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Abduction (Libr. Ed.) (7 Cass.) [Audiobook, Unabridged] [Audio Cassette]

Robin Cook , Dick Hill
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Nov. 7 2000
The world's bestselling master of the medical thriller, Robin Cook skillfully combines human drama and high-tech thrills with the latest breakthroughs and controversies of modern medicine. Now, in his most daring novel yet, a mysterious transmission from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean leads a crew of oceanographers and divers to a phenomenon beyond scientific understanding - and a discovery that will change everything we know about life on earth . . .

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Perry Berg is president of Benthic Marine and a passenger aboard The Benthic Explorer, a 450-foot research ship endeavoring to drill into, and sample for the first time, the earth's magma core. Also onboard are the lovely Dr. Suzanne Newell; ex-navy commander and present submersible skipper Donald Fuller; and navy-cum-Neanderthal divers Richard Adams and Michael Donaghue. It is this cast of characters who, with the reluctant Perry, dive to the stilled drill site in order to make repairs. En route, they are sucked (or suckered) into a defunct undersea volcano and deposited into an otherworldly wonderland. That takes about 75 pages of fairly cogent spadework. The next 375 pages sprout some of the looniest, most derivative, made-for-TV-movie science fiction imaginable. Our heroes, you see, have been abducted to Interterra, an undersea world of staggering beauty and unheard of technologies--intergalactic travel and eternal life, for starters--populated by stunningly beautiful, toga-wearing, first-generation humans.

First-generation? They were here first, see, and had been doing very nicely until their scientists realized that the earth was about to be "showered with planetesimal collisions, just as had happened in its primordial state," and that they had better start digging. While the Interterrans prospered and thrived undersea, we, the second generation, began hauling our single-celled bodies up by our ooze-straps and started all over again.

And that's about it. People with names like Arak and Sufa speak strangely, giggle at the primitive second-generationists, recoil at the very thought of violence, press their palms together to have sex, and direct "worker clones" to do the dishes while the second generation does its stereotypical best to, in turns, exemplify, define, and defile humankind.

If you've yet to read Robin Cook's innumerable (and mostly successful) medical thrillers, start now. If you want to read about an alternative world, start off right with H.G. Wells's 1895 masterpiece, The Time Machine. --Michael Hudson --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

