Summary: Former naval doctor Peter Crane is summoned to an oil platform in the middle of the storm-tossed North Atlantic. The platform turns out to be a front for a top-secret government project; a high-tech submerged facility on the oceans floor beneath the rig is conducting an excavation. The secretive scientists and military personnel running the base claim that they are unearthing the lost civilization of Atlantis, though Crane is uncertain if this is the truth. What is certain, though, is that a strange illness is spreading throughout the facilities population, and it’s up to Dr. Peter Crane to solve the mystery before the illness can jeopardize the mission.
Review: It has been oft noted that Lincoln Child and his longtime writing partner Douglas Preston rarely manage to obtain the results as individuals that they achieve as partners. This book is, unfortunately, no exception to that. The characters are a bit cardboard; Crane in particular is, for a lead, not well-defined. The setting is not everything that it could have been either; it simply doesn’t pop. Overall, the premise is solid and the story well-developed. It’s just a theme that has been done better elsewhere, most notably Sphere by Michael Crichton.
Read-a-likes: Fans of the late Michael Crichton’s techno-centric thrillers would, however, be rewarded for picking up this or any other of Lincoln Child or Douglas Preston’s works. There are surprisingly few major authors churning out science thrillers right now, and both authors are reliably entertaining (especially when working together). Fans of Ben Bova and Orson Scott Card’s recent forays away from sci-fi and into science thriller should also take note.
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