Reader of all things science fiction, fantasy, mystery and paranormal.
Riddled with unexplained inconsistencies toward the end and burdened with a lot of rather spineless, unintelligent side characters, I can't give this book more than 3 stars.
In addition, every action in the book takes so long to execute, I feel like I could have gotten the abridged version and not missed a thing.
Deep Storm brings a creative story line that keeps the reader guessing but only for half of the book. The second half is very predictable and the author feels compelled to drag us through melodramatic descriptions of everything...including climbing the stairs.
The first part of the download is great. Save your time and make up the ending. The time you spend on the second half could be spend better elsewhere.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
It rearly happens that I cannot finish a book but this was one of those situations.
The plot has a few interesting aspects, such as the notion that aliens visited earth long ago and left something sinister behind (remember the John W. Campbell short novel "Who Goes There?"), but overall this book just falls flat. There is way too much psuedo-scientific astrophysics jargon for my taste (and I have an aeronautical/astronautical engineering degree). Character development is weak at best, and the science versus rigid-military-mind conflict is a very tired cliche.
Scott Brick's narration was truly annoying. He seemed to yell and force the voices which has put me off listeneing to any other books he reads.
I found the story perdictable, uninteresting and just plain stupid. I just wanted the story to end. It was like a train wreck. I keep listening wondering if it could get worse. It didn't dissapoint in that regard. The main charcter is very weak. There is no character development. The author spends most of the time describing some trivial point in the story instead of building a plot. I will not listen any of Mr. Child's work again.
Deep Storm is not bad, but it is certainly not special. Even the great Scott Brick can't work enough magic to take what amounts to a version of Chrichton's "Sphere" (and Cameron's "The Abyss") and elevate it into great literature. The reveals at the end are creative, but they also feel disengaged from the main character's journey. We never really understand why THESE characters are in THIS novel... the action around them does not really seem to elucidate much about them. They seem deep enough to breathe and bleed, but not much more than that. It's a lightweight thriller with science fiction undertones, but it reinvents nothing.
I fully enjoyed this audio, everything from the authors detailed descriptions which sometimes may seem a bit to much detail but I like that in a book it keeps the mind busy. A wonderful story of the deep abyss and what may lye at it's depths in Lincoln Child's story, if you are a fan of the novels or movies The Abyss or Sphere this should satisfy.
This was my first Lincoln Child book and I look forward to reading or listening to more, I believe the narrator Scott Brick did a fantastic job and I have already purchased more audibles from Child/Preston narrated by Scott Brick.
An interesting premise, engaging story, decent narrator. Not much in the way of characterization or relationships, but still a good listen.