When you combine the ocean with the promise of a good thriller, you have me hooked with two of my favorite things. “Deep Time” by Rob Sangster had both of these things on its cover and I knew that I had to give the book a read.
Jack Strider gets a call when the Aleutian, a Greenpeace ship off the coast of Oregon, mysteriously disappeared. It is not the sort of thing that he needs to be alerted of right away except for the fact that his goddaughter was on the boat. Jack calls in a few favors only to find that there is no trace of the ship anywhere. It appears to have just vanished off the face of the Earth and Jack knows that he has a mystery to solve. Just how deep the mystery goes, however, is something that he could never have guessed.
While the search for the ship continues, Strider is contacted by an energy baron who seems almost desperate to hire his law firm. While the money would be a boon for the struggling firm, which is using a lot of time and money to build a lawsuit against the military, Strider has to question why his services are so eagerly sought after by the man. A visit to the platform in the Pacific Ocean that the man has set up to take advantage of a thermal vent only increases Strider’s unease with the situation. Strider is determined to get to the bottom of the Aleutian’s disappearance as well as to what exactly is happening in the Pacific Ocean even if it will gain him powerful and deadly enemies along the way. What he discovers leads him to believe that the very fate of mankind may hang in the balance unless he can unravel the powerful web held together by money and greed.
“Deep Time” hits most of the right notes from the very first page. Sangster starts the novel with a band as the Aleutian’s disappearance is detailed and the pace for the rest of the novel has an almost frantic feel although it is kept under tight control the entire time. The characters are on the verge of being over the top at times but not so much that they seem unbelievable. The novel is full of action and yet there is an overall feeling that it has been well thought through and there is an underlying message as well that gives the story some added weight to keep it from being just another adventure novel. It is obvious from the first page that Sangster is in control of this novel, has a definite direction for it to follow, and will not waver from the vision that he has for the story. This is only the second book of the Jack Strider series and it looks as if the series has nowhere to go but up.
“Deep Time” is a prime example of just how good a thriller can be. Sangster gives the reader an eco-thriller that is based deep enough in fact and current events that it feels as if it could be true. This gives the novel a depth that is lacking in many thrillers and this book kept me on the edge of me seat throughout. This was my introduction to Sangster’s writing and I can say with certainty that it will not be my last. “Deep Time” is the best pure thriller that I have read this year.
I would like to thank BelleBooks and NetGalley for this review copy. “Deep Time” is available now.