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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 November 6, 2009

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    not good

    After so much hype about this book i read it. I was a poorly written and should have had more accurate research. If you want a good novel of good versus evil read the Domain Trilogy by steve alten.

    The first is Domain

    The second is Ressurection

    The third is Phobos. (COMING SOON)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2000

    Adventure Reader

    A can't put down read until Chapter 3 or 4. It again returns to an excellant read about page 281 and stays that way until near the dissapointing ending. The story line and character mesh is very dis-jointed. How can so many wonderful written pages be interupted by a poor read of countless more? The author seems to write at time to impress the reader (not too successful judging by all of the inaccuracies submitted by other reader reviews) and this may well be supported by an author who would want to print his name on the side border of each and every page. The publiser at Crown is in need of a long vacation. Thanks Jeff Long for the pages that really are a wonderful story.

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