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Undersea Paperback – 2 Nov 2011

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  • Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Geoffrey Morrison (2 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098477792X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984777921
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,191,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Geoffrey Morrison is a tech writer and freelance journalist based in Los Angeles. He writes for CNET, Forbes, the Wirecutter, and several other web and print outlets. He was Editor in Chief of Home Entertainment magazine and before that, Technical Editor of Home Theater magazine.

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A very enjoyable read! The book is well paced, starting with short and snappy chapters to get you hooked and then starts building it up until slowly the author has revealed an amazingly complex world, woven together with social, political and economic issues. The details are enough to help you visualise the surroundings, but not too much that you don't actually understand what's going on (I don't know a lot about the workings of a post-apocalypse city-submarine so appreciated the language not being too tech heavy, but if you prefer the nitty-gritty that's your call!)
It's a bit different to anything I've read recently (Game of Thrones, followed by the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings) but that's probably one of the things I liked about it; it was light enough that you could 'dip in' for twenty minutes, but also captivating enough that you can sit and read it for a couple of hours.
By the end of the book I couldn't put it down, desperate to know what would happen, and I'd definitely recommend it to someone else.
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Quite a page turner. Though I bought the Kindle edition, so maybe I should say virtual page turner. The action moves along nicely and the writing is professional, unlike a lot of e-novels being published these days. I look forward to the next one.
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I finished reading Undersea nearly a week ago now and the more and more I turn it over in my head the more I can trace the book's issues come back to just one decision.

More on that later, because issues there are, but it would be grossly unfair to say that there was nothing to love in Undersea. As the blurb informs us the subject matter of Undersea concerns itself with a particular furrow of SF that doesn't get ploughed all that often. It's a watery space opera, no stars in the sky but plenty of decompression chambers beneath the waves.

This was a smart move in many ways. Undersea cannot suffer by comparison as nobody's yet produced the definitive oceanic colony novel (AFAIK). By the same token this is most certainly not the definitive oceanic colony novel, although it has many of the right ingedients. This is a slice of action thriller with some technological stuff and a moist post-apocalyptic scenario.

As such the piece is not 'idea driven' so much as 'based on an idea'. The drive has to come from the characters. The main pair, Ralla Gattley and Thom Vargas are personable enough, although I wouldn't go quite so far as to say rich, deep or well-rounded. We get to know Ralla quite well during the book, meeting both her parents and her fiance. We also get to see her wield the weapons of war and resist the efforts of their enemies to break her will.

Thom Vargas we see less of. We meet some friends of his, we learn he likes a drink, we learn that when he's not soused he can rouse himself to lead a team of sub-oceanic ninja fishermen on rescue missions.

Before we go any further I would like to make it quite plain that I enjoyed Undersea. The point of discussion here is 'is it worth £1.53 if you are intrigued by the premise'?
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