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From Publishers Weekly

Best known as the coauthor (with Douglas Preston) of such bestselling thrillers as Dance of Death, Child delivers a well-crafted and literate science fiction thriller, his third solo effort (after 2004's Death Match). Peter Crane, a former naval doctor, faces the challenge of his career when he investigates a mysterious illness that has broken out on a North Atlantic oil rig. Sworn to secrecy, Crane is transported from the rig to an amazing undersea habitat run by the military that's apparently pursuing evidence that Atlantis exists. Psychotic episodes among the scientific staff as well as the activities of a saboteur that threatens the project's safety keep Crane busy, even as some of the staff members confront him with concerns that exploring the Earth's core could be fatal to all life on earth. Crisp writing energizes a familiar plot, which builds to an unsettling climax with echoes of Child and Preston's The Ice Limit.
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Peter Crane, a naval physician, flies out to an oil rig to investigate what appears to be the first appearance of an incredibly virulent disease. But when he gets there, he discovers that the problem is even worse than he was led to believe. The disease is attacking the residents of a deep-water research facility, not the oil workers, and it could be linked to the facility's excavations of an ancient site that might hold the key to the fate of the lost city of Atlantis. Child, whose stand-alone novels generally are not quite as good as the series novels he cowrites with Douglas Preston, turns the tables here, setting his hook in the first couple of pages and slowly reeling the reader in. The prose may be a tad rough, but 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, 1987) will want to plunge into this one. David Pitt
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor; Reprint edition (February 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400095476
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400095476
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (378 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lincoln Child is the co-author, with Douglas Preston, of a number of bestselling thrillers including Relic, Riptide and The Ice Limit. Utopia is Lincoln Child's first solo novel: he is currently at work on his second. He lives with his wife and daughter in Morristown, New Jersey.

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110 of 113 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Schiariti on August 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I've been a fan of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child for quite some time now and I've read everything they've ever written. At times I've found their solo efforts to be hit or miss. I didn't care for Utopia, but I thougth Death Match, Tyranosaur Canyon and the Codex were all fine books.

This is my favorite. I don't know if it was the setting or the underlying plot of the whole book, the characters, not knowing who was the good guy or the bad guy or not knowing exactly what was going on till the very end that made this book so good. Perhaps a combination of all those things.

The setting is the bottom of the ocean. Peter Crane is brought into a secret research facility to investigate and find a solution to a series of mysterious illnesses. Once he's down there things get stranger and stranger. The pacing of this book is really excellent, the chapters just fly by, even when there's not any action (which there's plenty of) and as each chapter goes by, Child reveals a little bit more about what's really happening miles beneath the water's surface.

Highly recommended for any Preston and Child fan or people who just love a good, intriguing and smart read!
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful By clifford on August 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have enjoyed following the books of Child and Preston. From Relic onwards they have skirted the supernatural and sleuth genres with a panache and joy that is very appealing. Together Child and Preston have the ability to create engaging premises for story lines and characters with at least a minimal outline. However, I have noticed while reading the authors solo efforts that neither is as strong alone as they are together. Working in tandem, they have the ability to fill in the short comings of one another.

Deep Storm might be the best of the solo efforts by Child and Preston. I kept thinking of correlations between this story and a couple of 'B' movies... the 'Poseidon Adventure' and 'Abyss'. Once events start to fall into place and this story takes off, Child gives us pretty much a non-stop action adventure.

The major fault of this book in my opinion, is the very under-developed characters. Child barely sketches out protagonists and supporting characters. If you hold up this book in one hand and a story that is character driven like Russo's 'Nobodies Fool', its almost like looking at an empty post modern wasteland when you scour 'Deep Storm'. Not only that, but the story here is very 'science fiction'. As an admirer of the sci-fi genre before it died out a couple of decades ago, its hard to take any premise of this story seriously. Its so simple-minded. Basically all of this is an excuse for Child to write an action thriller. So lastly, and perhaps most akin, if you were to look at one of Ludlum's better efforts like the 'Bourne Conspiracy', a story composed for non-stop action purposes with little character development, its hard to say that Deep Storm comes close to Ludlum's prowess as a writer.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By IncidentalNadine on February 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is highly recommended for thriller fans, and may appeal to sci-fi fans as well. Wildly imaginative, it'll take you by complete surprise more than once - with an ending that hits you and leaves you thinking! The setting lays the foundation for an atmosphere of unease, and it just gets better from there. As usual, Child's engaging prose draws you in immediately, and his expertly-crafted chapters will keep you turning the pages late into the night. If you think you can predict what's going to happen - you'll probably be wrong! Make sure you're well-rested before you start reading - you won't want to put it down once you begin.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By M. Mize on April 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I am a huge fan of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. I look forward every year to their collaborations and their individual endeavors. However, this book was really disappointing. I was thinking this book would be on par with Death Match but it's not. In fact, I began to wonder if Lincoln Child was getting paid by the word. He repeated himself a lot, got bogged down with mundane detail in several places, and bored me with descriptions like 'he opened the door, stepped out, then closed the door. Then Crane walked down the hallway.' I mean come on! I always thought that this author 'wrote up' for the reader, making me feel like he trusted his readers to be intelligent enough to handle the premise of the plot without having to explain the basic details of EVERYTHING. Instead, in this book Child speaks down to us, treating us like idiots. This book is a bore. It has nothing of the page turning intensity of Relic, Death Match, or any of the previous books. The only other book I have read that was this boring was Utopia, by the same author. I'm glad I didn't buy either one but only borrowed them from the library. If you have never read any of Lincoln Child's books, I highly recommend checking out some of his other stuff. Don't waste your time on this one.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Harnett VINE VOICE on February 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I always read Child for his imaginative plots and harrowing action, though none of his speculative thrillers are as good as those written with coauthor Douglas Preston ("Relic," "The Cabinet of Curiosities").

The plot of this one concerns a momentous discovery ("the scientific and historical discovery of the century...of all time") under a deep-ocean U.S. oilrig off the coast of Greenland. Peter Crane is a doctor, ex-military, with specialized undersea experience. He has been summoned by the civilian leader of the exploratory expedition. The military side isn't so happy about his presence. Everything is super secret.

Crane descends into an elaborate and advanced undersea research facility where a mysterious illness has been affecting workers, physically and mentally, causing hallucinations and dangerous psychotic behavior. As Crane delves into the possible causes of the baffling illness, the project itself raises some alarming questions - one of the least scary being what happens when humans mess with the earth's core? Sabotage and murder enter the mix as Child ratchets up the suspense.

The plot works fine and the set is highly visual, but the story is hampered by wooden characters who always seem to do the expected thing. Crane is satisfyingly heroic and multi-talented like a good action figure should be. Evil is evil and everyone else is either a foil for Crane's talents or an obstacle to be subdued or overcome.

Nevertheless, Child's latest is a diverting way to pass an evening or two.
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