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
"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)
This is a book that is hard to put down. Mystery coming from all side. The author did a great job catching the readers attention. I would recommend this book to my friends and family.
Sphere by Michael Crichton is one of my all time favorite books. This book managed to remind me of everything I loved about Sphere, without being a rehash of the same old stuff. It was interesting and intense, and kept me guessing until the end. Usually I have it all figured out well before the end of the book, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one.
This is not what I would call a great book. That being said, it is an OK book. The suspense is not as gripping as I would expect from this author. The narration is a bit slow (pace). I was hoping for a bit more ingenuity in the plot twists. On the up side, you are kept going, at no point do I feel so frustrated with the story or the narration that I had to stop. Not one of their best works (Author/Narrator) but still worth the listen for those long car rides etc. 3/5
Maybe because I listened to a Michael Connelly book just before starting this one, but this is one of the worst I've listened to since joining Audible, some 275 books ago. The story is okay but the main character, who is a physician, is miraculously able to perform every task imaginable that is medically related. Totally unrealistic from my health care perspective. And his methods of reasoning just don't follow the way a highly trained physician would go. Then, there is Scott Brick, who used to be my favorite narrater, but who now reminds me of listening to spoofs of William Shatner. Has be gotten SO much more dramatic and slow, or am I just tiring of his methods? Don't waste your money or your time listening to this one.
I know what to expect from Lincoln & Childs books so did not stumble into this one blindly. I also do not usually buy books before they have been reviewed by Audible listeners but did check external reviews of this book. I knew it would not be great literature but figured that with Brick reading it, it would at least be entertaining and would serve for a road trip.
I was wrong and the fault is Brick's. This is a truly annoying reading and it took me some time to figure out why. Brick does a great job of portraying different characters. I still love The Company and others of similar ilk he has done. However, his reading of the narrative is just flat not good. That may also be why I generally do not like his reading of non-fiction.
Give this one a pass.
Ya gotta get past Scott Brick. This is my second Brick book and I agree with the J. Peterman remark, but the story was really good and I was not disappointed.
I wanted to like this book. I've enjoyed other titles by the same author; his collaborations with Doug Preston are quite a bit of fun, in spite of their shortcomings.
But I just couldn't get into this one. Part of it may be my background in physics and the time I spent working with the Coast Guard; neither the science nor the marine details are particularly convincing, and I was distracted from the story by constant realizations that the real world just wouldn't work the way Child describes. And the characters didn't help, either: they were shallow and predictable, with no real convincing complexity or credible human detail, right off the back lot of a B picture.
I had to struggle to reach the end, I'm afraid.
I like Scott Brick but have come to realize that he does all of his main characters the same... angry and cynical. For me, this just did not work for the main character in Deep Storm. However, what made me turn off the book without finishing, was that it was so ridiculous. Dr. Crane starts off as a slightly humble generalist. By 1/2 way through, he is treating rare infectious diseases, sewing fingers on, and preparing to do vascular bypass. This is a joke and after a while the inaccuracies and cliches irritated me so much that I could not finish.
I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.
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.....
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.
"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!
"Good story but the narrator puts you to sleep"
The narrator totally spoiled this for me. His voice was monotonous,the characters voices all sounded the same and was often in danger of putting me to sleep. In fact I didn't even finish listening to it. He made it so boring!
Shame as the story is great ( I've read the book) it has , twists and turns that keep you guessing to the end.
"scientific and technical flaws but enjoyable"
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.
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