Book review: Vostok by Steve Alten


Book Description:

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.

About the author:​   Steve Alten is the New York Times and International bestselling author of fourteen novels, including the MEG series about Carcharodon Megalodon, the 70-foot, 100,000 pound prehistoric cousin of the Great White shark and Domain trilogy, a series about the Mayan Calendar’s 2012 doomsday prophecy. His work has been published in over 30 countries and is being used in thousands of middle and high school curriculum as part of Adopt-An-Author, a free teen reading program, which he founded with teachers back in 1999.

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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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