Ex-Navy SEAL Jack Kirkland surfaces from an aborted underwater salvage mission to find the Earth burning. Solar flares have triggered a series of gargantuan natural disasters. Earthquakes and hellfire rock the globe. Air Force One has vanished from the skies with America’s president on board.
Now, with the US on the narrow brink of a nuclear apocalypse, Kirkland must pilot his oceangoing exploration ship, Deep Fathom, on a desperate mission miles below the ocean’s surface. There devastating secrets await him - and a power an ancient civilization could not contain has been cast out into modern day. And it will forever alter a world that’s already racing toward its own destruction.
©2001 Jim Czajkowski (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers
If you are looking for lyrical, beautiful writing, then you should skip James Rollins: He is no James Lee Burke or Cormac McCarthy. If you are looking for realistic believability, then you should skip James Rollins: He will 𝑎𝘭𝘸𝑎𝘺𝘴 stretch your suspension-of-disbelief capacity to its breaking point. There. Now, if you still have some curiosity about "Deep Fathom," read on ... because it just might justify your spending a credit.
This third Rollins thriller pushes credibility to the limit, same as its predecessors do. However, if you listen without judging, you will see that Rollins has done his research before commencing his wild conjecturing ... and Rollins has the intelligence to research thoroughly and conjecture (just barely) plausibly. I think that, when we close our minds to wild possibilities -- believing that we already know how the world works -- then we also close ourselves from understanding and joy. Just think about some of the completely unbelievable discoveries of quantum physics -- the "cloud" of probability, Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle, quantum entanglement, the puzzling dual nature of light -- they all surpass our understanding -- toppling Newtonian physics to its foundations -- yet still stand up to mathematical rigor. Rollins investigates these ideas that go beyond our minds' boundaries, and uses them to craft near-fantasy thrillers. In so doing, he exhibits his true genius: imagination.
With "Deep Fathom," Rollins explores the mysterious realms of Dark Energy and Dark Matter, applying them to South Pacific legends of a lost continent and a "Bermuda Triangle" antipode. Far-fetched, eh? Maybe so; but, on the other hand ... his conjectures do explain the mysterious, real-life pattern of ship disappearances in the South Pacific ....
As for this audiobook's reader, John Meagher, I don't quite understand some other reviewers' strong antipathy for him. Yes, he has a slightly reedy, tenor voice -- not our ideal masculine baritone, and, perhaps, not the ideal voice for these thriller novels -- but, at least, Meagher doesn't speak nasally (which annoys 𝘮𝘦); and he has pretty good acting chops. Contrary to other reviewers' assertions, I find that he does a reasonably good job of distinguishing the characters' voices. I suggest listening to the sample that Audible provides, since people have such different voice-preferences. If you don't mind Meagher's voice, and don't mind a bit of wild imagination, then take a chance with this audiobook. It shows a now-famous author just beginning to hit his stride.
I liked this book because it is fiction. The obviously impossible deeds of the hero/heroes made this entertaining and a great listen. Anyone who must have a 100% factually true fictional book is looking to the wrong genre IMHO. I enjoyed this book.
I had read this book back in 2002 and I got me hook on James Rollins. I have either read or listened to all of his books and I'm working thru his fantasy books under the name of James Clemens.
Deep Fathom, like all of Rollins books' is filled with such detail that you can see everything in your mind's eye. The characters become clear and vivid, you can relate to them. Most of all, none of Rollins books, especially this one, ever get boring. It is like riding a roller coaster, every time you think it is going to slow down, your back at the top, holding on for the ride.
Enjoy all of Rollins books. Deep Fathom is a great place to start becoming a fan.
This story is slightly different from the other books by this author - however it keeps you on the edge of your seat all through the story. Different characters but very engaging.
Horrible, horrible, narration. The kind of narration you might expect from a first time reader, who was given absolutely no direction whatever, and who was in a real hurry to finish the recording....and who didn't understand that the voices of the 7 or eight main characters should be distinct from one another, or understand that the female voices don't have to sound as though they are mentally challenged, and who understands that there should be dynamics in the volume of his voice, or any of the things that a director should have coached him on. The voice was a meager attempt, at best, and fittingly, the last name of the narrator is "Meagher"... I hate being so mean, but I can't even rate the book itself, because I can't bring myself to finish listening. I just can't stand it.
Dont let the narrarator ruin your listening to a good book! I read waaay to many "critics" who go on and on about a bad narrarater, so what!
Really? You really think this is a 4 or 5 star book!? I have read almost all of Czajkowskis (ne. Rollins) books. Some are GREAT this one is not. The bad Navy SEAL is worse than a comic book villian, and the fact that a crystal pillar and its worshiping civilization have gone undetected for all history, until now, ie. all through WW2, etc. is kooky. Some of the characters are either bad sterotypes or cartoonish. Like the native that helps the group, "me help, you go now, you here too long, you go", jesus. Compared to say Amazonia, this book is long, silly, nutty and kooky. No problem with narration. If the narrarator is bad I don't care anyway.
Really enjoy listening to these books sure am glad I was introduced to Audible. Best dollar I've ever spent.
I enjoyed the book it's filled with excitement and intrigue as good a book by Rollins as any.
This one keeps you listening.
I agree somewhat with one of the other reviewers about the reader. However, the book is so strong that it didn't ruin it at all for me. It's a real page turner and keeps you wanting more. Highly recommended!!
Potter in NC. Intense books allow for creative freedom. Busy hands+distracted brain=free forms.
I do not like to criticize writers--but damn--it feels as if there is a four book series packed into an incomprehensible morass of words that get harder and harder to follow. I like folks with a lot of heart and determination--just control your enthusiasm!
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