Published Feb 17, 2015
Hardcover, 416 pages
Reviewed by Fil Piccolo
Vostok by Steve Alten is a sci-fi thriller that brings us two and a half miles below the Antarctic to explore Vostok, a lake believed to be frozen in time. Marine Biologist Zachary Wallace is one of three selected to journey to Vostok. But Wallace soon realizes that the journey he enlisted for may be a one-way ticket down.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the first half of Vostok, where the excitement of the expedition and the suspense of discovery was well written. Alten knows how to create believable and likable characters whose dialogue was entertaining. I found myself chucking several times throughout this first part.
There were a few plot elements that will require a suspension of belief if perhaps you're in the engineering field as I am. Vostok Lake is supposed to be reached by an ice-melting submersible ship using lasers. In our era that’s possible, but unlikely. I won't go into all the details of the journey. If the book had taken place a hundred or more years into the future, the technology described wouldn't have been questionable. But in the end, this is fiction, so I guess the author can use creative license.
Note: This book is rated PG.
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Steve Alten is the New York Times and International bestselling author of fourteen novels, including the MEG series about Carcharodon Megalodon, the 70-foot, 100,000 pound prehistoric cousin of the Great White shark and Domain trilogy, a series about the Mayan Calendar’s 2012 doomsday prophecy. His work has been published in over 30 countries and is being used in thousands of middle and high school curriculum as part of Adopt-An-Author, a free teen reading program, which he founded with teachers back in 1999.
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