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Blind Descent by James M. Tabor
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Apr 04, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: read-owned
Read from January 27 to February 02, 2013

I really liked this book mainly because I had, literally, no idea that there were folks brave enough to do this. The underground fascinates me and is very intriguing - see The Descent and subsequent sequel Deeper, both novels, by Jeff Long…very, very good books. Needless to say, there were some deja-vu moments when reading Blind Descent and remembering the story in both books by Mr. Long. Mr. Tabor does an outstanding job of interweaving the stories of the world's two most pre-eminent deep/super cave explorers (one American, one Ukrainian) with the science, humanity, technology, emotion, physicality, geography and geology of this relatively unknown exploration genre. He also does a nice job of giving you a very vivid picture of the Earth's underground and the dangerous perils that inhabit every inch of these caves. Due to Mr. Tabor's writing, I really felt like I was in the cave and if I closed my eyes, I could fell the freezing water, the sharp rock, the mud, the dampness, the interpersonal conflict, the terrible fright, the injuries (small , medium, large), the underwater diving and most of all…the never ending darkness. He does an excellent job at relaying to the reader all that these explorers went through to find the deepest place on earth. BOTTOM LINE: I really liked the book, the story, the writing and it kept me deeply engaged until the very end.

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01/27/2013 page 8
01/28/2013 page 47
16.0% "Getting a deja vu - this book (although it's non-fiction) reminds of the The Descent and the sequel novel Deeper by Jeff Long - both of which I read last year."
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