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Book Review: Vostok by Steve Alten

Author: Steve Alten
Title: Vostok
Genre: Science-Fiction
Publication Date: February 17, 2015
Publisher: Rebel Press
Number of Pages: 416
Narrator: Zachary Wallace
Quality Rating: 71.12

Vostok by Steve Alten

What’s It About?

Zach is a marine biologist trying to fly under the radar and quietly regain some of the academic flair that he’s lost since publishing his memoir. The book, called The Loch, was about his discovery and eventual slaying of the legendary Lochness monster. Despite proving the existence of a creature once deemed a myth, Zach had lost many on his team–and the experience made him deathly afraid of water.

Now, Zach is being approached with another mission of exploration. This time, he is being asked to join a team of researchers to explore an underground lake in Antarctica–never before seen by human eyes. The leader of the team has reason to believe that some small life forms could have survived and adapted to the environment over the thousands of years that Lake Vostok has been undisturbed. Despite his reservations, Zach’s curiosity gets the best of him and he agrees to join the team.

As the team settles in near Lake Vostok, they begin to take dives in a submersible. To their surprise, they encounter a giant thirty foot eel swimming through the lake. Then, the surprise quickly turns to shock when they realize that the eel is prey being hunted by something much bigger. As Zach struggles to research these new creatures and survive while doing it, he discovers there’s more to the mission than what he was initially told.

Should You Read It?

If you enjoy the sort of fast-paced science-fiction that centers around the theme of “Man Vs Nature,” you might enjoy this book. It’s a lot like the work of Michael Chrichton, but less scientifically technical in nature. The story moves fast–with little introspection and several plot twists. If this sounds interesting to you, you might want to give it a shot.

Links and References

Author Information: Website, FacebookGoodreads, Twitter

Book Reviews: The Eloquent Page

Purchase: Buy It On Amazon.com

Other Books By Steve Alten: This book is the sequel to The Loch, published in 2005. Steve Alten has also published several other science-fiction series, including Meg (1997) and Domain (2001).