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That thing is growing again. We must destroy it. The time to act is now....
With these words begins Gideon Crew's latest, most dangerous, most high-stakes assignment yet. Failure will mean nothing short of the end of humankind on Earth.
Five years ago, the mysterious and inscrutable head of Effective Engineering Solutions, Eli Glinn, led a mission to recover a gigantic meteorite - the largest ever discovered - from a remote island off the coast of South America. The mission ended in disaster when their ship, the Rolvaag, foundered in a vicious storm in the Antarctic waters and broke apart, sinking - along with its unique cargo - to the ocean floor. One hundred and eight crew members perished, and Eli Glinn was left paralyzed.
But this was not all. The tragedy revealed something truly terrifying: the meteorite they tried to retrieve was not, in fact, simply a rock. Instead it was a complex organism from the deep reaches of space.
Now that organism has implanted itself in the seabed two miles below the surface - and it is growing. If it is not destroyed, the planet will be doomed. There is only one hope: for Glinn and his team to annihilate it, a task that requires Gideon's expertise with nuclear weapons. But as Gideon and his colleagues soon discover, the "meteorite" has a mind of its own - and it has no intention of going quietly....
©2016 Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (P)2016 Hachette Audio
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"[Narrator David W.] Collins voices the story dramatically.... Listeners will feel like they're there, drawn into the intriguing plot." (AudioFile)
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By Riconquer on 05-19-16

Not quite what I expected...

Don't get me wrong, on its own, this would be a decent, if forgettable, novel. Unfortunately, this novel is possibly a conclusion to two separate story lines by these same authors. As such, this novel had a lot to live up to, and seemed to fall short of what I've come to expect. The novel feels unfinished, as if several chapters were left on the editing room floor.

The following will spoil some parts of the book, so read at your own risk...



Works by Preston & Childs often have an emotional man vs self theme woven throughout the novel, nicely paralleling the main plotline and dovetailing with it nicely to affect the climax of the book.

For the first 3/4 of the book, this seems to be set up to occur. Gideon struggles to cope with the death of his lover, Sam arrives to challenge Eli's decisions, and Eli himself acts irrationally, hinting at a buried motivation or possible infection. None of the things affect the ending of the book, and it makes the entire novel feel unfinished.

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By Mel on 06-07-16

Beyond My Limit

Butts out boring. Void of creativity; a conglomeration of everything that's been done to death. There was a time I waited for Preston/Child's new books for some easy reading entertainment. Then I found myself waiting hopefully to see if they could recapture the magic. Even the writing in this one seems hurried and amateurish. Zero character development or growth from the original book. A note from the authors follows the ending...saying this was requested by readers of The Ice Limit, the pair stated they hoped those readers found this follow-up book enjoyable. Not I; and I can't recommend this floppy continuation of what was a much better book -- written when the duo seemed truly interested in writing for their audience instead of a pay-check.

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