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Adventure in Reading - Robin Cook - Abduction
The Author and This Book
Robin Cook is a physician, having been educated at Weslyan University, Columbia, and Harvard. He has written many books. There have been more than 400 million copies of his books sold. He served in the Navy from 1969 to 1971. While on duty aboard a submarine where he was the ship's doctor he wrote his first book "The Year Of The Intern".
His experience in the submarine influenced this book. Some of the early and the late activities take place in a submersible craft. Most of the book is in an environment that had to be influenced by the underwater assignment.
The story is about a ship in the Atlantic that is associated with Bethnic Marine of California. It is at sea and located off the port of Ponta Delgada on the Azorean Island of San Miguel. The ship - the Bethnic Explorer - is involved in deep sea exploration and drilling. The CEO of the company, Perry Bergman, arrives on the ship in an effort to help monitor the lack of progress due to drilling problems. He hopes to help get the project back on schedule.
To diagnose and solve these problems, a group of six go off the ship and into the water in two groups. Three of the group are divers that will exit their diving bell when they reach the drilling site. They'll do some repairs. The other three are in a submersible ship that is an observation and command ship for the underwater operation.
Complications happen and that is the basis for the book.
This book seems about very real and about relatable characters but quickly becomes a science fiction / fantasy story.
While the group of six is underwater, an apparent earthquake occurs. Two of the divers are in the water when the disturbance happens while one diver is still in the diving bell controlling the dive. The three people (two men and one woman) in the submersible remain in it during the disturbance.
The two divers are separated from their attachment to the diving bell and are apparently dead in the water. The remaining diver starts an ascent to the surface and is not a character in the book from this point forward.
The submersible and its occupants (at least partly because of curiosity) go into a free fall area of the ocean and quickly wind up far below the surface of the earth and its oceans. Ultimately they wind up in an area that has an atmosphere and in exploring find a civilization that has technical advancements only barely imagined in the earthly world.
That civilization has also rescued the two divers that were wrenched free of the diving bell and the five immigrants begin an indoctrination to the new civilization. Amazement and happiness reign with the five on a temporary basis. Eventually, the lack of challenge and family asserts itself and the group wishes to return to their earthly lives.
The new civilization will not allow the five to exit their underwater home fearing that resultant publicity would eventually destroy their life. The four men in the group decide to force their way out while the woman in the group, seeing many benefits, decides to remain in the new civilization.
There is a major twist at the end of the book that is entirely unexpected. It pleased me and made me chortle to myself.
Somewhat different than the normal Robin Cook medical thriller. The author carries the reader along easily so that disbelief was somewhat surrendered until I stopped reading and had dinner or watched television. Then I realized how impossible it all was.
When I went back to reading, I was engrossed.
Enough of the science/fiction material is very believable and you're almost sure that it is something that is in the works. However, the book was written in 2000 and most of the items included as commonplace in the book still only exist in someone's mind.
The book was published in 2000. It is about 400 pages. it is good. I'd rate it at about an 8 on a scale of 1 to 10.