Review: Pressure

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Book Title: Pressure
Author: Brian Keene
Series: None
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction

Date Read: 04/08/16

Pub Date: 06/21/16

Off the coast of tropical Mauritius, an ecological catastrophe with global implications is occurring. The ocean’s floor is collapsing at a rapid rate. World-champion free diver and marine biologist Carrie Anderson joins a scientific expedition determined to discover the cause-and how to stop it. But what they uncover is even more horrific. Deep beneath the surface, something is awake. Something hungry. Something…cold. Now, the pressure builds as Carrie and her colleagues must contend with the murderous operatives of a corrupt corporation, an unnatural disaster that grows bigger by the day, and a monstrous predator that may spell the extinction of all mankind.

Many thanks to Netgalley for providing my first experience with this author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

4.5 stars- this would have been a full 5 star experience for me if it had just had MORE! I was so involved in this book and it ended a little too quickly for me. Yes, sometimes these sci-fi/horror books can be a little cheesy because they are so unrealistic, but this one had me hooked from page one. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride this took me on and highly recommend for those wanting a bit of a different read. Definitely Jaws meets Alien as described in the blurb and very well done in an almost believable way. Loved the characters and am sad to part ways with them.

The action starts in the very beginning when we are dropped into a story where “Hell’s Mouth” is having some serious issues. The trench’s bottom is dropping out and nearby Mauritius is preparing for evacuation. News crews have been hovering for weeks while big corporation Alpinus Bio has employed scientist Carrie Anderson to dive the trench and find out what’s going on. When she surfaces unexpectedly after equipment failure and suffers a case of the bends, she gets dragged into a more sinister plot than she ever thought possible.

Clearly there is a “monster”, and it’s hard to picture it’s looks as the descriptions leave a bit to the imagination. This didn’t bother me, as this is a genre I only dabble in and am not as familiar with, but I can see how regulars would be turned off by this. This is a short(ish) book at around 275 pages, so there was a lot to cram in a short time and I would have enjoyed a little more detail and development of the storyline, but I really fell in love with the characters and found myself not ready to let them go. I’m new to Brian Keene‘s work and really enjoyed my first experience with him! He’s insanely talented, not only in developing his characters, but also in his ability to use beautiful language that isn’t pretentious or difficult to read. I’ll definitely be checking out more of his work!