The Tom Morrisey File:
Reviewed by C.J. Darlington
Dark Fathom by Tom Morrisey
"Perfect for Clive Cussler fans and all those who savor page-turning action."
Beck Easton is leading a double life. Most know him as a partner in software company Blue Corner Technologies. Few know him as a member of the National Security Agency. Instead of a supposed business trip for Blue Corner, he’s on assignment in Columbia assassinating a couple of drug dealers at the opening of Dark Fathom. But he’s tired of his double life and ready to cash in. As soon as Blue Corner goes public, he plans to retire and leave his NSA days far behind.
Unbeknownst to Beck, a sinister Al Quaida plot is quickly falling into place that could kill thousands. The government calls on Beck to do them one last favor – find Ahmed bin Saleen, who they believe is the plot’s mastermind. No big deal, his superior tries to persuade him. You won’t even need to bring a gun. Beck reluctantly agrees to tackle the job. His search takes him from Berlin to Canandaigua, NY, where he discovers a man murdered and floating beneath the lake’s thick ice. Apparently bin Saleen means business.
But it’s in Bermuda where the pieces fall into place. According to Dark Fathom’s premise, during World War II a Nazi plane carrying a plutonium bomb intended for New York City crashed in the Bermuda Triangle before delivering its “cargo”. Ahmed bin Saleen will stop at nothing to find that bomb, and neither will Beck. Armed with the latest underwater searching technology, he and his friends comb the waters for the missing plane as bin Saleen stealthily follows. Will they find the bomb before the terrorists?
Morrisey’s definitely done his homework in Dark Fathom, a prequel to his previous novel Deep Blue. Straight from the prologue he had me wondering if Germany really did have a flying-wing jet bomber like the one described (they didn’t, according to the author notes), and his sharp eye for specific details brought the story to life. He even personally drew the maps at the beginning of each section.
Beck Easton is an ocean diving Indiana Jones. The guy’s been to sniper school, can fly or drive just about anything, is an accomplished diver, and speaks German, Spanish and French. We watch him put most of these skills to good use in Dark Fathom. Some of the technical descriptions of diving equipment got a little tedious, and the romance subplot might seem a bit tacked on, but neither of these hindered my enjoyment of this bold adventure novel. Perfect for Clive Cussler fans and all those who savor page-turning action.
C.J. Darlington is the award-winning authof of Thicker than Blood, Bound by Guilt, and Ties that Bind. She is a regular contributor to Family Fiction Digital Magazine and NovelCrossing.com. A homeschool graduate, she makes her home in Pennsylvania with her family and their menagerie of dogs, a cat, and a paint horse named Sky. Visit her online at her author website. You can also look her up at Twitter and Facebook.