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A mysterious transmission from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean leads a crew of divers and oceanographers to investigate a phenomenon beyond scientific understanding.

...And to the discovery that will permanently change everything we have previously come to know about life on this Earth.
Paperback, 406 pages
Published December 1st 2000 by Pan Books (first published November 15th 2000)
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Description: A mysterious transmission from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean leads a crew of divers and oceanographers to investigate a phenomenon beyond scientific understanding.

...And to the discovery that will permanently change everything we have previously come to know about life on this Earth.

Wait up, when was Abyss published? *runs off to check...*

*...sprints back* 1989, that's when. And Journey to the Centre of the Earth was 1864. Both infinitely better fayre than this phone-in. Are all
Sarah Sammis
Jun 19, 2007 rated it did not like it
Alas, my run of bad books continues. Unlike The Woman in White, I did manage to finish Abduction but mostly from a morbid curiosity to see just how bad the book could get. I read this book as part of the Medical Mystery Madness challenge but the book only just barely qualifies.

Abduction suffers from some Cook's typical weak one-note characterizations. In this case, it's the two rampant homophobes, the beautiful lady scientist, the nebishy entrepreneur and the nobel chauffer (excuse me, submarin
C. J. Scurria
Sep 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: great-sci-fi
What happens when a small group of deep-sea adventurers find an underwater volcano that is more than it appears? These people are swept away (literally) into a strange experience. After going through humiliation by a surreal "cleansing" process thousands of feet underground they find out that deep underneath the sea there is a never-before-seen species of people.

These people seem to live in perfect peace and harmony (where war or violence are things they do not know of) and they feel that they
Molly Poynter
I fell in love with this book when I first read it at age 13, and I've read it two more times since then.
It's about a very advanced, very secret utopian society deep under the ocean floor. Even though this society is underground (or ocean, I should say) they recreate their environment around them to look just like the earth at the surface. They use phosphorescent fish and shrimp to make the sunrise/sunset, as well as mimicking the stars in the night sky. There's no pollution, violence, poverty,
Jan 29, 2009 rated it did not like it

This is a startlingly bad book. Cook's premise is that half a billion years ago humans evolved, grew powerful, and moved into a spacious and habitable hollow shell (!) between the Earth's crust and mantle. They lived there for 500 million years, not interacting with the surface world, until humanity evolved again, completely separately (!!). A group of modern-day humans are kidnapped by the the shell-dwellers and taken to their undersea city. Our heros' escape is facilitated by the fact that all
Lynn Kay Vogt
Feb 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Quite possibly my most favorite read of Robin Cook's "fantasy" novels. I like all his books but he seems to have two ways he writes. Sometimes the scenarios are so realistic I start thinking twice about ever going to a hospital again and some, like this book, deviate into a more fantasy based medical scenario. As far as medical suspense I think he is one of the best and his 2 different writing styles keep things interesting. ...more
Chaitalee Ghosalkar
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Science fiction is a difficult genre to write about. Put in bits of fantasy, and the job becomes tougher.

So I shall commend the author on the attempt, which at least begins well. A group of workers belonging to an oil drilling(?) company and their president are sucked into an underwater volcano/earthquake (the details are pretty hazy), and transferred into a region between the sea bed and the Earth's core, known as Interterra. They discover that the region is inhabited by people who look like th
Jerry B
Jul 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Contrarian View -- not that bad ! Entertaining !

We've read every one of Cook's books; he is after all quite prolific... But having seen others rather severely pan this novel, maybe our expectations were low. Surprise -- we liked it a lot! OK, maybe it was pure escapism, but we found it a welcome switch from the medico-suspense genre typical of Cook (ala Sphinx, showing another side of Cook's dexterity and topical brilliance). Admittedly not a sci-fi dabbler at all, we found the adventure underw
Tito Hammer
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
Wooden characters and wooden dialogue hamper this sci-fi tale and prevent the reader from fully suspending his disbelief. It was almost as if Cook inserted two motley, ill-mannered rubes into the book after having written the rest of it. The last one-third of the book and some of the science almost make up for the novel's many flaws by reflecting on deeper themes, but it was too little, too late.

As with other Robin Cook novels, the author presents exciting and intriguing scientific scenarios tha
Aug 22, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who like strange stories...
Shelves: alreadyread
Robin Cook tends to write medical thrillers. This book was most certainly NOT a medical thriller. It wasn't even close to any book Robin has ever written. I found the "Atlantis" story kind of silly and uncomfortable; it just wasn't what I was expecting. ...more
May 02, 2013 rated it liked it
I finished it. That's about all the recommendation I'll claim for it. There is too many books (and some are by Robin Cook) worth reading to waste time with this one but if you're stuck at the hospital waiting room, give it a try. ...more
Jul 30, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: science-fiction
I felt like reading a Robin Cook novel, but I should have realized what was coming when I downloaded the only Cook e-book that my library had available without any waiting.

