In Deep

A thriller romance Set in Latin America

Fiction - Realistic
196 Pages
Reviewed on 11/16/2012
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Author Biography

To date, Michael has written four novels. His first, Hampton Road, is a psychological thriller for young adults. His second, In Deep, and his third, Cupiditas, are political thrillers. Evil's Root is a compilation of In Deep and Cupiditas. His latest novel, EMMA: Emergent Movement of Militant Anarchists, is a crime/tech thriller.

Apart from writing novels, Michael has also published three non-fiction works: A Critical Look at John Gardner's Grendel; Teaching Literature and Writing in the Secondary Classroom; and Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson with Introduction, Notes, and Lessons by Michael Segedy. He has also published numerous academic articles about literature and writing.

Gwendolyn Brooks, former poet laureate of Illinois, presented him with Virginia English Bulletin's first place writing award.
Most of his adult life, Michael has lived overseas. He has spent over two decades living in Peru, Morocco, Israel, and Taiwan.

He and his family currently live in Lima, Peru, and with his family's support and encouragement, he hopes to start work on his next novel.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Stephanie Dagg for Readers' Favorite

"In Deep" by Michael Segedy is a political thriller with romance woven into it, but at its heart there is a very stark message about the dangers of corruption within corporations as well as governments. When a light plane carrying a US Senator and an influential businessman comes down over Peru in mysterious circumstances, Steve Collins, a less-than-ambitions expat journalist, is dragged from his dead-end life to go and cover the story. He is not keen to revisit an area that holds painful memories for him, but when he finds out he will be accompanied by the beautiful and spirited Jennifer Strand, another journalist who is connected with the Embassy, the mission becomes much more attractive. However, Steve and Jennifer find themselves in difficult and dangerous situations, confronting the bitter and horrific truth about international relations. But when facing such challenges, Steve rediscovers his true qualities as a journalist and human being. However, there is a sharp sting in the tail for him.

There is no doubt that Michael Segedy is a talented author. The reader is plunged into the action from the very start and the novel moves swiftly. But it is not action for action’s sake. There is a strong, tightly constructed plot behind it all with a real and worrying central theme of corruption in high places. The characters aren't cardboard cutouts as can so often be the case in political and high-tech thrillers. Even Polsky, Steve’s editor, whom we only meet briefly, has substance to him - both physically and as a very convincing person. We have all met people like Steve, the ‘could do betters’ of this world, so he is a very sympathetic and ultimately a very worthy hero. "In Deep" is a modern story with the drugs trade and rebels thrown into the mix. Settings are detailed and atmospheric and there is enough background detail to lend authenticity but not to overwhelm what is essentially a human story. Excellent writing.

M. Jones

Dagg has presented an excellent detailed review of the novel. Great job!

Michael Segedy

A wonderfully detailed and insightful review. You focused on the essential aspects of the plot without giving anything away.