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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket (July 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743439813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743439817
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,363,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

While earning enthusiastic reviews for his thrillers (The Purification Ceremony, etc.), Sullivan hasn't sold in really impressive numbers. His fourth novel could catapult him onto national bestseller lists, however, for not only is it expertly crafted, it's one of the most exciting yarns of this millennium. In an elaborate cave system in eastern Kentucky, a moon rock lies hidden. This rock has superconductivity, which, if harnessed, will solve the world's energy crises that's why Robert Gregor, the young scientist who discovered its properties three years ago, killed his mentor, who threatened to claim the discovery for himself; Gregor then secreted the rock in the cave before he was captured by police. Now it's 2007 and NASA, to train for a return to the moon to mine further superconductive moon rocks, is sponsoring a media-saturated expedition into the cave system, an expedition led by renowned caver Tom Burke and including his daughter, Cricket, 14, but not his wife, Whitney, an expert caver haunted by a recent foray into those caves that killed her companion. As the NASA expedition begins, Gregor, aided by a guard, escapes from prison with two tough cons and heads for the cave to retrieve the moon rock. Most of the novel's intense action takes place in the underground labyrinth, a fabulous otherworldly backdrop that Sullivan exploits brilliantly as he rotates his narration among Burke's party (soon captured by Gregor and his cohorts), a rescue team guided by the fearful Whitney and a third team of NASA scientists and U.S. military who plan to get the rock at any cost. The novel is honeycombed with plot twists and cliffhangers, giving it a slightly contrived, Saturday matinee feel (and it'll make a terrific movie; Scott Rudin has optioned rights), but Sullivan's sensitively constructed characters give it weight and depth. This is a great summer read.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

A respected journalist and novelist, Sullivan returns with the story of a cave researcher who has sworn she will never return to the depths until her husband and daughter disappear on a caving expedition. A film is coming.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Mark Sullivan is the author of eight thrillers, including PRIVATE GAMES, which he co-wrote with James Patterson. He was an Edgar Award finalist, winner of the W.H. Smith award for "Best New Talent," and his debut novel, THE FALL LINE, was named New York Times Notable Book of the year, a rare honor for a debut. His next novel with Patterson, PRIVATE BERLIN, launches in 2013 and his next standalone novel, ROGUE, launches in October 2012. He currently resides in Montana with his family.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on August 17, 2002
Format: Hardcover
In 2004 at the University of Tennessee, internationally renowned physicist Dr. MacPherson notices the findings that an assistant Gregor obtains with a moon rock specimen. An elated MacPherson claims the results that show rock 66095 contains strong superconductivity traits as his own. He boasts how he will receive the Novel prize for the work. A stunned Gregor kills the professor. Gregor is convicted of the crime, but not before he hides the rock inside Labyrinth Cave, Kentucky.

Three years later NASA hires Tom Burke and his daughter Cricket to escort them into Labyrinth Cave to find the missing rock. His wife Whitney suffers nightmares and though internationally famous refuses to enter the cave where last year her assistant died while she barely escaped.

However, Gregor escapes with some fellow prisoners and heads to Labyrinth Cave to collect the rock that will make him rich and famous. He and his associates capture the Burkes and the NASA team inside the cave. Only Whitney can lead a rescue party, but she has not entered any cavern since the nightmare occurred, but the stakes are the two people she loves most.

At times LABYRINTH seems more like a Hollywood thriller than a novel, but Mark T. Sullivan cleverly augments the plot with a personal crisis and an incredible underworld panorama. The story line is loaded with action on a global scale and on an individual level as the world is in trouble if Gregor regains the rock while Whitney battles herself. Mr. Sullivan provides a powerful tale that winks at the movie industry, which works fine for this novel.

Harriet Klausner
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By David W. Straight on December 6, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I've been caving in Tennessee for almost 30 years, and I teach at
the University of Tennessee, where the first murder takes place.
Think of a short, 1-page document about how to set up, say, a DVD
player that was written by a Sumerian with minimal knowledge of
English, but who owns a Sumerian-English dictionary. So the
words are all English, but the words often make no sense in the
context. Labyrinth has some of that flavor--you say "Huh? Did I
miss something?"
A rock with mysterious powers is brought back from the moon in
1972. In 2004, the villian, Dr Gregor, murders his professor and
steals the rock. In 2007 Gregor and some fellow prisoners escape
from state prison in Kentucky. "Huh?" Apparently Gregor only
partially strangled his professor in Tennessee, popped the prof
into the trunk of his car, drove to Kentucky, and finished
killing him there, hid the rock in a cave in Kentucky, and was
caught 2 weeks later, the body still in the trunk. How do you
tell at that point where the murder actually occurred?
Tom Burke, the world's greatest caver--"Huh? There are
rankings? Maybe in 2004 the NSS News will publish annual
rankings?"--and his daughter Cricket are about to start a
through-trip of the world's longest cave--Labyrinth--which he
discovered and mapped 380 miles in 5 years (another very large
"Huh?" here--a 3-man team that surveys half a mile of cave has
had a very good day surveying). The 125-mile long through trip
is so NASA can test the feasibility of mining on the moon--Huh?
crawling through a cave at Earth gravity is the same as walking
in a mine on the moon? No attention is paid to the weather
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Koppel on July 15, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
During the Apollo missions a special rock was brought back. No one knew it was special. Not until a disturbed genius gets a hold of it via fraud. The rock can superconduct at room temperature (currently we can only do this at about -250 F). When his superior points out that the discovery will be credited to the boss, the scientist kills him.
Now we have a "worlds most famous cave explorer" leading a NASA mission to train on mining on the Moon. The training ground will be Labyrinth cave, a mammoth cave discovered by the explorer in 2000.
But then the scientist escapes prison and heads for the same cave system. Seems he used to play in it as a boy and he hid the moon rock there before he was caught. NASA does not know their missing rock is in the cave.
Just as the NASA mission starts, the escaped convicts arrive and take over. They need the explorer to guide them to the cave areas the scientist knows. To ensure cooperation, they have his 14-year-old daughter as hostage (yeah, NASA let her come along).
The race is on. There is the race for the rock, the race for the rescue and the race against a storm that is coming and could cause flooding in the cave. To make matters worse, when lightning strikes, the rock amplifies it and causes an earthquake. Apparently during the years the rock was hidden, no lightning ever struck the mountains. Right!
The ending is typical of the genre, no matter how prepared at the start, all weapons are gone at the end and there is a fist fight. Even the "surprise" ending was no surprise.
Examples of the bad writing:
When faced with the criminals, Tom the explorer does this. "Tom blanched. He understood that he was facing not men but animals.
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