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The Deep Zone

An action thriller novel by James A. Tabor

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Excellent Action Thriller

  • Mar 15, 2012

Hallie is a scuba diving instructor and caver who used to work for DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency).  She had been let go for an alleged case of leaking classified information.  In the midst of almost dying from a dangerous dive, she is called back by DARPA to work on a project of extreme national security.  It turns out that there is a dangerous illness that is immune to antibiotics which can turn into a pandemic situation.  The research that Hallie had been working on prior to her dismissal from DARPA may hold a clue to a possible cure.

Hallie is at first reluctant to go to the place that "unjustly" dismissed her but her former boss tells her how dire the situation is and to throw any past incidents out, to do right for the country.  Hallie goes back and to complete her research she needs "moonmilk," a fungus like substance only found in the Cueva de la Luz in Mexico.  This cave (cueva) is extemely dangerous and Hallie barely survived her last expedition there.  To top it off it is an extremely dangerous area full of narcotraficantes (drug trafficers), corrupt police and dangerous native people.

The moonmilk is needed almost immediately because the illness will spread exponentially and millions could die within a matter of two weeks.  Hallie goes to the cave-site with a team of scientists and a special ops agent (Bowman).  The time in the cave will be close to a week to get in and extract the moonmilk and get out without being killed by the many lurking dangers inside. 

To add to the challenge there are some corrupt agents trying to prevent Hallie's quest and research, who report to a mysterious Mr. Adelaide.  The book really gets interesting when Hallie and her team finally reach the cave.  The author's decriptions in the cave are so vivid that the reader seems actually transported there.  You get to brave the dangers inside including going through some very tight spaces.  Some of these descriptions may be difficult if you are even a little claustrophobic.

The book is well written and the characters are interesting.  The author throws some hints near the end that there may be a sequel.

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March 15, 2012
interesting. from your descriptions, I'd say that this may make a good movie. Nice one, Michael!
March 16, 2012
Those were my thoughts exactly
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review by . May 08, 2012
American soldiers in Afghanistan begin getting a deadly disease and a group of scientists are assembled to try to find a substance that could give a cure. It is located at the bottom of one of the world's deepest caves, in Mexico.      Dr. Hallie Leland had worked for this government agency but was fired for what she felt was unwarranted reasons. Now she's asked to lead the group into the cave and as a scientist, she accepts.      As we follow the …
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In this gripping debut thriller from James M. Tabor, a brilliant and beautiful scientist and a mysterious special ops soldier must lead a team deep into the Earth on a desperate hunt for the cure to a deadly epidemic.
When she was unjustly fired from a clandestine government laboratory, microbiologist Hallie Leland swore she would never look back. But she can’t ignore an urgent summons from the White House to reenter the realm of cutting-edge science and dangerous secrets.
“Potentially the worst threat since Pearl Harbor” is how the president describes a mysterious epidemic killing American soldiers  in Afghanistan—and now poised for outbreak in the States and beyond. Millions will die unless Hallie and a hastily mobilized team can recover the ultrarare organism needed to create a new antibiotic. The good news is that Hallie knows more about the organism than anyone else on the planet. The bad news is that it can be found only at the bottom of Earth’s deepest cave.
Hallie’s team is capable—especially the mysterious Wil Bowman, who knows as much about high-tech weaponry as he does about microbiology—but the challenge appears insurmountable. Before even reaching the supercave, they must traverse a forbidding Mexican jungle populated by warring cartels, Federales, and murderous locals. Only then can they confront the cave’s flooded tunnels, lakes of acid, bottomless chasms, and mind-warping ...
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Author: James M. Tabor
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Date Published: 04-03-2012
ISBN: 9780345530615
Format: hard cover
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