An intriguing story of a Canadian Aboriginal legend proving to be factual, “The Tunnelers” is presented in first-person narrative by a psychiatrist who treats a mining safety inspector after a cave-in. When awake and conscious, the man, Kirkwood, is perfectly lucid, but hazy about memories of the incident. However, in his sleep, he raves about “Tunnelers,” and over and over again, moans “too deep, too deep!” Dr. Armstrong is deeply intrigued, and decides to investigate the legend for himself, to find if there is any basis for Kirkwood’s strange remarks. What he discovers not only surprises and astounds him, but actually alters his life.
I really appreciated the contrast in this short novel between the reality that science delivers to us, and the possibities that may lie beyond that consensus reality. The author creates several instances of character evolution, as individuals find their beliefs upended and altered, and grow into a new perspective of what may or may not exist in our Universe.