Review: Deep Storm by Lincoln Child

Twelve-thousand feet beneath the Atlantic Ocean . . .

scientists are excavating the most extraordinary undersea discovery ever made. But is it the greatest archaeological find in history—or the most terrifying?

Former naval doctor Peter Crane is urgently summoned to a remote oil platform in the North Atlantic to help diagnose a bizarre medical condition spreading through the rig. But when he arrives, Crane learns that the real trouble lies far below—on “Deep Storm,” a stunningly advanced science research facility built two miles beneath the surface on the ocean floor. The top secret structure has been designed for one purpose: to excavate a recently discovered undersea site that may hold the answers to a mystery steeped in centuries of myth and speculation.

Sworn to secrecy, Dr. Crane descends to Deep Storm. A year earlier, he is told, routine drilling uncovered the remains of mankind’s most sophisticated ancient civilization: the legendary Atlantis. But now that the site is being excavated, a series of disturbing illnesses has begun to affect the operation. Scientists and technicians are experiencing a bizarre array of symptoms—from simple fatigue to violent psychotic episodes. As Crane is indoctrinated into the strange world of Deep Storm and commences his investigation, he begins to suspect that the covert facility conceals something more complicated than a medical mystery.The discovery of Atlantis might, in fact, be a cover for something far more sinister . . . and deadly.

Deep Storm by Lincoln Child. Narrated by Scott Brick. Book #1 for Jeremy Logan series. Abridged edition runs for 7 1/2 hours. Published by Random House Audio, 2007.

I read the physical book for Deep Storm back when it originally came out. I really enjoyed it back then. I’m a big fan of Lincoln Child’s work and I recently picked up the audio for this book at a library sale a few years ago. I didn’t realize it was the abridged version when I bought it. D: That is a bummer!

When I originally read the book, I was unaware that there would be a future series with one of the minor side characters, Jeremy Logan. I enjoy the Jeremy series, but I didn’t recall him at all in Deep storm. >.> So this year I decided to revisit this novel since it is officially labeled as #1 in the series. I don’t exactly agree that it should be #1 in the series, but there we go. *shrug* Seriously it’s such a small cameo….? *sigh* Anyways…

Deep Storm is still a super fun ride. It feels engaging and has a creative plot. Time really flew by in this book and it was over before I knew it. The mystery of what is making people sick was fascinating and it was hard not to be hooked by the greater mystery behind everything. While the saboteur feels a little predictable, the bigger picture – the mystery of what is buried under the Earth’s mantle- was not.

I’m not a huge fan of the narrator, Scott Brick. I don’t want to beat a dead horse, because I’ve mentioned how much I am not a fan of his in the past, so I’ll keep this part short. Scott is too calm for the books he is given. There never seems to be a rush and that isn’t good when he mostly does high action thrillers and action adventures! Most of his characters all sound the same no matter of gender, age, country. I don’t think he is a terrible guy, I just feel he is not a good fit for high action fiction. He would be epic as non-fiction narrator I’m sure.

I feel like the abridged version just cut way too much of the story out. Deep Storm had more layers and the cuts just felt too choppy. I really didn’t like that and it left me feeling like I was missing out on too much. This is not the book or the author’s fault. Whoever chopped up the book for abridged made too many jump cuts. I get it, you want all the meat and less of the potatoes, but this edition just did not flow well at all. I feel like if I had read this version of Deep Storm for the first time around, I would have been a little confused and feeling less love for it. That would be a shame because this book is pretty entertaining.

Deep Storm was just as entertaining the second time around. I think it’s a very fun plot and fast paced. Creative twist at the end. Just listen to the audiobook that is unabridged, and not abridged! Abridged seemed to cut out too much of the story.


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