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2/28/2013 8:04 PM

    This is the official thread for comments on Deathlands #112- Dark Fathoms

    The bibliography page is located HERE

    You can submit your own review HERE

    Be warned, this thread may contain spoilers for the book.

    "Sadly then I knew the answer. All her life she was a dancer, but no one ever played the song she knew." - The Residents
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    3/27/2013 4:14 PM
    The info for this one is on Amazon.com kinda sounds like Titanic on steroids.
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    3/29/2013 10:42 AM
    Wow! This ones sounds very cool. Kinda like Laurence Jame's older type storylines, especially the Terminator type robots Ryan fought way back in titles such as Chill Factor, I think it was.
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    9/11/2013 11:04 AM

    Just got this book last night.

     

    Anybody out there read this yet? 

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    9/12/2013 10:49 AM
    Nah wish it would though. Sat here with a broken heel bored out my nut.
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    9/13/2013 11:34 PM

    I just reached the halfway point of this latest title - and WOW!

    John Helfers proves yet again that he has some serious writing chops. This story reminds me strongly of Alan Philipson's style of storytelling.

    Intelligent. Thought provoking. Character driven.

     

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    9/16/2013 10:55 AM

    OK, just finished John Helfer's 3rd DL book - and it was utterly terrific!

     Dark Fathoms is intelligent, thought-provoking, and truly one of the most exciting and fresh feeling adventure since the companions went to Canada. The companions have never went this deep before in my memory.

    I also love how this author shows how the companions treat each other. They are not just the wooden killing machines. When a writer can showcase the strength and weaknesses of each character, then you know you have a very talented writer on your hands.

    Newcomer character Ricky is showcased the best in this novel. Helfers finds a way to expand upon this new character's abilities, and it created a much wider gulf between him and Dean's character, which i felt he had become - until now.

    This latest novel felt much more like a horror novel, with the scary underwater base and the monsters that inhabit it. Very cool and well written.

    I love that this particular author pays close attention to details. His knowledge of Laurence James' work shows itself over and over in this latest book, and it works marvelously. Especially when Ryan and Krysty are making love (Pay heed Outlanders writers!), and talk about serious matters from their uncertain future to wondering if Trader and Abe survived their last sighting of them, surrounded by enemies. We fans love that kind of attention to details!

     

     

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    9/17/2013 3:17 AM

    This is just my luck. A good DL and amazon or GE have buggered up and I have to wait till bloody OCTOBER!!!

    its just as well that GTA 5 has just arrived

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    9/18/2013 6:24 PM
    Amazon UK have done the same with me, only I have diablo 3 to keep.me happy.

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    9/19/2013 10:47 AM
    Man, Amazon UK really sucks ass, eh?
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    9/21/2013 11:48 PM
    It seems more like two short stories that got crammed together, and the ending was a bit abrupt, but not bad overall.

    There were just a few things that bugged me:

    Chief Warrant Officer is an Army rank, not a Navy one (the author likely confused it with Chief Petty Officer). The abbreviation is also wrong - the ranks go Warrant Officer (WO1), then Chief Warrant Officer 1-5 (CW1, CW2, etc.). CWO is incorrect.

    When the XO enters the bridge, Helfers got that part mostly right, but they just say "XO on deck!" "Executive Officer" is a mouthful, and difficult to say besides - that's why everyone shortens it to "XO".

    Ryan has been offered a replacement eye before - more than once, if memory serves.

    There's one point where he refers to the sec door as "titanium steel", but they've always been vanadium steel.
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    9/22/2013 10:19 AM

    Insofar as Helfers using 'correct titles' - I think he was more pointing out that those types of things have been misconstrued through the last century. Remember, most of the rank and file of the above decks officers were all loons.

     

    And I did point out the first time Ryan was offered to have his eye replaced - the Anthill in Eilis's 1st DL novel - STONEFACE. (Great book, BTW!)

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    9/24/2013 5:17 PM
    Amozon.UK have just mailed me to say the book has been dispatched...

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    9/24/2013 11:42 PM
    I was referring to 2000, not 2100 - i.e., the first chapter.
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    9/26/2013 12:00 PM
    I'm two chapters into this and its reading like an LJ book. Its nice to start a book inside a mat trans once more.
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    9/26/2013 1:49 PM
    Yeah, I totally agree. After a while, I also got the feeling I was reading a very dark Jules Verne type of novel.
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    9/27/2013 10:51 AM
    So far this is turning into my favorite post LJ book, OK maybe 2nd best after Stoneface.

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    9/27/2013 2:06 PM

    See, I thought the same thing! I'm a tough reviewer, but a fair one.

     This one was just plum written extremely well. Ricky's usage was excellently written. 

     

    Krysty kicked a lot of ass in this one. (Always like that!)

    The whole thing was very character-driven. Instead of the same 'ol companions kicking ass and walking off into the sunset.

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    9/28/2013 7:18 AM
    The only niggle I have so far is where did Mildred get her TC id number from, she had nothing to do with the project even when frozen?

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    9/28/2013 9:13 AM
    I don't recall that. What is a TC id number?
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