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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (November 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 042517736X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425177365
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (242 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #989,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Perry Berg is president of Benthic Marine and a passenger aboard The Benthic Explorer, a 450-foot research ship endeavoring to drill into, and sample for the first time, the earth's magma core. Also onboard are the lovely Dr. Suzanne Newell; ex-navy commander and present submersible skipper Donald Fuller; and navy-cum-Neanderthal divers Richard Adams and Michael Donaghue. It is this cast of characters who, with the reluctant Perry, dive to the stilled drill site in order to make repairs. En route, they are sucked (or suckered) into a defunct undersea volcano and deposited into an otherworldly wonderland. That takes about 75 pages of fairly cogent spadework. The next 375 pages sprout some of the looniest, most derivative, made-for-TV-movie science fiction imaginable. Our heroes, you see, have been abducted to Interterra, an undersea world of staggering beauty and unheard of technologies--intergalactic travel and eternal life, for starters--populated by stunningly beautiful, toga-wearing, first-generation humans.

First-generation? They were here first, see, and had been doing very nicely until their scientists realized that the earth was about to be "showered with planetesimal collisions, just as had happened in its primordial state," and that they had better start digging. While the Interterrans prospered and thrived undersea, we, the second generation, began hauling our single-celled bodies up by our ooze-straps and started all over again.

And that's about it. People with names like Arak and Sufa speak strangely, giggle at the primitive second-generationists, recoil at the very thought of violence, press their palms together to have sex, and direct "worker clones" to do the dishes while the second generation does its stereotypical best to, in turns, exemplify, define, and defile humankind.

If you've yet to read Robin Cook's innumerable (and mostly successful) medical thrillers, start now. If you want to read about an alternative world, start off right with H.G. Wells's 1895 masterpiece, The Time Machine. --Michael Hudson

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A mountain far beneath the ocean is the setting in this latest work from bestselling author Cook (Coma; Contagion; Vector, etc.). Perry Bergman, founder and president of Benthic Marine, is conducting research in a remote region of the Atlantic. The crew has been trying to drill through an underwater mountain that appears to be filled with some liquid or gas, but they've encountered several mishaps, and Perry has flown out to the ship to assess the problem for himself. He's invited to dive to the seamount with several others in a submersible craftDthe most reliable one, the veteran commander tells Perry, he has ever piloted. Suddenly the small ship seems to lose power and is lured deeper into the water and into the underwater world of Saranta, whose stunning, sexually charged residents, the Interterreans, claim their city is much more beautiful and desirable than the fabled Atlantis. Although the Interterreans treat the humans as their special guests, Perry and his crew are desperate to escape. Cook keeps readers turning the pages with fast-paced action and intriguing details about Saranta; while the action may appeal to his teeming die-hard fans, however, this is not one of his better efforts.
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Customer Reviews

If you are a Robin Cook fan (and I am, except for this book), do NOT read this one.
Phyllis Philp
There was little to no resolution of major plot lines in the book, it was almost as if we had so much to resolve or explain, let's just end it before anyone notices.
Heath Buckmaster
In Cook's previous books, we can get inside the characters' heads and really FEEL what they are going through.
Rabbi Yonassan Gershom

