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Deep Storm | [Lincoln Child]

Deep Storm

Former naval doctor Peter Crane is summoned to a remote oil platform in the North Atlantic to help diagnose a bizarre medical condition. But when he arrives, Crane learns that the real trouble lies far below on "Deep Storm", a stunningly advanced science-research facility built two miles beneath the surface on the ocean floor. The top-secret structure has been designed for one purpose: to excavate a recently discovered undersea site that may hold the answers to an ancient mystery.
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Publisher's Summary

Former naval doctor Peter Crane is urgently summoned to a remote oil platform in the North Atlantic to help diagnose a bizarre medical condition spreading through the rig. But when he arrives, Crane learns that the real trouble lies far below on "Deep Storm", a stunningly advanced science-research facility built two miles beneath the surface on the ocean floor. The top-secret structure has been designed for one purpose: to excavate a recently discovered undersea site that may hold the answers to a mystery steeped in centuries of myth and speculation.

Sworn to secrecy, Dr. Crane descends to Deep Storm. A year earlier, he is told, routine drilling uncovered the remains of mankind's most sophisticated ancient civilization - the legendary Atlantis. But now that the site is being excavated, a series of disturbing illnesses has begun to affect the operation. As Crane is indoctrinated into the strange world of Deep Storm and commences his investigation, he begins to suspect that the covert facility conceals something more complicated than a medical mystery. The discovery of Atlantis might, in fact, be a cover for something far more sinister...and deadly.

©2007 Lincoln Child; (P)2007 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"Child delivers a well-crafted and literate science-fiction thriller." (Publishers Weekly)
"The story is imaginative and filled with wonder. Lovers of deep-sea adventure (and in particular fans of the James Cameron movie The Abyss or Michael Crichton's novel Sphere) will want to plunge into this one. (Booklist)

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    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 06-09-15
    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 06-09-15

    I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.

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    "A exciting listen for - good vacation lit."

    Personally, I dislike the way Scott Brick narrates stories..his 'jewish mother' like up tones at the end of a sentence make no sense at all, and though this is a very exciting story, Brick adds a tough too much frenetic attitude to his reading.....
    BUT.....
    Even he can't ruin this tension filled novel.

    It's a real good guys vs. bad guys story-the bad guys..a military cadre run by the slightly crazy Commander Carollis (unsure of the spelling), the scientists who try to be the good guys all seem to be slightly wonky and vague but hero-protagonist Dr. Crane comes thru in the end.

    Character development sorely lacks, however the span of time-2 weeks- that we are in the deep sea base is limited so there isn't a lot of time for us to get to know the motivations of any but a few characters. The obvious ones such as the spy-sabotague done by one surprising character, the slow onset of mental and emotional issues with no seeming connection is explained but it seems that we meet someone then he/she is gone.

    There are spys, heroes, lots of iffy tech and little dwelling on the reality of the situation the inhabitants of Deep Storm are in. Dr. Crane seems to be a hero for every situation, from medical to technical, his knowledge spans the gamut.

    Alien contact and too terrible for words weapons lie waiting in deeps below the oceans bottom. Is the unknown artifact hidden there hundreds of years ago an invitation from alien life to join the interseller community or are the artifacts just happenstance, earth having become the local space trash bin.

    I like Lincoln Childs writing when he write his own stories-but have gotten very tired of Pendergast and company. Was happy to find a few novels penned by Child alone.

    I listened to this while weeding the garden one weekend and it turned even that job into quick work, so entranced was I by the excitement.

    If you like good guy hero vs nut job antagonist with a lot of tech thrown in give this novel a listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gravesgrg 03-11-09
    Gravesgrg 03-11-09 Member Since 2014
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    "J Peterman? Captain Kirk? Where's Preston!"

    I really wanted to like this book. I've listened to all the available Preston/Child books and Preston's other collaborative efforts and I loved them. Didn't want to turn them off. So I was expecting the same feeling when I listened to Deep Storm. But before I could even begin to become absorbed in the book I couldn't get past Scott Brick's narration. His style made me think J. Peterman (from Seinfeld)or Captain Kirk was reading the book to me. The same halting emphasis became grating after the first hour and I found myself turning off the book at times and just listening to the radio. All the characters sounded the same, even the women. Everyone spoke as if they were in pain or everything they said was of ground breaking importance. There was no variety in the tones, and at times the characters sounded as if they were about to cry, with a quavering in their voices.
    But I was more dismayed by the story line which seemed to drag, with dialog that sounded like a first attempt of a high schooler, with banter that really could have been edited out of the story. All of the characters seemed to have the same way of speaking, the same diction. The military people portrayed were stereotypical and Child's knowledge of the military was very shallow and unresearched it seems.

