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In a post apocalyptic flooded New York City a private investigator’s routine surveillance case leads to a treasure everyone wants to find and someone is willing to kill for Depth combines hardboiled mystery and dystopian science fiction in a future where the rising ocean levels have left New York twenty one stories under water and cut off from the rest of the United States But the city survives and Simone Pierce is one of its best private investigators Her latest case running surveillance. “Why is it always a blonde”About once a year there comes along a book that irks me for a strong reason A very strong reason It might be the author’s vast credentials that appear to have been suandered the inability to push the genre when it wishes to do so badly or just the piss poor writing uality Lev Rosen’s Depth manages to hit all three and keep truckingThe ice caps have melted bringing rising sea levels to humanity’s door front New York City as we know it is gone sunken all the way up the twenty first floor Or is itSimone Pearce is the city’s best private investigator or so we’re told buddied up with the Chief of Police Caroline Khan Simone’s latest case is an easy surveillance sting; keep an eye on a supposed cheating husband and all should go smoothly But when he winds up dead in the recycling bin well things go exactly the way they shouldn’tIt’s a nice set up suitably post apocalyptic and oozing with enough twists to muddle your sight like the sea fog Problem is it is none of this Yes the world is interesting to a degree just so long as you don’t think too hard on how we got there Of course the “how” really isn’t as important per se in a piece of detective fiction The whodunit should take center stage Rosen tries his hand at an elaborate plot teeming with political corruption and back door scheming but like most traps of modern day mystery fiction he creates a strong second sub plot that invariably ties directly into the major oneIt’s the oldest trick in the book and there’s no use sugar coating the mechanic If used well it can be incorporated uick enough that you don’t see it coming but that reuires details upon details to confuse the reader set them off kilter unsure which line is the hook and sinkerThis should’ve been my first warningThe only excess of information Rosen presents us is in the many many info dumps Whenever a new character shows up the author decides it’s best to tell us their entire backstory up until now Not only is this lazy writing at its finest it’s also jarring and completely unwarranted If you wanted to relay this information in a better way show the ticks and ghosts haunting them through their actions Making a character scratch their metal head plate and joking about protecting terrorists does to establish characterization than needlessly inserting paragraph upon paragraph of what that metal head plate entails how he got it or what its functions areBut when it comes to our two main characters Simone and Caroline very little is said about them This could be a direct interpretation of writers such as Chandler or Hammett and their creations but to wave off anything different from characters seventy years ago other than their gender is ludicrous There is little motivation for either character other than a flippant backstory near the end in some vain attempt to wrap up a problem The tropes are all there The addiction to narcotics cigarettes in particular; the brash standoffish loner talk; the trust issues; the religious distaste As I said the only difference between a Noir caricature that’s been written over seventy years and Simone Pearce is that she’s a woman There is no analysis There is nothing new or exciting and I can’t applaud the simple switch in how they use the restroom especially when I’m curious as to how those traits were formed to get us here Hell even the female objectification is subverted to a male femme fatale I will however applaud Rosen on his writings with deCostas The character is suitable and naïve enough for the part he needs to play and the gender roles itself is a nice critiue that I’m afraid should’ve been expanded upon than just by focus on his physiue or pronoun “Simone like most New Yorkers thought all religions were crap and Boro Baptism was just the latest name for a generations old addiction to fear and an overwhelming hope that someone could save you”Unfortunately the one critiue I cannot applaud is Rosen’s casual attack on religion Don’t get me wrong; I love a strong analysis or skepticism on organized religion and the adverse effects of it Even spirituality and the inclusion of faithlessness is enough to rattle my curiosity It’s a favorite theme of mine funnily enough being religiousSo it will come to no surprise that I was disgusted at Rosen’s background remarks on what one might call a box toward neo conservatism See I can only assume that the rising tide created a mass hysteria that made people flock toward answers Sweet talking pastors and the hope that springs from faith must’ve given them those answers Problem is Rosen doesn’t tell us any of this We must assumeWe must infer that a century or into the future will still have rampant homophobia with little remarks on a much probable xenophobia or nativism Modesty is revered and the antagonist has a Southern accent because “that fits the Bible Belt stereotype” Don’t even get me started on how an entire nation could accept a Westboro Baptist themed identity That’s revolting being a Baptist myselfIt’s uite frankly appalling that Rosen thinks gay rights will completely disappear because of a fervent humanistic need for light in a swirling chaos of natural disaster The cynical man might call it an attack on the other side’s politics I like to call it a lazy liberal’s wet dream pun intendedI almost put the book down