Cook’s writing is cartoonish. Characters behave in highly exaggerated and stereotyped fashion. Tropes such as “…as I’m sure you know…” and “…refresh his memory…” are used to trigger stark info-dumps. I can’t even begin to imagine what would possess someone to write a line like, “she gave off a stunning gender message.” What do
Michael Jensen
May 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
Apologies to Robin Cook, but OMFG, this is simply the stupidest book I have ever read. And not by a little. By a lot. I'm not even sure where to begin.

But we'll start with the characters. Go find a cardboard box. Hold it. Study it. Get to know it because that box has more depth than any of the characters in this book. The main female character is a cliche across the board, feeling guilty for things she has no reason to feel about, apologizing a lot, being super emotional, etc. The military guy
Mar 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This book is not Robin Cook's usual genre of writing; with this book, he departs from his usual medical mistery and takes a shot with Science Fiction and that's the only reason I have read it. Not that I didn't heat great things about Cook's medical mistery books, but I just don't like that genre, however, if you give me good fantasy or sci-fi books to read, I'll take them and start right away.
This book is about a voyage to the depth of the ocean, where researchers find a new civilization (no a
Sreedhar Pothukuchi
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Of all the badly written Robin Cook novels, this takes the cake. That he does a lot of research on the subject of his novels is always known. But that he should use such a depth of knowledge to create such meaningless stories with laughable plots is the pity.
This book, for example is on some imaginary under-water world of subterranean humans. It is not even a good sci-fi, that kids would find exciting - what with the loathsome sociological and philosophical commentary that the author makes his m
J. Ewbank
Mar 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Robin Cook's books are normally a good read and I enjoy them. Have read about everything that he has written.

This book is as good as it gets. It is a good read for those who like novels with a medical background and mystery and suspense involved.

Cook is able to capture our attention very quickly and does not let us go until we have finished.

Enjoyed it.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'"
May 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: inner earth fans
Shelves: have-read
Does Inner Earth exist?
This book proposes the possibility that flying saucers are not from outer space but from "primary humans" living in paradise in the Moho layer, between earth's crust and mantle. I feel that's plausible. I've always had that feeling "we are not alone". hah.
Aug 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Thrilling, quick, silly at times..overall: very entertaining..
I thought it was the best thing i had ever read 5-6 years back...Don't quite think so right now.
Debra Scott
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
First half of the book flew by. Kinda a cheesy end but overall a good read.
Surprisingly entertaining if mostly mindless and facile. You do get some basic concepts in oceanography. In short, it was fun. The villains characterization was particularly well done even though they were archetypical macho toxic homophobes. Still, I really
hated them. The ending was also unexpected. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author in the future.
Maggie Haberman
Nov 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
I have no idea why I read another of this guys books. They really do not do it for me.
Wendy Gamble
Apr 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Since I like Science Fiction I was able to switch modes, suspend my disbelief and enjoy this one. I was puzzled by Cook’s protagonist Perry. I thought he was fine as a businessman character, but then when I learned he was an engineer I thought, “What? No way!” How could any engineer worth his salt stand there dumbly while a ship’s specs are reeled off, and not have any excited questions about the propulsion system or such (if he didn’t already know, and give the operator a lecture on it). Ok, ma ...more
Brady Vaughn
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was my first fiction audiobook. I loved it!
May 20, 2018 rated it liked it
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Sep 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: english-novel
well to be frank this is my first book of Robin Cook.and my sole reason to read his book is because he is known for his medical thriller i am a bit disappointed.This book about a group of people exploring the sea while repairing drill.they then sucked into a city under the sea called Santara.a bit like Atlantis.even Atlantis next to this city.the story quite slow.most of story about the so called primary human technology and way of life.not a great start to read other novel of Robin Coo ...more
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
The only thing good about this novel was its premise and even that fell a little flat in the middle. Frankly, the biggest sore point for me was that how could the interterrans "know" everything about secondary humans but not know how to control a bunch of them if they started revolting? How can sending them back in time be the only solution? And also, I think this is the first book where I ended up hating the "good guys" by the end of the novel (and felt they deserved what they got) and started ...more
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
LIfe on the edge and multiple streams of evolution and Beautiful naked girls all willing to have sex. Utopia is beautiful and yet, humans are by nature sinister. This book will have you chewing your toenails because your real nails will get all chewed up, much like your nerves. The best Robin Cook book in my opinion.
Jun 20, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone looking to relax
trashy, quick, silly, fun read. just kind of ends. have realistic expectations - it's not that good, but it's creative. ...more
Ashley Cooper
Jul 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Unlike most of the dumb people who reviewed this book, I really liked it- A LOT!
Navya Madineedi
Apr 17, 2015 rated it did not like it
Not a very great end. Left me feeling confused about the book. Bad narration and weird things all over
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Librarian Note: Not to be confused with British novelist Robin Cook a pseudonym of Robert William Arthur Cook.

Dr. Robin Cook (born May 4, 1940 in New York City, New York) is an American doctor / novelist who writes about medicine, biotechnology, and topics affecting public health.

He is best known for being the author who created the medical-thriller genre by combining medical writing with the thri

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