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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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).
There isn't any real horror in this novel -- unless you consider boredom to be a form of torture. The plot is a hackneyed new-age mish-mash of Brave New World, Journey to the Center of the Earth, and the Time Machine (only this time, the good guys went underground, er, undersea.) The characters are shallow and the "science" is utterly ridiculous -- how many times can you say, in essence, "This is so far advanced it's way beyond me..."?
Then there's the lack of good descriptive prose. In Cook's previous books, we can get inside the characters' heads and really FEEL what they are going through. In this book, the plot is carried forward through preachy dialogue and "orientations" that drove me up the wall. Every good science fiction writer knows that the Absolute WORST way to explain things in an alternate world is to have some scientist or tour guide give a lecture.
PLEASE, please, Dr. Cook -- go back to writing medical horror!
Please Abduct ME!.
Interesting Sci-Fi story about a super advanced, primarily peaceful civilization that lives underneath the surface of the earth were they migrated to billions of years ago to protect themselves from extinction....
Suzanne, Perry, Donald, Richard and Michael are the main characters in this novel, together with fellow InterTerrans Arak and Sufa who serve as their guide to this mysterious yet inviting world they have been abducted into.
The story move along at a very enjoyable pace, at time slow specially towards the second half were it tends to become repetitive. Perhaps the only weak side to the story and the book as a whole is the personality given to Richard and Michael, two deep-sea divers who seem to have the brains of 12 year olds yet have manage to somehow go through the navy and keep stressful and demanding jobs... these two characters behave in ways I have never seen or heard of anyone behave and it is such it becomes annoying and completely unbelievable as real characters. I can bite on the Sci-Fi bullet given the premise of the story but you have to pass the "real" human characters as real enough to be credible.
The story has a very interesting side to it, and it is that it makes you appreciate the world and the society we live in even more, even when compared to a "perfect world" almost "heavenly" and rid of all decease, war and even death... it also brings to our attention a few environmental issues that when put against the light of this incredible but true comparison of worlds and societies, become ever more apparent and important.
A good, healthy, clean and entertaining read with a great plot, no loose ends and fantastic ending.
Most recent customer reviews
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. Read morePublished on May 12 2004 by Beverley Strong
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... Read morePublished on May 12 2004
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... Read more
I've read science fiction before so I know about needing to suspend disbelief while reading a story, but this one is absurd. Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2003 by Susan R. Cakars
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... Read morePublished on June 4 2003 by Jorge Frid
I enjoyed this book. Great imagination. The characters were well developed, and I could feel their pleasure and their discomfort. Read morePublished on May 27 2003 by Linnea Johansson
After reading that Robin Cook is supposed to be one of the good medical thriller authors, I decided to give him a chance. He definitely didn't pass my test! Read morePublished on May 19 2003
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