91. Deep Fathom - James Rollins

Monday, July 06, 2009
Why do I punish myself? I really didn't enjoy this offering as much as I have some of Rollins' other novels but I read the entire thing anyways. Perhaps it's because my choices of late have all been terrible and I had nothing else to read... Since I actually finished the book last week and (a) can't remember a lot about the plot and (b) can't be bothered to flip through my copy to refresh my memory, here's the summary from James Rollins' official website:

Ex-Navy Seal Jack Kirkland surfaces from an aborted underwater salvage mission to find the Earth burning. Solar flares have triggered a series of gargantuan natural disasters. Earthquakes and hellfire rock the globe. Air Force One has vanished from the skies America's president on board.

Now, with U.S. on the narrow brink of a nuclear apocalypse, Kirkland must pilot his oceangoing exploration ship, Deep Fathom, on a desperate mission miles below the ocean's surface. There devestating secrets await him - and a power an ancient civilization could not contain has been cast out into modern day. And it will forever alter a world that's already racing toward it's own destruction.

Sounds exciting doesn't it? Meh. What the write up fails to mention is the former friend/now sworn enemy chasing Kirkland around the globe on a personal vendetta. Zzzzzzz. There's really nothing new in Rollins' novel - we've seen most of this before. Move the story back about 50 or 60 years and it reminded me of a really bad Indiana Jones plot. Hmmm, kind of like Crystal Skull. Oh....wait....no surpirse really. Rollins penned the novelization of the latest installment of the Indiana Jones franchise.

Thank goodness there's only one more of his books that I might consider reading. I don't know how much more I can subject myself to...


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