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100 fathoms below … The depth at which sunlight no longer penetrates the ocean. 1983. The US nuclear submarine USS Roanoke embarks on a classified spy mission into Soviet waters. Their goal: to find evidence of a new, faster, and deadlier Soviet submarine that could tip the balance of the Cold War. But the Roanoke crew isn't alone. Something is on board with them. Something 100 fathoms below … The depth at which sunlight no longer penetrates the ocean. 1983. The US nuclear submarine USS Roanoke embarks on a classified spy mission into Soviet waters. Their goal: to find evidence of a new, faster, and deadlier Soviet submarine that could tip the balance of the Cold War. But the Roanoke crew isn't alone. Something is on board with them. Something cunning and malevolent. Trapped in enemy territory and hunted by Soviet submarines, tensions escalate and crew members turn on each other. When the lights go out and horror fills the corridors, it will take everything the crew has to survive the menace coming from outside and inside the submarine. In the dark. Combining Tom Clancy's eye for international intrigue with Stephen King's sense of the macabre, 100 Fathoms Below takes readers into depths from which there is no escape.


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100 fathoms below … The depth at which sunlight no longer penetrates the ocean. 1983. The US nuclear submarine USS Roanoke embarks on a classified spy mission into Soviet waters. Their goal: to find evidence of a new, faster, and deadlier Soviet submarine that could tip the balance of the Cold War. But the Roanoke crew isn't alone. Something is on board with them. Something 100 fathoms below … The depth at which sunlight no longer penetrates the ocean. 1983. The US nuclear submarine USS Roanoke embarks on a classified spy mission into Soviet waters. Their goal: to find evidence of a new, faster, and deadlier Soviet submarine that could tip the balance of the Cold War. But the Roanoke crew isn't alone. Something is on board with them. Something cunning and malevolent. Trapped in enemy territory and hunted by Soviet submarines, tensions escalate and crew members turn on each other. When the lights go out and horror fills the corridors, it will take everything the crew has to survive the menace coming from outside and inside the submarine. In the dark. Combining Tom Clancy's eye for international intrigue with Stephen King's sense of the macabre, 100 Fathoms Below takes readers into depths from which there is no escape.

30 review for 100 Fathoms Below

  1. 5 out of 5

    Char

    100 FATHOMS BELOW is the depth where sunlight no longer penetrates the sea. That depth and further is where you'll find submarines and that's where the USS Roanoke attempted to locate the new class of Russian sub-supposedly in development. Unfortunately, the Roanoke encountered some problems accomplishing their mission. Set in 1983, during the height of the cold war, the Roanoke and her crew are going about day to day submarine life. Not everyone gets along in such tight quarters, but they make d 100 FATHOMS BELOW is the depth where sunlight no longer penetrates the sea. That depth and further is where you'll find submarines and that's where the USS Roanoke attempted to locate the new class of Russian sub-supposedly in development. Unfortunately, the Roanoke encountered some problems accomplishing their mission. Set in 1983, during the height of the cold war, the Roanoke and her crew are going about day to day submarine life. Not everyone gets along in such tight quarters, but they make do for the good of the ship. When Petty Officer Stubic becomes ill, the crew isn't worried, they have a medic to help with such things. But thereafter, as officer after officer sickens, and as lights keep getting smashed out on each deck, the crew begins to get frightened, and rightfully so. Will they survive whatever it is that's on their ship? Will they find the new Russian sub? You'll have to read this to find out! This is my first book from these authors and I'm happy to say that I enjoyed it immensely. It's a fun story and it's fast paced with lots of action. I enjoyed the fact that several of the character's names in the book are actually the names of authors I recognize, so that added a bit of fun as well. What I thought was slightly lacking was character development-I could have used a bit more to add to the depth of the cast. However, I understand this book isn't trying to be a literary classic, and what we do have here is some creature feature fun! 100 FATHOMS BELOW is probably just what you expect it to be, if you're looking for underwater, claustrophobic, B-movie-type fun. If that's what you are in the mood for reading right now? Go ahead, take the plunge: Dive! Dive! Dive! Recommended! *Thanks to NetGalley and Blackstone for the e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nikki ~ The Nocturnal Bookworm

