Massive sinkholes are opening across the country - each larger and deeper than the previous one. First the family pets go missing, and anyone living near one of the pits, is reporting strange phenomena - the vibrations, sulphurous odours and strange sounds rising up from the stygian depths. Then come the reports of horrifying ‘things’ rising from the darkness.
When the people start disappearing the government is forced to act. A team is sent in to explore one of the holes – and all hell breaks loose - the Old Ones are rising up again.
From the war zones of the Syrian Desert, to the fabled Library of Alexandria, and then to Hades itself, join Professor Matt Kearns, as he searches for the fabled Al Azif, known as the Book of the Dead. He must unravel an age-old prophecy, and stop Beings from a time even before the primordial ooze, which seek once again to claim the planet as their own. Time is running out, for Matt, and all life on Earth.
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Memories of watching the SciFi channel at 4:00 AM
- Daniel A.
Enjoyable but predictable
It sits squarely in the category of "a good listen". The author did a great job of building vivid scenes and filling them with likable characters, and the story was enjoyable. But I kept seeing the plot twists and character revelations coming. I did like the subject and the way the author balanced mysticism, discovery, and action.
I liked the Israeli agent. She was no nonsense, tough, and didn't waste time. I felt she was a used as a device by the author to keep the story moving at an appropriate pace instead of getting bogged down in theory and discussion.
"Old People Voice". The narrator's voice fit well for general story telling and for voicing the older people in the story. But it just didn't fit well for the thirty-something academics or the young female captain. Also, the narrator kept reading the numbers literally. So "250" was read as "two-five-oh" instead of "two hundred and fifty". It was kind of distracting.
There was a moment near the end of the story between the Israeli agent and the US Army major where they put aside their differences long enough to share a professional word of respect that I thought was well done.
The author needs to realize that two Navy SEALs will never look to a conventional Army major (especially a staff major) for guidance and tactics in the heat of battle. That kept occurring during the book, and the artificiality of it was terribly distracting.
One great thing about this book is that the author treated the military characters as human. He didn't fall into the cliche of painting them as killers with cardboard personalities who would destroy anything and everything as long as they won. The military characters weighed the consequences of their actions and felt the repercussions of their decisions.
- Thomas Allen