Okay, first of all, I wanted to apologize to you guys for not posting last week. The past two weeks have been crazy with work (day job), writing, publishing, and all the other stuff I do…so I’ll admit it, the blog slipped through the cracks last week. Occasionally, it’s going to happen. And unfortunately, because this has been the busier of the two weeks, I wasn’t able to interview any authors to share with you this week either…though I’m working on a fantastic interview for next week. But thanks to the modern marvels of audiobook technology, my increase in workload hasn’t stopped me from reading a fantastic book that I felt compelled to tell you about.
A few months ago, I featured bestselling author Douglas Preston and told you about his books with co-author Lincoln Child. I told you about their most famous protagonist, FBI Agent Pendergast and sort of highlighted all of their books in a quick, easy format. Well, since then, I’ve become a HUGE fan of both authors. I’ve read almost all of their Pendegast novels now and can safely tell you that these two are probably my all time favorite authors.
Unfortunately, with that busy schedule I was telling you about, I’m finding less and less time to sit down and read a book. But what I do spend plenty of time doing is driving. I drive a lot. As a forensic death investigator, I cover three large counties in Northeast Florida and that affords me plenty of time behind the wheel. So one day, I thought to myself, “Self, why not use that drive time to read a book?” And thus, my new found love of audiobooks was formed.
So, I’ve recently been devouring any book I can find by Douglas and Preston…whether as co-authors or stand alone novels. My most recent book is Lincoln Child’s Deep Storm. Now since I do regularly do book reviews, I don’t have a snazzy little way of rating a book…so let me just say this: From a scale of 1 to 5 (five being awesome), I’d rate Deep Storm as a solid 12! I’m serious…it’s just that good.
Basically, here’s the story in a nutshell: Former military officer and physician Dr. Peter Crane is recruited to a special project located in a very deep underwater facility where a string of maladies begin plaguing the scientists and military personnel assigned there. At first, Crane is told very little of the special project save that they had made the most incredible discovery in human history. It’s no spoiler for me to tell you that a bit later, Crane is told that the discovery is none other than the fabled lost island of Atlantis and that the bizarre illnesses began shortly after the real meat of the excavations took place. So, Dr. Crane sets to work trying to discover the reason for these problems, only to be blocked at every turn by the stalwart Naval Intelligence officer assigned to putting the TOP in TOP SECRET.
The story moves on at a very brisk pace, bringing the reader along in vivid detail. Puzzle after puzzle is thrown the reader’s way as he/she follows Crane on his journey to discovering the truth of the facility, the research project, and illnesses. What he discovers will simply knock your socks off!
Here’s the deal…if you’re a fan of the X-Files and/or the doctor mystery show House, you are absolutely going to love this book. I have no doubt in my mind. Wrapped up in intrigue, conspiracies, saboteurs, mystery, puzzles galore, and weird alien devices, Deep Storm will not only keep you on the edge of your seat, it will also keep you guessing to the very last page of the Epilogue.
I realize Deep Storm has been out for a few years now…but this one is definitely worth checking out! As a matter of fact, I even saw it in the Barnes and Noble bargain book section for only like $5 in hardback! Not only did I buy it in audiobook format, I also picked up the hardback copy too. That’s how much I enjoyed this book.
And if you’re looking for something a little more recent, be sure to check out Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child’s newest thriller “Gideon’s Sword“. In it, they introduce a brand new character that’s very difficult to pin down…is he a spy? Is he a thief? Is he just an ordinary guy caught up in some really extraordinary intrigue? It’s really hard to say…but well worth reading to discover for yourself. And as always…be sure to read ANY Pendergast novel you can get your hands on (Still Life with Crows, however, is definitely my favorite with Cabinet of Curiosities as my close second!).
Anyway, that’s it for this week! Stay tuned next week when I’ll be introducing you to a new author that you’ll definitely want to check out. And remember to tell your friends about this blog. Thanks and happy reading!