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Deep Fathom

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  10,491 ratings  ·  270 reviews
New York Times bestselling author James Rollins dives far beneath the waves into unimaginable peril in this classic tale of action and adventure.

Ex-Navy SEAL Jack Kirkland surfaces from an aborted underwater salvage mission to find Earth burning. Solar flares have triggered a series of gargantuan natural disasters. Earth-quakes and hellfire rock the globe. Air Force One ha
Kindle Edition, 480 pages
Published (first published 2001)
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Whispers from the Pirate's Ghost Whisper
Another fun Rollins read. Jack may be one of the more developed protagonists in Rollins's non-Sigma Force novels. Again we see the Rollin's winning formula at work here. However, this read seemed different. As in Excavation, the pace was different than in other Rollins books (including the Sigma Force Books). That pulse pounding sense of a snowball rolling down hill and grow larger and larger until it's a veritable rolling avalanche all its own didn't start until later in this book than in most ...more
My feelings about Deep Fathom are pretty in line with Rollins' first two books - fun adventure about finding hidden ancient civilizations, nothing much to write home about with regards to the writing style. It gets points for being a Bermuda Triangle mystery that doesn't actually involve the Bermuda Triangle, but it loses points for having an overly villainous villain. He's racist, misogynist, likes killing, and just in case he hasn't been coded "bad guy" enough, he has a vendetta against the ma ...more
It seems even experienced writers are not immune to the temptation of wanting a specific outcome badly enough to twist their plot into contortions to get to the end they desire. The politics in this story are ridiculous. While some cynicism is justified, the political decisions aren't realistic or intelligent and it discredits the whole plot as a result. (view spoiler) ...more
Ben Roscup
I have not read any other books by James Rollins, but judging by his popularity I would suspect that this particular book does not represent his best efforts. The story is interesting and creative enough, but it seems somehow uncompelling and not particularly well carried out. However, the book's true weakness lies in its characters, which are rather flat and lacking in personality.

Jack, the story's main character, is a rather cliched tough guy with lingering emotional problems from the tragic l
Melbourne on my mind
Meh. Back in the days when I really loved Clive Cussler books, James Rollins' stand alones like this one were totally my jam. Fast forward ten years, and I'm a much more critical reader. While the overarching "big-ass crystal from the dawn of time at the bottom of the ocean" story was an intriguing one, I gave precisely zero fucks about any of the characters. The heroes were just generically good, and the villains were completely one dimensional. I mean, the Vice-President has such a massive gru ...more
I am having a hard time rating Deep Fathom. The story itself was exciting, action-packed, and fun, if rather over-the-top and full of deus ex machina devices. It sprawled from outer space to the very deepest parts of Earth's oceans, and it had juicy entanglements with ancient and vaguely mysterious places such as Nan Madol on the Micronesian island of Pohnpei, and the area dubbed the Dragon's Triangle (the Bermuda Triangle of the Pacific). Since I adore all of those "mysteries" TV shows that go ...more
Andrew Montooth
Every now and then I get tired of waiting for a Sigma Force novel from Mr. Rollins and I check out his author page on Amazon. I saw a new title released March 13, 2012 and immediately ordered it. I read it and found a wonderfully thrilling story. But when I went to write my review, I checked the copyright page and noticed this was originally released in 2001. At first, I thought Amazon or Rollins was less-than-forthcoming in their notice (which is true). But after a moment’s reflection, I realiz ...more
Hero with a tough shell
Pretty/smart/independent female academic
Way over-the-top baddie
An incipient (and insipid) romance
The predictable AI sidekick
a novel that isn't one of Rollin's best efforts.

Many of the scenes dragged on and the amount of times characters survived some absolutely (ABSOLUTELY) death-guaranteed scenario was ludicrous. Not to mention, breaking a rib and then getting involved in a strenuous life-or-death battle without a peep about that rib... really? Is that poss
Benjamin Thomas
Every so often you just need to get away from it all and read a no-holds-barred, action-oriented, good guy vs bad guy action story. This one fits the bill to a tee.

