The story and writing was mediocre at best, accented by a melodramatic narration which would have been far more appropriate for a Shakespearian tragedy.
If "Sphere" and "The DaVinci Code" had a semi-retarded baby, you'd get "Deep Storm". This book comes off sounding like an NBC series that never made it past the pilot. The characters are underdeveloped. The plot, despite some all too brief excitement, is boring. Ugh, cookie cutter characters/plot twists/settings abound!
The idea of this book is a great idea. But, I don't know whether or not it was the narration or just the over analization or explanations of technology and science, but, I just could not wait until this book was over. There were flashes of clarity in this book in that the story was terrific and riviting, but, then it would slip back into blah, blah, blah, blah, blah that would just throw it back into plain drivel and boring. It really needed to be cleaned up and the TMI in taken out for plain English. But, then, perhaps the story would have been too short for a book...............
One of the few books I have listened to that I could not get away from. I spent every available minute plugged into my iPod listening. Lincoln Child did an outstanding job interweaving the story and Scott Brick did an exceptional job of painting the picture for the imagination.
I guess that my problems with this book are that so much of it does not make any sense. The premise is great, but the technical points are pretty askew and the small parts distract so much from the whole that it leaves the book, for lack of a better word, aching. For example, one part of the story (set on an ultra-modern undersea facility) has a Marine standing guard outside of a door with an M-1 carbine. Why would a present day U.S. Marine stand duty with a weapon that has not been used outside of ceremonial functions since WWII? There are lots of other little quibbles with this book, some small ones as above and others with the plot line as a whole. Overall the story was ok...but it kept making me go "Huh?"
"Deep Storm" is a worthy summer listen. The pacing of the story is really what makes the novel so entertaining. I found myself waiting and wondering what comes next often in the book, which is an attribute of a well written thriller.
Scott Brick is a known quantity to most and performs in his typical, solid-yet-not-overwhelming narration style.
Worth the time.
If you enjoy the author, you won't be disappointed. The book gets a little slow in the middle, the author repeated things that seemed unnecessary. The ending was a surprise.
This book will keep you on the edge of your seat, then spin you through numerous plot twists, all while exploring a fantastic world of his own making. Don't pass this one up!