    This pulled me in from the beginning and kept me guessing throughout. It was a face paced and bloody story that did an excellent job of setting the claustrophobic scene. This book takes place on a submarine and Kent and Kaufmann did an excellent job of setting the stage and emphasizing the feeling of being trapped. Though the reader can pretty much figure out its vampires early on (so much so I wouldn't even consider it a spoiler), the reveal to the characters is slow and makes sense. I apprecia This pulled me in from the beginning and kept me guessing throughout. It was a face paced and bloody story that did an excellent job of setting the claustrophobic scene. This book takes place on a submarine and Kent and Kaufmann did an excellent job of setting the stage and emphasizing the feeling of being trapped. Though the reader can pretty much figure out its vampires early on (so much so I wouldn't even consider it a spoiler), the reveal to the characters is slow and makes sense. I appreciate that the crew of the Roanoke seemed to not just blindly accept it and it took time to really come to that conclusion. It felt like there was an appropriate level of denial and it felt realistic, which I like in a supernatural creature story. The tension in the book was kept up from the very moment of chapter 1. The only thing that didn't make this a 5 star read for me was that a couple of the "surviving" moments of some characters felt a little too lucky. However, I will say that this book doesn't hold back on killing characters you fully expect (and hope) will make it to the end. Even with those moments, I was still left scared that some characters I had grown attached to wouldn't make it. As well the characters that I didn't care for that ended up dying I felt like there was justice in their deaths and I found them very satisfying when they happened. This book was provided to me for free via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    ✨Bean's Books✨

    Cold War plus vampires??? Oh my!!! In 1983 the US nuclear submarine the USS Roanoke and embarques on a classified mission to discover a new Soviet submarine which is not only more deadly but could also turn the favor of the war to the Soviets. 100 fathoms below the surface, darkness in compasses the USS Roanoke. After crew members start dying, they sent discover that they are not alone down there. There is something else aboard their vessel. They are trapped in enemy waters and being pursued not Cold War plus vampires??? Oh my!!! In 1983 the US nuclear submarine the USS Roanoke and embarques on a classified mission to discover a new Soviet submarine which is not only more deadly but could also turn the favor of the war to the Soviets. 100 fathoms below the surface, darkness in compasses the USS Roanoke. After crew members start dying, they sent discover that they are not alone down there. There is something else aboard their vessel. They are trapped in enemy waters and being pursued not only by Soviet submarines but buy something evil lurking aboard. When the lights go out darkness prevails and people die. Will they ever make it back to the surface alive? A great read! This book is very well-thought-out. I love the cover art. It hints to what you are about to read but doesn't really give it away. As soon as you think you're reading the main character story the author kills them off and you quickly move to the next character. The ending was great. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It really had me guessing. And like I said, you don't really know that it is vampires until you start reading and discover it for yourself. I would highly recommend this book to anybody who likes vampires and horror.

  4. 5 out of 5

    LIsa Noell "Rocking the Chutzpah!"

    Scary arsed vampires in a submarine? Yes, please! To be completely honest, I'm extremely nitpicky about my vamps. No romance. They dont need to be drop dead gorgeous. I just want them scary and hungry. This book was so good, and slightly claustrophobic. Yep, I'd recommend this one. Can't wait to read more from this author. My thanks to the publishers and Netgalley for the ARC. Scary arsed vampires in a submarine? Yes, please! To be completely honest, I'm extremely nitpicky about my vamps. No romance. They dont need to be drop dead gorgeous. I just want them scary and hungry. This book was so good, and slightly claustrophobic. Yep, I'd recommend this one. Can't wait to read more from this author. My thanks to the publishers and Netgalley for the ARC.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)

    This was a unique spin-off on the usual deep-sea submarine story. It wasn't what I was expecting but it was actually quite fun. Different is definitely good in this case. I only wish the author would have expanded more on the actual "origin" because I still have a lot of questions playing around in my head- (view spoiler)[why is the brothel their homebase if you will?, what do the two women in the brothel have to do with everything?, why are they targeting soldiers and Navy submarines? (hide sp This was a unique spin-off on the usual deep-sea submarine story. It wasn't what I was expecting but it was actually quite fun. Different is definitely good in this case. I only wish the author would have expanded more on the actual "origin" because I still have a lot of questions playing around in my head- (view spoiler)[why is the brothel their homebase if you will?, what do the two women in the brothel have to do with everything?, why are they targeting soldiers and Navy submarines? (hide spoiler)] I got the impression from the ending though that there may be a follow-up story so hopefully I'll get some answers at some point. *Read for 2018 AMMP Bairn Bingo- Free Space