I have read three other books by Rollins so far and to tell the truth I was starting to get a little worried. The plots seemed to be getting a bit thin (or unrealistic) and the characters a little cliched. But Deep Fathom was a pleasant switch even though it is one of his earlier novels. It kept me turning pages and I cared about the
Joe Stamber
My second ever audio book, and I've certainly chose well so far. An eclipse leads to natural disasters around the world, and brings into conflict a deep sea explorer looking for answers and his old advesary who works for the CIA and is under orders to hide the truth to aid his mentor's political ends. Throw into the mix a young professor on the trail of an extinct civilisation, and we have a recipe for intrigue, action and adventure. To be honest, I don't think story would have had quite the sam ...more
In another screenplay (type) action adventure from John Rollins, our hero could have been named John McClane. But, Ex-Navy SEAL Jack Kirkland led the way in an underwater Die Hard. With the feel of sitting in your movie theatre seat, and mumbling to yourself, "WTH, how did he get out of that alive?" With some ancient civilization legends and myths, and the good lookin female professor, digging for answers. You know her and Jack's paths are going to cross.His battle with an 'ol nemisis David Span ...more
Quite okay for an early Rollins.
Which makes it still quite horrible by most thriller-standards.

one-dimensional cardboard-characters and a threadbare see-through-plot were you can mark the good, the bad and the ugly before you reach page 100. Sadly, the book then hast still more than 300 pages to go.

Still, not as horrible as Sub Terra by far (wich deserves about minus 2 points).

But not nearly as good (spell: 'quite decent' by those standards mentioned above) as the recent Rollins-books.
Shari Scott
It is difficult for me to critique this book on any sort of literary scale, because it was just such a blast to read. I lived in Micronesia for 11 years and visited many of the islands central to the story. I stood in the eerie and mysterious Nan Madol and wondered about how this awesome basalt city was created. To find it as a major plot point in an adventure story with science fiction overtones was truly a treat! We are not talking New York or San Francisco here. The vast majority of the world ...more
I feel that if I had read this book before all the others I would have liked it more because this was definitely not Rollins' best work. The story line was a bit choppy and unbelievable and some of the characters could have be developed a bit more. But don't get me wrong the story is still very entertaining and fast paced. I would still recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading "Indiana Jones" type books.
Cherrie Bautista
I love action, thriller, mystery, and sci-fi stories and this book has all of that and more! I was hooked from the time I started reading until the end. I love the creativity and imagination. James Rollins just became one of my favorite authors. In fact, I've decided to read all his books, starting from Sandstorm!
This book was really stupid. In fact, it was stupid in so many ways that it should win some kind of award. On the bright side, it did keep my interest as I was sitting in a large, uncomfortable room for hours waiting to see whether or not I had jury duty.
Alexander Draganov
Thrilling read. It has everything you can possibly want from a thriller - lots of action, cool characters, complex plot, world mysteries, deadly politics, even some romance. Recommended.
Another hit from James Rollins. I couldn't put it down! As always, the end had a twist I didn't see coming.
Just some clean fun action adventure. If that's what you like, you'll enjoy this one.
Sai Krishna
No Non-sense action thriller with equal parts mystery, intrigue and pacing.

Typical Summer blockbuster with
1) Rugger main character
2) Guilt of main character based on past actions
3) Bad guys
4) Ancient civilization trying to prophecize something
5) Love interest who is also intelligent
6) Happy Ending,

I read this book as the in-betweener. I try to read Hard SF, Space Opera type novels which are typically series. In between the series, every now and then, I want to read a book without using most o
Teo Hoppe
Deep Fathom is an imagnative adventure tale that commences when a solar eclipse causing intense solar flare activity triggers a series of worldwide cataclysms. The resulting earthquakes and tidal waves destroy millions and change the landscape of the earth itself.
U.S. president Bishop, escaping the disaster by flying out of Guam in Air Force One is lost over the Pacific as the jet mysteriously plummets to earth.
Jack Kirkland, ex-Navy SEAL, ex-astronaut and sole survivor of a space shuttle accide
Oct 29, 2014 Betelgeuse rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: a chi non si stanca mai dei soliti eroi.
Recensione pubblicata su Cronache di Betelgeuse

Questo libro doveva essere un’avventura mozzafiato, piena di colpi di scena e di misteri insolubili, invece si è rivelato una specie di Indiana Jones moderno con cattivo che lascia molto a desiderare. I primi capitoli del libro sembrano promettere molto per quanto riguarda l’atmosfera e il ritmo incalzante. Peccato che con l’ingresso in scena del protagonista l’intera vicenda sia tracciata e si possa già immaginare cosa accadrà.

