The narration was good, but the overall story was less than thrilling. The SciFi portions of the story were interesting, but there just wasn't much tension buildup in the story, though the author tried. The characters weren't very engaging.
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I usually love reading SciFi technothriller-type books, but this one left me cold. I had so little visual impression, there was no "Wow!" factor, and what should have been fantastical, "Abyss"-like, descriptions were as flat and shallow as a mud puddle. As well, the characters had no sparkle, and even the lead character was uninteresting. Everybody (save the whacko bad guy) seemed to have zero personal motivation for being where they were. A couple of characters were thrown in for spice, but they wound up being jarring anachronisms, rather than sly commentators on the scene. A major disappointment.
It got a bit techical at times. Like, the author did a little research and then wanted to impress himself with what he just learned, but the story line flowed well and was interesting.
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Enjoyed the very detailed and elaborate descriptions of the undersea facility - Lincoln Child did this well in UTOPIA and did it excellently in DEEP STORM.
I have to agree with some of the other reviewers that the plot line is a bit familiar, but I disagree in their thinking that that detracts from the book. After all, the best stories I know are also some of the most predictable, and they often follow the same time-tested paths to the end.
I admit, though, that this one had trouble pulling me in. With some of Child's other novels, I was pulled in right away, but this one needed some more time. Once I was hooked, however, I was hooked pretty well.
And there were some interesting twists, but they were subtle character or relationship surprises more so than major plot twists, which I actually appreciate more.
And I found the true nature of what they found under the sea to be unique and imaginative, and I really enjoyed the final interpretations by some of the characters.
I continue to be a reader of Child's and of his collaborations with Preston, and I've never been disappointed. Deep Storm may not be my favorite of Child's novels, but it was an enjoyable listen and more thought provoking than it appears on the surface.
This is a typical Child's adventure with an original twist and a double take at the end. I thought it much superior to the last book in his trilogy, "Book of the Dead". The story has good characterization and is hard to put down. I did wonder how the lovable Dr. Flite could wander around without showing up on any of the high security employee lists, but what the heck.