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The Dark Deeps: The Hunchback Assignments 2 (The Hunchback Assignments #2)

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A fantastic Steampunk adventure in the deeps

Transforming his appearance and stealing secret documents from the French is all in a day’s work for fourteen-year-old Modo, a British secret agent. But his latest mission—to uncover the underwater mystery of something called the Ictíneo—seems impossible. There are rumors of a sea monster and a fish as big as a ship. French spies
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Ember (first published January 1st 2010)
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"The Dark Deeps" is the second in the Hunchback Assignments series. This one has Modo, the hunchback, and Octavia, a fellow agent in the Permanent Association, setting off to NYC posing as a young married couple. They are assigned to look in on a fellow agent who was due to check in but failed to do so. What they find leads them to a set of coordinates off the coast of Iceland. A "sea monster" has been sinking ship in the area and Mr. Socrates orders them to investigate.

This was lots of fun! I l
An Odd1
Oct 11, 2011 An Odd1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
"The Dark Deeps" (Hunchback A. 2) by Arthur Slade is scary steampunk. Brief precisely titled chapters shift viewpoints clearly, without confusion. Some, as the prologue with experimental "Yellow Boy" Griff, link, as to evil Dr. Hyde and icy lovely metal-hand red-haired Hakkandottir, and reappear with invisible coughs. Premonition hints, such as ch4 "On the last day of his life" sprinkle lightly, not too much.
Ugly masked chameleon Modo, now 14, and distracting vision Octavia Milkweed, now 15, lo
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: Next in the series. I'm a fan of the author's and I read every new book he publishes.

Modo and Octavia's assignment is to investigate certain co-ordinates where something referred to as big fish has been sinking fishing boats and any ships that enter that water near Iceland. Modo and Octavia are separated and 'tavia does not play a large role in this story. Instead Modo finds himself kidnapped along with a French spy who has been working the same case for her government. Modo
Sep 25, 2010 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another adventure with Modo and Octavia. This time they set out to see to investigate a possible sea monster causing havoc in the northern Atlantic. The ship they are on gets rammed and Modo is tossed into the frigid waters. He gets rescued by the crew of the Ictineo, a submarine patrolling in the area and learns the real reason they are marking their territory in this part of the ocean.

As in the first book Modo’s still very conscious about his real face and not willing to show others even Octav
Morgan Oats
Jun 09, 2012 Morgan Oats rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this second installment of The Hunchback Assignments we find ourselves away from London as Modo and Octavia are sent to New York to investigate the dissappearance of another British spy and the rumors of a fish as large as a ship... Or is it a fish at all? This newest addition to the series includes underwater civilizations, jealousy, invisible men, the French, the Clockwork Guild, and plenty of suspense.

I personally am a huge fan of Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and
Jun 22, 2011 Sensitivemuse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
***Possible spoilers***

I enjoyed the first book, and I enjoyed this one even better. This one rather focuses more on Modo and Colette (another spy but for the French) aboard a submarine. The addition of Griff into the story- who makes a perfect creepy villain, also made the book a great read.

What I enjoyed the most out of the story is the underwater city. I absolutely loved that part! the descriptions, the overall feel to it was so rich in description and was easily pictured. It was like reading
Stephen Winterflood
The hunchback assignment is pitched as a Steampunk story but I like to think of tales like this as Victorian Fantasy, as they echo the likes of Verne and Wells, and don’t really present us with much in the punk area - counter culture, underbelly of society.

You can enjoy this book without having read the first volume, as the author quickly introduces the characters and previous events without bogging the story down in pages of previous events. We are quickly made to feel at home in this world.

Fourteen-year-old Modo is a disfigured, shape-shifting spy for England’s Permanent Association. In this second steampunk adventure of “The Hunchback Assignments,” Mr. Socrates sends him and slightly older Octavia to New York to track down a missing British agent as well as French spy Colette Brunet. Information garnered sends the pair to the seas near Iceland as they try to identify the sea monster mysteriously attacking ships there. When the “monster” rams their ship, Modo falls overboard and r ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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In the first book of THE HUNCHBACK ASSIGNMENTS, Modo becomes a spy for his guardian, Mr. Socrates. During his premier assignment, he meets and becomes infatuated with Octavia Milkweed, a girl close to his age. In this second book, Slade channels Jules Verne as he introduces young readers to the world of steampunk adventures.

