Deep Current

Deep Current

by Benjamin E. Miller

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A Marine unit, accompanied by a science team, is deployed to investigate an iceberg larger than Manhattan that poses a threat of incalcuable scope as it flows against the current, leaving a path of destruction in its wake. And it's heading-aiming-for Hawaii.

Their mission: to land on the floe itself, and do whatever it takes to disable the threat. But the mission turns out to be much more than expected when the threat becomes not the floe itself, but a prehistoric, predatory, species that puts every living creature in danger.

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ISBN-13: 9780451411297
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date: 03/02/2004
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 4.32(w) x 6.66(h) x 1.04(d)

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Deep Current 1.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
wmorton38 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This type of story is the horror/science fictional version of the old dark house stories where a group of people are stranded (Sorry folks, the bridge is out, you¿ll have to spend the night here) in some spooky mansion with a mysterious masked killer lurking behind the curtains or in a secret passage. Here the usual suspects are stuck on a big iceberg headed toward Hawaii. A team is sent in to investigate and they start disappearing. There are a lot of lovingly graphic descriptions of virtually the entire cast being killed off¿eaten alive, torn apart, etc. It is all quite repetitive. I quickly learned that as soon as a character wandered off alone you could start skipping until you got past his/her inevitable demise (What¿s that noise behind me, ahead of me, what¿s that bad smell¿exitus). The people are pretty much the usual stock characters going through their paces: military, scientists, the predictable businessman villain (not a spoiler, you¿ll spot him from the get go). In fact, the word predictable sums the book up quite well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't care for Deep Current. The cover shot on the book is very misleading, leading one to believe that it is an action story ala Cussler. Folks I have to tell you that this seemed more like a over the top graphic gory horror novel than anything remotely like Clive Cussler. The authors description on the book jacket should have been more clear cause it was a surprise, the kind of nasty surprise that you may get when ordering dinner at a nice restaurant and finding a roach in your meal. ¾ of this book is simply about mutants living on an iceberg with a very well satisfied taste for human flesh devouring people in excruciatingly graphic detail. Images such as a graphic description of a human head floating around in the transparent mutant monster digestive tract were not images that I wanted to see in my minds eye. I got fed up with the continuous gratuitous gore especially after the young preteen shipwreck survivor is terrorized/traumatized during the scene with the human head. I found theat I could skip whole pages and still follow the plot, so much is wasted on gore. Also, there was absolutely no character development as they spent most of their time either being devoured by mutant monsters or running away from them. A big mistake is killing off one of the best characters with good development potential very early in the book leaving no one else to develop. If I wanted to read a novel about mutants, I'd have reread Relic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great concept but very little in the way of combat. When I saw the book cover with self propelled artillery trundling across the ice and talk of a Marine unit fighting I imagined lots of gritty arctic combat with artillery rounds tearing up the landscape. The book had neither. There isn't any artillery in this novel (shame on the cover artist), just an armored personnel carrier, and the action sequences simply consist of panicked defensive actions. Instead the book spends 90% of its 355 pages describing the various states of misery each character is forced to endure and what they think about their misery until they die or escape. I was aching for the Marines to go from the defensive to the offensive which only came (predictably) at the end of 355 pages. Once I realised that this tale was only going to deliver fleeing characters in variuus states of fear and misery until a final 'climax', I struggled to continue reading. I finished the last 20 pages so that I could write this review knowing that I had read the entire book. This concept could have provided a rip roaring military action adventure but instead turned into an unending 355 page catalog of human (and animal!) misery. Two thumbs down.