The Descent

The Descent

Book - 1999 | 1st ed
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We are not alone...In a cave in the Himalayas, a guide discovers a self-mutilated body with the 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: that the underworld is a vast geological labyrinth populated by another race of beings. Some call them devils or demons. But they are real. They are down there. And they are waiting for us to find them...
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, 1999
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780515131758
Branch Call Number: LON
Characteristics: 450 p


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Aug 15, 2015


even if it does have a mix of thriller with philosophical insight. The end is crude; the whole issue of Satan mixed with the adventure in the book didn't quite cut it for me. One or the other would have been great, but mixed, it felt like the book tried to accomplish too much without managing to reach the finish line with either attempt

Jan 21, 2014

I got this book years ago on the strength of the very first page. I've never *read* such a compelling first page. I ended up reading into the wee hours that night to find out what happens. There are some flaws in the book but mostly it's a fascinating roller-coaster mix of Journey to the Center of the Earth, DaVinci Code-like religious sleuthery, gut-wrenching horror and awesome heroism.

Hmm...I may just go re-read it...

Aug 28, 2013

An interesting premise that doesn't quite "work." The author skips around a lot, so the story is hard to follow in places and you don't spend enough time with any particular characters to care much about what happens to them. Also rather tedious and overdone for shock value.

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