From Publishers Weekly

A mountain far beneath the ocean is the setting in this latest work from bestselling author Cook (Coma; Contagion; Vector, etc.). Perry Bergman, founder and president of Benthic Marine, is conducting research in a remote region of the Atlantic. The crew has been trying to drill through an underwater mountain that appears to be filled with some liquid or gas, but they've encountered several mishaps, and Perry has flown out to the ship to assess the problem for himself. He's invited to dive to the seamount with several others in a submersible craftDthe most reliable one, the veteran commander tells Perry, he has ever piloted. Suddenly the small ship seems to lose power and is lured deeper into the water and into the underwater world of Saranta, whose stunning, sexually charged residents, the Interterreans, claim their city is much more beautiful and desirable than the fabled Atlantis. Although the Interterreans treat the humans as their special guests, Perry and his crew are desperate to escape. Cook keeps readers turning the pages with fast-paced action and intriguing details about Saranta; while the action may appeal to his teeming die-hard fans, however, this is not one of his better efforts.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is terrible. A plot line driven mainly by homophobia, underground humans cleverly named "interrans," unflinching use of exclamation points, and absolutely no character development at all makes for one of the worst reads EVER. The only reason I finished was that I kept thinking: "This has to get interesting at some point, right?." Alas, no.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Saturday afternoon matinee stuff May 13 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Perhaps I'm not the ideal person to be reviewing this book as I've never read sci-fi stuff but, as I picked this up, thinking it was another of Dr.Cook's medical murder mysteries and found myself in another world..one underwater and the precursor to Atlantis, peopled by incredibly beautiful, ageless people, I couldn't help but be taken back to Saturday afternoon matinees at the Progress theatre.It read almost exactly like a Buck Rogers adventure and all it needed was an appearance by Ming the Merciless!! A beautiful marine biologist(and when aren't they beautiful?)is with an undersea exploration party when they are drawn into a deep fissure in an undersea mountain and their mini submarine is taken to a different world by means of water tight caverns. Ye gods..enough said !!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars It Caught Me March 26 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was a pleasant surprise from Robin Cook not so much because the story is intriguing as the fact that I'd never discovered anything so sci-fi-ish by Cook before. It's a little more fantasy than sci-fi, but the science it utilizes, while often a bit vague, is not so terribly far-fetched in many instances. Mainly, Abduction is a story about a mixed group of professionals who inadvertantly become a part of a fantastic utopia and how they deal with it. What if heaven existed on Earth, and you could visit it anytime...just not ever return to the life you knew before? It seems worth adapting to for a single oceanographer, worth exploiting for a pair of good-ole-boy divers, worth exposing to the president of a large ocean drilling company, but only worth escaping for a former Marine who believes he has the best interests at heart for the mismatched crew he tries to make himself unofficial leader of.
The tale is mostly build-up, the ending difficult to guess ahead of time, and the whole thing a light, easy read. It left me wishing Cook had spent more time developing relationships between the characters and describing more of the wonders of the futuristic world called Interterra, but was genuinely entertaining nonetheless. I hope to discover a more in-depth sci-fi story by this talented author sometime in the near future. This one wasn't a bad one to begin with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Robin Cooks comes through again :) Aug. 14 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Robin Cook is by far the best Medical Thriller author!
This is Definitely a Great Book. True to his nature, this book is full of suspense and the "what if" of reality. Again, after reading one of his novels, I found myself thinking about it for days.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable Aug. 13 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've read science fiction before so I know about needing to suspend disbelief while reading a story, but this one is absurd. The crew of a submersible and the 2 divers enter the secret world of Interra which exists between the upper & lower oceans of the earth. The Interreans seem advanced, but display some disturbing traits. There is a separate race of creatures which are half human-half machine who do all their work, while the Interreans mostly play. The crew & divers want to return to the surface, but the Interreans don't want people on the surface learning about Interra.
This story is clearly a rewriting of The Hollow Earth by Raymond Bernard from 1976, which was also unbelievable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Different Side of Robin Cook July 14 2003
Format:School & Library Binding
I began reading Robin Cook books when I was in junior high, and have since been addicted to them. I was looking for something I hadn't read to take with me on vacation, and picked up Abduction. Because I'm a Robin Cook fan, I was hesitant to read something other than a medical murder mystery, but I was definitely taken in by Abduction.
The opening of the book takes you out to the sea, where scientists are drilling through the earth's core. All of a sudden there is a halt in the drilling due to a bit breaking, and the scientists and divers are forced to go deep below the ocean to examine the problem.
As the plot evolves, the divers and scientists are "abducted" by a mysterious force; they find themselves in a cave (below or above the earth? you'll find out!), only to come a huge metalic door. They open it, and are put through a series of purification processes that appear outer-wordly and completely advanced.
They soon learn that they have been taken by a society living underneath the earth's core, a utopian world not unlike Eden where everything seems possible. Everything, however, seems too perfect. The sci-fi thriller ends with a surprising, though somewhat predictable, conclusion.
Although I agree that the characters are pretty stereotypical (and even a bit prejudice if you ask me), this book has a good moral to it. If you're looking for a quick beach-side read, this is for you. If you're a huge Robin Cook fan, this is for you. If you're looking to read a good Robin Cook novel, don't start with Abduction (try Coma).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Let's start from the beginning June 4 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Let's start from the beginning, first, if you read this book and you expect a medical thriller like: Coma, Outbreak, Fever, Chromosome 6 or Toxin among others, you will be disappointed and you won't like this book, if you see this book as a Sci Fi book as the books of Jules Verne is an incredible book.
The story of Atlantis, the lost city, is good, and the end is just as Dr. Cook know how to end his books, there is no other end to this book, but also at the end Dr. Cook gives us a very good message: "No matter who are the good or the bad guys, the people who has the power, technology, etc, are the winners, in one way or another." You just can't say I don't like you and just go, that is the very truth.
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