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Deep Cut

The Deep Series, Book 2
Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
Series: The Deep, Book 2
Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
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Summary

Sometimes, the brightest corners of the world can hold the darkest shadows.

Rising steeply from the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, the Dutch island of Saba is a sleepy paradise, the mountainous slopes dotted with little red-and-white cottages and the seas teeming with life. But this little oasis has a less tranquil history, many of its inhabitants having descended from smugglers and pirates. 

Boone Fischer and Emily Durand are eager to explore their new home, but their peaceful lives are about to be shattered, as one of history's most powerful hurricanes begins to form - and, as if that weren't enough, a savage evil has made its way ashore. In this sequel to the best seller Deep Shadow, Nick Sullivan brings listeners to another fascinating corner of the world and sends them into a swirl of action and adventure.

©2019 Nick Sullivan and Wild Yonder Press (P)2019 Nick Sullivan and Wild Yonder Press

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"What a great sequel to a fantastic opening shot! Boone and Emily return from Deep Shadow, but in new digs. These characters seem real to me, like close friends, as well as some new friends on the Dutch island of Saba. If this was a movie, I'd comment on great underwater scenery, but you'll have to open your inner eye, as you read it." - Wayne Stinnett, best-selling author of Fallen Out.

"With his three-dimensional action scenes, vivid characters, and his remarkably clever, page-gripping plots, Nick Sullivan joins the ranks of the best writers of Caribbean adventure." - Michael Reisig, best-selling author of The Road to Key West series.

"Finally, a story that captures the intrigue of this hard-to-explain place with just the right amount of Saba Spice. What a pleasure to read such a well-researched (or, as the locals say, "for true") book written by a real diver with attention to historical and present day details. A must read for anyone who has had the pleasure to visit. Bucket-listers, get packin'!" - Lynn Costenaro, owner of Sea Saba.

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  • Brian
  • 30-04-19

Brilliant Storytelling

I wasn’t really sure where Sullivan was going to take Boone and Emily but Deep Cut was brilliant from beginning to end. His ability to intertwine real world (beautiful) locations within the main story in both Deep Shadow and Deep Cut blows my mind. Add in his fantastic writing and combine that with his years of narrating experience and you have a fantastic book that is made for audio.

I realized quickly that without spoiling the book (and Sullivan did not do so in the synopsis) the premise will be a bit hard to explain. Just know that the book is about a massive storm is bearing down on Saba while some evil stuff going on. Both of these things require some help investigating.

I need to point out the interaction between Boone and Emily (and especially Emily’s quips) had me in stitches numerous times – especially in a book that got as dark as Deep Cut did. It was those moments of reprieve that allowed me to absolutely fly through listening to this one. It would get real serious, but then Emily or Boone (usually Emily) would say something that had me rolling and their interaction with each other was the perfect kind of relationship for me.

The overall “vibe” of Deep Cut reminded me of the island of Saba – even though there was a lot going on, everything got there in due time. The introduction, investigation, and storm took some time, but the overall feel was that everything was on that “island time”. Even though I mention that it was an intense book (and there were some dark and scary moments) everything was paced extremely well for its setting.

I will say this, Sullivan can write. Deep Shadow had me wondering if they would ever make it and Deep Cut made me realize that I need more of these characters in my life. Emily and Boone complete me in some way – and I cannot wait to figure out where they are off to next.

(I included this at the top of my full blog, but didn't want to take away from the "review" feel here: I wanted to let you know, that before getting into the book – I had watched my favorite travel couple talk about and show a lot of the walk around Saba. I didn’t think this would affect my enjoyment of the book but I was wrong. Knowing just a little bit of what it looked like (and how absolutely stunning it is) made me enjoy the story that much more. Maybe it was because I didn’t have to imagine how pretty it was – I had an image in my head. I didn’t have to Google what Saba’s runway looked like (or what a landing looked like) since I already watched a video on it. If you have 20 minutes and you’re curious (before or after reading Deep Cut) what Saba looks like - check out Kara & Nate (look for Kara & Nate Saba) on youtube.)

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  • Mary Reder
  • 04-05-19

Very enjoyable 2nd installment in the Deep series.

