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Smart, suspenseful with characters you can't forget
Reviewed in the United States on October 1, 2018
Rereading this book made me miss Michael Crichton even more. I can't think of another author who combines science, suspense and the woo-woo of the supernatural as well as Crichton, and this book is amazing.
A psychologist was hired to write a paper on what would happen if humanity were confronted with aliens--happy to have been paid, Norman finished the paper and went on with his life. Years later, he's asked by the Navy to go on a trip to the bottom of the Pacific to be part of the team Norman had suggested so many years ago.
Once he's a thousand feet down in a special habitat for high pressure living, Norman and the crew are taken by submarine to a spaceship that's hidden under coral, and that's not the weirdest part of the story--the ship has been underwater at least 300 years, and the writing on the walls of the strange ship are in English.
From explaining living under 30 pressures, to unveiling the purpose of the strange sphere found inside the ship void of any signs of life except for one mummified crew member, Crichton creates a story that's hard to put down, while educating his readers on deeps sea life--black holes--the mysteries of the human imagination--along with a study of the shadow part of our minds, our unconscious. I truly can't think of an author that can cram all of that into one book, and make it hard to put down. What an amazing author.