Driving the Deep (Finder Chronicles #2)
From a Hugo Award-winning author comes the second book in this action-packed sci-fi caper, starring Fergus Ferguson, interstellar repo man and professional finder.As a professional finder, Fergus Ferguson is hired to locate missing objects and steal them back. But it is rarely so simple, especially after his latest job in Cernee. He's been recovering from that experience in the company of friends, the Shipmakers of Pluto, experts at crafting top-of-the-line AI spaceships.The Shipmakers have convinced Fergus to finally deal with unfinished business he's been avoiding for half his life: Earth. Fergus hasn't been back to his homeworld since he was fifteen, when he stole his cousin's motorcycle and ran away. It was his first theft, and nothing he's stolen since has been anywhere near so easy, or weighed so heavily on his conscience. Many years and many jobs later, Fergus reluctantly agrees that now is the time to return the motorcycle and face his family.Unfortunately, someone has gotten to the motorcycle before him. And before he can figure out where it went and why the storage unit that held it is now filled with priceless, stolen art, the Shipyard is attacked. His friends are missing, presumably kidnapped.Accompanied by an untrustworthy detective who suspects Fergus is the art thief and the sole friend who escaped the attack, Fergus must follow the tenuous clues to locate and save his friends. The trail leads them to Enceladus, where Fergus plans to go undercover to the research stations that lie beneath the moon's thick ice sheet deep in a dark, oppressive ocean.But all movement and personnel are watched, and the limited ways through the thick ice of the moon's surface are dangerous and highly monitored. Even if Fergus can manage to find proof that his friends are there and alive, getting out again is going to be a lot more complicated than he bargained for.

Driving the Deep (Finder Chronicles #2) Details

TitleDriving the Deep (Finder Chronicles #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 5th, 2020
PublisherDAW
ISBN-139780756415129
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Space, Space Opera, Fiction

Driving the Deep (Finder Chronicles #2) Review

  • megs_bookrack
    January 1, 1970
    HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY TO SUZANNE PALMER AND DRIVING THE DEEP!!!This is the second book in the Finder Chronicles. The first book, Finder, introduces us to repo-spaceman, Fergus Ferguson, one of my favorite characters from last year.Highly encourage Sci-Fi fans to give this series a shot!!!Previously:Yayee! It's time to celebrate. ARC received!!!Thank you so much to the publisher, Berkley Publishing, for always being so kind to me. I have really been looking forward to continuing on with this stor HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY TO SUZANNE PALMER AND DRIVING THE DEEP!!!This is the second book in the Finder Chronicles. The first book, Finder, introduces us to repo-spaceman, Fergus Ferguson, one of my favorite characters from last year.Highly encourage Sci-Fi fans to give this series a shot!!!Previously:Yayee! It's time to celebrate. ARC received!!!Thank you so much to the publisher, Berkley Publishing, for always being so kind to me. I have really been looking forward to continuing on with this story.Original:More Fergus Ferguson!!!Is it May yet?I need this yesterday...
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  • Anne - Books of My Heart
    January 1, 1970
    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I thought Finder was a standalone but lucky for everyone, it was just the first book in the Finder Chronicles series.  I love this science fiction, space opera with the main character, Fergus is sort of a detective / Equalizer kind of guy.  In Finder, Fergus "retrieves" a lost space ship and returns it to the rightful This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I thought Finder was a standalone but lucky for everyone, it was just the first book in the Finder Chronicles series.  I love this science fiction, space opera with the main character, Fergus is sort of a detective / Equalizer kind of guy.  In Finder, Fergus "retrieves" a lost space ship and returns it to the rightful owner in the middle of a civil war.  In Driving the Deep, he has to locate his scientist friends who have been abducted and he deals with some family issues.I really enjoyed so many things.  There is technology and gadgets and even AI.  The bad guys, as usual, are about power and control. Unfortunately, they are ruthless and have no trouble with murder. Fergus is the best kind of character, a MacGyver kind of guy with a real compassion.There is a new character, Zacker, who I'd like to see again. Fergus meets him when he is trying to resolve some personal issues and ends up taking him off Earth to Pluto. Zacker is a retired police detective who has never been off Earth.  He turns out to be a handy guy to have on a mission.This series has a delicious sense of humor which lightens up the action and any violence.  There is much danger and suspense in this adventure and Fergus is so alone. Well, he does manage to adopt an abandoned cat. I love these stories and am happy there will be more!"In the time we have associated, it has been clear to me that your problem-solving methodology works best when you take the most difficult and inobvious path in front of you," Venetia's Sword said. " I cannot speak to why this should work, but it does seem to be your 'thing'." 
