When she was unjustly fired from a clandestine government laboratory, microbiologist Hallie Leland swore she would never look back. But she can’t ignore an urgent summons from the White House to reenter the realm of cutting-edge science and dangerous secrets.
“Potentially the worst threat since Pearl Harbor” is how the president describes a mysterious epidemic killing American soldiers in Afghanistan - and now poised for outbreak in the States and beyond. Millions will die unless Hallie and a hastily mobilized team can recover the ultrarare organism needed to create a new antibiotic. The good news is that Hallie knows more about the organism than anyone else on the planet. The bad news is that it can be found only at the bottom of Earth’s deepest cave.
Hallie’s team is capable - especially the mysterious Wil Bowman, who knows as much about high-tech weaponry as he does about microbiology - but the challenge appears insurmountable. Before even reaching the supercave, they must traverse a forbidding Mexican jungle populated by warring cartels, Federales, and murderous locals. Only then can they confront the cave’s flooded tunnels, lakes of acid, bottomless chasms, and mind-warping blackness. But the deadliest enemies are hiding in plain sight: a powerful traitor high in the Washington ranks and a cunning assassin deep underground, determined to turn Hallie’s mission into a journey of no return.
The award-winning and best-selling author of two nonfiction books about adventure and exploration, James M. Tabor now plunges readers into the harrowing subterranean world of supercaves - and even deeper, into a race-with-the-devil thriller that pits one woman against a lethal epidemic and a murderous conspiracy.
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By Paige on 09-04-12
What did you love best about The Deep Zone?
I listen to many audiobooks of different genres and rarely does one snag me so that I have a terrible time turning it off while I do neccessary tasks. I'm afraid I was so caught up in this one because of the characters, the science, and the converging vectors of the story that I was probably a little rude to those who were trying to engage me in conversation! More!
Any additional comments?
Keep the good stories coming based on real science and real military scenarios. Its a great combination when paced just right.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
By Lela on 08-05-12
great story - wanted more depth in characters
The book was captivating and I found myself rooting for the good guys.
However, I found it a little difficult to connect with the characters. I couldn't decide if it was the way the book was written or the narrator. However, I really liked this narrator -- great voice and changed his voice for the different characters. I just wasn't able to really connect.
Surprisingly I found the book a little predictable, but not in an irritating way.
I would listen to this author and narrator again, but maybe not as my first choice.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful