The Descent - Descent, Bk 1 Author:Jeff Long We are not alone… — In a cave in the Himalayas, a guide discovers a self-mutilated body with the warning "Satan exists". — In the Kalahari Desert, a nun unearths evidence of a proto-human species and a deity called Older-than-Old. — In Bosnia, something has been feeding upon the de... more »ad in a mass grave.
So begins mankind’s most shocking realization: that the underworld is a vast geological labyrinth populated by another race of beings. Some call them "devils" or "demons." But they are real. They are down there. And they are waiting for us to find them… « less
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The Descent is about the struggle between two races of beings, human and hadal. Much of the story takes place below the surface of the earth. It is a long book, 572 pages, and it took me a week to read it.
This book has many themes, good versus evil, war, science, some biblical references of Satan and hell, science fiction, and a romance between two of the main characters.
The main thread in the book is about a science/business probe into the caverns of the earth, to discover and map the underside of the Pacific Ocean from South America to Asia. The events and struggles of this company, the hardships of the terrain, the war between the hadals and the humans, and their struggle to survive and return to the surface of the earth with the information they were sent to obtain, is the main focus of the story.
I did think the book was too long. However, I did read the whole thing, it kept my attention, and kept drawing me back to finish it. I do not always read a whole book, if it does not have enough juice to keep my attention; I just get a different book to read. The Descent had enough juice to keep me reading. While I was reading the book, I felt like I was in a cave the whole time. Under the earth, there is a completely different world. Instead of a blue or gray sky, it is black; this surrounded by rock feeling colored my whole week.
I liked reading this book; it absorbed much of my thoughts while reading it. The material was thought provoking. The idea of a race of humans living under the earth that explains the myth of Hell and Satan was interesting. So on the main, much of the book was interesting.
Interesting book about a journey to the center of the earth after the world has discovered that another creature lives there and has colonated all of our planet for millions of years. Them vs. us or can we coexist??