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3.41 of 5 stars 3.41  ·  rating details  ·  250 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Golden Cove today appears to be a charming New England seacoast town. But there are dark stories from decades past—when the town had a different name. Captain Joe Bierden’s heard them all—tall tales to entertain the tourists, he thinks. He doesn’t hesitate to hire his boat out to a research team eager to begin a month-long diving expedition.

So no one is more surprised th
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Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 5th 2009 by Berkley (first published 2007)
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Kimberly
This was the first book that introduced me to the author James Moore. I have it clearly listed as a "favorite" (as are most of the books I've since read by him :) ), but just realized that I never reviewed it.

Right off the bat, Mr. Moore's writing style just "clicked" with me. This was so skillfully written--so "in character" that I felt as if I were physically watching these events unfold before me. Certain authors are able to to that, and James Moore is one of the top ones, as far as I'm conce
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Dark Recesses
DEEPER
By James Moore
Necessary Evil Press
Reviewed by Nickolas Cook

The Cthulhu Mythos have come a long way since Lovecraft's day. We genre fans have seen them pass through the testosterone fueled pages of Robert E. Howard, passed off to a man who crept up on them, ever quiet and horrific, Ramsey Campbell, and then to Brian Lumley, a writer who's added so much depth to them that he's almost recreated Lovecraft's world of shadowy hidden interdimensional monster gods.
And now along comes the talente
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Edward H. Busse, III
A fun read by Mr. Moore. I liked the main character very much and the other characters were well developed and believable. The main "villain"…or "villains" I should say…were very unpleasant and that was a good thing. The book was well written - no gaps in the story, the action was believable, etc. The style of Mr. Moore's writing really put me in the action and I could smell the smells, envision the boats and "villains" and feel the environment. OVERALL/BOTTOM LINE: a fun book that you can enjoy ...more
Jason Golomb
I'd read some really positive reviews of this novel, both from Amazon and elsewhere, and I thought it would make for a fun and light Lovecraftian horror/thriller. It was light, and there's no denying author James Moore's connection to the Lovecraft collective mythos, but it just wasn't a good novel.

The characters were flat, the story was bland and predictable, and there was no pull of the reader into the grander vision of what makes Lovecraft-style stories so (capital G) "Grand".

This would be f
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Paul Hollis
Deeper is a entertaining blend of ghost story and Lovecraftian monsters from the deep. Moore does everything right with this one: great depth of character; great set up; it's tightly written and has some genuiely scary chills.
Adam Wilson
Please don't be discouraged by my three-star rating of Deeper by James A. Moore. This was a very fun bookin a lot of ways that I will explain, but first I will quickly

say that it didn't receive a higher rating from me because it really was nothing new to me. If you have read othernovels about exploring the ocean and finding some

crazy critters down there you have basically read Deeper, but that is like me saying if you have read one zombie novel you have read them all. The closest novel to this
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Andre Farant
I recently watched Dagon, a movie loosely based on H.P. Lovecraft's The Shadow Over Innsmouth. Unfortunately, despite being directed by Sturart Gordon (Re-Animator), Dagon proved deeply disappointing. I was hoping for a modern adaptation of Lovecraft's deep sea mythos, complete with an intriguing premise, interesting characters, and grotesque special effects. Instead, I got a tired pastiche peopled with flat, unlikeable characters and so-so effects. As the credits rolled, I felt unsatisfied and ...more
William M.
James A. Moore's previous outings, such as "Fireworks" and "Possessions", left me disappointed with his writing. I was about to stop reading his work until I stumbled upon his book "Blood Red", which I quite enjoyed. And while I don't think "Deeper" was nearly as good as "Blood Red", it is certainly worth reading. I'm a sucker for tales involving water and the deep unknown, and by having touches of the Lovecraft mythology, some likable characters, and a nice slow build with a creepy atmosphere, ...more
DJMikeG
Ugh. Abandoned halfway through. This is an extremely boring retooling of H.P. Lovecraft's "The Shadow Over Innsmouth", with some ghosts thrown in with the fishmen. I was excited for this book. I like Moore's "Fireworks" and I was interested to see how he would handle Lovecraftian themes and New England based marine horror. Not very well. This is an extremely dull novel and I found that I couldn't read more than two pages at a time once I got halfway through. Abandoned.
Paula
I thought this one might be a four star book because Moore does a great blend of monster/ghost/Lovecraft story, but the penultimate portion of the book was a bit too much like an action movie. I do plan to read some of his other books.
Ms.
Excelent book. Scary monsters, interesting characters, lots of action. It's a short book, but I couldn't put it down, and read it just a few nights.
Kurt Criscione
Moore takes a few pages from HPL and introduces us to the Horror of the Deep Ones and their ancient city off the New England coast.
Matt Marx
May 07, 2010 Matt Marx rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people with a stomache
Wow this was a great book it threw in ghost horror with creature horror! it is a unique book.
Ami
I thought this was a very fun little read.
Batsap
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Tarl
I picked up this book thinking that it would be a wonderous book in relation to HP Lovecraft's work. I mean, it has Deep Ones in it, and Innsmoth. All in all, this looked promising.

