CANYON DEEP is a Chris Black adventure story that blends scientific
investigation with underwater drama and social commentary as it
explores a deep sea canyon's surprising and dangerous secret. Chris and
his diving team didn't expect to encounter a deadly secret right
outside their bucolic Carmel-by-the-Sea home, but when they stumble
upon a canyon being used as a secret toxic waste disposal site, they
soon find that their underwater adventure has become deadly.
Men have died for less – and in this case, murder is not an impossible
outcome; especially since the illegal dumpers have their influence on
law enforcement officials, and a person from Chris' past has already
died to keep the dumping secret.
Without the support of peers or legal process, Chris and his team are truly on their own – or, are they?
One especially pleasing aspect of INTO A
CANYON DEEP is that scientific observations are woven into a story of
deception and danger, so readers can expect a tale replete with not
just intrigue, but details on investigative processes that delve deeper
From ruthless forces that would destroy a host of lives to keep their
secrets, to shootings, goons, strange confessions, and an unexpected
touch of romance that springs forth from the carnage that erupts from
Chris' investigation, INTO A CANYON DEEP chronicles the various ways
the characters find themselves over their heads, facing situations that
are challenging and ultimately filled with adverse impact on many
Gripping, science-backed and filled with
confrontation and trickery, this is a 'must read' for any reader who
likes their thrillers swift and their characters well-developed.
~ Diane Donovan, Literary Editor
A CANYON DEEP is a fascinating mystery that moves along at a breakneck
pace. Author James Lindholm has written a classic plot of greed and
evil, with wonderfully rich narration and believable characters.
Central California near Carmel-by-the-Sea and the Monterey Bay provides
an appealing setting for the book; that area is known as a world center
of marine science and also for the whacky characters of Steinbeck’s
Cannery Row. The scientists portrayed in the book fit well into that
The hero, Chris Black, is a marine
scientist with skills that would be envied both by the renowned
scientist Jacques Cousteau and also by a spy like James Bond. I
especially liked the way that the author blended action scenes with a
description of the cool science tools used by the hero. As a marine
scientist who works at sea with manned submersibles and remote camera
systems, I appreciated the accuracy of the descriptions of the
underwater tools and their uses.
Most importantly, I couldn’t put the
book down after I started to read it. I loved the constant action and
intrigue and found myself anxious to see how the complex story would
unfold. I give the author 5 out of 5 stars for this book I look forward
to reading his next book.
~ Dr. Richard M. Starr