Thursday, October 12, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Deep Storm by Lincoln Child

Author: Lincoln Child
First published in 2007 by 

Former naval doctor Peter Crane is urgently summoned to a remote oil platform in the North Atlantic to help diagnose a bizarre medical condition spreading through the rig. But when he arrives, Crane learns that the real trouble lies far below—on “Deep Storm,” a stunningly advanced science research facility built two miles beneath the surface on the ocean floor. The top secret structure has been designed for one purpose: to excavate a recently discovered undersea site that may hold the answers to a mystery steeped in centuries of myth and speculation.

Sworn to secrecy, Dr. Crane descends to Deep Storm. A year earlier, he is told, routine drilling uncovered the remains of mankind’s most sophisticated ancient civilization: the legendary Atlantis. But now that the site is being excavated, a series of disturbing illnesses has begun to affect the operation. Scientists and technicians are experiencing a bizarre array of symptoms—from simple fatigue to violent psychotic episodes. As Crane is indoctrinated into the strange world of Deep Storm and commences his investigation, he begins to suspect that the covert facility conceals something more complicated than a medical mystery.The discovery of Atlantis might, in fact, be a cover for something far more sinister . . . and deadly.

Deep Storm is the first book in the  Jeremy Logan series.  I'm not sure why this would be labeled as part of that series since the guy shows up in like 5 pages.  I read that the author decided to make him more of a protagonist in later books, so by the third book in this set, he is "on screen" a lot more.  

As a thriller, this one was a bit bland, but as a cheesy sci-fi story it was kind of fun.  You have to suspend a lot of belief to buy into this story.  However, there wasn't too much originality.  If you've read Sphere or seen movies like Leviathan you have read this book.  You know what I mean...a big corporation or the government finds something and wants to acquire and exploit it, despite all of the warning signs.  There were a couple of surprises, but nothing that made the book really stand out.  The story gets bogged down in the science at times.  I found it easier to try no to make sense of what was trying to be explained.  I am not a mathematician at all. 

If you missed his early one, it's not a bad read.  It's just not that great either.  I'll probably give some of the others in the series a try at some point to see if they improve.

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