100 Fathoms Below

100 Fathoms Below

by Steven L. Kent, Nicholas Kaufmann


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100 fathoms below …

The depth at which sunlight no longer penetrates the ocean.

1983. The US nuclear submarine USS Roanoke embarks on a classified spy mission into Soviet waters. Their goal: to find evidence of a new, faster, and deadlier Soviet submarine that could tip the balance of the Cold War. But the Roanoke crew isn’t alone. Something is on board with them. Something cunning and malevolent.

Trapped in enemy territory and hunted by Soviet submarines, tensions escalate and crew members turn on each other. When the lights go out and horror fills the corridors, it will take everything the crew has to survive the menace coming from outside and inside the submarine.

In the dark.

Combining Tom Clancy’s eye for international intrigue with Stephen King’s sense of the macabre, 100 Fathoms Below takes readers into depths from which there is no escape.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781982546519
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Publication date: 10/08/2019
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Steven L. Kent, author and video game historian, has written for Wired, Boy’s Life, Rolling Stone, MSNBC, and numerous other publications. He is the author of the bestselling Rogue Clone series and The Ultimate History of Video Games.

Nicholas Kaufmann is the Bram Stoker Award–nominated, Thriller Award–nominated, and Shirley Jackson Award–nominated author of Walk in Shadows: Collected Stories, General Slocum’s Gold, Hunt at World’s End, Chasing the Dragon, Still Life: Nine Stories, Dying Is My Business, Die and Stay Dead, and In the Shadow of the Axe. He has worked in publishing, owned his own bookstore, managed a video store, and was a development associate for a well-known literary and film agent. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and two ridiculous cats.