  6. 5 out of 5

    Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews

    The Hunt for Red October meets 30 Days of Night. There is something terrifying about being trapped in a canister so far below the surface of the ocean that the pressure alone would crush your body. Kent and Kaufmann selected an ideal environment for their tale. The magic of 100 Fathoms Below was the authors’ description of the internal workings and life aboard an ‘80s era submarine. Combining the descriptions with my memory of The Hunt for Red October, the entire story came alive in my mind – I e The Hunt for Red October meets 30 Days of Night. There is something terrifying about being trapped in a canister so far below the surface of the ocean that the pressure alone would crush your body. Kent and Kaufmann selected an ideal environment for their tale. The magic of 100 Fathoms Below was the authors’ description of the internal workings and life aboard an ‘80s era submarine. Combining the descriptions with my memory of The Hunt for Red October, the entire story came alive in my mind – I even had Scott Glenn playing the role of Captain Weber. With this scene set, the rest fell into place. I found myself embedded within the story. The story was definitely unique, a combination of horror and political intrigue. Personally, I found the horror aspect to be far stronger than the political intrigue portion, then again, that’s really what I wanted from this story. Kent and Kaufmann kept the story tight around the cast, the crew of the Roanoke, and the events on the vessel. The mission became an unimportant afterthought. If you are in the mood for a well-developed, suspenseful horror, 100 Fathoms Below would be a great choice. It packs a punch with vividly descriptive scenes and a completely new twist on an old style horror story. *I received a copy of the book from the publisher (via NetGalley).

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Readable but rather cheesy I usually like underwater thrillers. This one takes place in 1983 on the submarine USS Roanoke. It is sent on a secret mission during the Cold War to find out whether the Russians do actually have a new, upgraded submarine. I really enjoyed the details about the submarine itself - although they caused a major claustrophobia flare up. Not long after setting out, the submariners find out there is something non-human aboard, killing off the 140 crewmen one by one. This read l Readable but rather cheesy I usually like underwater thrillers. This one takes place in 1983 on the submarine USS Roanoke. It is sent on a secret mission during the Cold War to find out whether the Russians do actually have a new, upgraded submarine. I really enjoyed the details about the submarine itself - although they caused a major claustrophobia flare up. Not long after setting out, the submariners find out there is something non-human aboard, killing off the 140 crewmen one by one. This read like a 1980s grade B monster movie script and a rather poor one at that. I liked the idea, I finished the book, but I felt it could have been much better - with more realistic monster action (too stereotypical). I received this book from Blackstone Publishing through Net Galley in the hopes that I would read it and leave an unbiased review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amber J

    It's a slow start. If you like to know the inner workings of the navy and submarines, then you will love the intros in this book. I however came for the scary and the vampires. It does eventually get to the good stuff. I ended up having to go with the audio version though so I could zone out for the stuff that bored me. lol. And that guy at the VERY end. He's already evil even without being a vampire. How I choose my rating: 1* Didn't like it at all. These are rare as I usually just don't finish It's a slow start. If you like to know the inner workings of the navy and submarines, then you will love the intros in this book. I however came for the scary and the vampires. It does eventually get to the good stuff. I ended up having to go with the audio version though so I could zone out for the stuff that bored me. lol. And that guy at the VERY end. He's already evil even without being a vampire. How I choose my rating: 1* Didn't like it at all. These are rare as I usually just don't finish any book I dislike this much. 2** Didn't like it. Again usually DNF if I dislike it this much, but occasionally I feel it still has potential and I try to stick with it to the end. 3*** I liked it. It wasn't great but it was enjoyable enough. It is unlikely I'll ever reread it but I might finish the series if it is a part of one. 4**** I really liked this book. Maybe not a work of genius, but highly entertaining. I might reread this at some point, and I will almost always finish the series if part of one. 5***** I loved this book. I found little to no issues with it at all. I will probably reread this and possibly more than once. I will definitely finish the series if it's part of one.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Spencer

    100 Fathoms Below is a claustrophobic story about something infiltrating a submarine and taking out the crew from the shadows. It’s a fun, fast paced novel with a sinister atmosphere that effectively transports you into the book; I had a lot of fun with this and would totally recommend it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Elley Murray

    Rating: 3.5 stars I got a little hung up on all the nautical terminology in the beginning of this book, and it almost made me stop reading it a few times, but it was compellingly written enough that I kept reading. I also expected it to be about some sort of deep sea beasty, and instead was more of a vampires on a submarine type story. (Which makes sense, because if vampires hate the sun it makes sense they'd like it deep under the ocean where there is no sun, right?) There were a lot of really g Rating: 3.5 stars I got a little hung up on all the nautical terminology in the beginning of this book, and it almost made me stop reading it a few times, but it was compellingly written enough that I kept reading. I also expected it to be about some sort of deep sea beasty, and instead was more of a vampires on a submarine type story. (Which makes sense, because if vampires hate the sun it makes sense they'd like it deep under the ocean where there is no sun, right?) There were a lot of really great, intriguing things about this book. I found myself caring about several of the characters, especially some of the ones who end up surviving (which makes sense, I suppose?) Several times I thought I knew for sure what was coming next, but then was completely (in a good way) surprised by what actually happened next. This book kept me constantly on my toes and it was really great... when it wasn't being bogged down with nautical terminology and by everyone having multiple names. For example, Jerry White is referred to as "Jerry" in the chapters that are told in the third person limited POV that "follow" him and his limited POV, while he is referred to as "White," unless the person gets to be friends with him at which point he might be called "White" sometimes and then sometimes "Jerry." Then if someone is an officer they might also sometimes be referred to only by their title, which also sometimes is shorted to an acronym, so some people have, like, four names they're referred by. By the end of the book I was used to it, and now I'm primed and ready to read ALL THE NAVY FICTION, haha. I am really glad I stuck with this through the first few chapters of describing all the nautical terms, parts of the sub, explanations about life with 140 men on a submarine and what that means for them, etc. It was necessary world building to set the stage for the story, but it was a bit of a dry slog to get through for the first three chapters or so before the story really picked up steam. But once it got going, MAN, this book was hard to put down.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Keith Chawgo

