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Subterranean by James Rollins
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Sep 18, 2009

it was amazing

Subterranean by James Rollins
Overall rating: A wonder revamp that gave a fresh new look to a old classic

Let’s face it. Well thought out science fiction action adventure stories are had to find. They’re unrealistic and often times has no science facts to support the science fiction. Among the good ones are Prey, Timeline and other Crichton novels has been the best in that area. But it’s hard to find authors beyond that. Then lord behold, sitting by itself at a table at a yard sale was book for 25 cents. The book was Subterranean By James Rollins.
This book to start off with is a re imaging of Journey To The Center Of The Earth. That was something that is great about this book. It is a throwback to a classic. And if your one of the classic sci-fi geeks who like HG Wells and Jules Vern, it’s perfect.
The story starts off with a scientist name Blakely who is putting together a team to explore a set of caverns deep under the Antarctic. There is Ashley a anthropologist, Ben a professional rock climber, Linda a biologist, and Khalid a geologist. Then tree soldiers. They are second team sent out after the disappearance of the first group months before.
They are to travel, map and study. The book does take off to maybe a slow start, but the fun characters keep you entertained. His characters have depth and a back story. And then they are just likable. It was done so well that they tossed un a love story between Ashley and Ben and it went well with the story because evocate about these people. And most of them are believable.
The book is unpredictable and enjoyable. It had just a tiny bit of horror to it in the middle. The monster roaming underground and the fact that they must preserve their lights to find their way back up when they become lost. Then there’s eventually a underground city along with trouble from all sorts of different things making things worse.
The good. Great adventure. Once the action starts, it doesn’t slow down. It’s a old story told with a fresh new look and I liked it a lot.
The bad. There’s isn’t much. But just to not spoil anything here I won’t say a lot There in the book, everything has reasoning believable. Yet there is a twist toward the end, that just isn’t. It may make you roll your eyes when you reach that point, but by the that point the book has offered you so much, that you just have to accept it.
But over at it’s great. It’s fun, enjoyable and just wonderful. it’s throw back to classic that is sure worth the read.

4 smoothies of out four

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September 18, 2009 – Shelved
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December 27, 2009 – Finished Reading

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