Vostok: Book Review

I have mentioned a few times that Steve Alten is one of my most favorite authors in the world. I love how he usually does large animal attack style books. I love his Meg series and Meg is usually my go to travel book when I go on vacation. I plan on taking my copy of Meg with me when I go to Hawaii. Especially since we will hopefully swimming with sharks.

Last week I was checking out Steve Alten’s Facebook page when I found out he has a new book coming out. It was then I realized that he has had a bunch of books come out since we moved. I got so excited that I bought a copy of Vostok to read on my kindle app. For those of y’all that don’t know me, I prefer physical books to electronic books. So for me to opt to read the electronic version instead of waiting two weeks to get in the mail should say something. I managed to read this book in about three days because I was so excited to read it.

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East Antarctica: The coldest, most desolate location on Earth. Two-and-a-half miles below the ice cap is Vostok, a six thousand square mile liquid lake, over a thousand feet deep, left untouched for more than fifteen million years, Now, marine biologist Zachary Wallace and two other scientists aboard a submersible tethered to a laser will journey 13,000 feet beneath the ice into this unexplored realm to discover Mesozoic life forms long believed extinct– and an object of immense power responsible for the evolution of modern man.

In this sequel to The Loch and prequel to MEG: Nightstalkers, New York Times bestselling author Steve Alten offers readers a crossover novel that combines characters from two of his most popular series.

I won’t ruin the ending for you but I may accidentally drop some spoilers. So proceed carefully if you want to be surprised like me.

 

 

I’ll admit it. When I picked this book I didn’t read the back. I just saw that it was the sequel to The Loch and prequel to the next Meg book. The Loch was about the Loch Ness monster and I loved it. Since it combined my two favorite story lines by Steve Alten I figured this would be a great book about a giant alligator. I don’t think I have ever been so wrong before. Don’t get me wrong I still loved the book. I just wasn’t ready for the major twist.

The first half of the book was set up like the other books I had read by him. Great story line with just enough science to make me feel smart but not too much to make feel like I am reading a textbook. Right when I thought they were going to release the ancient alligator or ancient sperm whale, the story line took a random twist. Suddenly it became about aliens. Way too much about aliens. I started getting confused because the story line seem to just jump around (which I know it was kind of suppose to do) but it felt like I was reading a totally different book than the first half of the book. I didn’t recognize some of the characters or why they suddenly appeared in the book. Between the new story lines and all the talk about physics and sting theory I was so confused. I probably could have finished this book sooner if I didn’t have to keep going back to try and figure out what I had just read. So if you read this book, take your time. Don’t rush through it like me. You will miss stuff.

Even though it confused the heck out of me, I still enjoyed the book and I am still excited to more of Steve Alten’s books. In fact I have already ordered another book but it will take a couple of weeks for it to get here. I am going to start the Domain series! I can’t wait!!

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