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The Descent

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Epic Adventure

I read alot of books and am picky. This is the best book I ever have read. I encourage everyone to read it. Jeff Long is a wonderful author. Advice to those who want to narrow down good books to read, I've found that when books have good reviews from the The Rocky Mo...
I read alot of books and am picky. This is the best book I ever have read. I encourage everyone to read it. Jeff Long is a wonderful author. Advice to those who want to narrow down good books to read, I've found that when books have good reviews from the The Rocky Mountain News on the jacket, the book is a great read.

posted by Anonymous on January 16, 2004

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Most Helpful Critical Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Definitely a page-turner

Having just finished this book (after accidentally reading his second novel, Deeper, first), and reading some of the negative reviews, I felt the need to come to Long's defense.

I am definitely a fan of Long's work. He calls to mind a combination of the religious as...
Having just finished this book (after accidentally reading his second novel, Deeper, first), and reading some of the negative reviews, I felt the need to come to Long's defense.

I am definitely a fan of Long's work. He calls to mind a combination of the religious aspects of Dan Brown's Langdon series and Michael Crichton, with his thriller/science lesson type reads. While none of the three authors are commended for works of high literature, they all write gripping fictional accounts that just COULD be real. While there were certainly some unanswered questions in this first novel, I had the advantage of seeing where the story progressed later and realised that Long was purposely leaving certain parts of the plot unaddressed as a setup for the next part of the story.

Long brought some excellent geological and anthropological research to The Descent. While some have alluded to "offensive" language, it is important to remember that some of the references made in the story (Negroid, Oriental, etc) are, in fact, valid anthropological and ethnic references when discussing the history and evolution of mankind.

All in all, Long presents some fascinating material, wrapped in a dramatic package that drives you through the book at a whirlwind pace. After you tear through it, you will definitely want to look into some of the topics presented to learn more. I know I did!

posted by rball3 on August 20, 2009

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

    Poorly written and full of offensive adjectives

    There are so many problems with this book. Gaping plot holes render the story completely illogical and impossible to follow. On top of that, the author uses ridiculously offensive and colonial language, surprising and upsetting for a novel written in 1999. A couple of examples: referring to the subterranean creatures as having "negroid" noses and foreheads, as well as "a peculiar Oriental" way of communicating. No, I am not making this up. Do not read this book, it is a waste of time and money.

    2 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2009

    Horribly bad

    I completely agree with the review prior to mine about how bad this book is

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    Awful

    Worst book i ever read!!

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  • Posted August 8, 2012

    the hard copy is 7.99 and the ebook version is 8.99. The publis

    the hard copy is 7.99 and the ebook version is 8.99. The publisher will never get my business when they're trying to take advantage of ebook popularity by charging more for ebooks than print versions. The print version has a higher cost of goods that the ebook and yet they're charging more for the ebook. Get real! Lower the cost of ebooks and get more sales!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2012

    Descent

    It is insulting to the memory of Jules Verne.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted May 10, 2010

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