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100 Fathoms Below 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
274 pages long. Really great story. Without giving anything away, there is something down into t he sub with t he sailors that is killing them one by one. The novel draws you into the story from page one. While it explains sub life, it doesn't get technical and helps you get how it feels being inside sub on a secret mission. Highly recommend.
insanepoet65 More than 1 year ago
TITLE: 100 Fathoms Below AUTHOR: Steven L. Kent and Nicholas Kaufman GENRE: Horror Pages 274 When I was a kid, I was totally engrossed with Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The whole idea od submarines got into my blood. THEN Tom Clancy hit the scene with The Hunt for Red October, and let me tell you, my love for a good submarine story was cemented. Why mention these two great submarine tales? Well, Steven L. Kent and Nicholas Kaufman has brought us a submarine tale that needs some recognition. 100 Fathoms Below takes us back to the year 1983. The Cold War was in full swing, and we were constantly on the lookout for an edge over the Soviets. That is where the USS Roanoake comes in. The crew is tasked with going into Soviet water to discover if the Soviet navy has developed a new submarine. As the sub goes underway, something else boards that is evil, hates lights and mirrors, and is taking the crew out one by one. If Stephen King and Tom Clancy had an affair, this book would be their love child. It is fast paced, and the kind of book that dims the lights around you as you read it. It is perfect for fans of military thrillers as well as horror. It can easily be read over a lazy weekend or a rainy night. 5 out of 5 bookmarks.
ElleyKat More than 1 year ago
I got a little hung up on all the nautical terminology in the beginning of this book, and it almost made me stop reading it a few times, but it was compellingly written enough that I kept reading. I also expected it to be about some sort of deep sea beasty, and instead was more of a vampires on a submarine type story. (Which makes sense, because if vampires hate the sun it makes sense they'd like it deep under the ocean where there is no sun, right?) There were a lot of really great, intriguing things about this book. I found myself caring about several of the characters, especially some of the ones who end up surviving (which makes sense, I suppose?) Several times I thought I knew for sure what was coming next, but then was completely (in a good way) surprised by what actually happened next. This book kept me constantly on my toes and it was really great... when it wasn't being bogged down with nautical terminology and by everyone having multiple names. For example, Jerry White is referred to as "Jerry" in the chapters that are told in the third person limited POV that "follow" him and his limited POV, while he is referred to as "White," unless the person gets to be friends with him at which point he might be called "White" sometimes and then sometimes "Jerry." Then if someone is an officer they might also sometimes be referred to only by their title, which also sometimes is shorted to an acronym, so some people have, like, four names they're referred by. By the end of the book I was used to it, and now I'm primed and ready to read ALL THE NAVY FICTION, haha. I am really glad I stuck with this through the first few chapters of describing all the nautical terms, parts of the sub, explanations about life with 140 men on a submarine and what that means for them, etc. It was necessary world building to set the stage for the story, but it was a bit of a dry slog to get through for the first three chapters or so before the story really picked up steam. But once it got going, MAN, this book was hard to put down.
TheNocturnalBookworm More than 1 year ago
This pulled me in from the beginning and kept me guessing throughout. It was a face paced and bloody story that did an excellent job of setting the claustrophobic scene. This book takes place on a submarine and Kent and Kaufmann did an excellent job of setting the stage and emphasizing the feeling of being trapped. Though the reader can pretty much figure out its vampires early on (so much so I wouldn't even consider it a spoiler), the reveal to the characters is slow and makes sense. I appreciate that the crew of the Roanoke seemed to not just blindly accept it and it took time to really come to that conclusion. It felt like there was an appropriate level of denial and it felt realistic, which I like in a supernatural creature story. The tension in the book was kept up from the very moment of chapter 1. The only thing that didn't make this a 5 star read for me was that a couple of the "surviving" moments of some characters felt a little too lucky. However, I will say that this book doesn't hold back on killing characters you fully expect (and hope) will make it to the end. Even with those moments, I was still left scared that some characters I had grown attached to wouldn't make it. As well the characters that I didn't care for that ended up dying I felt like there was justice in their deaths and I found them very satisfying when they happened. This book was provided to me for free via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Magerber More than 1 year ago
My stepfather was a master chief in the Navy and served on a submarine. He often talked about how tight the quarters were, but I never really "got it" until reading this novel. It is a well-written, atmospheric and suspenseful book about a Navy submarine on a secret mission to Soviet waters during the mid-1980s--right at the height of the Cold War. Unfortunately, one of the crewmen becomes infected by a virus of some sort that turns him into a vampire, and the affliction spreads throughout the entire crew. As I said, this was really well written, descriptive, and difficult to put down. The only reason I didn't give it a higher rating is that it feels to me like vampires are played out. The setting was unique, but I feel like it would have worked better for me if I had read it five or six years ago. That said, most of the other reviewers that I have read have raved about it--and I feel rightly so. So, if you are a fan of horror stories, the X-Files or The Hunt for Red October, I definitely recommend that you check this one out. I received an advanced reading copy from the publishers via NetGalley. Thanks!
Matriaya More than 1 year ago
This book delivers on exactly what it promises: vampires on a submarine. Initially it was a hurdle getting into the Navy jargon and submarine explanations, and memorizing the names because there were quite a few of them, but once the vampire goodness descended, it became a fun, if bloody and horrifying, ride to the end.
Sunshine1006 More than 1 year ago
If you're Navy, on a submarine, don't go to a bordello. You never know what you may bring back to the boat. Spoilers below----- Warren Stubic is not intending to go to shore to get drunk or fight. He wants a woman. He met a girl in the alley who have him an address so he decides to visit her. Once there he is led into a room for pleasure, but gets more than he bargained for.. Imagine being a 100 fathoms below water with sailors being turned into vampires.. This is horror at it's best. In a bad situation and can't get out.. The sailors are brave and do what they need to do. Will the vampires take over the ship and kill everyone? It's a great book. I loved the premise. I received this book from Net Galley for an honest review and no compensation otherwise
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some excellent story telling by this pair of writers. The attention to detail regarding submarine travel added much to the horror element of the story. Kudos also for the character development by this pair of writers. A great read for a dark night.