When a nuclear war devastates the U.S. a four-day excursion quickly turns into a fight for survival in The Cave.
Six students from Stanford on summer break journey into The Wind Cave, one of the longest and deepest caves in North America. But what begins as a four-day excursion turns into a life-or-death battle for survival.
The second day into their trip, nuclear war is launched against the United States from within the country. The geography of the cave changed with the movement of the blasts, and the group is unprepared to sacrifice what they must to escape.
With their exit blocked and their food supply dwindling, they must navigate the maze of tunnels to find an alternate exit back homeif there's still a home to return to.
At twenty, Kate Moore has had her share of death and loneliness. Orphaned at sixteen, Kate took an early acceptance at Stanford to make something of herself, and leave that scared small-town girl far behind. Four years at Stanford merited her a degree, a best friend closer than blood, and a mentor that made her heart ache just to be close to him.
Kate and her mentor, Percy, plan a four-day excursion into one of the longest and deepest caves in North America, to help Percy research his thesis—and to give Kate a chance to finally tell him how she feels. Knowing she may not be able to go through with it alone, her best friend Ano agrees to come along. But nothing goes as planned. Unexpectedly, the size of their group doubles just before their descent and Kate, Percy and Ano find themselves saddled with three extra Stanford students. Once within the depths of the cave, what feels like an explosion destroys their chances of returning to the surfaceknocking out the elevator that can take them hometrapping them hundreds of feet below the surface with no way outexcept to navigate through the chasm of dark tunnels and crevasses together. Through a broken transmission, they learn that the United States has been brutally attacked, and they are trapped, powerless to help the millions that are dying on the surface, including their families. Desperation and fear divide the group and a serious injury to their leader diminishes their chances of returning to the surface alive.
As they wind their way through the broken passages, each of them reveals the real reason they came into the Caveas they bond and strain against new relationships and alliances. With little food and water left, the group must search for new sources within the Cavehoping it will last until they can make their way to the southernmost exit.
With Percy badly injured and no one to navigate the remainder of the way, it will require the strength and skills of all of them to discover if they have what it really takes to survive. Because the real battle lies just beyond the exit...of the Cave.
About the Author
Michela Montgomery graduated with her B.A. in creative writing from California State University, Long Beach. She completed the claims law program with AEI and occasionally teaches classes on negotiation, litigation and investigation at her corporate university. Although born and raised in California, Ms. Montgomery considers Boston her second home. She enjoys singing, dancing, yoga, cooking, the Red Sox, the Patriots and a good cannoli from Mike's Pastries. She lives in Northern California with her two children, a feisty Yorkie and a teacup Chihuahua named Killer. The Battle is her third novel.
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Mist turned to droplets of water. I wiped my hand across my forehead and succeeded only in covering my hand with more blood from the cut on my head when I’d gone down. I could smell the blood as it trickled down the sides of my face. Heavy droplets dripped down my legs, soaking my calves and shoes, resting on slick moss that covered the foot-wide ledge. I looked around, suffocated by opaque blackness. Reality sank in. I allowed fear to take over. As I pressed my cheek to the rough cavern wall, tears squeezed from between my eyelids. I leaned against the cold face of the cavern. Slowly, I slipped one hand from the handhold above me....
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Did I absolutely love this book? No, but did it keep me engrossed enough to keep going? YES! It’s a great story line and the characters were decent. Kate can be a bit…indecisive…but I guess I can understand that because emotions can be confusing when you’re feeling them for the first time..but seriously..it got a little annoying! The twists were great and kept the plot moving and even though it isn’t the best, I am looking forward to reading what goes on next. So hopefully you guys can give this book a chance and see if you’re okay with it too? *I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
I found this novel to be pretty interesting. From the cover, I expected something a bit darker, but instead found a great survival story. The group was only prepared for a four-day trip, and had to figure out how to remain underground for nearly a month. They endured many dangers and hardships that tested their relationships, and solidified them into a group. I’ve never been spelunking, so I’m not very knowledgeable about the subject outside what I’ve seen in movies, but I managed to find even those details intriguing. One thing I liked was learning more about the characters and how they managed under the strain of their situation. Some characters rose to the challenge, and became surprisingly helpful, while others crumbled beneath the pressure. Even though the majority of the book took place in the cave, the story never seemed limited. With two more books in the series, I’m very interested to see what happens next for these six characters. That doesn’t mean, however, that the book was without its flaws. The main aspect of the book I didn’t like was the dreaded love triangle. It seemed really forced and unnecessary. With so much other drama in the novel, a love triangle was a bit overkill. Not only was the added drama not needed, but it made absolutely no sense to me. Girl loves boy. Boy discovers girl loves him. Boy wants girl. That’s pretty simple, if you ask me. Throwing in a third-party “just because” was irritating. Especially when it managed to confuse a situation that was pretty cut and dry. Ugh! Just, no! If it wasn’t for this main part of the story, I would have rated this book higher. Overall, I enjoyed The Cave. I loved the strong bonds between the female characters, and found it to be a major highlight of the book. I also loved one of the romantic pairings that turned out to be sweet, and I hope to see more of that couple. Even though mutant monsters didn’t live inside the cave, and there was a lot of science talk, The Cave managed to hold my attention from beginning to end, and left me wondering what will happen next. A very strong first novel of a trilogy. If you are a fan of apocalyptic fiction, than this is definitely one worth checking out. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This was a really great book and I didn't know what to expect when I bought it. I bought the second one, too. I loved the action in this one because the author lets you see what the terrorists are doing on the surface too. I like the love triangle, and it reminded me of Twilight a little. I gave the book to my sister to read and she loved it too.
I bought this book and read it after I'd already read the second one - I'm so glad I did. this book gave me all of the backstory and made the story so much more enjoyable. I love the dialog in this one. The love triangle thing does overshadow the fact that they're all about to die when they emerge from the cave, but I still liked it. It reminded me of Twilight in that way. Really good.
I read this book over the weekend, and it was fantastic! I was looking for a new author to read on Kindle, and am glad I found this one. The writing is good, and the characterization tight. You like all of the characters (the good guys at least), and the love interest keep you guessing (which one will she choose?) until the end. Also, I like that the heroine makes good choices, and choices based on what she needs, not just on what the men in her life want her to do. That's important. The disaster angle of the story keeps it fast paced, and you wonder throughout just how they're going to get out of the fix they're in. It's a great read from a strong new author.