Book Review: PRESSURE by Brian Keene
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Our review of PRESSURE . . . . . . . . . . .
Keene is a skilled writer who knows how to build suspense and ramp it up to nerve-breaking levels.
The ocean floor is collapsing near the island of Mauritius, and the cause is linked to a new undersea terror, a giant monster that is an enhanced amalgam of sea creatures. Carrie Anderson, the main character and a globally known free diver, gets a taste of the threat on a routine dive. She has several encounters after that, each one more deadly and terrifying. Keene's descriptions of the attacks are brutal, graphic and bloody, causing the reader to fear for the characters. Keene's insights help endear all of them and bring them to life.
In the latter part of the novel, the threat seems to be abated and the story takes a different turn into the realm of thriller, as the main characters attempt to uncover the evil plans of a large multi-national bio-tech corporation. It's a threat of a different type and just as dangerous.
I'm disappointed by the two-page epilogue that ends predictably. We've all seen this kind of ending too many times. It's not even necessary. The book could have ended without it. It's the only thing that kept me from giving this a five-star rating. I still recommend it to fans of beastly horror and thrillers.