    Kent and Kaufman have set a milestone in modern horror by writing a retro 80’s novel, using conventions from today’s horror whilst using a staple from the genre. This is a very impressive treat for the reader creating a world that is tangible. The authors have really done their research whilst at the same time, never bogging the novel down in descriptive text. This is an incredible feat that would fail from a novice writer but in the hands of these two very accomplished authors, it really excels. Kent and Kaufman have set a milestone in modern horror by writing a retro 80’s novel, using conventions from today’s horror whilst using a staple from the genre. This is a very impressive treat for the reader creating a world that is tangible. The authors have really done their research whilst at the same time, never bogging the novel down in descriptive text. This is an incredible feat that would fail from a novice writer but in the hands of these two very accomplished authors, it really excels. They also take a run of the mill horror staple which invades the submarine and lift this to a truly original novel. The characters are very strong and with a large cast, it is quite a challenge to make each and everyone an individual which is successfully done within the pages. The plot is fast moving and interesting and as mentioned above, the attention to detail is above par. Normally in a novel of this ilk, we get novels that tend to be heavily laden with cardboard cut outs with a paper thin plot but 100 Fathoms Below does away with this and lifts a fundamentally good old fashion novel in a modernistic tone. The energy and thought process put into this novel is second to none and it is also impressive to note that this is two authors who are working together in tandem. This excellent masterful tale of a navel personnel trapped in submarine nightmare is second to none and should find its status with the horror community. It is also important to note that this novel also very much works as a military thriller and also heavily works in the dark fiction genre. Masterfully written, exciting to read, 100 Fathoms is a must for all fans of the genre. Working on many levels to give the community a novel to hunger for more. Excellent and original.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alan

    This book can best be described as The Hunt for Red October meets 30 Days of Night. A submariner on leave goes looking for some hanky panky, and returns to the ship with something worse than he could ever have imagined stemming from two puncture wounds in his neck. Soon, more sailors become infected and before long most of the submarine's crew are dead or deadly vampires. And all this time they've been illegally scouring Russian waters looking for evidence of new Soviet submarine technology. Thi This book can best be described as The Hunt for Red October meets 30 Days of Night. A submariner on leave goes looking for some hanky panky, and returns to the ship with something worse than he could ever have imagined stemming from two puncture wounds in his neck. Soon, more sailors become infected and before long most of the submarine's crew are dead or deadly vampires. And all this time they've been illegally scouring Russian waters looking for evidence of new Soviet submarine technology. This was a brutal, claustrophobic, action-packed thriller that almost had too much action. 3.5/5*

  13. 5 out of 5

    Reading is my Escape

    Without a doubt, the most insidious dangers were the ones that hid in plain sight, camouflaging themselves inside the minds of rational men. - first sentence At 100 fathoms, sunlight no longer penetrates the ocean. This book combines the tension of being in a US submarine inside Russian borders during the cold war and being trapped in a submarine with deadly supernatural creatures. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. The audio is well done and I spent most of my spare time this past weekend listening to Without a doubt, the most insidious dangers were the ones that hid in plain sight, camouflaging themselves inside the minds of rational men. - first sentence At 100 fathoms, sunlight no longer penetrates the ocean. This book combines the tension of being in a US submarine inside Russian borders during the cold war and being trapped in a submarine with deadly supernatural creatures. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. The audio is well done and I spent most of my spare time this past weekend listening to it. The tension starts early and doesn't let up. The worst (best) part is, the reader knows there is something creepy hiding on the sub while the crew is clueless and just thinks a couple people are sick or maybe someone is losing it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Darth Dragonetti

