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Demons, hell hounds, bats, craters and more are obstacles the Team must confront to get to the bottom of the mysterious hole. Can these be simple Pingo holes (previously covered in ice) or has a meteor caused this phenomenon? Can Latin idioms help or hinder the mission? From the sky to the deepest earth... who will survive at 200 feet down....
A good book. I did find it a bit slow at times especially at the beginning. The action does not start really till past half way through the book. This is a more wet your appetite book. Just as I was really getting into the book ended. I am guessing the next book will pick up from where this one left off.
We are told the story from Dr Oswald's perspective, a middle aged geology professor who still takes field work to keep himself active. He is married to an climatologist professor who we are told is the more athletic of the two. However we do not see this in this book. Aileen O'Shannon is new to joining the team. A young looking, beautiful, but secretive woman.
The characters are life long scientist, I must commend the author he has done his research the experts sound authentic. As this book is quite short there is not much time to more then touch on how their core belief are changed, really shock and survival instincts take over. Really in this kind of situation that is what is likely to happen. This book is more to the horror side then sci fi. However a good start to the series. I would have liked to give it half a star more but not quite 4 stars.
The story begins with what looks like a normal expedition to investigate some geological phenomena which may threaten oil production. It quickly evolves into something a lot more sinister and ends on a cliffhanger. Book 2 is a must!!
When I read Hell Holes #1 (What Lurks Below) I had mixed feeling about posting a review. I figured, “So far, so good”, but questioned whether the next one in the series would continue just as good (or even raise the bar), or fizzle. So I purchased Hell Holes #2 (Demons on the Dalton), was fully engaged in it from the first sentence and read it all in one day. Thus a five-star review for this one. Read the books in order. This one was free on Amazon. The second one is $1.24 Canadian on Amazon. A third one is on the way. Win – Win any way you look at it.
Now THIS is a story!! Witnessing the birth of an author with as much imagination as Stephen King and J. K. Rowling combined! I swore off buying any more books, but I'll admit that oath just got demolished. Without remorse.
This is the first episode in an ‘intelligent adventure’ series (‘Hell Holes’), which mixes the heft of heavyweight geology and climate science with the demons of the underworld unbound, in all their slavering ferocity.
It’s a genre-bending bonanza of science, speculative fiction and supernatural action, a nifty idea which would make a perfect movie pitch. Think Jurassic Park but with wolven hellhounds taking the place of the velociraptors, and a sky full of giant flying demonic bat-monsters. As you might expect, much running and shouting ensues… What Lurks Below is a short novel which fair stomps along, from the initial alarm when giant sinkholes start appearing in the Alaskan wilderness and threaten billion-dollar oilfields, to its pell-mell scramble for survival in the later chapters. This feels like an indie author’s early work, and it shows in the writing. In the early chapter it leans heavily on big lumps of background information, where the serious-sounding science is delivered in meaty lectures. Then the tone changes dramatically as the supernatural angle kicks in, and the more unfortunate members of the team fall as sacrificial red shirts to various voracious beasts. What Lurks Below is almost two short books in one, as if someone grafted together Jodie Foster’s Contact and Vin Diesel’s Pitch Black. Readers who are looking for the rampant action of the latter might not enjoy the scholarly pace of the former.
A rapid read; ideal if you’re looking for bite-size entertainment. 7/10
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This book right off the bat reminded me of “The day after tomorrow & war of the worlds” It just had that feel to it and I love both these films. We all just might get to see Hell Holes on the big screen. Right now scriptwriters are working on it, you can read the first chapter on Donald Firesmith’s website.
I have read the script also it does vary from the book and I can’t say which one I like more as both to me are great. The premise, of course, is the same, its small details minor character changes but overall the same amazing story. I’m not great when it comes to science or climate change topics, but the way Mr. Firesmith explains the earths movements and reasoning’s for the large holes to open up made sense, and I felt a little more educated. Not that any reason was able to explain the hell holes but the group discussing their theories and then showing the holes within in that theory, I really liked. I did feel that the start was like real life per say, and the second half was fantasy, magic, and monsters. But it worked very well, the only downside to the whole book was the ending it was a huge cliffhanger so now I’m off to buy book two, to see what happens. I do feel that the second book will be more on the fantasy side than the first, but I will have to wait and see.
Overall a fast and exciting read that I would recommend to all fantasy and sci-fi readers.
5 Stars: Unleash the Hounds Donald G. Firesmith impressed me with laying out a relatable world told from Dr. Oswald's perspective a geologist that doesn't speak in over the head technobabble that usually keeps me away from reading Sci-FI or Fantasy. "Hell Holes: What Lurks Below", starts out with Dr. Oswald, his wife and colleague Dr. Angela Menendez ( climatologist ) along with newlyweds and grad students Mark and Jill Star tasked to investigate suddenly appearing holes in Alaska's North Slope.
The mission request comes from Kevin Kowalski, an ExxonMobil manager who tags along during the field study along with a field biologist, Dr. Bill Henderson, and reporter Aileen O'Shannon. Chapter one sets up "What Lurks Below" for the reader to ask questions about what is creating these holes, is it dangerous for the planet does it have to do with climate change? Who is this Aileen O'Shannon she doesn't seem to be a real reporter and why does Kevin Kowalski come off as incompetent? I get shades of John Carpenter's The Thing with Ennio Morricone playing in the background as I was trying to guess what and when the twist was coming. Without giving away too much away after tragedy strikes "What Lurks Below" turns into fun fast-paced sci-fi / paranormal story. While the characters do depend on magic and bullets, it's their intellect that shines and sometimes hinders which makes them realistic and refreshing.
During the chaos of this book, it ends on a cliffhanger; it is a short read with twist and turns no need for a request to review the next book "Demons on the Dalton (Hell Holes #2)" it's already on my TBR list.