Deep Storm by Lincoln Child

 

Suspense

Science FictionDeep Storm Deep StormLincoln Child; Doubleday 2007WorldCatPhysician Peter Crane was trying to decide which research project to start when he is urgently summoned to an oil rig in the north Atlantic. Once there he discovers that there are ill scientists and military personnel in a structure below. As former Navy and submarine doctor, he is a good candidate to assist the medical personnel to discover the weird problem. That’s when Crane learns that the Storm King oil rig is actually a cover for a deep ocean floor scientific research project. There is something down there. Could it be Atlantis?

When Crane reaches Deep Storm he is surprised at all the secrecy. The United States government doesn’t want any leaks of the project getting to other countries. Even different levels of the structure have increasing high security clearance. The patients are all presenting non-specific symptoms such as nausea, vertigo, headaches, or mood swings. There have been heart arhymithias and small strokes from which the victims quickly recover. Nothing seems to tie together. Michelle Bishop, the doctor already in charge of the medical facility, resents Crane’s presence. She reluctantly accepts his help and they learn to trust each other.

After an increase in symptoms and a death, Crane learns the read secrets behind Deep Storm. He learns about things beyond his imaginings. Once he believes he has discovered the source of the illnesses, he is afraid for the laboratory and all the people on it. Can he convince the military and scientists that the project should be shut down?

Shiver – what a good, chilling, suspense novel! I was quickly pulled in and under. Crane is the right protagonist for this type of novel. He has the military background, has high security clearance, and has problem solved under intense conditions before. His personality is filled with curiousity and friendliness with enough assurance and confidence to do his job well but without the arrogance that could make him off-putting. Lincoln Child takes the reader through a wondrous maze of danger – both p hysical and mental. There is a terrorist mole in Deep Storm as well as the danger from the ocean floor below. Between the two, it’s touch and go on whether Crane will be able to save anyone. Child keeps the reader on edge all the way through.

I listened to the audio version. Scott Brick does a superb job with all the Lincoln Child and the Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child novels he reads. Even when I am reading the text copy of their novels I can hear Brick’s voice narrating in my head.

There is one minor complaint. It’s one of those where only seconds divide the rescue of those who live and the destruction that kills many others. I get tired of all those stories (especially on television) where a countdown gets down to ten seconds before a resolution is made. This is offset by the realistic presentation of life under the ocean. The reader never loses some awareness of the environment outside the hull of Deep Storm. That adds to the shiver factor.

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