because of this but the short length and hope that he might expound upon such ideas kept me goingNo such luck The writing does not improve as the story continues It is clunky stilted and bad hardboiled writing at its finest The pacing is as slow as a police procedural supposedly to allow the reader to think alongside Simone Hah I had the majority of the case solved by the second chapter Transitions are also sharp and unexpected as if Rosen sat down after finishing a week ago on one scene and wishing to segue straight into the newest plot point For all the author’s faults I must also bring into uestion the publisher’s credentials Yes I review a book free of charge Yes I should be grateful But some mistakes are intolerable Whoever formatted this particular ARC needs to go back to whatever workshop they took and reassess their work “’Pleased to meet you Pastor Sorenson’ Simone saidextendingher hand in what she hoped was a confident way Heshook itHis hands were rough and dry‘Thank you for letting us do this’ deCostas said alsoshakinghis hand”I’m not sure what formatting error this is but if somebody could tell me how to fix it I’d love them for all eternity I have an assumption it’s a PDF processing error but I can’t be sure A simple fix would be to read over the document before you send it out for review and make it a MOBI doc if you want it to be sent to Kindles Just a suggestion It’s not that hard people and what irks me the most is this isn’t the first case; it’s just the first I’ve had to deal with where half the book is like this I guess you could make the same allusion to the author’s work as wellIf you haven’t come to your senses by now I wouldn’t recommend this book to anybody with any knowledge of Noir fiction or want of post apocalyptic dystopia Perhaps simple detective fiction but nothing If you’re going to do something you go the distance You go as far as it takes I expected than fingernail depth from a writer lauded like Lev RosenSo if you want to call Depth a homage to Noir be my guest I’ll laugh and call it an insult“She had the shot It was lined up She just needed to wait for the fog to clear And it was going to clear in a moment She could read the swirls of it how it breathed and parted New York City was lazy like cigarette smoke”I was given this ARC for my honest review

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Depth by Lev A.C. RosOn a potentially unfaithful husband was supposed to be easy Then her target is murdered and the search for his killer points Simone towards a secret from the past that can’t possibly be real but that won’t stop the city’s most powerful men and women from trying to acuire it for themselves with Simone caught in the middle Heinlein meets Hammett in this whip smart whodunnit set amid the billowing fog and rising waters of a future New York in which the truth like the monuments and skysc. Regan ArtsPublishing Date April 2015ISBN 9781941393079 Genre SciFiRating 465Publisher Description Depth combines hardboiled mystery and dystopian science fiction in a future where the rising ocean levels have left New York twenty one stories under water and cut off from the rest of the United States But the city survives and Simone Pierce is one of its best private investigators Her latest case running surveillance on a potentially unfaithful husband was supposed to be easy Then her target is murdered and the search for his killer points Simone towards a secret from the past that can’t possibly be real—but that won’t stop the city’s most powerful men and women from trying to acuire it for themselves with Simone caught in the middle Review This is being promoted as a sort of dystopian mystery where the future holds a different set of societal values with varying degrees of advanced tech The tech is not over the top and the rising ocean levels that isolate New York is plausible It serves to enhance the story line or rather allow the story line to continue without big tech stealing the show The characters are rendered brilliantly through the movement and the flooded city is uncovered as part of that movement Simone is a riveting character that trusts no one which eventually becomes a detriment The other players were developed wonderfully within the story line even the characters that had insignificant roles I enjoy mysteries where there is enough information to help you logically figure out “Whodunnit” While the players within the story line were richly developed there were only hints at the process being played out and not enough information to deduce the causal agent Very minor when compared to the fantastic world building I hope the author writes another that resides within this dystopian future

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characters Depth by Lev A.C. Rosen ¸ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook » In a post apocalyptic flooded New York City a private investigator’s routine surveillance case leads to a treasure everyone wants to find—and someone is willing to kill for Depth combines hardboiled mystery and dystopian science fiction in a future where thRapers of the city's past seems always to lie just below the surface Chuck Greaves award winning author of Hush Money Green Eyed Lady and The Last Heir “I have long admired Lev Rosen’s strange genre bending work and Depth is an exciting display of his many gifts His vision of post–global warming Manhattan is richly imagined and noir ishly melancholy and his riff on the traditional detective story is elegant surprising and yes deep” Dan Chaon author of Await Your Reply and Stay Awa. An intriguing dystopia set in a flooded NYC Refreshingly this isn't a society that's collapsed just changed albeit not for the best Life and murder continues Interesting heroine friends and worldbuilding slightly let down by the predictable whodunnit plot 35 stars