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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Nick G on November 7, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When a crew of oceanographers receive a mysterious transmission, they are led to a discovery beyond all imagination...a world far beneath the ocean's surface.
Amazed with their finding, the crew is quick to make friends with the undersea people, and adapt to the customs of this civilization (including making love; which consists of hand cream and hand touching, and never having to work since each person has a work clone).
The crew believes what they learn will change what we know on earth...but at what price?
What is this, you ask? The latest thriller from bestselling MEDICAL THRILLER author, Robin Cook.
"Abduction" is a straight to paperback original novel, and easily one of the silliest book's of the year.
I am still shocked that this book is written by Robin Cook! I have been a fan of Mr. Cook's previous novels, and this book is a serious disappointment. It seems MANY authors are trying to broaden the scope of their writing, unfortunately, they are NOT succeeding. PLEASE go back to writing medical thrillers.
The book earned one star because the first couple of chapters were interesting, other than that it is totally un-readable. Avoid this book, and wait for his next hardcover!
Nick Gonnella
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 7, 2000
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Having read all of Robin Cook's books, I expected another wonderful read filled with suspense and explicit character development. This book failed those tests. The storyline was original, but halfway through the book, I found myself wondering why Cook failed to expond more on the questionable behaivor of his characters. The story could have gone a long way, but I found myself anxious to finish and get it over with. I recently read both suspense books by James Rollins and found those to be fantastic
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Justin S. Allen on December 19, 2000
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This is the first Robin Cook book I've ever read (listened to, really). I know he's better known for his medical stories and based on this "science fiction" story, he should get back to his forte. This book is poor on every count. All the characters are idiots. If they weren't, the story couldn't have been written at all. Somehow the 5 main characters have made it through their lives with reading a single science fiction book, watching a single science fiction movie or TV show, or even knowing anyone who has. Otherwise they would have seen every trite plot point coming 50 pages away. There isn't a single original thought in the entire book. Really, I mean it. And then, in the middle of this amazingly juvenile book, he drops random polysyllabic words as though to say, "see, I haven't lost my perspicacity!"

Based on his reputation, I'm sure some of his books are great. Too bad this isn't one of them.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Susan R. Cakars on August 13, 2003
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I've read science fiction before so I know about needing to suspend disbelief while reading a story, but this one is absurd. The crew of a submersible and the 2 divers enter the secret world of Interra which exists between the upper & lower oceans of the earth. The Interreans seem advanced, but display some disturbing traits. There is a separate race of creatures which are half human-half machine who do all their work, while the Interreans mostly play. The crew & divers want to return to the surface, but the Interreans don't want people on the surface learning about Interra.
This story is clearly a rewriting of The Hollow Earth by Raymond Bernard from 1976, which was also unbelievable.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Thomas W. Cox on September 19, 2001
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As a long time science fiction fan, I found the book poorly written and dreadfully predictable. Cook uses a condescending, didactic style that is clearly oblivious to several generations of development of the genre. (It openly acknowledges the influence of Jules Verne, and is reminiscent of Edgar Rice Burroughs and Lin Carter in places...which would be fine if it were 1936.) Further, I was completely appalled with the occasional gaffes in basic physics. ("Supersonic" trains in a vacuum tunnel?!? OK, that's probably not how he meant it, but it's what he WROTE.)
Run, don't walk away from this one. Back to the medical thrillers, doc.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rabbi Yonassan Gershom VINE VOICE on May 8, 2003
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As a sci-fi short story, this might have worked -- it even has a twilight-zonish ending. But as a full-length novel, it was a big disappointment. I have read every other book by Robin Cook and this was the first one I did not like. Hopefully it will be the last such bomb.
There isn't any real horror in this novel -- unless you consider boredom to be a form of torture. The plot is a hackneyed new-age mish-mash of Brave New World, Journey to the Center of the Earth, and the Time Machine (only this time, the good guys went underground, er, undersea.) The characters are shallow and the "science" is utterly ridiculous -- how many times can you say, in essence, "This is so far advanced it's way beyond me..."?
Then there's the lack of good descriptive prose. In Cook's previous books, we can get inside the characters' heads and really FEEL what they are going through. In this book, the plot is carried forward through preachy dialogue and "orientations" that drove me up the wall. Every good science fiction writer knows that the Absolute WORST way to explain things in an alternate world is to have some scientist or tour guide give a lecture.

PLEASE, please, Dr. Cook -- go back to writing medical horror!
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Doctor and author Robin Cook is widely credited with introducing the word 'medical' to the thriller genre, and over twenty years after the publication of his breakthrough novel, Coma, he continues to dominate the category he created. Cook has successfully combined medical fact with fantasy to produce a over twenty-seven international bestsellers, including Outbreak (1987), Terminal (1993), Contagion (1996), Chromosome 6 (1997) and Foreign Body (2008).

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