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  • Ernest
    January 1, 1970
    Think the blackness of space is scary? Wait till you see the darkness in the ocean below the ice on Saturns moon Enceladus. Fergus Ferguson is a lost boy with a talent for finding things...no matter where in the galaxy they wind up. Granted, he's not been a boy for quite a while, but his childhood traumas still haunt him, an abusive mother, and a father that committed suicide in front of him. That's bound to leave a mark.He ran away from Scotland when he was old enough to steal an older cousin's Think the blackness of space is scary? Wait till you see the darkness in the ocean below the ice on Saturns moon Enceladus. Fergus Ferguson is a lost boy with a talent for finding things...no matter where in the galaxy they wind up. Granted, he's not been a boy for quite a while, but his childhood traumas still haunt him, an abusive mother, and a father that committed suicide in front of him. That's bound to leave a mark.He ran away from Scotland when he was old enough to steal an older cousin's motorcycle, and it's been hanging over his head ever since. Though he's built a career, and a reputation, as a sort of galactic repo man and troubleshooter, been captured and changed bu aliens, and found a group of friends at the edge of the Solar System that he'd do anything for, it's his past that he can't get past.So Fergus heads to Earth to return the bike he's been paying for storage on for decades and to apologize to whoever's left of his family for running off. Only when he gets there he's in for a surprise, getting first caught up in an investigation for stolen artwork, and then discovering that his friends orbiting Pluto have been kidnapped. With a very cranky and officially retired NYC cop in tow, Fergus heads back to Pluto to do what he does best, find his friends, assuming they're still alive. There's a trail, of sorts, and it leads him to Enceladus, an ocean covered moon of Saturn. Fergus gets himself a job as a pilot for the transport company that services the icebound world, descending through boreholes in the ice to the perpetually dark sea beneath, where it's all too easy to lose your mind, and where somewhere, someone is doing something that requires kidnapping the top minds in AI research. Someone more than willing to kill off anyone not useful.Driving alone through the deep darkness is enough to drive anyone crazy after a while, there's more than madness down here. Fortunately, Fergus has a number of talents beyond getting in and out of trouble. He's also a pretty good guy, and though he can be unsettling when you meet him, which is almost always in unlikely circumstances, he tends to grow on people. Which is good, because he's going to need friends if he's going to save the ones that have gone missing.This is the second book in the Finder series, and though it references things that have gone before you get the idea pretty quickly. Still, that doesn't mean you can't go start at the beginning with Finder (Apr 2019). Either way, this is a good read, a series worth keeping an eye on.
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  • Minx
    January 1, 1970
    I have been eagerly anticipating the second installment of the Finder Chronicles series and when I discovered that, in Driving the Deep, I was going to be introduced to the elusive Shipmakers of Pluto, I was thrilled! In book one, Finder, it was on behalf of the Shipmakers that Fergus Ferguson found himself in an adventure that changed his life forever, and I was very curious to understand why Fergus was willing to go to such lengths for them. Now, I understand completely. Fergus has a long hist I have been eagerly anticipating the second installment of the Finder Chronicles series and when I discovered that, in Driving the Deep, I was going to be introduced to the elusive Shipmakers of Pluto, I was thrilled! In book one, Finder, it was on behalf of the Shipmakers that Fergus Ferguson found himself in an adventure that changed his life forever, and I was very curious to understand why Fergus was willing to go to such lengths for them. Now, I understand completely. Fergus has a long history with the Shipmakers and I would definitely consider them a family of his own making. So, when they were threatened, of course he was going to do whatever it took to take care of his own.What a thrill ride Driving the Deep was! I loved the writing because I was able to, as a reader, clearly see what was taking place both in front of me as well as in the background. I adored the setting of the story because it was so far out there to imagine. I feel that given the extremes that the characters of this story were living in, that the line between isolation and desperation was well met. Fergus, as always, was fun and adaptable – a regular MacGyver of the final frontier. He found himself in situations that no one could ever really plan for and yet he managed to do the impossible. His character grew in this story and he also came to accept a few truths that he had never truly wanted to face. The ending of Driving the Deep was more than I imagined and I absolutely loved it. I am thoroughly excited about the next grand adventure that Fergus will be undertaking and all I can say is the next installment in this fantastic series cannot come quick enough for me!!This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
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  • Mark Parnell
    January 1, 1970
    Full warning, if you are claustrophobic then this book will make you sweat. I completed Driving the Deep in a few hours sitting poolside and despite the heat was a little reluctant to dive in and swim... Picking up where we last left off, Fergus Ferguson has some unfinished business back on Earth, business he wants to avoid. Convinced by his friends (the Shipmakers of Pluto) to make amends, Fergus returns to New Scotland only to be mistaken for an Art thief in an unresolved case, and then receiv Full warning, if you are claustrophobic then this book will make you sweat. I completed Driving the Deep in a few hours sitting poolside and despite the heat was a little reluctant to dive in and swim... Picking up where we last left off, Fergus Ferguson has some unfinished business back on Earth, business he wants to avoid. Convinced by his friends (the Shipmakers of Pluto) to make amends, Fergus returns to New Scotland only to be mistaken for an Art thief in an unresolved case, and then receives a cryptic message from his ship that the habitat his friends lived in has been Attacked and destroyed and his friends have disappeared. What follows is a mystery that takes Fergus and his new found ally, Detective Zacker from Earth to the outer regions of Pluto and then deep below the ocean of Saturn’s moon Enceladus. At its heart, Driving the Deep is a mystery that slowly unravels but one that has a lot of heart (the cat needs his own book!) and characters that we can relate to. When all is said and done, I was left wanting to read more Adventures starring Fergus and his misfit friends.