    "100 Fathoms Below" is a 2018 military horror thriller by writing duo Steven L Kent and Nicholas Kaufmann. It is a standalone novel that is not a part of any series. The premise of "100 Fathoms Below" is simple, but terrifyingly effective. Set in the 1980's, the book poses the question of what happens aboard a US military sub when a sickness breaks out among the crew that turns them into terrifying creatures. All the while, the sub is undertaking a dangerous mission in Soviet-infested waters. The "100 Fathoms Below" is a 2018 military horror thriller by writing duo Steven L Kent and Nicholas Kaufmann. It is a standalone novel that is not a part of any series. The premise of "100 Fathoms Below" is simple, but terrifyingly effective. Set in the 1980's, the book poses the question of what happens aboard a US military sub when a sickness breaks out among the crew that turns them into terrifying creatures. All the while, the sub is undertaking a dangerous mission in Soviet-infested waters. The book's synopsis says the plot is Tom Clancy meets Stephen King, and I couldn't agree more! For such a simple concept, "100 Fathoms Below" contains some real (bad pun) depth. I haven't read a book with such convincingly rendered submarine trappings since "The Hunt for Red October." Jargon, procedures, and customs aboard the submarine all feel very real. Though I'm not a submariner, I am in the military, and the book felt very legitimate, even despite its crazy plot. The characters all felt real as well. There is a nice mix of perspectives, from commanding officers all the way down to lower enlisted men. The authors create some interesting drama and friction between certain characters, adding yet another layer of complexity. At the end of the day, though, "100 Fathoms" is just a flat out fun read. A bunch of guys stuck underwater in a tin can with monsters makes for voracious, terrifying reading. Add to it all that the men have to accomplish a mission with serious geopolitical ramifications, and you have yourself a book that will lead to some serious white-knuckle reading that you'll want to devour in one sitting. "100 Fathoms Below" is a real winner of a book. With a great premise and solid execution, it's a simple idea that is nonetheless unique and makes for a heck of a read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I picked up this book because of the author's tweet about a complaint that it was "unrealistic," and because I wanted to annoy my ex-submariner husband while reading (in the most affectionate spouse-ly way, of course) with all the Submarine Inaccuracies it was sure to contain. Turns out it was actually pretty great on the Submarine Accuracy front, though I've promised him the final approach the humans take to fight back is going to make him suitably mad. Anyway, this is exactly what it says on th I picked up this book because of the author's tweet about a complaint that it was "unrealistic," and because I wanted to annoy my ex-submariner husband while reading (in the most affectionate spouse-ly way, of course) with all the Submarine Inaccuracies it was sure to contain. Turns out it was actually pretty great on the Submarine Accuracy front, though I've promised him the final approach the humans take to fight back is going to make him suitably mad. Anyway, this is exactly what it says on the tin, there are Vampires! On a submarine! It's the kind of pulpy horror that made me laugh out loud and shudder in the same moment. I wished for a little more development of the Soviet subs angle and the original vampires' backstory/mythos/motivation, but ultimately it was a purely entertaining read that just needed the most basic setup to make vampires! On a submarine! happen.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. If you're Navy, on a submarine, don't go to a bordello. You never know what you may bring back to the boat. Warren Stubic is not intending to go to shore to get drunk or fight. He wants a woman. He met a girl in the alley who have him an address so he decides to visit her. Once there he is led into a room for pleasure, but gets more than he bargained for.. Imagine being a 100 fathoms below water with sailors being turned into vampires.. This is horror at it's best. In a bad situation and can't g If you're Navy, on a submarine, don't go to a bordello. You never know what you may bring back to the boat. Warren Stubic is not intending to go to shore to get drunk or fight. He wants a woman. He met a girl in the alley who have him an address so he decides to visit her. Once there he is led into a room for pleasure, but gets more than he bargained for.. Imagine being a 100 fathoms below water with sailors being turned into vampires.. This is horror at it's best. In a bad situation and can't get out.. The sailors are brave and do what they need to do. Will the vampires take over the ship and kill everyone? It's a great book. I loved the premise. I received this book from Net Galley for an honest review and no compensation otherwise

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dawie

    When your idea of “fun” is getting your dick wet, you are in for a ride my friend...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shawn Deal

    This is a well written novel. A horror story set on a submarine was a great setting, it really worked with the story. I really enjoyed it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Fernando

    Loved it! A submarine thriller with a supernatural twist!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ariel

    This was a fast-paced, action-packed, vampires on a submarine, just as one would expect.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Valdemar Cavazos

    Dumb, fast, and fun! This book was everything I wanted it to be; a cheesy schlock fest about vampires on a submarine. It was fun, well written, and surprisingly suspenseful (the suspense had nothing to do with the vampires).

