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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Mira Grant, author of the renowned Newsflesh series, returns with a novel that takes us to a new world of ancient mysteries and mythological dangers come to life.

The ocean is home to many myths,

But some are deadly....

Seven years ago the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a mockumentary bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a tragedy.

Now a new crew has been assembled. But this time they're not out to entertain. Some seek to validate their life's work. Some seek the greatest hunt of all. Some seek the truth. But for the ambitious young scientist Victoria Stewart, this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost.

Whatever the truth may be, it will be found only below the waves.

But the secrets of the deep come with a price.

More from Mira Grant

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Parasitology

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©2017 Mira Grant (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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  • SharonNM
  • Indianapolis, Indiana United States
  • 04-13-18

Another Excellent book by Mira Grant

Where does Into the Drowning Deep rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was by far one of the best audio books I have listened to this year. The story held my interest right until the end. It was very suspenseful and the outcome was totally not predicted.I loved the performance by Christine Lakin and although I had the book checked out from the library I found myself listening rather than reading the book!

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Great story. A little preachy

This book had me hooked quickly. The author did an excellent job introducing the characters. Scary plot. I wish there was a little less preaching on environmental stuff. The repetitive conversations about it made me hit the skip button a few times. I'm fine with learning about the horrible stuff mankind does to the earth but when the main character has the exact same conversation about saving whales with 4 different people (when it isn't necessary to the plot)...about an hour of this could have been reduced.

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  • Jeff
  • Chatsworth, CA. 91311
  • 05-11-18

Time wasted.

I've never been compelled to write a bad review before until now. The story meanders something terrible. The logic makes no sense with bad obstacles introduced in an attempt to make you feel a sense of danger... They went on this expedition well armed and badly equipped all at the same time. Protective safety shutters which need a code to deploy? Really? And the shutters are never tested ahead of leaving port. Why? There was no ticking clock to rush out there by. The two hunters should have been the focus of the story. For as brief as they were in the story, they were what I wanted to see more of. Unrealistic sense of urgency throughout. When the sh!t hits the fan... there is no tension. Just as you think it's about to take off like a roller coaster... the author zigs and talks about stuff no one cares about. Well, I didn't care about any of the characters. They just talked about the danger they were in. Never do you experience it with any of the characters and the few times you do... the author meanders again with Novocain-like inner thoughts or conversation. Rarely does the author venture out into the danger to give the reader any sense of fear or excitement.

Paint your characters into a deadly corner and make them fight tooth and nail to escape.

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  • Brian
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • 06-20-18

These Mermaids Will Give You Goosebumps

It’s no secret that I’m a huge Mira Grant fan. It all started with my husband saying “look, I know it’s about zombies, but you have to read this book,” as he passed me his copy of Feed. Not previously having much of an interest in books about zombies, I rolled my eyes, took the book, and dug right in. I was immediately converted and completely hooked. If you haven’t checked out the Newsflesh series yet, take my word for it--you’re going to love it. Having recently finished Grant’s novella, Coming to You Live, I was looking for something that would have a similar pull, a book I just didn’t want to put down.

I saw Into the Drowning Deep and thought, “mermaids?” Queue the eye roll. I’m not sure why I hesitated, if Mira can draw me in and make me interested and invested in a world involving zombies surely I can buy into mermaids, right? Right, absolutely right. The publisher’s summary begins by saying “the ocean is home to many myths…” and this may be part of the allure, part of why, despite my best judgment and most logical reasoning, I started to think, “perhaps mermaids could be real.” Grant makes them real.

Into the Drowning Deep begins with a brief recap of the events surrounding the “disappearance” of those on the doomed Atargatis. We learn that this vessel was found at sea and all aboard were presumed dead...but no bodies were ever recovered. Victoria (Tory) Stewart’s sister was a tv personality on the Atargatis and Tory, a young scientist, is determined to find out what really happened. Into the Drowning Deep follows, Tory (Victoria Stewart), her research partner Luis, and a team of elite experts including large game hunters, linguists, marine biologists, a journalist, and a cameraman as they embark on a similar journey, traveling to the Mariana Trench to determine if mermaids are real, once and for all. I can’t share too much more plot-wise without giving away too many spoilers but I’ll say this: Into the Drowning Deep will hold your interest and have you biting your nails.

The eclectic group of characters are well developed and many are very likable--those who aren’t (I’m pointing to you Jacques and Michi Abney)-- may even grow on you. Ms. Larkin’s narration brings each character to life, giving them each a distinct voice and personality, and a kind of dimension I don’t think I would have experienced if I had read a physical book. Her narration is paired perfectly with Grants writing--her speed variations and emotional inflections combine with Grant’s foreshadowing and character development to create a sense of urgency, convey fear and discomfort, and spark curiosity.

Like the Newsflesh series, Into the Drowning Deep is immersive. Grant paints such a clear picture of the world in which her story is set that you’ll feel like you’re in it. From her description of the ship and her explanation of the Minnow (piloted by one of the Wilson sisters) to the discussion of the depth and darkness of the sea--the imagery is masterful. Close your eyes and picture a mermaid in your mind. The mermaid you’re seeing right now is not the mermaid Grant will conjure for you. Her mermaids will give you the goosebumps.

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So Much Potential!!

This book was GREAT at first...then it seemed to try to meld some romance and not so subtly bring environmental issues to the forefront when the book would’ve been so much better without either. The story was an awesome premise and it was one of the ONLY books to actually give me a little bit of a chill down my spine (I love horror and books don’t usually scare or creep me out) but this one sparkled in some spots and fell flat in others.

Disclaimer: I’m not a fan of romance and I usually try to avoid the genre. The romance in the story was more of a side story but I feel like it detracted from the plot and created diversions when more attention to the mysterious thriller portion would’ve brought this over the top.

I did like this book but felt with a few changes, I could’ve absolutely loved it. To me, it is clear the writer is talented and I’ll look for more books in the future from her.

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Incredibly intense.

Mira Grant weaves a story about the creatures of the deep. The characters are all compelling. Brave, flawed and real. No cardboard women in this book!

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The author's personal politics seep through

The author's personal politics seep through in this story. Could not finish it. Good idea for a story though.

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A little long but worth it

Very good character development. The story is unique and well thought out. This is great if you like suspense.

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Exciting and enthralling.

Enjoyed this book very much. Have to say though, that this goes down in history as the worst attempt at an Aussie accent ever!!! No hyperbole in that statement!!

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Definitely not Disney mermaids#

A great book from start to finish! I want more novels set in this world!

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  • Rosalind Mosis
  • 04-22-18

Thrilling, fun and gory

I had to stop this every so often to take a break, the closed off spaces with a monster at your heels is one of the things I love/hate to read! This is 100% worth your time!

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  • 7penguins
  • 04-22-18

unexpected surprise from the deep

thoroughly enjoyed this story with superb performance. it will make you rethink mermaids forever! highly recommended.

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  • Rhiannon Ryman
  • 04-12-18

Thoroughly enjoyable

This is actually my first Mira Grant novel and definitely won't be my last. A very intriguing presence, wonderfully diverse characters and lots of great science to really root the story in fact made for a wonderful read.
The narrator did a great job, with a voice that lulled you into the rhythm of the story. My only complaint would be her Australian accent. As an Aussie, it just pulled me out of the story whenever she used it.

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  • Nicole
  • 11-30-17

No Fast Forwarding required

This story kept me hooked, intrigued and in suspense. In my opinion there was none of the contrived character development or fudged fillers. What I did find was interesting backstories to people and plot so wonderfully intertwined into a well written story.

Simply awesome.