Set in stygian gloom, this account of a 1994 caving expedition in southern Mexico produces what adventure readers crave: danger, dissension, death, and ultimate success. Led by author Stone, the spelunkers sought the furthest reaches of a cave system, the Sistema Huautla, which plunged a kilometer and a half down and stretched out for tens of kilometers. To go the deepest, the coveted "booty" in the caving community, Stone developed a special "rebreathing" apparatus for swimming through submerged passages called sumps. As the saga unfolds (dramatically assisted by admittedly reconstructed dialogue), the riskiness of the enterprise becomes apparent as the cavers survive various snafus, which rattle some group members who come to resent Stone's hard-charging style. A cheerful wisecracker named Ian Rolland is not daunted--but soon pays the final price for this adventure. After much acrimony about whether to continue, Stone and his then-girlfriend press on, their course marked by helpful diagrams of their progress. The technicalities of this death-defying recreation, and the raw honesty with which this episode is depicted, will win over extreme-sport fans. Gilbert TaylorCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
" BEYOND THE DEEP is an extraordinary and heroic account. I shuddered as I read it." -- Wade Davis, Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic Society, author of THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW
"... describes one of the most significant achievements of modern exploration, with personal stories that make this an exciting, page-turning read." -- Hazel A. Barton, Ph.D., co-star of the IMAX film, "Journey into Amazing Caves"
"For anyone wanting to vicariously experience the hardship and dangers of expedition life underground, this is the book to read." -- Bernie Chowdhury, author of THE LAST DIVE and publisher of Immersed: the international technical diving magazine.
"From the opening page...BEYOND THE DEEP plunges you into a tubular heart of darkness. -- Jeff Long, author of THE DESCENT