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The Descent (1999)

de Jeff Long

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Fantasy. Fiction. Thriller. HTML:We are not alone. Some call them devils or demons. But they are real. They are down there. And they are waiting for us to find them.

In a cave in the Himalayas, a guide discovers a self-mutilated body with a warning: Satan exists. In the Kalahari Desert, a nun unearths evidence of a proto-human species and a deity called Older-than-Old. In Bosnia, something has been feeding upon the dead in a mass grave. So begins mankind??s most shocking realization: the underworld is a vast geological labyrinth populated by another race of beings.

With all of Hell's precious resources and territories to be won, a global race ensues. Nations, armies, religions, and industries rush to colonize and exploit the subterranean frontier. A scientific expedition is launched westward to explore beneath the Pacific Ocean floor, both to catalog the riches there and to learn how life could develop in the sunless abyss. But in the dark underground, as humanity falls away from
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Well, this was disappointing. It's saving grace was the writing, which was very good. But the story was a weirdly religious perversion of fantasy and horror with a veneer of science fiction. A thin veneer. That got thinner the further you read. What looked like an interesting premise degenerated into pseudo-scientific idiocy by the end. Allegedly this is a series - I'll end my reading here. ( )
  dhaxton | Nov 8, 2023 |
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 |
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Jeff Longautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Berry, RickAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Long, SteveMapsautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Rogers, JulieDissenyadorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat

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Fantasy. Fiction. Thriller. HTML:We are not alone. Some call them devils or demons. But they are real. They are down there. And they are waiting for us to find them.

In a cave in the Himalayas, a guide discovers a self-mutilated body with a warning: Satan exists. In the Kalahari Desert, a nun unearths evidence of a proto-human species and a deity called Older-than-Old. In Bosnia, something has been feeding upon the dead in a mass grave. So begins mankind??s most shocking realization: the underworld is a vast geological labyrinth populated by another race of beings.

With all of Hell's precious resources and territories to be won, a global race ensues. Nations, armies, religions, and industries rush to colonize and exploit the subterranean frontier. A scientific expedition is launched westward to explore beneath the Pacific Ocean floor, both to catalog the riches there and to learn how life could develop in the sunless abyss. But in the dark underground, as humanity falls away from

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