Jack Kirkland è il cl
Barbara ★
Due to the worldwide earthquakes, many impossibilities have surfaced...literally. There are many things happening around the world and all are connected. It is Jack Kirkland's duty to figure out the strange occurences and the seeming conspiracy of the plane crash.

Jack is an ex navy SEAL who has been off the charts for ten years when his vessel is called back to duty. Air Force One has crashed and the President is presumed dead. Jack's ship is needed in the Pacific Islands for salvage duty. He fi
Riju Ganguly
There are certain themes that have now been literally done to death, but despite that, strong authorskeep on returning them, perhaps with the ambition that they would be able to re-invigorate the theme, and take all the cliches away. In this novel, at the centre of the story lies one such theme: the incredible weapons of mass destruction built by Atlanteans (or rather, their Pacific countetrparts) which get triggered during a solar eclipse, and bring USA & China (and consequently the world) ...more
Erster Satz: Am Tag der Sonnenfinsternis verließ Doreen McCloud eilig das Starbucks.

Nachdem ich James Rollins Buch Sub Terra gelesen habe, stand für mich fest das ich weitere Bücher des Autors lesen würde. Dabei kam es mir gerade recht, das Blanvalet Im Dreieck des Drachen neu auflegte, noch dazu mit so einem tollen Cover. Die ersten vierzig Seiten des Buches sind aus drei verschiedenen Perspektiven geschrieben Einmal aus Doreen's Sicht in San Francisco, die von Jimmy Pomautuk, der sich auf der
Bear with me, here; I have to get something off my chest! I am a sucker for action/thrillers during the summer. They're a nice break from "literature" and they're fun. Usually I can get through a typical thriller in a day or two. My issue with Rollins is that in every book, he's got one or two phrases that he uses constantly. Maybe it's a weird inside joke b/w the author and someone he loves. Who knows. But, really, shouldn't the EDITOR catch these things? For example: In Deep Fathom, Rollins us ...more
The novel starts with a somewhat normal event: a solar eclipse, being viewed around the world. The reader sees the perspectives of several people, including a government operative. Much of the action, however, is going on below the surface of the ocean where Rollins's hero, Jack Kirkland, is attempting an underwater salvage mission. Solar flares from the eclipse have started a chain reaction of natural disasters including earthquakes and raging fires. Kirkland is asked to help rescue the preside ...more
Chris Youngblood
Jun 14, 2010 Chris Youngblood rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those looking for an easy, entertaining read
There are a certain brand of books that scream to be made into movies, and James Rollins seems to have made the commitment to write all of his books in just such a style. Michael Crichton took a similar approach.

This is both a benefit and a flaw, however. It is a benefit because you know exactly what you're going to get: fun, light, entertaining action that doesn't require a lot of effort to understand what's going on.

But the hindrance is the same - you know exactly what you're going to get. Th
James Rollins is one of the authors that got me into thrillers, by writing a sort of horror-thriller crossover for his first two books, Subterranean and Excavation. Even some of his SIGMA Force books have touches of this, although they're an obvious attempt to cash in on Dan Brown's popularity. But Deep Fathom, Rollins' third novel, really lacked that. The end of the book goes fantastic, sci-fi really, but up until that it's a pretty straight-forward, stick-with-reality thriller. Which wasn't wh ...more
Samie Foster
Deep Fathom By James Rollins

Nothing much to say here. I just decided to read a bit of Rollins work after a couple mediocre books. This time it was Deep Fathom.

So what is it about? That is kind of hard to answer because it has such a convulsed plot. The story begins with a Earthquake. A earthquake so bad that it effected the whole world. And when the Earthquake happens, a lost ancient city surfaces. Meanwhile a American plane crashes in the Pacific. The story focuses on two different characters
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James Rollins is the author of the bestselling Sigma Force series (Sandstorm, Map of Bones, Black Order, The Judas Strain, The Last Oracle, The Doomsday Key, The Devil Colony, Bloodline and The Eye of God); six individual adventure thrillers; the blockbuster movie novelization, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull; Tucker Wayne Series, The Sanguines Series and the Jake Ransom middle ...more
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