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Below Book Review

A sea boat in the ocean. Tentacles reach up from below the waves.

Humans have always been fascinated by the secrets of the deep sea. But what if there are more terrifying creatures lurking in the dark waters than sharks? If you're looking for a spine-chilling novel to read on the beach this October, you might want to check out 'Below'. It's an oceanic thriller that will make you think twice before diving into the waves. Curious to know more? Keep reading and find out if 'Below' is the book for you...

Below - Ocean Monster Suspense Story 

Diver with a spear gun below the ocean
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Below the great, murky depths are many sea creatures. Some are cute like a sea otter and others can be exceptionally dangerous like the barracuda. In Ryan Lockwood's world, the 'red devils' are prowling beneath the waves looking for their next meal.

If you love ocean suspense stories, you might be tempted to pick up Ryan Lockwood's novel about a deadly species of squid that terrorizes the waters. But be warned: this book is not for the faint of heart or the sensitive of mind. 

The Monsters and the Dog are the best

Hi there, fellow bookworms! Today I'm going to share with you my thoughts on a book that I recently finished reading. It's called "The Deep" by Ryan Lockwood, and it's about the mysterious terrors that can be found in the deep sea. Sounds intriguing, right? Well, let me tell you more about it.

The book follows Will Sturman, a scuba diveer who stumbles across something interesting and perhaps a little dangerous. As he descends further into the abyss, he encounters horrifying creatures that lurk in the dark waters. Fans of books like Jaws or the movie The Meg will probably enjoy these scenes of action and danger with terrifying deep sea creatures. 

Scotch drink on a bar with a wood finish. Murky atmosphere
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But as much as I love reading about these fascinating creatures, I have to say that they were not enough to save this book from its flaws. One of them is that the main character is a racist apologist. He constantly makes excuses for his friend's bigotry and violence towards people of color. This was very frustrating and annoying to read about. Please keep that stuff out of our monster thrillers. We want action and danger with terrifying deep sea creatures not gritty IRL projections from the author.

Dark waves of the ocean. Rolling waves in the sea
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Another flaw is that there is some elements of science in it but they are not very well explained or believable. The parasites somehow causes nasty side effects such as agression and mutations. The author tries to make it sound plausible by throwing in some scientific jargon but it doesn't really make sense or add up. Although, like I said, there is some actual decent science quips in it.

And finally, there is the romance between Will and Val, a scientist that just doesn't want to give up on her squids . It was as dull as watching paint chip off the wall. They had no chemistry or personality whatsoever. They just seemed to be together because... literally I can't even fathom why. 

So overall, this book was not a life changing read but if you're looking for something to pass the time then it's an okay book to pick up. It has some interesting deep sea creature action and some thrilling moments but it also has some problematic characters and plot holes. I give it three stars out of five and I honestly believe that's pretty generous.

Below Book Details:

Originally published: January 1st 2013
Author: Ryan Lockwood

Below Book blurb: 

In all his years as a professional diver, Will Sturman has never encountered a killing machine more ferocious than the great white shark or as deadly as the piranha. Now, off the coast of California, something is rising from the deep--and multiplying. Voracious, unstoppable, and migrating north, an ungodly life form trailed by a gruesome wake of corpses. With the help of the brilliant and beautiful oceanographer Valerie Martell, Will finds himself in a race against time to stop the slaughter--by a predator capable of devastating the world's oceans. Pray it kills you quickly.

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My next book review will be Danielle Steel's, 'The Right Time', a romance fiction. Until then, happy reading!


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