Goodreads: Ex-Navy SEAL Jack Kirkland surfaces from an aborted underwater salvage mission to find the Earth burning.
Solar flares have triggered a series of gargantuan natural disasters. Earthquakes and hellfire rock the globe. Air Force One has vanished from the skies with America’s president on board. Now, with the U.S. on the narrow brink of a nuclear apocalypse, Kirkland must pilot his oceangoing exploration ship, “Deep Fathom,” on a desperate mission miles below the ocean’s surface. There devastating secrets await him–and a power an ancient civilization could not contain has been cast out into modern day. And it will forever alter a world that’s already racing toward its own destruction.
I do like James Rollins – he is an imaginative author who can throw up situations that entertain and characters who lift you up on wings of possibility. He is gifted at describing a scene, making you identify with the characters and root them on to the bitter end.
Having said that, this is not one of my favorite Rollins books. In fact, I found it a bit hard to keep involved at times even though the setting was interesting and the premise different.
I think part of it was that the catastrophes seemed unending and just when I thought it couldn’t get any more ridiculous – it did. I didn’t like the ending, didn’t like the way it felt rushed and not a full wrap up. As I have said before, why do the characters always have to have “special forces” experience that automatically makes them able to handle any given situation…even the most ridiculous? It gets kind of old.
I give the book a C.