    Just seems like Child was not up to his form, or Preston carried him through the other books. I am very disappointed. Almost seems as if this book was written to fulfill a contract obligation rather than receiving full attention.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. McCarty Ohio USA 10-29-08
    J. McCarty Ohio USA 10-29-08 Member Since 2015

    indulging grandma

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    "entertaining Science fiction/mystery"

    An interesting mix of mystery & science fiction. Characters are easy to accept and plot twists between them to keep reader wondering. Add the "outer world" aspect of the escalating happenings on the site, the reader is caught from the first chapter. Well read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Don LELAND, NC, United States 08-03-08
    Don LELAND, NC, United States 08-03-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Not bad."

    This book started out very secretive and keeps you there until nearly the very end. I was impressed with the detail in some of the technical descriptions, much like a Clancy novel. Childs keeps you wondering what is going on for much of the book, which I liked, but the ending was somewhat disappointing. Still a good listen, though.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Monica 03-25-08
    Monica 03-25-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Terrible"

    I read the other reviews and found them mixed: some thought Deep Storm good; others thought it was terrible. I agree with those who thought it really bad. Both the book and the narration were bad. The writing was overkill. My favorite worst part was the description of the inside of a computer, using images like a 'forest of green' to paint the image of a computer main board. Ugh. Really amateur writing. The narration reminded me of Captain Kirk in Star Trek: "watch . . . out the . . . dome is . . . crumbling" --but (to make it worse) in monotone. The other reviewers who criticized the female voices were not kidding. I can not recommend this book to anyone. [maybe if it were 1/4 the length, just the guts of the story, it might have been interesting, but hours of this were almost too much to stand]

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    D. Thomas Cambridge, MD, United States 03-08-07
    D. Thomas Cambridge, MD, United States 03-08-07 Listener Since 2006
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    "Very Long Drawn Out Narration"

    The book itself was bearable but could have been better if it were not for the long-drawn-out, monotonic narration. It was very difficult to distinguish between the characters as there were little pitch or tone variations. The narration made the book quite boring.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Bryn Athyn, PA, USA 02-10-07
    Stephen Bryn Athyn, PA, USA 02-10-07 Member Since 2008
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    "Child scores again"

    Creative, thoughtful, suspenseful. Lincoln Child proves once more that it is not just in his collaborations with Preston that he can produce a spelling-binding story. I like their joint efforts, but Child's solo efforts are more the pure techno-thriller that I enjoy most.

    Set in the present or near future, we get a scientifically literate adventure that just verges into science fiction, with a sprinkling of neuroscience, cryptography, and geology.

    Scott Brick does his usual satisfying job of narration. He is one of my favorites for this type of book.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Janice LAGRANGE, KY, United States 03-30-07
    Janice LAGRANGE, KY, United States 03-30-07 Member Since 2005

    I am a retired school counselor (middle and elementary) and an avid reader. I am a lover of great mysteries, quirky protagonists, and medical/scientific non-fiction. I travel a lot and love the freedon audiobooks give me to drive, work, and relax while enjoying a good book. On my ipod I have eclectic musical selections as well as audiobooks. I will strive to never steer you wrong in a review.

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    "The absurdity of it all"

    Sometimes you get an audio book that has a great story but lousy reader and sometimes a poor story has a wonderful reader but when you get a absurd, disjointed, poorly written book with an equally unaccomplished reader you are in for major disappointment. How this book ever got published is beyond me. Do yourself a favor and stay away from both of these guys!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    thebrad2002 02-11-07
    thebrad2002 02-11-07 Member Since 2015
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    "Get a new phrase..."

    Maybe it's me, but I don't like hearing "almost imperceptible nod" more than once, if at all. What I find annoying about it is it is used in his other books as well. The story is good enough beyond that to keep me entertained.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    The Zombie Specialist Secret Fortress 03-28-14
    The Zombie Specialist Secret Fortress 03-28-14 Member Since 2014

    the world's fastest fat man

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    "deep storm or low rumble?"
    Where does Deep Storm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    it took me by surprise! It is not a book I think I would find myself talking about to my friends, but at no stage did I ever what to give up with the story. It was 13 hours of pure escapism which made my trip to and from work relaxing and interesting!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Deep Storm?

    The very ending


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The way the story ended, sorry I don't want to ruin it for anyone!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    My God - it is full of stars!


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for something to keep you interested and happy in your long travels each day. This is a sure bet! If you are looking for something that will change your life, look elsewhere!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Graham
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    "Shades of The Abyss"

    I enjoyed this book, easy-listening storyline, and excellent interpretation by Scott Brick. Oil platforms, deep submersibles and a hint of aliens - make a good film!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr T Connelly
    8/30/14
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    "scientific and technical flaws but enjoyable"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The story itself is an interesting concept, easy to follow and enjoyable. Even though the story has several techical flaws it has unexpected twists and turns that keeps the listener interested and thirsty for more. The final twist, the answer the facilities been looking for from the start is such a thought provoking idea that you'll be thinking about it long after you have put the book down.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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