War has come to the darkest depths of the deepest oceans.
Mayor Truman McClusky of Trieste City is at war with the world's superpowers. Laying claim to the resources of the ocean and its floor is the only way to survive in a world where Global Warming and rising sea levels ravage the surface. But when a Trieste City spy ends up dead — his body beaten beyond recognition—Mac realizes that his city is in mortal danger. The occupying force in Trieste knows more about his plans for independence than he thought, and they will stop at nothing to control Trieste and her people.
Mac flees with a small team that includes scientist and newcomer to the underwater city, Dr. Manesh Lazlow. Together they head for a secret base in the Mid—Atlantic Ridge where they plan to create new technologies to fight the superpowers for dominance over the oceans. But the French have picked up Mac's scent and will stop at nothing to kill him. Mac must elude the French, protect his citizens against sabotage and spycraft, and discover the identity of a spy in his midst if he is going to save his city and compete with the superpowers. But he's just a tiny player in the grand scheme of ocean politics. . . .
. . . unless he can get his new deep—sea engine working. With it he'll be able to forge deeper than any other sub in the oceans. And if that happens, then all hell is about to break loose.
At six kilometers down.
"In the first book of this series, The War Beneath, former intelligence operative Truman 'Mac' McClusky is drawn back into the politics governing the underwater city of Trieste against his will. . . Just as author Timothy S. Johnston's characters often find themselves in tight spaces, literally and figuratively, they also find plenty of action on their way to everywhere. . . As a sequel, The Savage Deeps delivers on every level. The action is perilous, but not an exact repeat of what we've seen before. New technology abounds, all detailed with exhaustive research. Once again, Mac is the star of the production, a wonderfully complicated character written with delicacy. There is a point when you can push a character too far. Mac is nudged up against the edge and held there until you think he might break. These scenes, for me, are just as thrilling as watching Mac perform daring underwater maneuvers. The emotional impact of this book is just as compelling as in the first one."
"The Savage Deeps is like a futuristic Das Boot with a lot of intense action and some interesting technology. Even though The Savage Deeps is the second in the series, it could easily be read as a standalone. The first book of the series, The War Beneath, primarily introduces the characters and gives a glimpse into what drives Truman McClusky, definitely a worthy read, but The Savage Deeps is considerably more action packed. Since the ending was full of spine-tingling thrills, I give The Savage Deeps a five star rating."
Timothy S. Johnston
is the author of Science Fiction/Thrillers The War Beneath, The Savage Deeps, Fatal Depth, The Furnace, The Freezer, and The Void, and he has won the GLOBAL THRILLER Award, the EPIC Award, the CYGNUS Award, as well as the CLUE Award.