What it turned out to be was a book that even now, months after reading, still leaves a bad taste in my literary mouth. Yes, Moore does a fairly good job with his characters. You love the ones you are supposed to, you hate the ones you aren't supposed to like, so he succeeds there. But the rest of the storytelling is
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Procrastinador Diletante
Já conhecia este autor de outras andanças - Ficção Científica - mas li algumas críticas a dizerem muito bem desta obra, que é uma homenagem ao universo criado por H.P. Lovecraft. Os meus problemas começaram logo aí - ou se é fã de Lovecraft ou então não se vai perceber todas as pequenas piadas e referências que o autor vai colocando ao longo do livro. Mas o meu principal problema é o quão irreal toda a acção parece - a zona que eles vão investigar foi palco de um massacre (onde criaturas saíram ...more
Erik
First of all I want to say that I really enjoyed the first 80% of this book minus that very tacked-on feeling ghost sub-plot. I knew it was going to be a Lovecraft pastiche from the get go, and I ended up feeling like it was a decent one initially. The tension builds slowly throughout the story and I really grew to like the main character.

In the last 4-5 chapters it's like a completely different author takes over. New characters that weren't even hinted at in the rest of the story appear but don
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Terry
A late season charter is just what Captain Joe Bierden’s bank account needs, even if it means going to Golden Cove. He’s not sure what happened there, but it was enough to make the city change its name from Innsmouth. Anyway, Dr. Ward’s excursion to map the caves off the coast seems harmless and the parapsychologists interested in spotting one of the region’s fabled ghost ships are nice enough. But doom comes to the Isabella’s Dreams, when Dr. Ward’s group captures a fish man living in the caves ...more
Victoria
I have a deep love for maritime adventures, and this one certainly a unique (and pretty horrific) ocean tale. The Deep Ones were definitely fascinating creatures, but Moore never really satisfied me with enough detail about them. Still, the central focus of the novel - and rightly so - is the book’s narrator, Captain Joe. He is such a likable and sympathetic character that it is easy to overlook the details that have been glossed (or entirely skipped) over. Joe’s narration really makes him come ...more
Jim
A fun horror novel in the vein of Lovecraft. It is worth a read if you want a bit of action/horror but it does not have the foreboding dread of Lovecraftian fiction which is sadly lacking in this book. I wish there was more description of the caves and the feeling of dread as the divers enter them, but unfortunately, the protagonist does not dive so all of the experience is above water (for the most part) and you do not get the details of "down below."

Worth a read and a fun one at that, but I wo
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Bryan Worra
If you're going into this looking for a Lovecraft tale set in the modern age, you're going to be very disappointed, especially if you really love the atmospheric source material and the level of craft and looming horror Lovecraft sought to imbue to his tale.

If you're looking for a horror/ghost story with nods to H.P. Lovecraft, most specifically, the Shadow Over Innsmouth, then you might get a little more satisfaction from it. It's at least a fast read, but irritating, overall.

Michael
I have to give this one a resounding "Meh." The author made a few serious errors (not adequately describing a key setting, for example). Also, if you are going to write a story that is essentially a sequel to Lovecraft's "The Shadow Over Innsmouth," you should be certain to place it in Massachusetts, not New Hampshire. I didn't like the whole ghost thing, either. There were some good gun fights with the Deep Ones, but overall, I was disappointed.
Alejandro
An unimpressive effort from James A. Moore wherein a boat-owning everyman and his salt sea dog buddy play host to two parapsychologists, a professor, and his cadre of students who are seeking to map a network of underwater caves below the infamous town of Golden Cove, once known as Innsmouth. Lovecraftian-style fish men and Deep Ones show up and it's all fairly boring. The writing is flat, as is the dialogue, and the characters are fairly unremarkable.
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Debra
An enjoyable enough read, but the ghost side plot didn't work for me. Not against the supernatural in my stories (I usually love it), but this time there just wasn't enough development of it for it to totally work. Nothing really new or exciting in this story, but I still kept right on reading it to to the end.
Megan
Unfinished shelf!
Got through: 41 pages

Reading this was like watching one of those painful scenes in a movie where the main character turns and mugs cheesily at the camera-- if they spent the entire movie doing it.
Jaime Contreras
This is one of the poorest written books I have read in the last 20 years. The writing style is poor and the structure is shoddy. I can only recommend this as a sure-fire ranquilizer. Skip this and go to sleep.
Lawrence
Doesn't lack for action, but also doesn't go anywhere unexpected. All in all a good, quick, and amusing read.
Maicie
On another site I called this a quickie read-somewhat pleasurable but not very satisfying. Good beach read.
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James A. Moore is the award winning author of over twenty novels, thrillers, dark fantasy and horror alike, including the critically acclaimed Fireworks, Under The Overtree, Blood Red, the Serenity Falls trilogy (featuring his recurring anti-hero, Jonathan Crowley) and his most recent novels, Blind Shdows, Homestead and the soon to be released Seven Forges. He has also recently ventured into the r ...more
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