Now, despite their youth, Modo will be asked to pose as Octavia's husband. Though it seems like a dream come true, Modo wil
Rena  Traxel
Mar 26, 2012 Rena Traxel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Dark Deeps is book two in Arthur Slade's steampunk series. In book one we were taken through and under the streets of London. In book two we are taken to the deep depths of the ocean in which Modo (a disfigured, hunchback assassin) will face his hardest battle yet, and perhaps even find a new love interest?

What I liked about this book

1. Arthur didn’t spend too much time rehashing book one. He gave just enough details from book one to refresh the reader's mind.
2. His choice of setting. The m
Cracking good sequel to The Hunchback Assignments, although it had a different tone--not as dark and creepy as the first. In this adventure, our hunchback shapeshifting secret agent, Modo, is sent to New York City with his friend and fellow agent (and secret crush) Octavia, where they must go undercover as husband and wife while they investigate another agent of the Permanent Association who's gone missing. There's lots of humor and suspense as Modo has to keep his shapeshifting ability secret f ...more
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Apr 24, 2011 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book of the series finds Modo and Octavia posing as husband and wife and heading to New York in search of a missing fellow British agent. Once they arrive, they find out that he is dead but can't figure out by whom, and then there is the mysterious note with the words "Big Fish" and a location. What is this Big Fish? Is it part of the Clockwork Guild or something else? What is the organization's master plan?


Overall I enjoyed the book and especially learning about Icaria, an
Mod and Octavia's adventures continue on. Now that they know of one another their next assignment has them sailing to America as a Married couple. Modo is not sure what to think of this as he does not want Tavia to see his true face. They are sent to the America's to find someone and obtain information from them. When they get to America they discover that their contact has been murdered. We also meet an new character that has some unseen talents of his own. Once again, Modo and Octaivia find th ...more

Last year I fell in love with The Hunchback Assignments. It was my favourite book of the year.

I received my ARC of the sequel, The Dark Deeps, yesterday at work. I, literally, devoured it overnight. It was that good.

Picking up shortly after the events of Hunchback Modo and Octavia are given an assignment - to find half-French, half-Japanese spy Colette Chiyoko Brunet. To find her Octavia and Modo must pose as husband and wife and infiltrate the last known location of Colette - code name Ictineo.
May 09, 2011 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Modo and Octavia are sent to America to spy, but they never reach the shores as their ship is hit by an unknown object. Octavia is saved by the seaman and tries to get another captain to go out and search for Modo. None of the captains will to into the waters where the ship was attacked as they are afraid or loosing their own ship.
Little does Octavia know that Modo wasn't drowned but was taken aboard a submarine that has claimed that area of water for their own country. Modo meets a French agent
Dec 27, 2010 Deborah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Modo's next assignment is to go undercover in America to find out what happened to a missing agent - with his beloved Octavia posing as his wife. Modo is nervous that Octavia will find out what he really looks like. Meanwhile, young French super agent Colette is scouting out reports of a sea monster in the ocean around Iceland. The "sea monster" capsizes her ship and she finds that the sea monster is actually a submarine. Events bring Modo and Colette together. And of course the Clockwork Guild ...more
An entertaining reimagining of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. I haven't read the first book in the series yet, but I was able to jump right in. The book gets a little busy at times, jumping between too many viewpoints, but the action is entertaining and it's fun to spot the literary characters who show up. As a big Jules Verne fan, I liked seeing a female Captain Nemo analogue; I was disappointed that she wasn't allowed to be the genius engineer of the original, but I like the idea of her leading ...more
Dec 30, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, sci-fi
Modo and Octavia are on a new assignment--and must pose as a married couple! Can they discover the "grand fish"? What happened to French agent Collette Brunet? And what is up with the strange coughing sound?

I think I liked this second adventure even better than the first. Slade does an awesome job interweaving the familiar stories with steampunk and espionage, creating his own unique world. It's a lot of fun figuring out what is going on and how they'll survive this time. And whether Modo will e
Oct 27, 2012 bird rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At times The Dark Deeps reminded me of Ten Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, but it was still a fascinating action packed read. I felt so sorry for Modo while reading this book. He's such a likeable character and his story is heartbreaking.

