Jeff Long's wonderful creation of a complete society existing right underneath us without us knowing is a fantastically told tale of horror, suspense, action and faith. The introductory chapters present a few of the characters and describe their first encounters with the otherworldly beings that live underground. These first chapters were the scariest things I have read since I read everything I could by Stephen King as a child. If you are easily turned off by horror, don't worry, the book gets lighter and easier to bear as it progresses.
When the nations of the world discover these underground beings, action is taken immediately and without regard for proper preparation. The first few forays into the world below are disastrous and practically cause the destruction of civilization as we know it. As time goes on, the tide turns. Throughout this cataclysmic ordeal, Long follows the efforts of a secret society to unmask the force behind the underground dwellers and put a face on evil.
I personally found the best parts of the book to be the chapters that were practically short stories outlining personal first-contact experiences with the creatures. While the overarching main story line become a little tedious and predictable towards the end, this did not ruin my enjoyment of the whole story. I didn't expect it when I first sat down with the book, but I finished it within 24 hours because I simply couldn't stop reading.
This is a wonderful summer or weekend read, just don't forget to leave a light on.
I read "The Descent" quite a few years ago. I remembered being failry impressed with it as a high school reader. The other day, I decided to reread it. I wasn't as impressed as a more mature reader, but I certainly wasn't dissappointed. "The Descent," unfortunately, fails to explain many of the important or curious parts of the expedition and adventure. Many times I wished that this was a more sci-fi oriented book because there are so many times when I was curious on how … more
This is one of the best horror books I've ever read in my entire lifetime. I love being sucked into new worlds created by great authors, and this is one of them. This is the first Jeff Long book I have read, and I will be reading Year Zero soon. Long's underground world and underground society are very well described in this book. The subterranean journey far beneath even the ocean floors is fantastic, scary, and interesting. The psychological changes the parties … more
Product Description "Long's smart and epic tale takes the reader into a Dantesque world, a journey to the center of the earth for the new millennium. And what is found there is both horrific and entrancing: a system of tunnels that network beneath the earth, and homonid relatives of Homo sapiens evolved to live in the depths of what appears to be hell." (Baltimore Sun)
"A return to the fantastic epics readers associate with H.G. Wells or Jules Verne." (Chicago Tribune)
"As frightening and exhilarating as anything in heaven or hell." (Denver Rocky Mountain News)
About the Author Jeff Long is a veteran climber and traveler in the Himalayas. He has worked as a journalist, a historian, and an elections supervisor for Bosnia's first democratic election. The Descent is his fourth novel. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.