20,000 Kilos Under the Sea

A Modern Retelling of the Jules Verne Classic

Fiction - Thriller - General
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 11/29/2022
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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite

Richard Wickliffe's 20,000 Kilos Under the Sea: A Modern Retelling of the Jules Verne Classic is a thriller that fans of Deep Fathom by James Rollins will adore. An exiled former Soviet Captain, Nikto uses a stolen submarine to prey on his enemies and to smuggle for a cartel. He attacks a U.S. expedition investigating his activities and takes three hostages of the survivors of the attack by his submarine, the Naumtsev. They might just be the help he needs in uncovering artifacts buried beneath the ocean, and orchestrating his revenge. Meanwhile, Navy Intelligence Officer Cynthia Engel seems to have a solid theory about the rogue sub. Can she get the intelligence community to subscribe to her idea and can the sub be reclaimed from the hands of a madman with plans that can destroy humanity?

This is a great story with stellar writing, deft plotting, and characters that leap off the pages with life. The author takes readers on an adventure in deep waters, and if he is not a skilled sailor or nautical expert, then the story is well-researched. The descriptions are terrific, filling the pages with cinematic images. There is a pleasant meld of elements of science fiction and military in this story that gives the narrative a strong appeal to a broader audience. Characters are solid, fully drawn, and many of them are tied to intelligence agencies, including ICE and the DEA. I particularly enjoyed following Cynthia Engel and Ned Landa. Richard Wickliffe's 20,000 Kilos Under the Sea is an imaginative, action-packed adventure with a setting that offers a fascinating peek into the deep seas.