What's not to love? A gifted narrator writing for himself! I've enjoyed Nick Sullivan's narrations of other authors for years. I was very happy to see that he picked up pen and wrote for himself. The adventure makes it a fun read, but the attention to local and historical details makes this series terrific. Add to that the authors obvious personal passion for diving and the tropics.... and you just can't go wrong!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-10-19

great series

I'm a huge fan of Nick Sullivan's narrating. his books are just as great! I really love the way his stories crossover with Fallen series!

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  • Janet Fincannon
  • 19-09-19

Love

I Love, Love, Love Nick Sullivan as an author and as a narrator. The DEEP series is very entertaining and educational. Can't wait for the next one!

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  • Clyde L.
  • 04-09-19

Great Book

Wonderful wonderful book cannot wait for the next one. The narrator did a great job.

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  • Lauri
  • 12-08-19

Loved loved

I read the first book and I wasn’t that into it but kept at it. It then became a winner. Lots of action and fun. The characters become your buddies. I liked the 2 nd book much better but would recommend listening to the 1st book before the 2nd. The author was great at narrating. Would like to see what other books he did. Can’t wait for the 3rd book😀

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  • Steve
  • 10-07-19

Excellant

Can't wait for the next book. You are a fantastic narrator and a darn good writer. As a previous Dive Master I appriciate your accuracy in you under water segments. However, on the deep dive sequence, I always took my charges deep and then gradually brought the up and they early knew we were ascending.

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  • DabOfDarkness
  • 14-06-19

Perhaps even a little better than book 1

Note: While this is Book 2 in the series, it works fine as a stand alone novel.

I really enjoyed Book 1 in this series and Book 2 is just as good, or even a smidge better. Emily and Boone have a solid friendship that serves as a great base for their developing romance. That makes them a great team for this adventure! It’s really the mystery and adventure that keeps me interested in these books. The setting is exotic and lush, a unique place for murder, deceit, and occasional mayhem. All around, it’s a great combo that had me listening to this story in one long go. I didn’t want to put it down!

Boone does seem to be developing a special ability, a kind of spidey sense when it comes to the bad guys. At first, this was believable because all of us take in more info than we’re a aware of and that can lead to hunches. However, later in the story it becomes more a plot crutch to keep things moving along. Boone is interesting enough on his own that he doesn’t need any quasi-mystical abilities. That’s a really tiny complaint for a story that kept me so thoroughly entertained.

Emily’s sense of humor is a bit like my own and I loved how she used it to keep her own spirits up during the direst moments. That scene where she’s singing Old MacDonald Had A Farm was great. Emily is a great character because she’s not some insta-warrior nor is she a maiden in distress. She’s practical and fights when she has to but isn’t above getting an assist from Boone when the situation warrants it.

There’s some new characters introduced (which makes sense since they switched islands from Book 1). This includes a woman who wants a sparring partner and Boone can keep up. At first I was worried that the author was setting up a love triangle, but thankfully that isn’t so. Yay! It’s really good because I like the addition of this new character and appreciate the useful things she taught Emily.

All around, it was a fast-paced bit of action goodness. Looking forward to the next book! 5/5 stars.

The Narration: Nick Sullivan narrates his own book and he does a really good job of it. Emily still sounds more Australian than English at times but not as much as she did in Book 1. But I’m fine picturing her as Australian. Sullivan has unique voices for all the characters and he does a variety of Caribbean accents as the story dictates. His female voices are believable. All around, it’s a really good performance. There are no technical issues with the recording. 4.75/5 stars.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Nick Sullivan. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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  • Hall Ways
  • 27-05-19

Exciting way to kick-off your summer reading

HALL WAYS REVIEW: 4.5 STARS. Audio book review. In DEEP CUT, as in DEEP SHADOW, readers get to live vicariously through the adventures of main characters Boone Fischer and Emily Durand, this time with the stunning setting of the island of Saba in the Caribbean Ocean. Ahhhhhh. With the threats of the last book left behind, the bad guys beaten back, and a relationship that’s gone from flirty to full bloom, Boone and Emily have nothing to do but spend time between the sheets, or scuba diving, or at the beach bars enjoying adult beverages, right? WRONG. While all of the above do happen, there’s something sinister lurking, and it will affect the lovers more than they can imagine.

