Ex-Navy SEAL Jack Kirkland surfaces from an aborted underwater salvage mission to find the Earth burning. Solar flares have triggered a series of gargantuan natural disasters. Earthquakes and hellfire rock the globe. Air Force One has vanished from the skies with America’s president on board. Now, with the US on the narrow brink of a nuclear apocalypse, Kirkland must pilot his oceangoing exploration ship, Deep Fathom, on a desperate mission miles below the ocean’s surface. There devastating secrets await him - and a power an ancient civilization could not contain has been cast out into modern day. And it will forever alter a world that’s already racing toward its own destruction.
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If you are looking for lyrical, beautiful writing, then you should skip James Rollins: He is no James Lee Burke or Cormac McCarthy. If you are looking for realistic believability, then you should skip James Rollins: He will 𝑎𝘭𝘸𝑎𝘺𝘴 stretch your suspension-of-disbelief capacity to its breaking point. There. Now, if you still have some curiosity about "Deep Fathom," read on ... because it just might justify your spending a credit.
This third Rollins thriller pushes credibility to the limit, same as its predecessors do. However, if you listen without judging, you will see that Rollins has done his research before commencing his wild conjecturing ... and Rollins has the intelligence to research thoroughly and conjecture (just barely) plausibly. I think that, when we close our minds to wild possibilities -- believing that we already know how the world works -- then we also close ourselves from understanding and joy. Just think about some of the completely unbelievable discoveries of quantum physics -- the "cloud" of probability, Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle, quantum entanglement, the puzzling dual nature of light -- they all surpass our understanding -- toppling Newtonian physics to its foundations -- yet still stand up to mathematical rigor. Rollins investigates these ideas that go beyond our minds' boundaries, and uses them to craft near-fantasy thrillers. In so doing, he exhibits his true genius: imagination.
With "Deep Fathom," Rollins explores the mysterious realms of Dark Energy and Dark Matter, applying them to South Pacific legends of a lost continent and a "Bermuda Triangle" antipode. Far-fetched, eh? Maybe so; but, on the other hand ... his conjectures do explain the mysterious, real-life pattern of ship disappearances in the South Pacific ....
As for this audiobook's reader, John Meagher, I don't quite understand some other reviewers' strong antipathy for him. Yes, he has a slightly reedy, tenor voice -- not our ideal masculine baritone, and, perhaps, not the ideal voice for these thriller novels -- but, at least, Meagher doesn't speak nasally (which annoys 𝘮𝘦); and he has pretty good acting chops. Contrary to other reviewers' assertions, I find that he does a reasonably good job of distinguishing the characters' voices. I suggest listening to the sample that Audible provides, since people have such different voice-preferences. If you don't mind Meagher's voice, and don't mind a bit of wild imagination, then take a chance with this audiobook. It shows a now-famous author just beginning to hit his stride.
I liked this book because it is fiction. The obviously impossible deeds of the hero/heroes made this entertaining and a great listen. Anyone who must have a 100% factually true fictional book is looking to the wrong genre IMHO. I enjoyed this book.