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Deep Storm Paperback – July 19, 2011
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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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That clarified, I really did enjoy this offering from author Lincoln Child.
Retired Naval Dr. Peter Crane is summoned to the Storm King oil platform forty miles offshore from Greenland. He finds that his particular background is perfect for a Top Secret operation going on on the sea floor under Storm King. The military has spared no expense in preparing an underwater research/excavation facility in that location. And Dr. Crane had to sign a multitude of non-disclosure statements to even descend to the facility, which the crew has named DEEP STORM.
There was a lot of science thrown at the reader throughout the book but the author did a great job of breaking it down into small parts and explaining it. Dr. Crane was the protagonist of the story and he found his role in the project confusing at times (as did I) but that evened out probably halfway through the book.
The story was exciting and (semi) believable but it did kind of bog down in the middle of the book.
I like underwater stories, adventure stories, thriller stories, and stories of the Arctic, Antarctic, Greenland or Iceland so this book fit these categories very well. I'm going to read TERMINAL FREEZE next, the second book in the Jeremy Logan series, and hopefully Logan will make more of an appearance.
Dr. Peter Crane is called to a highly secretive sub-oceanic research facility because of mysterious illnesses that have been reported. What is causing the illnesses is a mystery that Dr. Crane seems ideally suited to solve. Unfortunately, it takes him nearly the entire book to figure out what is going on, long after the reader ceases to care. Reading that far in felt like walking uphill and it just never got any better. This book was apparently a sequel to another book in which Dr. Crane solved the case and saved the world.
The book is a mixture of medical, military and scientific thriller--maybe that's why I just didn't understand most of what was going on? Perhaps you have to be in one of those careers--(I'm trying to give the book the benefit of some doubt!)
This book just wasn't as good as all the hype on the jacket cover and I felt like I'd been taken. It was my first and last experience with this author. The ending was by far the best part. It was a horrifying and thrilling conclusion-I just wish it had come sooner in the page count!
The premise and ending conclusions are very interesting. I also marked ~10 things to do more research on. The use of 13th century imagery was interesting as well.
The characters in the story are not fully developed but are developed enough to serve their purpose in the story. The scene, an underwater dome built over an excavation site on the ocean floor, is very well constructed. If you happen to be claustrophobic don't be surprised if you have to look away from the book and take a deep breath to assure yourself you're not in the cramped confines of the underwater research facility or as it is referred to in the book, simply the facility. The plot is strong but as I read it became very predictable to a fault. One of the biggest surprises comes in the Epilogue as characters come to a startling conclusion.
The book was enjoyable but as I said, a bit predictable. I gave it three stars which means I liked it. I've read many of Lincoln Child's books including those co-written with Douglas Preston and I think the co-written books are much better than those either have written alone.