Subterranean

Wow, what did I think of this book? First let me put down what Goodreads says about it:

Beneath the ice at the bottom of the Earth is a magnificent subterranean labyrinth, a place of breathtaking wonders—and terrors beyond imagining. A team of specialists led by archaeologist Ashley Carter has been hand-picked to explore this secret place and to uncover the riches it holds. But they are not the first to venture here—and those they follow did not return. There are mysteries here older than time, and revelations that could change the world. But there are also things that should not be disturbed—and a devastating truth that could doom Ashley and the expedition: they are not alone.

OK…the book was great – I liked it a lot. The descriptions of the underground caverns were so vivid I could close my eyes and picture the place.  The characters are well defined with personalities that make you care for them – even the ones you don’t want to.  Creatures are excellently thought out and appropriately fierce.  Really, quite a good book.  I couldn’t put it down once I got past the terrorist aspect of it.  It was better than the one by Jeff Long “Deeper” which I thought was excellent through to the midpoint or so – after that it went downhill. This book does not make that mistake and continues moving at a solid pace throughout.

The bad: It was a bit too much like civilization above – there was a similar order to the villagers and governing body.  It was a bit disappointing but when one considered that the villagers’ ancestors used to live above but came to the underground when they were forced to by climate concerns that killed off the dinosaurs it is at least a bit understandable.

Overall, a good book with awesome descriptors of caves – if I weren’t claustrophobic, I could become a cave explorer to see all the vast beauty described in the book.  Amazing.  I give the book an A!

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