  22. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Page

    Oh, man. I got this book after the author wrote a funny Tweet about it, and I thank him for that. 100 Fathoms may have a fairly dorky cover, but the story was great. Vampires on a submarine! There was an excellent balance of scares and gore, Soviets and submarines, humor and brotherhood. The book wasn't predictable; I couldn't figure out what the heck was up with the vampire and how in the heck he could stay hidden on a sub. They're not that big! Totally recommend this title. It's like Down Peri Oh, man. I got this book after the author wrote a funny Tweet about it, and I thank him for that. 100 Fathoms may have a fairly dorky cover, but the story was great. Vampires on a submarine! There was an excellent balance of scares and gore, Soviets and submarines, humor and brotherhood. The book wasn't predictable; I couldn't figure out what the heck was up with the vampire and how in the heck he could stay hidden on a sub. They're not that big! Totally recommend this title. It's like Down Periscope meets Into the Drowning Deep meets a creature feature like Crawl or The Meg.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lyndi W.

    I hear it's a very realistic story. I hear it's a very realistic story.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dani

    What first jumped out at me was the cover. Then before I even made it all the way through the description I knew this was the book for me. I had just signed up for Netgalley and this was the first book I requested and I got picked! Thank you to Blackstone Publishing and Netgalley. (Spoiler free review.) My favorite type of horror whether it be books or movies is subterranean. Well, put a bunch of men in a small enclosed space under water where it is pitch back dark with no where to run and plenty What first jumped out at me was the cover. Then before I even made it all the way through the description I knew this was the book for me. I had just signed up for Netgalley and this was the first book I requested and I got picked! Thank you to Blackstone Publishing and Netgalley. (Spoiler free review.) My favorite type of horror whether it be books or movies is subterranean. Well, put a bunch of men in a small enclosed space under water where it is pitch back dark with no where to run and plenty of things that can go wrong and I say that is the perfect combination for horror. Tension is already high as the crew's mission involves gathering intelligence in Soviet waters during the Cold War. But there is something more dangerous lurking on board, moving stealthily and waiting for its time to turn the tides. The atmosphere on board becomes ever more claustrophobic as events unfold. I could not recommend this book more to fellow readers and lovers of all things horror. You will not be disappointed.

  25. 4 out of 5

    tyoung2058

    An interesting spin on vampires on a navy submarine.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Joyce

    From the beginning of the prologue, where we meet Petty Officer Third Class Warren Stubic on a (fateful) quest for companionship the night before the USS Roanoke leaves Pearl Harbour, we are thrust into the life of the US submariner. In 1983, anyway. Unless one or both of the authors have served time in the US navy, they have gone to great lengths (depths?) to research the factual elements of the story that really help immerse the reader in the environment. Everything from terminology (all of wh From the beginning of the prologue, where we meet Petty Officer Third Class Warren Stubic on a (fateful) quest for companionship the night before the USS Roanoke leaves Pearl Harbour, we are thrust into the life of the US submariner. In 1983, anyway. Unless one or both of the authors have served time in the US navy, they have gone to great lengths (depths?) to research the factual elements of the story that really help immerse the reader in the environment. Everything from terminology (all of which is painlessly revealed through dialogue or narration without breaking from the story) to the everyday running of a sub, to the description of the layout, is handled with the touch of an expert storyteller. The details, rather than tripping the reader up or taking them out of the scene, helps make the reader at ease, causing us to lower our guard for the horror to come. The cast of characters are fully realised by the authors, each given their own personalities and giving us reason to root for them. Sometimes they do come across as the stereotypical gung-ho members of the armed forces we’ve seen numerous times in other books and on the screen. But no doubt there is an element of truth to these characteristics, these people probably do exist, and did to a greater degree in 1983 when the US navy was even more male-dominated than it is now. That said, it does make for exciting reading when we see these tough guys in the grip of fear that comes from isolation and darkness. Barely into their reconnaissance mission, sailors begin exhibiting fever-like symptoms and unusual behaviour. Although the POV shifts with each chapter between any number of the characters, we mostly follow Petty Officer First Class Tim Spicer, a seasoned sailor and popular among his crewmates, and new transfer Petty Officer Second Class Jerome White, who comes with a chequered past and plenty of baggage. They, along with some others, try to determine the cause of the illness plaguing the Roanoke while trying to dealing with the mysterious acts of vandalism (ranging from smashed lights leaving many areas in darkness, to the radio being damaged beyond repair) and attacks on the men by an unknown assailant or assailants. The story progresses at a steady pace, introducing the environment and the characters in a steady manner, before it gains speed like a car racing downhill with no brakes. The injuries suffered by the victims and the disappearance of the dead soon leads us down a well-worn path in the horror genre. But there have been little or no instances of vampires on submarines before. One blurb for the book describes it as a cross between ‘Salem’s Lot and The Hunt for Red October, and it is certainly difficult to argue with such a description. The antagonists are deployed in the same creepy manner as the vampires in the former, while the action aboard the sub is handled like the latter, especially when the Captain reveals the true nature of Roanoke’s mission and they have to deal with mortal enemies out-with the sub as well as the monstrous within. The mixture of ancient evil and modern military setting is an exciting premise for a story, and the authors take full advantage of it to deliver a gripping tale. The vampires are genuinely disturbing, Kent and Kaufmann doing well to breathe new life into the monster without resorting to the same tired old tropes. And while the setting is unique, in the hands of lesser writers it could have been very limiting. But Kent and Kaufmann prove a potent partnership, having clearly done their homework and put a lot of effort into creating an action-packed and exciting page-turner.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Alex Thorne

