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  • Mass Market Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Jove; Reissue edition (Jan. 17 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 051513175X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515131758
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.7 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (223 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #153,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By william e robitaille on April 14 2013
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The Descent

Just as I anticipated. A real page turner.
Great story, Exciting to read.
I can only hope, there is a sequel to his last novel, DEEPER.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matt Gawelczyk on June 1 2005
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What a amazing and indepth look at what is so crucial in all the religions and cultures around the world. The Hell depicted in The Descent, is as real as in the Bible or any other sacred book.
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By Chenz on Nov. 20 2010
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A well written and intriguing novel, I would be glad to recommend this story to anyone with a thirst for the unexpected. The level of creativity and imagination that went into creating this book is extraordinary. From the mystery surrounding the creatures that lurk below to the hesitancy of mankind to acknowledge them, to their blatant fear and overreaction to them - it is all wonderfully surmised into a book that will remain a favourite on my bookshelf for years to come. There are also many political and sociological undertones in the book which help express both it's intelligent plot and characters, as well as the underlying problems with our current society from which the reader can draw parallels. All in all, a great book that leaves the reader satisfied and hoping for that next chapter that will never come in writing, only in your imagination.
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The most scary intro I ever read.
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I really enjoyed this book, though I admit I may have been seduced by the concept.
One of the opening chapters, the one in Bosnia, struck me as one of the creepiest I've ever read. From there is mention of a surprise attack taking out significant world forces as their guard was low. Again, an interesting idea that is well presented and really brought me into the book.
The characters, though, are definitely not entirely likable. Nor are they really there too like. They're heavily flawed people, outcasts mostly, and behave as such. I believe this to be intentional on the writer's part, and will not penalize him for it.
The adventure is mostly well done. The science may be wonky, but the writing is solid and intelligent. The latter point might truly be why I enjoyed this book, intelligence. All too often these wonky-science-adventure books completely lack any form of intelligence. Here you can see thought being put behind everything, which the author deserves great credit for.
The only flaw I found was that science was being used to explain everything, satisfyingly, then mysticism crept in from nowhere. Satan became a supernatural being, not a scientific one. A massive flaw, in my mind. Why go in that direction after spending so much time keeping it in the other? The mind-transfer effect was just pointless.
I read this book a long time ago, during a lonely week halfway across the world. It entranced me at the time, and I found it to be a very worthy read. Looking back I'm no longer as impressed, but still consider it worth the four stars. Similar books by similar authors have resulted in twists you knew would come and plot holes larger than the story itself.
This book is different. Absolutely worth reading.
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I really enjoyed this book, though I admit I may have been seduced by the concept.
One of the opening chapters, the one in Bosnia, struck me as one of the creepiest I've ever read. From there is mention of a surprise attack taking out significant world forces as their guard was low. Again, an interesting idea that is well presented and really brought me into the book.
The characters, though, are definitely not entirely likable. Nor are they really there too like. They're heavily flawed people, outcasts mostly, and behave as such. I believe this to be intentional on the writer's part, and will not penalize him for it.
The adventure is mostly well done. The science may be wonky, but the writing is solid and intelligent. The latter point might truly be why I enjoyed this book, intelligence. All too often these wonky-science-adventure books completely lack any form of intelligence. Here you can see thought being put behind everything, which the author deserves great credit for.
I read this book a long time ago, during a lonely week halfway across the world. It entranced me at the time, and I found it to be a very worthy read. Looking back I'm no longer as impressed, but still consider it worth the four stars. Similar books by similar authors have resulted in twists you knew would come and plot holes larger than the story itself.
This book is different. Absolutely worth reading.
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By Paul McHugh on June 25 2004
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This book is by far the best book I have ever read. I could not stop turning the pages....only hope that his next book is half as good !!!!
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By Noctem on June 15 2004
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The Descent. This could have been a classic. Judging by the premise, that is. It seems Hell is real. And it's filled with demonic minions. All beneath your feet. For underneath the surface of the planet, far underneath the surface, lay a vast network of tunnels inhabited by a mysterious, and ancient, race. So old, in fact, that they pre-date any known human civilization. And it seems that they are the root of man's concept of an underworld repository of condemned souls. In other words, Hell. For these beings, known as Hadals, are horned and utterly sadistic. They thrive on torture. Or do they? Big Business and Government are determined to find out. What they discover is not so much a lost race of killers, but an historical and geological treasure trove. Unfortunately, this is a central weakness of the novel: for Long quickly despinses with the idea that the underground dwellers are hellish beasts. They are, merely, primitive. And so goes the fear factor. Indeed, it was thought that their leader was behind the concept of Satan. But as it turns out, the Devil is just another cult leader. Jeff Long could have really created a nightmare. But instead of Stephen King, we get Jules Verne. And not a very good one. First off, none of the characters are likable. And worse, everything they say is dull. There are several strange encounters with the Hadals thrown through out the book, but these encounters have a very jarring effective on the narrative. Long also has a rather odd literary detachment with his technological descriptions, as if he were determined not to write science fiction. Many important questions are never answered, lost in the [extremely] quick exposition of the books opening. It was clear that Jeff Long wanted to blend genres: Horror, sci-fi, thriller, but simply lacked the talent to pull it off. What he created was a tale that has interesting moments, but came across as a jumbled mess.
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