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Big Deep

Novel by Frank S Pepper 1977.

A scientific expedition is sending a deep ocean survey craft into the Big Deep, a five mile deep fissure in the ocean floor. Mike Newton is an underwater explorer with the expedition, and he is the only man who thinks something fishy is going on. But under suspicion for murder, what can he do to prove anything? He eventually uncovers an operation trying to hide the fact that leaking nuclear waste, intended for the Big Deep, has been dumped in the sea bed and is causing mutations in the local sea life.

Interesting fact: Frank S Pepper was the creator and writer of Zip Nolan, the popular highway cop who appeared weekly in the Lion; and during a spell of illness in which he was unable to work, the job was done by a stand-in, namely the most famous modern British fantasy writer, one Michael Moorcock. However, it's difficult to find anything interesting, or even vaguely complimentary, to say about this offering from Venture Books, published by none other than Mills & Boon. It's packed with cliched dialogue, bad characterisation and incorrect science. The plot is even sub-Scooby Doo and the resulting cringe count is painfully high. It doesn't even qualify as 'bad-good' like tacky budget-starved cult movies such as Plan 9 from Outer Space or They Stole Hitler's Brain. The only redeeming features I can find here are the tacky cover and the fact that there are only 93 pages to get through. Miss this one.


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