Had and Lost Me All In One
3 out of 5 stars
I don’t always check other reviews before posting my own (I don’t want to steal their ideas or influence in any way). But for New York Deep I had to look. I noticed one thing. People either loved or hated this book. There didn’t seem to be a lot of “in the middle” people. Me, I enjoyed it more than I didn’t.
I agree with other reviews that the character development was rushed and there wasn’t a big reason to like let along follow Josh along this crazy and insane journey.
I don’t like to spoil things in my review (so look away if that’ll bother you) but I have to spoil it a little to even start my review. First and foremost – this is a time travel book. It doesn’t look or feel that way when you first start it, but the blurred timelines and insane back and forth from different times makes this firmly a time travel book.
I like when a book can confuse me and leave me feeling hopeless. That means I’m connecting with the main character in some way, but New York Deep seemed to go into the deep end and then sink there. I couldn’t follow it from about 2/3 to 3/4 of it. It did swing back a little in the last 15% or so, but man was I at a complete loss.
That’s why this book is so hard for me to rate. I liked it because it made me think. I liked it because it jumped around time and I wasn’t even sure why. But I didn’t like it because I wasn’t given a real reason to like Josh. I didn’t because I wasn’t given a real reason to like the story at all, it just felt rushed and confusing. But most of all, I don’t like that I don’t know how to feel about it.
I’m trying to be more critical this year, but this book has thrown me for such a loop.
Overall, I thought that New York Deep was an interesting story that got lost along the way. I like Morgan’s work but this one felt like it was fighting multiple battles to get the story to me.
The narration for New York Deep was done by Greg Tremblay. I don’t think I’ve listened to any books by him before this but I’ve been following him for a while. He was good and a few times I think he slipped deeper into a New York/Brooklyn accent (even though he didn’t use it the whole time). I thought his narration helped add to the story.
New York Deep by Andrew J. Morgan
Narrator: Greg Tremblay
Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
Published by Blackstone Audio on April 25th 2017
Genres: Science Fiction
Deep below Manhattan, tunnel engineer Josh Reed leads his team as they excavate the East Side Access extending New York's railway service. But sparks fly as the drill hits an unusual crystalline material - one Josh has never seen before. They push on, and Josh discovers something even more unexpected: a vast room, empty and lifeless - or so it seems.
When Josh finds out that the CIA are now looking for him and that his coworkers have gone missing, he turns to his best friend and boss, Lionel Parker, for help. Together they unravel the mystery of the room, what's inside it, and why the CIA are so desperate to keep them silent. It's nothing they could ever have expected.
I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.