The Deep

The Deep

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by Peter Benchley

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A young couple go to Bermuda on their honeymoon. The dive on the reefs offshore, looking for the wreck of a sunken ship. What they find lures them into a strange and increasingly terrifying encounter with past and present, a struggle for salvage and survival along the floor of the sea, in the deep.


A young couple go to Bermuda on their honeymoon. The dive on the reefs offshore, looking for the wreck of a sunken ship. What they find lures them into a strange and increasingly terrifying encounter with past and present, a struggle for salvage and survival along the floor of the sea, in the deep.

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Peter Benchley was the bestselling author of Jaws, The Deep, and Beast, among others. He wrote screenplays for the movie versions of three of his novels and wrote, narrated, and appeared in dozens of television documentaries.
Mark Feuerstein has been on television in shows like Royal Pains, Good Morning, Miami, The West Wing, and 3 Lbs. He has been seen in such films as What Women Want, The Muse, Practical Magic, In Her Shoes, and most recently Defiance, starring Daniel Craig.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
May 8, 1940
Date of Death:
February 12, 2006
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Place of Death:
Princeton, New Jersey
Phillips Exeter Academy; B.A. in English, Harvard University, 1961

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Guest More than 1 year ago
The book The Deep is an action packed mystery thriller. The same author that wrote Jaws brings this book to life. Set in Bermuda, the book tells about how two honeymooners unravel the biggest myth/rumor around the area. This story has several composite treatises. It is about David and Gail Sanders, a honeymooning couple who like to dive. On one of their dives, they uncover something that would change their lives forever. The conflict of man vs. nature is here. On some days the couple cannot dive because of the weather. When they want to find out more about what they found, they find a local man named Treece. In a quest to destroy what they have found, man vs. man occurs. Other people try to get at the mysterious prize. This all takes place through David¿s eyes in the summer on Bermuda. Although the story line is very excellent, Peter Benchley creates his characters like a lot of other authors. They are basically the same type of characters as the classic good vs. bad novel. Treece, Gail, and David are all trying to get rid of something that could possibly be harmful, while Cloche, the antagonist, tries to obtain the item(s). Every character is completely static, all staying the exact same throughout the entire story. The conflicts are somewhat reasonable. A lot of people are killed in the book without feeling. But even so, the book was good. The story sometimes gets your adrenaline pumping. The adventurous theme is definitely there. The Deep is an adventurous book. There is a little romance and maybe one line of comedy in the whole story. If you are seeking an OK book that takes your imagination off, then I would suggest reading The Deep. If you are looking for anything else, then I would not suggest reading this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hey guys this is nick and i just wanted to give this book a quick review, it was quite excellent Peter being my favorite author and this was definetely my fav of his. It is great about a young couple trying to have a honeymoon when they run into problems after they find unusual ampules at the bottom of the ocean. They instantly hit trouble with the locals on their backs trying to get the valuable things read this at all means.
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kamas716 More than 1 year ago
I came by this book by way of the movie (Nick Nolte, Robert Shaw, Jacqueline Bisset and Louis Gossett jr) when I was a kid. Where Indiana Jones got me interested in archaeology, this book/movie got me interested in underwater archaeology. It's a good thriller, well paced and fun to read. But, it's not terrifying like Jaws was. It's about a honeymooning couple who find a sunken treasure ship lying beneath another WWII supply ship full of morphine ampules. They team up with a treasure hunter in a race against a local drug lord.
LillyParksONBooks More than 1 year ago
A all-around decent story I thought this book was better than Benchley's The Island, but a close second to his book, Jaws. The story was interesting and it had many twist and turns. Sorry, no sharks in this story, but. It had alot of action, and romance. It was an all around decent book. The couple in this book is an odd couple. The man is alot older, divorced, but she still likes him. They met scuba diving in a exotic locations. There are dangerous cults, buried treasure, and of course the deep ocean with its spooky inhabitants. I would gladly recommend this book to my friends
OdysseusUlysses More than 1 year ago
David and Gail Sanders go to Bermuda on their honeymoon. While scuba-diving near shipwrecks in the reefs offshore of Bermuda they recover a number of artifacts, including an ampoule of amber colored liquid and lump of silver sulfide. The bell captain Briscoe advices them to seek the advice of lighthouse keeper and treasure hunter Romer Treece on St. David's for information on their treasure. Treece concludes that a recent storm has exposed the Goliath, a supply ship that sank in 1943 during World War II. The ampoule contains medicinal morphine from the Goliath whose cargo of morphine is rumored to be worth $10,000,000. The lump of silver sulfide has been corroded by the sea beyond worth but Treece does determine that it is a 'skeleton' of pieces of eight. Treece takes an interest in the young couple and asks them to go back and see what else they can discover and place some infrared markers so he can return at night. Seems the St. David's chief Treece is a local treasure hunting legend and every time he goes out diving in the day it makes the local papers news. They find another ampoule, marking the spot; and a piece of gold with the letters 'EF' engraved on it. When leaving St. David's Lighthouse on the road home the Sanders are kidnapped by the henchmen of Henri Cloche, a local drug kingpin and politico. Cloche has them strip searched and when they do not find the ampoule Cloche assumes, correctly, that they left the morphine with Treece. Cloche makes the Sanders' a deal they cannot refuse and must recover all the ampoules for him. When they get back to the room Gail attempts to call the police and David stops her. The next day Treece confirms David's fears of contacting the Police. The three pay a visit to Adam Coffin, the only survivor from Goliath to determine how many ampoules there were, 48,000 mostly morphine. Due to a nose bleed from too much diving Gail locks herself in the hotel while Treece and David go on a night dive leaving Treeces' dog Charlotte to guard the boat. On this dive they uncover something that changes their lives forever. When they get back to the boat they discover that Charlotte has been shot by a dart, non-fatally, thankfully. Treece doctors his dog and the two discover what they have uncovered the morphine hold mixed in with the munitions of the Goliath and a gold coin with 'EI. G. 1700 NR' and a pieces of eight crest. Treece believes the ship must have sunk between 1710 and 1720 and therefore a storm must have unearthed the hold of the Goliath and a much older wreck containing Spanish treasure. They also found a medallion bearing the image of a woman and the letters "S.C.O.P.N." David gets back to the room and realizes that his new wife has been terrorized, in his absence. Gail convinces David not to worry about it and they continue the search. Cloche continues to terrorize the four, enlisting Coffin to the recovery. When a shark comes too close to Gail David stabs it with a knife and is reprimanded by Teerce for starting a shark feeding orgy. They must end their search for the day and hide the ampoules in an underwater cave guarded by Percy a gigantic moray eel that Treece feeds salted fish to occupy the eel when access to the cave is desired. Treece further corrects David about it is not wise to do things just to see if you can it is wiser to do things because you know it is right to do it. The funny thing about learning is the more you learn you find the less you really know. Much more ...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book all the way through and couldn't put it down. But the ending was very disappointing!! I was like 'is that it?' With an ending like that I kinds felt like I wasted my time reading it.