I just finished reading The Descent and both exhilarated and sad. Exhilarated at one of the best books that I've read in a long time, and sad that it's over. I've looked at several of the reviews, and they are all over the place. I will try to make my review as helpful as possible. The writing, itself, is excellent - way above the average. I have immense respect for the writing talents of Mr. Long. He really knows how to turn a phrase. The characters are developed as well as they need to be (though I've read a review that said otherwise). The two main characters are pretty well drawn (remember this is not a psychological thriller or a Stephen King book), while the secondary characters are not deeply developed, but drawn well enough to move the plot. The plot is a mixture of horror, science fiction, adventure, romance and high stakes (government and evil corporation) thriller. After choosing this book as a horror story, I started reading it, forgetting about the full description, and was immediately grabbed by the horrific and thrilling first three chapters. This was going to be a truly creepy horror story. Then it morphed and the government and corporations got involved. I was disappointed, at first, and thought I had misjudged the book. But as I kept reading, both the plot and the fate of the characters I came to care about, I got thoroughly hooked all over again in what was now a thrilling and suspenseful adventure into the unknown. Yes, there was an evil corporation and, yes, there was the army involvement (the type of plots that don't interest me), but there was also the expedition into the dark and unknown world beneath our own, the amazing secrets they discover, and the fate of the two main characters I grew to care so much about. Add to that the mystery of the true origins of human life and the future of our civilization, and you have one epic novel. One reviewer titled their review "Too long" and then said it needed an extra chapter or two. Huh? I was happy at the length of it. And I didn't find the ending too abrupt. Yes more time could have been spent on the last chapter "The Ascent" but I think the reader would have gotten completely frustrated with waiting for the ending.
I really loved this book. I loved it so much that I think I am going to read it all over again right now. I have never done that and I have tons of other books on my Kindle waiting to be read. I just enjoyed this book so much. I hope I have been helpful. There have been times that I have given books rave reviews and later said to myself that I was too generous. That won't happen here. If you love horror/adventure/thriller, based on an archaeological mystery, with some romance thrown in, and can put up with (or like) the government/corporate conspiracy aspects, you will really enjoy this book. I don't know how many people will even see this review, but I hope that I will have helped at least one person.
- Audio Cassette
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audioworks; Abridged edition (1 July 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671045687
- ISBN-13: 978-0671045685
- Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 2.5 x 17.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 181 g
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