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  • Thomas
    January 1, 1970
    Palmer, Suzanne. Diving the Deep. Finder Chronicles No. 2. Daw, 2020.In Diving the Deep, Fergus, the interplanetary repo man, has gone home to Scotland to retrieve a motorcycle, but he is soon in space again, trying to rescue some kidnapped friends below the ice on Saturn’s sixth moon, Enceladus. In the process he kidnaps a New York cop who thinks he murdered his daughter twenty years before. He is aided by an alien enhancement to his body that makes him able to zap you like a Taser if you make Palmer, Suzanne. Diving the Deep. Finder Chronicles No. 2. Daw, 2020.In Diving the Deep, Fergus, the interplanetary repo man, has gone home to Scotland to retrieve a motorcycle, but he is soon in space again, trying to rescue some kidnapped friends below the ice on Saturn’s sixth moon, Enceladus. In the process he kidnaps a New York cop who thinks he murdered his daughter twenty years before. He is aided by an alien enhancement to his body that makes him able to zap you like a Taser if you make him mad. Diving is almost as much fun as Finder, the first novel in the series, but this time, Fergus spends a lot of time out of contact with the snarky Ais that run his spaceship and the space station near Pluto. Nevertheless, it is an entertaining read because Fergus is a character with oodles of personality.
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  • Charlotte
    January 1, 1970
    The second book in the series was just as fun as the first. I was worried because I listened to the first book and read the second, but the books worked well both ways. Fergus the Finder gets pulled into another mess when his friends from the Shipyard disappear in a mysterious attack. He has to use his wits, weird luck, and unlikely friends to help them.The writing is entertaining and I enjoyed reading the ridiculousness of every situation as the plot unfolds. I really like the main character; h The second book in the series was just as fun as the first. I was worried because I listened to the first book and read the second, but the books worked well both ways. Fergus the Finder gets pulled into another mess when his friends from the Shipyard disappear in a mysterious attack. He has to use his wits, weird luck, and unlikely friends to help them.The writing is entertaining and I enjoyed reading the ridiculousness of every situation as the plot unfolds. I really like the main character; he's a reluctant hero with a heart of gold. Also, I love sci-fi that doesn't take itself too seriously ( it's a similar tone to Guardians of the Galaxy or Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy).I got an ARC of this book from a Goodreads give away and I'm glad I did!
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  • Maurynne Maxwell
    January 1, 1970
    Well, Palmer’s made it onto my fave author list with this second installment. There’s just something about Fergus and his little crew that delights me, in the same way James White did, and Douglas Adams, and Firefly. Quirky characters flung into the absurd with nothing but character and caring to rely on. Can’t say they’re fast moving, but they’re extremely interesting and charming. I thought the Enceladus portion of the book was scary and exciting and reminiscent of the abyss in every way. I wi Well, Palmer’s made it onto my fave author list with this second installment. There’s just something about Fergus and his little crew that delights me, in the same way James White did, and Douglas Adams, and Firefly. Quirky characters flung into the absurd with nothing but character and caring to rely on. Can’t say they’re fast moving, but they’re extremely interesting and charming. I thought the Enceladus portion of the book was scary and exciting and reminiscent of the abyss in every way. I will follow these guys anywhere. Hopefully this series makes it through the current publishing crisis, but this is an author I’d follow into the self-pub realm.
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  • Margaret
    January 1, 1970
    Mission Impossible in Space. I knew that there was a good reason that I have been enjoying this series so much!Fergus Ferguson is a repo man, that is an interstellar repo man. If it is gone, Fergus finds it no matter where his search leads him (that is his top talent) and then he brings it back no matter what. Yup, an action-packed sci-fi caper (as Amazon.com puts it).This premise just works for me on so many levels! Can't wait for book three in the Finder Chronicles!!Highly recommended for all Mission Impossible in Space. I knew that there was a good reason that I have been enjoying this series so much!Fergus Ferguson is a repo man, that is an interstellar repo man. If it is gone, Fergus finds it no matter where his search leads him (that is his top talent) and then he brings it back no matter what. Yup, an action-packed sci-fi caper (as Amazon.com puts it).This premise just works for me on so many levels! Can't wait for book three in the Finder Chronicles!!Highly recommended for all hard sf fans, all series fans, and all fans of a good caper solidly plotted, page-turning, and just well told!!
