Book Review: Vertical Descent
by Steve Turley
Checkpoint Press, 2008
Vertical Descent is a diving adventure novel set in Corsica.
The story is set in south west Corsica and begins during the second world war with the sinking of a German U-Boat. It then switches to the present day where the action is set.
The plot includes the sunken U-Boat, which is full of gold, Nazis who stole the gold, a Corsican nationalist organisation with terrorist tendencies, murder, intrigue and a beautiful Swiss underwater archaeologist - you got it! It's one for the beach or between dives on a liveaboard.
The plot is well thought through, engaging and easy to read but runs to over 400 pages which in my view was on the long side.
I took the book on holiday to read on the beach between dives and on the whole enjoyed it. One criticism: I felt the frequent "lectures" on diving, technical diving, archaeology, history and Corsica somewhat irritating and as I said a few pages less would not have detracted from the plot.
Overall as a holiday novel - Great!
Vertical Descent is available with 5% off from Amazon.
Review by Andrew Reay-Robinson
"I disagree with above comments - I enjoyed the book and felt the diving and other 'lectures' raised it above just another adventure novel, particularly for divers."
Gary Cutter, UK