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I love books that take place under the sea--particularly horror books. If you've read my review on Something's Alive on the Titanic, you probably already know that. (It's a great book by the way, and its author is Robert Serling--brother to Rod Serling.) It's only natural that I selected 100 Fathoms Below when I read its nautical, and eerie, description. And here's where my spoiler comes in, because I'm about to go on a mini-rant. The synopsis hints at a mysterious, evil monster hunting the crew I love books that take place under the sea--particularly horror books. If you've read my review on Something's Alive on the Titanic, you probably already know that. (It's a great book by the way, and its author is Robert Serling--brother to Rod Serling.) It's only natural that I selected 100 Fathoms Below when I read its nautical, and eerie, description. And here's where my spoiler comes in, because I'm about to go on a mini-rant. The synopsis hints at a mysterious, evil monster hunting the crew of the ship, but it does not say what that creature is. Therefore, I feel that revealing this is a book about vampires is, in fact, a spoiler--contrary to popular belief of other reviewers. It's pretty obvious early on, with the first hint coming in at 8%, however if I'd known this was a vampire book before I chose it, I wouldn't have taken the time to read it. The key word there is BEFORE. Because I had it spoiled by a straight up summary of the prologue on Goodreads, coupled with a pretty hearty description about the... well, vampires. So, now that you know that overly used trope is here, let's take a moment to discuss what Kent and Kaufmann do right, shall we? The vampires in 100 Fathoms Below are good ol' classic boys, in the sense that they're bloodthirsty and want nothing more than to maim and breed more of their kind. They aren't romanticized, either--and that's a great thing. In fact, they're written well enough that, despite having been spoiled by a fellow reviewer, I enjoyed the book enough to finish it. Mostly because I wanted to see how things ended. Something else Kent and Kaufmann excel at is creating a connection between the readers and characters. I found myself sharing the hopes and dreams of many of the figures we meet. That made some of the deaths a lot more difficult on me.  The plot is quick, making it an easy read; however, the sense of intrigue isn't really there. The whole discovering a prototype Soviet submarine takes the back burner with an occasional mention and even when it does come back into play toward the end of the book, there's not exactly any excitement or fear of them being caught. I found that to be a bit disappointing. Overall, it's an entertaining read, but I probably wouldn't take the time to re-read it. I'd like to thank NetGalley and Blackstone Publishing for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Frank Errington

    Review copy Most of the action in 100 Fathoms Below takes place onboard the USS Roanoke, SSN-709. That being said, before the crew gets underway, petty officer third class, Warren Stubic gets into some rather dark business which leads to everything which follows. You can't blame the guy, beginning the next day it'll be three months without sun, without liquor, without a woman. Life onboard this nuclear sub seemed realistic enough and essentially added depth (pun intended) to what in reality is a ho Review copy Most of the action in 100 Fathoms Below takes place onboard the USS Roanoke, SSN-709. That being said, before the crew gets underway, petty officer third class, Warren Stubic gets into some rather dark business which leads to everything which follows. You can't blame the guy, beginning the next day it'll be three months without sun, without liquor, without a woman. Life onboard this nuclear sub seemed realistic enough and essentially added depth (pun intended) to what in reality is a horror novel. "Stubic smiled back weakly, blinking in the bright, painful light. If only this were a hangover. Then he would have an explanation for at least some of what was happening to him. But not for everything. Even if he’d had too much to drink last night, which he damn well hadn’t, it wouldn’t explain the marks he found this morning on the side of his neck. Two small welts like bug bites. The tropical climate made Hawaii a welcoming environment for all sorts of insects, especially the nocturnal ones. Something had bitten him, and he wondered whether his symptoms were an infection brought on by the bite. Oh, God, was this malaria? He took a deep breath and tried not to think about it." It's not malaria, it's something far worse. I really don't want to let on much more than I have. I'll let the authors reveal their secrets as you read this fast-paced undersea horror/thriller. Everything worked for me in this collaboration. It's difficult to get an idea of who did what in the writing, but it's worth noting that the end result was a clear singular voice. “Nothin’ makes sense in this boat, White. Somethin’ been wrong from the start, I can feel it. Back in the bayou, some folks still practice the old religion. They say everything’s got a soul— even things that ain’t alive. Sometimes I think they’re right. And if Roanoke’s got a soul, it ain’t a healthy one. Somethin’ bad got inside her, and now she’s rottin’ away from within.” Full of surprises to the very end, I can gladly recommend 100 Fathoms Below. From Blackstone Publishing, 100 Fathoms Below is available in hardcover, paperback, e-book, and audio formats. From the authors' bios... Steven L. Kent has published several books dealing with video and computer games as well as a series of military science fiction novels about a Marine named Wayson Harris. While Kent earned a Bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree in communications from Brigham Young University, he claims that his most important education came from life. As a boy growing up in Honolulu in the 1960s, Kent developed a unique perspective. He spent hours torch fishing and skin diving. In more recent years he's concentrated on writing novels, including, The Clone Republic and Rogue Clone, both published by Ace Books. Nicholas Kaufmann is the Bram Stoker Award-nominated, ITW Thriller Award-nominated, and Shirley Jackson Award-nominated author of Walk In Shadows: Collected Stories, General Slocum's Gold, Hunt at World's End, and others. Over the years, he worked in publishing, owned his own bookstore, managed a video store, and was a development associate for a well-known literary and film agent. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and two ridiculous cats.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Myriam

