East Antarctica: The coldest, most desolate location on Earth. Two-and-a-half miles below the ice cap is Vostok, a six thousand square mile liquid lake, over a thousand feet deep, left untouched for more than 15 million years. Now, marine biologist Zachary Wallace and two other scientists aboard a submersible tethered to a laser will journey 13,000 feet beneath the ice int...more
Worst of all, he saves this crap for the second half, after you're already invested in the story and can't just put the book down and walk away. The first half of VOSTOK is actually quite excellent. Not just good... Excellent. Like something Michael Crichton might have written. There're all kinds of exciting r ...more
Really, this is a book that has it all - good old fashioned monster horror, Jurrasic Park style science fiction, Los ...more
I have a lot of time for Steve Alten. He writes the pulpy kind of b-movie creature feature I absolutely adore. This book, though? Ugh...
The first third of this one is fine; just the sort of thing I come to Alten's books for. I can only assume, however, that at the end of the first act, Alten suffered a severe blow to the head because at this point the book makes a screeching left turn into wibbly-wobbly-cuckoo-town-pseudoscience-conspiracy-theory territo ...more
what in the world did I just read? I was so excited about reading this book, because I love Steve Alten's books. The story kicked off very well and seemed to be leading to a strong middle, then BOOM!!! He throws in space aliens, quantum physics, time travel, mind reading and tons of things that make absolutely zero sense! I'm still confused....
I need to explain this rating....I really enjoy the MEG series, and I LOVED The LOCH. The combination of the two takes place after Meg 4: Hell's Aquarium, and The Loch. We start out with our main character, Zach Wallace, and his family (from the Loch); the plot moves along rapidly at this point. The first 200-250 pages were exactly what I was expecting from this novel--a combination of underwater creatures and new technology to get to some "unexplored" areas in the depths.
ETA: The more I think about it the more I wonder what on earth compelled me to give this two stars. So I knocked it down to 1.
Marine biologist Zachary Wallace is going through a rough patch. The local tourism industry took a nosedive after he was responsible for the demise of the Loch Ness Monster. Financial pressures have put a strain on h ...more
This has been a truly weird reading experience, because what started with certain premises transformed, around the midway point, into something else - into several somethings to be precise. But let's proceed with order.
Marine biologist Zachary Wallace, a man who had several brushes with death and as a consequence has developed a serious phobia abou ...more
Meh. Once again Alten ruins another decent sci-fi premise with his unhinged kabbalist technospiritualism. I wish he would just write a "NON" fiction book espousing all of his beliefs & get it out his system for good & all. The dude has been bonkers ever since "Shell Game".
It's not that I disagree or agree with any of this, it's just that I'm sick of being tricked into reading something I didn't sign up for. I wanted to read a decent sea monster follow-up to "The ...more
When the first discovery was found with the preserved beasts I was interested and the story lit up the light in my head. Yet, when Zach, Ming, and Ben plunged into the depths of Lake Vostok and encountered all that the lake had to offer, I was hooked and could not stop reading. It was like I was with the crew as they ...more
I started this novel looking to lose myself in another great marine thriller with Zachary Wallace. The first 1/3 of the book was just that. But then it got weird...like (spoiler alert) alien weird. But I stuck with it and the remaining 2/3 of the novel was interesting but at times hard to follow. Some characters didn't seem three dimensional and the jumping back and forth between story arcs could have been handled better. But overall it was at least an interesting rea ...more
When you have uncovered the truth behind an age-old legend that i ...more
It starts out very exciting, but then goes back to the story in The Loch with characters I hated. And then it gets very weird SciFi-ish and spiritual which is NOT what I thought it would be.
If he'd just stuck ...more
With VOSTOK Steve Alten has combined two of my favorite worlds. The sequel to The Loch also includes Jonas Taylor and the Tanaka Institute from the Meg series. Filled with the action and terror that comes from mankind meeting creatures from the Mesozoic era, aliens, and a shadow government with it's own secret agenda. This book carries you from Scotland to the Antarctic and places beyond in a non-stop thrill ride. You won't want to put it down. A fast paced, super fun read! Do yourself a favor ...more
The sequel to The Loch (A story about a giant aquatic beast) and the prequel to the next in the
excellent Meg series (Also about giant aquatic beasts).
Unfortunately about half way through Vostok the author decided to try something new and takes the
story in a vastly different direction.
Without going into details the problem is that the 'new' direction is very clichéd and has
been done far too many times in just about every medium there is.
This one changed my mind.
I signed up for a creature feature, and the croc on the cover was something I was really looking forward to.
I got the croc for about fifty pages.
I also got a multitude of other beasties, but never for long enough.
Then, about halfway through, I got an entirely new theme of wise old aliens and the decimation of our planet by Big Oil Republicans.
I'm happy to read alien conspiracy theory books, but I like to know they ARE a ...more
I have always been a fan of Steve Allen and expected this to be a Meg style book. About half way through it took a sharp left turn that had me going Huh? was Steve trying to crowd two totally different books into one? Luckily I held on for the ride and ended up in Stranger In A Strange Land territory. great book.