87,698 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Oli Jacobs is a man. A man with a beard. He isn't that interesting, but his books are.

They consist of:

Kirk Sandblaster - a series of sci-fi comedy novellas about a puckish Space Adventurer, and his alien sidekick. Read as they find treasure, fight pirates, and generally try to stay out of trouble.

Filmic Cuts - collections of short stories that range from the chilling Detention Room, the touching My Son, The Hero and horror poem series Sense. With a range of influences from Lovecraft to Dahl, each volume contains a multitude of genres, from Western to Comedy.

Station 17 - a pulp horror collection that aims to get under your skin and in your head. Discover what lurks Underneath, before seeing what causes the Stains inside your mind. Inspired by classics such as The Shining and Who Goes There?

Bad Sandwich - there are no words to describe Bad Sandwich. You have to read it to believe it. Good luck.

As always, Oli hopes you enjoy his books. And if not, he apologises most profusely.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly entertaining 9 Aug 2013
By robert
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What lies Underneath? I will start this review with a warning: DO NOT READ THE AUTHORS END PIECE which features after the main story, for reasons I will cover later.
Oli Jacobs has, in Underneath, presented readers with a story that is not original, owing a lot to John Carpenter's classic film, The Thing. This might be the first thought that jumps out to mind when thinking of penning a review of this novelette. One might think that the author has created in Underneath a homage to The Thing, but that is not so. The author has crafted a story that does - as it progresses - come into a world of its own, drawing in the reader, right up to the end. This reviewer found parts of the story tensely claustrophobic, and claustrophobically tense. What it lacked in originality, it made up for in Originality. The characters were belieivable, and this reviewer felt a connection with the main protagonist of the story; Oli Jacobs has penned something that actually made this reviewer care about what happened to the characters - no, People - in this story.
A worthwhile read.
Now, with reference to the opening comment concerning the author's endpiece, this reviewer would advise that it is left unread; in it, the author tries to explain the story to the reader. If I had not read the end piece, the rating would be a full five stars instead of the still-respectable four. It just isn't necessary.
In conclusion, then, Underneath is a good, enthralling read that shouldn't be slated because of a few grammatical errors here and there. The important thing is that the story has substance, and it literally draws you in to the whole mystery. The mystery of what lies Underneath...
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4.0 out of 5 stars More Going On Underneath 6 Sep 2012
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Putting it very simply, if you like The Thing then buy this book. However, I don't want to suggest this is just a slasher/monster movie in print. Jacobs adds another level to the book that brings it far beyond that, and leaves you guessing all the way through what is going on. I'd recommend it to any fan of psychological horror, whilst at the same time there is enough to satisfy the monster fan as well. The note at the end makes its debts clear, and anyone who has enjoyed the "Constant Reader" note in a Stephen King book will enjoy this too.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Decent story ruined by errors 6 Sep 2012
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I enjoyed Oli Jacobs's first collection of short stories, so was keen to read Underneath, as an extended piece of prose.

Unfortunately a decent claustrophobic horror story is let down by constant errors. I can always forgive the odd typo, but after a fairly solid opening chapter, there is on average at least one punctuation or grammatical error on every page. Many are misplaced apostrophes, but then there are missing prepositions and other lesser sins. Individually, each is negligble, but the cumulative effect of relentless errors jerked me right out of the narrative.

There's also the ending, which I gave the benefit of the doubt as it was ambiguous - but then the author's note removes any shred of ambiguity. Which is... regrettable.

I'm disappointed as I really really wanted to like this book, and there's a decent story that would take just one more editing pass to really sharpen. I've tweeted and Goodreaded with Jacobs and he's both a dedicated and talented writer. But the simple fact is that this book wasn't ready to meet the world, and it's unworthy of him in its current form.
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