A fantastic Steampunk adventure in the deeps
Transforming his appearance and stealing secret documents from the French is all in a day’s work for fourteen-year-old Modo, a British secret agent. But his latest mission — to uncover the underwater mystery of something called the Ictíneo — seems impossible. There are rumors of a sea monster and a fish as big as a ship. French spies are after it, and Mr. Socrates, Modo’s master, wants to find it first. Modo and his fellow secret agent, Octavia, begin their mission in New York City, then take a steamship across the North Atlantic. During the voyage, Modo uncovers an astounding secret.
The Dark Deeps, the second book in Arthur Slade’s Hunchback Assignments series, is set in a fascinating Steampunk Victorian world. Modo’s underwater adventures and his encounters with the young French spy Colette Brunet, the fearless Captain Monturiol, and the dreaded Clockwork Guild guarantee a gripping read filled with danger, suspense, and brilliant inventions.
Arthur Gregory Slade (born 1967) is a Canadian author. He lives in Saskatoon in Saskatchewan, Canada. He was raised on a ranch in the Cypress Hills and began writing in high school. He attended the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon and received an English Honours degree in 1989. His first short story was published that same year. He then worked as a night auditor at a hotel for several months and as a copywriter for a radio station in Saskatoon for several years. His novel Dust received the Governor General's Award for Children's Literature in 2001.