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Finally, after over 100 years of studying their discovery, it recently woke up. New people are drawn into the big secret and things quickly get out of control.
I found myself very intrigued by the plot. It would be awful to be trapped underground with something ancient and evil through and through. As the characters fall for it’s trickery, they meet some bloody ends.
I’d love to see this as a movie. The action is relentless and the author pulls no punches when throwing horrific things in your path. Watch out for ceiling vents and corners. You never know what’s waiting to jump out at you.
Chilling reading served up just the way I like it.
I have read the LT 'Jack' Daniels books by this author and thought I would give this book a try. I found the explanations for the creature or demon to be very interesting. You have a group of professionals from fields such as military, science, religion, medical, and finally linguistics. All of these characters have secrets in their pasts. Which of the characters would benefit the most if the creature learns to communicate? There is also the traditional Biblical debates in the book which I found to be reasonable when they are trying to determine the origin and purpose of the creature. This could be the difference in whether a reader enjoyed the book or not. If you do not believe there is supreme being /beings responsible for the origin of good and evil on our earth, you will find these debates tiresome or maybe comical. But, I like the story, I like the characters, and I highlighted several of the passages in the book.
Great Job Konrath/ Kilborn!
Really great writing, who never fails to disappoint. Normally written under JA Konrath, and the Jack Daniels series, it's a slight change of pace. It's very fast paced and really doesn't give you time to catch your breath. The ending, the last of it was kind of a let down after such a great story, you expect something a little more zzzazzza.
Is that fun, or what? Konrath always serves up the macabre with flair and he doesnt disappoint this time.
I rated this a four on the star bar as the characterization is a bit thin. I havent read Konrath in a while and dont recall if this is his strong suit or not. Too many characters for a story of moderate length and not enough development of any of them.
Basically I would say read this for the originality of the plot and quality writing.
This is a good, fast paced, action, science fiction techno-thriller. I felt the characters were sufficiently developed to justify their actions. The science appeared to be well researched (at least the couple of items I took the trouble to verify). Interesting mix of real history (U.S. Presidents) integrated in the story. The ending was unexpected (which I enjoyed).
The characters thrown together were given sufficient background history to justify why they'd all be put into the situation they found themselves in. I think this would actually make a pretty good movie for sci-fi channel (if they don't camp it up).
There were problems with editing, especially with the word "God" which for some reason always showed up as "G-d" as if there was some global find/replace. There were also a couple of typos, but they didn't get in way of its thriller story pacing.
Fun read. I'll be seeking more from this author.
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