I read The Dark Deeps in about an hour or two and enjoyed it. The interactions between Tavia and Modo are simply hilarious. The villains are as scary as ever and the new characters that are introduced are brilliant. Middle school kids will love this steampunk s
Shashank Eeda
Apr 07, 2015 Shashank Eeda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Hunchback Assignments 2

The book The Hunchback Assignments 2 written by Arthur Slade is a mysterious journey that catches many surprises along the way. Everyone has there own ways of life, some go through struggles and some don't and they all say if your born rich you stay rich but not Griff. He once wore fancy shoes and great clothes but after his parents passed away he got stuck on an island wearing rags and now works on a ship which went through many difficulties throughout the adventure
In this second book in The Hunchback Assignments series, 14-year-old secret agent Modo, a deformed hunchback with an ability to change his appearance at will, partners with 15-year-old former pickpocket Octavia to undertake another mission for the Permanent Association. Under the direction of spy master and foster father Mr. Socrates, Modo and Octavia pursue Colette Brunet, a French agent, and discover the story behind the Ictineo, an underwater steamship so powerful that it must either be posse ...more
Aug 25, 2010 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-schoolers
The second installment in Slade’s Hunchback Assignments is a suspenseful deep-sea adventure with Steampunk flair. The Dark Deeps begins a new adventure so readers new to the series can enjoy this one on its own. Readers will be holding their breath as they voraciously read to the final pages to discover how Modo and Brunet manage to escape the clutches of the Clockwork Guild and Griff, the invisible man.
Mar 11, 2012 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun sequel. I loved the underwater setting and the addition of Colette the Japanese-French spy. There is also some nice development of the relationships, with a moving scene with Mr. Socrates. I will definitely check out the next book in this serIes.
Mar 14, 2015 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
I'm really liking this series. It's kind of steam punk -- kind of action/adventure -- kind of romance -- kind of campy. It might capture the "Cherub" crowd -- more likely the "Incarceron" crowd.
Jun 09, 2012 X rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was better than the first book, I think, but still not outstanding. Maybe I just expect too much from them. I did love the steam punk setting though, and I'm looking forward to the next book.
Mar 23, 2012 Nix rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Can you say ripoff?

I'm sorry, everyone else seemed to really like this book. I saw it as a big ripoff of Jules Verne. People can say homage if they like, but I think ripoff. (Might be why I've thrown out so many plotlines.)

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea was all right. I don't see why they have to modernize it. Though I now have a healthy fear of going too deep in the ocean (doesn't help to have a book about a crashed submarine floating around the house), I still think that the original
Modo and Octivia are on a mission for Mr. Socrates, they were to look for the submarine fish, Ictineo, when their ship was hit, sending Modo crashing down into the icy water below. Octivia, still on the ship, has to save herself by sailing the ship back to shore and leaving Modo and hoping for the best. Modo then finds himself in the submarine Ictineo with Colette, an enemy spy. Soon later, the Clockwork guide finds their submarine and tries to take over it, but Colette, Modo and Captain Monturi ...more
3.5 stars. Hunchback Assignments meets 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea!

That basically describes The Dark Deeps. It's certainly not a bad thing, however, considering how much I love Jules Verne, and everything about the underwater world of Icaria was beautifully vivid. It's really a shame there wasn't much time spent on it, with 99% of the book set onboard the submarine, Ictineo. About the only thing I can see wrong with the relocation to an underwater setting is that we were taken away from that vi
Madeleine Holly-Rosing
I had reviewed this earlier, but I have no idea what happened to the review...guess I didn't save it properly. Anyway,...

Like most sequels to a new book series, I found this one to be better than the first. The first one set up the world and the characters while the second has the advantage of just diving in. And dive it does. (No pun intended.)

THE DARK DEEPS starts off with a bang. More action oriented than the first one, Modo and his partner Octavia are sent on a mission not realizing someone
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  • Wild Cards and Iron Horses
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  • Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded (Steampunk, #2)
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Arthur Slade was raised in the Cypress Hills of southwest Saskatchewan and began writing at an early age. He is the author of the bestselling The Hunchback Assignments series of books, Dust (which won the Governor General's award), Tribes and Jolted. He lives in Saskatoon, Canada (which really is a real place). Join his creative & somewhat clever newsletter at: what a zany newsletter!
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  • Empire of Ruins (The Hunchback Assignments, #3)
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