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The Descent (1999)

de Jeff Long

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A mountaineer in Tibet falls down a hole to emerge in a subterranean world, populated by brutish and horned creatures. Is this the hell of the Bible? As scientists and philosophers debate, a global race gets underway to exploit its fabulous mineral deposits. By the author of Angels of Light.
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Creepy and deeply unsettling book. Love it! ( )
  MaraBlaise | Jul 23, 2022 |
Grim. Casual descriptions of rape and torture. ( )
  aeceyton | Jul 16, 2022 |
"Here it was at last– all their childhood legends of desperate fights waged against biblical mutants–before their eyes, unintended, where fate had given it. This was not a TV report that could be turned off. This was not a poet's inferno in a book that could be put back on the shelf. Here was the world they lived in now."

While we discuss and furiously debate over the possible existence of life on other worlds, an entire civilization has thrived under our feet, far below in the dark hollows of the Earth. There's legends and tales of the people and the one called Older-than-Old but after centuries - no, thousands of years - of living in the dark, they are reaching for the surface. And with them, so is hell.

Just... wow. It's been some time since I finished this book but I'm still very much blown away. As an archaeology student, one of the subfields I'm most interested in is specifically religion and mythology; as well as the similarities and links between different cultures and their myths. So, I'm probably a bit biased because this book more or less gave me exactly what I've been looking for. That said, it also did it so damn fucking well.

Long paints a rich and colourful world - the characters are not just complex but distinct and he uses his knowledge of history and military experience in a way that makes The Da Vinci Code pale in comparison (its real saving grace is Ian McKellen). It isn't your typical scifi horror as its quite slow at times, but that's also part of what truly engaged me; it is rich and truly takes the time to flesh out its characters and the world they inhabit. Long even manages to make the heavy military themes engaging and complex; something that science fiction books with military themes often struggle to do. If anything, it made me even more sure what aspects of archaeology and history I want to focus on. ( )
  autisticluke | Nov 14, 2019 |
I am reading this for the second time, because I recently purchased the sequel, [b:Deeper: A Thriller|239075|Deeper A Thriller|Jeff Long|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1266503409s/239075.jpg|231588]. I wanted to reread it to pick up on anything I may have forgotten. I loved this book and can't stop thinking about it. Every time I see it sitting on my shelf, I want to pick it up and read it all over again.

During my second read through, I felt like I got so much more out of the story. I was able to keep track of all the political intrigue, and follow each character's point of view. The first time I read this, I was so enthralled with the setting that I missed some of the other stuff. I still think this is an exceptional book and a great read.

First review: The opening chapters read like inter-related short stories. Then we get down to the main action. Sending an expedition down into the earth, to see what the race of humans is like down there. I loved the descriptions, it made the place come alive for me. I thought the story was interesting, and presented a unique point of view. This is one of my all time favorite books. ( )
  readingover50 | Jun 11, 2019 |
Why do movies get it wrong? I just don't know Virginia.

I believe they based the movie off of this...or one of the several dozen movies released in the past few years dealing with an intrepid group of explorers getting stuck underground with subhuman cannibal mutants anyway.

OK, twist ending aside, the movie wasn't so terrible - all it lacked was the grand scope. This is not one little tribe of cannibal monsters we're dealing with: all over the globe the simultaneous discovery is made that deep, deep underground the earth is not so hot and supports and entire global-spanning species that has forever been preying on us and inspiring out deepest fears of Hell.

This is a great summer read to get sucked into, it's thick but the pace is swift and the revelations always entertaining. I dock the book points only because it's been awhile since I've read it and I keep thinking about how absurd the whole hollow earth thing is. ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
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Jeff Longautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Berry, RickAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Long, SteveMapsautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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A mountaineer in Tibet falls down a hole to emerge in a subterranean world, populated by brutish and horned creatures. Is this the hell of the Bible? As scientists and philosophers debate, a global race gets underway to exploit its fabulous mineral deposits. By the author of Angels of Light.

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