RE: One Star Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars AN INCREDIBLE NOVEL
By Scanner on 17 April 2017
Regrettably I mean that literally, this novel is completely unbelievable. In fiction it is not uncommon to have to suspend disbelief for the sake of the plot - it's not desirable, but a little can be tolerated. However with "15,000 Feet Below" it is not merely necessary to suspend disbelief but the unfortunate reader has to hang it by the neck until dead and then draw and quarter it for good measure. It was just impossible to take on board all the coincidence, happenstance and circumstance that occur in this "plot" and eventually it gets to the stage where you just have to give up - I made it to about half way then skimmed the rest just for the completeness of this review.
The author does reasonable characterization and good action sequences although again the tendency to pile coincidence upon coincidence gave a very "Hollywood" feel to it - I lost count of how often chance intruded (at the last minute, of course) to stop "our hero" from reaching the oil-drilling platform in order to frustrate the "bad guy's" plan only for good luck to drop into his lap and set him back on course but it really did get to the laughable stage.
If the ridiculousness of the plot was overcome (partly by cutting out all the familial coincidences) this could make an excellent action/thriller movie but as the novel it is, I would strongly recommend leaving it "15,000 feet below" surface.