A thriller filled with surprises and plot twists, Deep Storm is Lincoln Child's best solo effort by far. The story begins with Dr. Peter Crane joining a top-secret project called "Deep Storm" to determine the cause of a variety of medical maladies that have struck members of the project crew. As time progresses, the severity of the problems increase, and extend to the psychological as well as the physical, and the danger increases.
Crane is at first led to believe that the project has discovered the remains of Atlantis. This is soon proven to be false, and Child masterfully doles out the clues, leading the reader through a series of twists and new revelations until the unveiling in the final chapters. The mystery aspect of the story is strong, as is the high-tech angle.
The story is set in a high-tech undersea facility, thus limiting the adventure aspect of the plot, and much of the story involves lengthy conversations, but Child nevertheless manages to keep the story moving at a respectable clip. I never found myself growing bored or tempted to lay the book down.
Some of the plot elements are a bit predictable. The vehicle of escape is obvious from the moment it is introduced. A character uncovers a historical account of the "event" (yep, gotta have some sort of Catholic connection) but the location of the excavation is so far from the place from which the alleged witness saw the event that believability is stretched a bit too far. All of the marines are automatons who only take orders from the "bad guy," even when that order is countermanded by his superior, and they all are somehow immune to the sicknesses and psychoses that are affecting a large percentage of the staff and crew. The law of averages would dictate that at least one marine would be taken ill or driven nuts.
Overall, however, this is a very good read for the techno-thriller fan; like Michael Crichton without the preachiness or condescension. If you're a Lincoln Child, Douglas Preston or Michael Crichton fan, this is a must-read.Powered by Sidelines