Undersea Paperback – 2 Nov 2011
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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'?Read more ›
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I enjoyed Undersea with it's strong characters and easier reading style.
It did not dwell too deeply on technical details and kept the pace of the story all the way... Read more
Not for me - slow to start and eventually I gave up on it. Probably meant for teens so I shall pass it on to some. :)Published on 24 Sept. 2012 by Susan