I am delighted to share this starred Booklist review for PRESSURE, which my publisher just forwarded to me. PRESSURE comes out later this month, and can be pre-ordered here.
“Keene is among the most popular pulp horror writers of this century, but with most of his 40-plus titles available only in paperback, his work is not widely collected by libraries. Now is the time to change that with this compelling, crowd-pleasing hardcover release. Champion free-diver turned scientist Carrie Anderson is part of a team trying to find out why the Indian Ocean floor is suddenly collapsing. After numerous mechanical glitches, Carrie plunges into the depths, sans equipment, to try to determine what’s going on, but what she encounters is a monster so fearsome and so intent on destroying every creature in its path that it makes Jaws look like a guppy. In the open ocean, Carrie is in a swim for her life, but back on shore, things aren’t much better, as an evil corporation’s murderous henchmen have an invested interest in hiding the truth. Will Carrie and her team be able to stop both types of monsters and save the world from an ecological disaster? Keene’s winning formula of pairing a cast of strong characters with fastpaced, detailed action scenes (which include some of the best descriptions of the dismemberment of bodies in all fiction) is on full view here. Don’t just suggest to horror readers—although Keene does include a few fun insider references for genre fans. This is a perfect beach read for fans of Michael Crichton, Mira Grant, or Preston and Child—if you dare to take this book anywhere near an open body of water.”