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Vostok Hardcover – February 17, 2015
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Steve Alten grew up in Philadelphia, earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education at Penn State University, a Master’s Degree in Sports Medicine from the University of Delaware, and a Doctorate of Education at Temple University. His previous nine novels have all become bestsellers, with millions of copies sold worldwide. As an author, Steve has two goals. First, to continue to work hard to become a better storyteller and create exciting page turning thrillers. Second, to remain accessible to his readers. Steve reads and answers all e-mails, uses the names and descriptions of his loyal fans as characters in his novels, and even hires readers as editors, depending on their particular expertise. Steve has also founded and oversees Adopt-An-Author, a nationwide non-profit program designed to encourage students to read. With an unparalleled success rate, he now spends half of his workweek working with high school teachers and teens.
- ASIN : 1681020009
- Publisher : Next Century Publishing (February 17, 2015)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781681020006
- ISBN-13 : 978-1681020006
- Item Weight : 1.51 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.3 x 1.33 x 9.18 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,009,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Honestly the twist towards the middle is.....it's *REALLY* stupid. It may have been better if it was given a better story to work with but Vostok attempts to merge a lot of ideas and underbakes all of them.
*Spoilers ahead so be aware*
The prehistoric underground biome of Vostok is a perfect example of this. It features multiple creatures, any of which could be a headline terror in any of his other books, and they're treated more as temporary obstacles and set dressing.
One of the first encounters was made even more upsetting with how quickly it's solved it almost begs the question why even bother putting it in there. They encounter a prehistoric version of the Guivre eels from The Loch, one's that emit electrical impulses. The crew dispatch the creature by driving the sub into the creature's mouth and activating their ice-melting lasers. And that's it. They then go onto to encounter purussaurus, the giant ancient caiman, and a pod of Livyatan Melvilli, the ancient prehistoric sperm whale that was the Megalodon's rival. The book barely dwells these creatures, with the main crux of the story resting on Zachary Wallace visiting with an ancient alien mind...that turns out to be a version of himself.
Sounds interesting, but sadly Alten is writing out of his depth at this point.
I didn't hate it, but I was disappointed.