DEEP CUT picks up a week or so after their last adventure ended, and Emily and Boone have advanced their relationship a bit. What started in the DEEP SHADOW as a friendship with mutual admiration and some flirty business morphed quickly, but it’s especially clear that they are in love and committed, and they complement and balance each other. It feels natural and it works. While the book isn’t focused on the romance, it is integral to the primary plot, and author Nick Sullivan brings these two characters to life.

“You about to get maudlin? Shut your pie hole.”

Sullivan makes his characters feel familiar and authentic, and their personalities are clearly defined. Boone is mostly the practical, predictable guy, who has some extra sensory perception for when things are off. His internal monologue sheds light on this and shows his sometimes-humorous side. Emily is more spontaneous, carefree, and charismatic, and her character brings much levity to the story. She and Boone both have sharp wits and are quick thinking and clever, and it serves each of them well whether the situations they find themselves in are on land or in the water.

DEEP CUT rolls along casually most of the time with interesting island tidbits and a laid-back island vibe without a lot of action. Then, BAM! High drama, and the action kicks-in to high gear with threats from beast and man and even acts of God.

BEAST. Anyone who knows me knows I have a love/hate relationship with sharks. I’m terrified but fascinated, and so at the first mention of sharks – which of course are mentioned since the divers are IN THE SHARKS’ HOUSE – my heart rate quickened. The scenes in the water are nerve-racking enough (um, sharks’ house) by definition, but Sullivan brings in his own diving knowledge and (possibly shark-y experience) to vividly describe the scenes. It is intense! As a side note, Sullivan also does a great job of slipping in the public service announcement of reminding readers that sharks aren’t evil and what generally motivates their behavior.

MAN. Ooooh, here is another place where Sullivan excels, both in his writing and narration. While the island of Saba does have a history of pirates and smugglers, the danger of the man-made kind is truly evil – the messed-up, off-balance, psychotic kind of evil that is riveting. Readers get to go inside the mind of The Servant, and that is a scary place to be especially when you listen to Sullivan’s narration of this character. His calm and controlled delivery is chilling and totally creepy.

GOD. Okay, maybe that’s too dramatic, but the backdrop of Hurricane Irma drawing ever closer to the island really ramped up the tension. Readers feel it coming and likely know the path of destruction the real Hurricane Irma left in the Caribbean. The dread of Irma’s arrival is palpable in the writing, and it perfectly parallels the dread of what’s surely coming when The Servant makes his next move.

ABOUT THE NARRATION: Nick Sullivan’s narration is on point in this second book of the series. He’s tamed the voice of Emily so that she sounds female (and not like a man voicing a female), and he’s captured her wry sense of humor and zest for life. He does a great job voicing all the characters and their unique accents and personalities and as mentioned, he nails the creepy factor in the voice of The Servant. There are no audio/technology glitches and the pacing and delivery are even, though a bit slow for me, so I listened at 1.25x.

I recommend readers – wait for it – dive right in with DEEP CUT. It stands alone and is a quick and exciting way to kick-off your summer reading and ignite your wanderlust. Don’t miss it! Meanwhile, I will anxiously await the next installment in the Caribbean Dive Adventures. After all, I am still waiting for Boone to find those dolphins.

Thank you to the author and Audiobookworm Productions for providing me an Audible download code in exchange for my honest opinion – the only kind I give.

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  • Haddie H.
  • 23-05-19

FIVE BRILLIANT SHINING STARS

I absolutely LOVED this audiobook. Having listened to the first book, Deep Shadow, I am familiar with the main character(s) and the theme of this series. I love that it takes place in the Caribbean. The witty banter between Boone and Emily. They have great chemistry and their side-romance does add to the story.
Nick Sullivan both writes and narrates his books. That's amazing. I find his narration very vibrant and realistic. If anyone else narrated this book, I don't think it would be the same experience. Because he is the author, I can tell he is giving the characters the voice he wants them to have, and what he wants readers/listeners to hear. And he does a bang-on job of it.
The audio was crystal clear. No choppy scenes or "too-long" periods of silence. Transitions from one scene to another were smooth and flawless. Amazing book. Highly recommend. FIVE BRILLIANT SHINING STARS. I wonder where Boone will go next.