Review: Down by Ally Blue

April 17, 2015 Review 1

Review: Down by Ally Blue

Seven thousand meters below the ocean’s surface, the crew of the BathyTech 3 mineral mining facility has found something remarkable: a rock-like sphere of unknown material and origin.

For Mo Rees, the discovery calls to his inner explorer and adds color to his dull miner’s life. Even better than the promise of new knowledge is the unexpected connection he forges with Dr. Armin Savage-Hall, leader of the team brought down to study the thing.

For Armin, the object is the find of a lifetime. It could prove his controversial theories and secure his scientific reputation. And Mo is a fascinating bonus.

Then crew members start behaving strangely. Worse, they start to change: their eyes glow purple, their teeth sharpen. Then the violence begins, the brutal deaths. As BathyTech descends deeper into chaos, the surviving crew works desperately to find the cause of the horrors around them. What they uncover could annihilate the human race. And they can’t stop it.

Title: Down
Author: Ally Blue
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Long the Mile, Hell's End, The Secret of Hunter's Bog
Published by Riptide Publishing
Source: Publisher
Published: April 20, 2015
Genres: Horror
Pages: 380
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: one-flame

Ally Blue’s Down was something wholly different than what I expected. Maybe the cover should have been an indicator (it’s rather disturbing and horror like), but there are clearly two men mentioned in the blurb (while there is romantic involvement the situation around the Bathy Tech 3 is clearly the story), and I received the book from Riptide (they do romance mostly). I was expecting romance. What I got was a horror, very creepy horror. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I wasn’t even remotely disappointed that I didn’t get my romantic love story in the end.

Armin Savage-Hall and his team of fellow scientists are called to board the Bathy Tech 3 to investigate an anomaly. The team immediately makes correlations to another ocean floor research station and something they found. The speculations begin and never stop. The similarities are obvious yet there is no one to answer any of the endless questions from the other find. Everything unfolds and comes to a head in a little over a week. The questioning of others behavior starts early on, the psychosis soon follows, thus of course bone chilling, blood spilling mayhem is the only option for this tale to go.

Miner Mo Rees watches the station he has called home fall into the madness that has infiltrated the minds of the people he has worked with. He witnesses the doctor he wants to get to know better struggle to find answers to the nightmare that has come to be the norm. With every secret that is uncovered more questions arise and the few living people that remain unchanged discover that the impossible is happening right before their eyes.

I’m happy that this futuristic deep sea horror snuck its way onto my Kindle. I like a good scary book on occasion to mix things up a bit. Down certainly kept me guessing while making me notice all the little things that go bump.

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