The Descent

The Descent

Book - 1999
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Baker & Taylor
At the dawn of a new millennium, humankind faces its ultimate challenge as a demonic horde, led by a satanic overlord, prepares to leave its subterranean kingdom for an apocalyptic confrontation with the forces of good

Blackwell North Amer
Hell Exists. In Tibet, while guiding trekkers to a holy mountain, Ike Crockett discovers a bottomless cave. When his lover disappears, Ike pursues her into the depths of the earth.... In a leper colony bordering the Kalahari Desert, a nun and linguist named Ali von Schade unearths evidence of a proto-human species and a deity call Older-than-Old.... In Bosnia, Major Elias Branch crash-lands his gunship near a mass grave and is swarmed by pale cannibals terrified of light....
So begins mankind's realization that the underworld is a vast geological labyrinth riddling the continents and seabeds, one inhabited by brutish creatures who resemble the devils and gargoyles of legend. 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. Is there a natural explanation, as the scientists hope? Or is there a true supernatural basis? Are the "demons" part of our evolutionary family tree? Is their enigmatic leader merely a freak genius, or could he be the legendary Satan?

Baker
& Taylor

At the dawn of a new millennium, humankind faces its ultimate challenge as a demonic horde, led by a satanic overlord, prepares to leave its subterranean kingdom for an apocalyptic confrontation with the forces of good. 150,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Crown, 1999
ISBN: 9780609602935
0609602934
Branch Call Number: FIC Long
Characteristics: 450 p

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rahmmie
Aug 15, 2015

IN MY OPINION, HORRIBLY OVERRATED...

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

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threeoutside
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...

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blueroo276
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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