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    A fun, exciting adventureI didn't want to like this book. Some characters are a bit stereotypical and others are just weird. But the narrator speaks of them all the same, and you're sucked into the plot - again, not that original but with enough twists and laughs to make it enjoyable - and you care about what happens. Then all of a sudden, it's over, and that's kind of disappointing because it was a really great ride.
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  • Nancy Newstrom
    January 1, 1970
    Extraordinary and addictiveI envy anyone who hasn’t yet read the Finder books, because you have such a treat to look forward to. Great characters, great plots, and unable-to-put-it-down suspense. Suzanne Palmer’s short stories are the kind that give you hours of enjoyment, because they live with you after you finish the story. The Finder novels do the same, after a wild ride in that world.
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    I am a huge fan of these fergus is a wonderful hero who thinks hes and antihero but hes just broken and palmer writes such interesting scifi i want to say these are like murderbot but they arent and i want to say they are like the expanse but they arent and i want to say that these are like the wayfarers but once again not quite but if you like scifi and reluctant heros who are admittedly gary stu then pick these up
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  • Glennis
    January 1, 1970
    Fergus is hanging out with his friends at Shipmakers of Pluto after retrieving one of their ship in the previous books. With their encouragement, Fergus takes a trip back to Earth to tie up some loose ends with his family when he left Earth. Opening the storage locker he has paid for years he is shocked to find not his cousin’s motorcycle he left behind but some amazing art. Now he needs to find the missing bike and try to get rid of the cop that had the locker staked out. As he is starting to d Fergus is hanging out with his friends at Shipmakers of Pluto after retrieving one of their ship in the previous books. With their encouragement, Fergus takes a trip back to Earth to tie up some loose ends with his family when he left Earth. Opening the storage locker he has paid for years he is shocked to find not his cousin’s motorcycle he left behind but some amazing art. Now he needs to find the missing bike and try to get rid of the cop that had the locker staked out. As he is starting to do that he gets a SOS from the AI of the ship he returned to his friends. Shipmakers has been attacked and now ne needs to find his friends and solve the art heist as well. Fergus continues to be a magnet for odd happenings though out the book and the power he was given by the aliens in the previous book sometimes helps him out when he needs it the most. A great book and I’ll be looking for the next one. Digital review copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley
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  • Andrew Tucker
    January 1, 1970
    My new favorite scifi series! Amazing that it's only Palmers second book.Ironically Fergus and his ragtag group of spaceship builders find themselves under water for 75% of the story..but it isn't any less crazy and exciting and we get more views into Fergus' childhood and some fun new characters along the way.Highly recommended and looking forward to book 3!
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    I love this series, and I think the storytelling was even smoother than Book 1. Being inside Fergus's head is so fun - I can't wait to see what situation he has to MacGyver himself out of next! The ending was so sweet, and really appreciated that there wasn't a cliffhanger.
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  • Didi Chanoch
    January 1, 1970
    Suzanne Palmer's Finder was a delightful book, a great space adventure. Driving The Deep is a sequel that is superior in every way. It's deeper, more personal, and more satisfying without sacrificing any of the fun adventure.
  • Nicole Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Very fun!
  • Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    Really great exciting space opera, set in the depths of Enceladus's ocean under the ice where everyone is very on edge and Fergus tries to find his kidnapped friends. Some good AI characters too!
  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent follow up to “Finder” and so much fun. Love the characters. Love the story. Don’t EVER want to go that deep into an ocean, thank you very much. So, when’s the next book out?
  • Steven Ridgely
    January 1, 1970
    Great story.
  • Gregory
    January 1, 1970
    Great Space OperaI listened to the first book a few months ago and was happy to hear that Fergus Ferguson was coming back. Driving the Deep was even better than Finder. A solid 4.25 stars. Suzanne Palmer’s repo-spaceman Fergus is a fun character, who seems to always be getting himself in jams as he tries to help those around him.A truly nice person, Fergus brings a great mix of humility and compassion blended into an unlikely hero. Suzanne Palmer blends humor and action into her writing to make Great Space OperaI listened to the first book a few months ago and was happy to hear that Fergus Ferguson was coming back. Driving the Deep was even better than Finder. A solid 4.25 stars. Suzanne Palmer’s repo-spaceman Fergus is a fun character, who seems to always be getting himself in jams as he tries to help those around him.A truly nice person, Fergus brings a great mix of humility and compassion blended into an unlikely hero. Suzanne Palmer blends humor and action into her writing to make for a fun experience. Paul Woodson did a great job with the narration. This is a new SCI-FI series worth telling your friends about. I look forward too many more encounters with Fergus.
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