First of all no dogs were harmed or written into this book. Mr. Beck has promised his readers that he will never allow a dog to be hurt or killed in any of his books.
Now, this book is good. I read it in two days. I could not put it down. Alex is back as well as Aimee and a host of other characters. There are some new people, some old people and you will have different feelings about each character. The reason I mention this is because it shows that Beck doesn't just write "monster of the month" books, he writes about people and how they deal. There are a great many deaths, some are people/characters you will care about, some are people who really deserve to die. There is a new character introduced, I found this "person" to be fascinating.
Now, to tell you the truth "sea monster" books do not interest me. Why? Because, afraid of a sea monster? Then don't go near the sea. See, isn't that easy? BUT in this book, the monsters are everywhere. Not just in the water, but slithering about, around and inside. Literally. There are scenes that I can tell what is going to happen and I am thinking "how can they be so stupid?" But, then again, most people do not pay attention. That is proved by the fact that the military that is sent in did read the reports that were filed by the survivors of the original group who made it back from "Beneath the Dark Ice". But they didn't "believe" it. That is so stupid. I am thinking why would anyone read an official report and not believe it? Belief has nothing to do. Information either is or isn't. If the report is a fake, then it means the report is an attempt to hide something. Why would someone write about monsters in an attempt to hide something? What could be worse?
OK, we have new "bad guys" to wit the Chinese. We have new potential allies. We have a possible really wizard family dynamic. We have a kid who is neither irritating nor a "kid."
The plot concerns a missing submarine. It disappears on its "maiden check out voyage." Then 8 years later the signal from said submarine pops up as "background" noise in signals coming from Antarctica.
One of the things that interests me is that the problem with a lot of militaries is the inability of the person on the ground, who is in command, to think outside the box. Generally, American military doesn't have that problem but most military personnel from dictatorial governments do have that problem. Beck illustrates, most emphatically, the problem with paradoxically not following "accepted procedures" and "not thinking for yourself."
This is a book I will read again. I saw everything in the book. And to tell you the truth, I could have done with a little less descriptive passages. They are totally gross. BUT they are quite evocative in setting the Kraken in its apex prominence. It is the alpha.
Most monsters are huge. Most monsters are strong. But most monsters are not "intelligent." This monster is huge, it is strong but worse it is intelligent.
There are enough surprises and enough shocks to keep anyone interested it. And there are scenes that will stick with you, such as the scenes on the beach. But, the best reason to read this book is it was written by Beck. And Beck is a fun read.