The Dark Deeps

The Dark Deeps

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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 are after it, and Mr. Socrates, Modo’s master, wants to find it first. Modo and his fellow secret agent, Octavia, begin their mission in New York City, then take a steamship across the North Atlantic. During the voyage, Modo uncovers an astounding secret.

The Dark Deeps, the second book in Arthur Slade’s Hunchback Assignments series, is set in a fascinating Steampunk Victorian world. Modo’s underwater adventures and his encounters with the young French spy Colette Brunet, the fearless Captain Monturiol, and the dreaded Clockwork Guild guarantee a gripping read filled with danger, suspense, and brilliant inventions.

Publisher: New York : Ember, c2010
Edition: 1st Ember ed
ISBN: 9780375854040
0375854045
Characteristics: 310 p.

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goodreads1300
Feb 24, 2012

Excellent adventure and great plot

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ParthF
Dec 13, 2011

WICKED, this book is just, WICKED

teacupfaerie Aug 16, 2011

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He lay down again. The ceiling light was bright and contained in a circular, glass-enclosed compartment. There was no flame, so it was neither gas nor oil. The whole room thrummed; a sense of light vibration came from everything he touched. He was on a ship of sorts, and, if this wasn’t all a dream, it was a ship that could travel under the water…whoever had an army of these vessels would rule the seas.

Victorian/Edwardian England has only dreamed of submarine technology up to this point. So when ships start mysteriously disappearing off Iceland, the “Association” sends teenage secret agents Modo and Octavia to discover what is going on.

Modo can make his ugly countenance into a replica of any person he can imagine. For the first 12 years of his life, he is kept in an “Association” house, without going outside, and no human contact save the servants. There, he learns how to fight, read and write. He learns how to be the ultimate spy. But now he has competition from a slightly insane invisible boy named Griff who works for the Clockwork Guild. The Guild is an evil organization that wants the submarine technology for itself and aims to use it to destroy England. In the middle is the owner of the submarine, the ocean bound/underwater country of Icaria. Icaria has managed to build an underwater city and protects its borders by sinking any ship that travels into its territory. It just never bothers telling those ships they are trespassing. The society is an idealized one, where able-bodied and crippled are equal, as are the genders. It is led by a fanatical Captain who cheerfully sinks ships and takes hostages but then cannot understand why those hostages do not want to be part of her Utopia.

The Dark Deeps is written in the steampunk genre. This genre encompasses Edwardian and Victorian England and the use of steam power. Inventions such as a mechanical hand and chemicals that can turn a child invisible are present.

The setting is aptly described, and readers can visualize the scenery as it is presented. The Dark Deeps is much better written than the first in the series, The Hunchback Assignments. In general, the characters are well presented, and Modo is well fleshed out. The Dark Deeps is an excellent adventure, and the plot keeps readers interested.

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