    I got this book immediately after I saw the author’s post about a review stating vampires in a submarine being unrealistic. First of all, it’s a freaking fantasy novel, anything goes. Why wouldn’t there be vampires on a submarine? If anything, it’s totally plausible and a fantastic idea. Not to mention that the book is superbly written and plotted to the smallest detail without a fail. The authors did such an amazing job with everything. This story could not be better. It is scary, creepy and the I got this book immediately after I saw the author’s post about a review stating vampires in a submarine being unrealistic. First of all, it’s a freaking fantasy novel, anything goes. Why wouldn’t there be vampires on a submarine? If anything, it’s totally plausible and a fantastic idea. Not to mention that the book is superbly written and plotted to the smallest detail without a fail. The authors did such an amazing job with everything. This story could not be better. It is scary, creepy and the mystery of it is chilling. Well, it starts with mystery and then grows into a full blown horror. And it does not stop until the last page. The characters are developed to the perfection and the gradual world building is brilliant. The authors make the reader feel like they are part of the story. I read the story in one breath, biting my nails, feeling so scared I were to be the next victim. I felt like I was there, under water, in the dark, together with the crew, fighting for survival. And vampires are not fluffy friendly sexy creatures that reader can fall in love with and cheer for but truly abhorrent creatures that know nothing but causing death and destruction. This was refreshing for a change. Don’t get me wrong, I am not against vampire romances, but every now and then, I enjoy a good horror story. And this one was without exaggeration one of the best out there. I am grateful to the hateful reviewer for their negative review almost as much as I am grateful for the authors writing this story, as I probably would not have discovered this book otherwise. This book is one of my all time favourites and I highly recommend it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Darren

    TITLE: 100 Fathoms Below AUTHOR: Steven L. Kent and Nicholas Kaufman GENRE: Horror Pages 274 When I was a kid, I was totally engrossed with Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The whole idea od submarines got into my blood. THEN Tom Clancy hit the scene with The Hunt for Red October, and let me tell you, my love for a good submarine story was cemented. Why mention these two great submarine tales? Well, Steven L. Kent and Nicholas Kaufman has brought us a submarine tale that needs some recogni TITLE: 100 Fathoms Below AUTHOR: Steven L. Kent and Nicholas Kaufman GENRE: Horror Pages 274 When I was a kid, I was totally engrossed with Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The whole idea od submarines got into my blood. THEN Tom Clancy hit the scene with The Hunt for Red October, and let me tell you, my love for a good submarine story was cemented. Why mention these two great submarine tales? Well, Steven L. Kent and Nicholas Kaufman has brought us a submarine tale that needs some recognition. 100 Fathoms Below takes us back to the year 1983. The Cold War was in full swing, and we were constantly on the lookout for an edge over the Soviets. That is where the USS Roanoake comes in. The crew is tasked with going into Soviet water to discover if the Soviet navy has developed a new submarine. As the sub goes underway, something else boards that is evil, hates lights and mirrors, and is taking the crew out one by one. If Stephen King and Tom Clancy had an affair, this book would be their love child. It is fast paced, and the kind of book that dims the lights around you as you read it. It is perfect for fans of military thrillers as well as horror. It can easily be read over a lazy weekend or a rainy night. 5 out of 5 bookmarks.

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