Sunday, October 11, 2020

31 Days of Halloween - Day 11 - Book

100 Fathoms Below by Steven L. Kent and Nicholas Kaufmann. Black Stone Publishing. 2018.

The USS Roanoke, a Los Angeles class nuclear submarine is sent on a mission to Russian waters to seek out the existence of a new Russian submarine. Before the get to Russian waters though, they have another problem to deal with. While on shore in Hawaii, one of the crew men was bitten by a vampire, and now begins turning and killing the other crew men. Those that survive have some serious obstacles to face in order to fight back. The vampires have been systematically destroying all the lighting on board the submarine, an environment which is also lacking in sunlight and wood for stakes.

While the writing here is a few notches above serviceable, and there are some plot elements that could have been improved upon, this book was a real page turner. It wastes no time getting things under way and escalating the tension. The authors do create a real sense of place and take advantage of the books claustrophobic setting. The characters are fleshed out just enough to make them sympathetic and not simply vampire fodder. This was an enjoyable quick read and quite a fun surprise.

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