East Antarctica: The coldest, most desolate location on Earth. Two-and-a-half miles below the ice cap is Vostok, a six thousand square mile liquid lake, over a thousand feet deep, left untouched for more than 15 million years. Now, marine biologist Zachary Wallace and two other scientists aboard a submersible tethered to a laser will journey 13,000 feet beneath the ice into this unexplored realm to discover Mesozoic life forms long believed extinct – and an object of immense power responsible for the evolution of modern man.
In this sequel to The Loch and prequel to the upcoming MEG 5: Nightstalkers, New York Times best-selling author Steve Alten offers readers a crossover novel that combines characters from two of his most popular series.
This is Steve Alten’s second book that I’ve read within a couple of weeks. His previous book, The Loch, is a precursor to this novel. In Vostok, we find marine biologist Zachary Wallace coerced into an expedition to a massive underwater lake called Vostok in Antarctica. He is torn between not accepting the assignment in order to care for his family and his curiosity as a marine biologist for any new life forms that may be encountered at the extreme depths in the lake.
If this was ever made into a movie, I would be hiding behind the couch. There are so many intense moments that I had to put the book down (I’m a wuss, I admit it freely). What I found interesting though, was the lingo used by those who work in Antarctica as well as the terms and expressions used to describe the different snow and weather conditions.
I found the development of the character’s personalities to be more vivid in The Loch and a little more one-dimensional in Vostok. Toward the middle of the book the story jumps and a new theme is introduced into the story line. I was a bit confused but because the beginning of the book was so good I kept on reading on to discover the link between the two stories. The suspense picks up and (again, don’t read this at night) everything falls into place. A great action book!
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