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East Antarctica: the coldest, most desolate location on earth. Two-and-a-half miles below the ice cap is Vostok, a 6,000 square mile liquid lake, over 1,000 feet deep, left untouched for more than 15 million years. Now, marine biologist Zachary Wallace and two other scientists aboard a submersible tethered to a laser will journey 13,000 feet beneath the ice into this unexplored realm to discover Mesozoic life-forms long believed extinct - and an object of immense power responsible for the evolution of modern man.

In this sequel to The Loch and prequel to Meg: Nightstalkers, New York Times best-selling author Steve Alten offers listeners a crossover novel that features characters from two of his most popular series.

©2016 Steve Alten (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Slightly disappointed

As a huge Steve Alten fan, I have been waiting ages for The Loch and Vostok to become available on audio format.

While Vostok isn't a bad book it's falls far short of The Loch, I can't really say for what reason without ruining the book for anyone else. Lest just say the big bad under water monsters don't get much of a look in. As a tie in to the Meg series it could have done that on a much bigger scale. I have to say I am disappointed, after The Loch which was superb.

Big hopes for the upcoming Meg Generations book

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  • GK
  • 23-05-18

More monsters but gets a bit weird.

Steve Alten describes this as faction, part fiction, part science in his introduction, but that's pushing it somewhat. As in his other books there is a fair bit of science but it pushes it a long way. The first part of this story is much like what you would expect, exploring an unknown sea an it's unexpected denizens. About half way through though it gets a bit strange and the new direction didn't quite fit the settings and characters for me. It's good fun and it is worth listening through to the end, but it's not the same animal as his Meg books or the Loch.

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Interesting with unexpected twists.

An interesting read and continuation from the previous book 'the Loch' with continuing characters and intrigue. The story starts off how you would expect a follow on book to go but takes a dramatic turn that leads away from where you expect and may want the book to go. Some of the flash back scenes can make for confusing reading/following but do add plenty of interesting information and continue the plot along nicely.

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Disappointed

It has a bit too much quantum physics and this makes for boredom to set in...plot is weak too sorry Steve but this gets a thumbs down from me

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An extreme case of an author loosing their way - deus ex machina at its worst

If you have enjoyed Steve Alton’s other books listen to the first third then save some hours of your life for something better.
Steve got his character stuck so bought in aliens, conspiracies, time travel etc etc. About the only thing he was missing was magic and dragons - and they could’ve been there but I completely lost interest.

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Excellent mix of superb storytelling.

Loved it... if you're into suspense, conspiracies, ancient aliens, theoretical physics and spirituality.. this book will be right up your street. P.J. Ochlan is also brilliant with all the different characters.

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Gods but this is an awful book.

I quite like the Meg books, great fun, but this is quite the worst book I've listened to in years. That characters are struggling to be 2 dimensional, the story is all over the place, the (usually solid) fact checking hasn't been done at all. Just trash.

Narration is fine, P J does his best with the material.

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Awful book with a good performance.

First third of the book is a fair to middling monster story that unfortunately gets caught up trying to one up is predecessor. After that the supposedly based on facts book takes a left turn in to aliens, UFOs, science is magic and New World Order conspiracy theories.

In the 3rd part the book totally loses the plot and turns into a mix of religious pap, new age spiritualist nonsense and time travel. I had to take a couple of days off at one point just so could bring myself to finish it.

To be blunt, it's tosh. Sadly not even entertaining tosh like The Loch or Meg books. It makes Dan Brown's work look rational and believable.

The performance however is very good. Shame really.

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Drivel

What disappointed you about Vostok?

Easily the worst Audible book I have. And I have 899. It starts well with good characterisations and background story but the plot and especially the science gets more and more ridiculous. It is not possible to have a large air cavity which has huge differences in air pressure across it: hundreds of Atmospheres at one point and 2 at another. It isn't possible to use the pressure of a cavity to push you upwards out of a hole until you actually open up the hole along its entire length...nothing will push you until it becomes a pipe to the outside world. There may well be 10 or 11 dimensions but 'our reality' does not exist in a single dimension as the alien asserts. I can see three without getting out of bed. And the Big Bang did not eject neutrons and electrons into empty space; they formed later and there was no space to eject anything into at the point of the Big Bang. Utter tosh.

What could Steve Alten have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

He could have got a job he was good at instead?

Which character – as performed by P. J. Ochlan – was your favourite?

True, but mostly because of the hilariously bad Scottish accent.

Any additional comments?

Refund please!

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  • Stevie Havoc
  • 26-01-17

Id have to say I was greatly disappointed

Initially I was excited for the sequel to The Loch, and it started well ... But then it took turns that just kept being more and more disjointed and entirely out of character for the genre. I was completely confused about what I was listening to and what had happened to the actual plot. Seemed like someone took one story and tried to ram it into another story, by another author, in an obscure and entirely different genre. Having purchased and listened to most of the authors work, including every Meg story, I was completely unimpressed to the point that I returned it after suffering through it to the garbage conclusion.

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  • david
  • 09-02-17

exhausting.

tiresome rants on theoretical physics made it hard to maintain interest. basic premise was good. author should have followed original storyline.

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  • Bear Blika
  • 16-02-17

good but more sci-fi

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this book starts off like meg or the loch, feels very familiar. about half way thru it becomes a sci-fi story, and not monsters but space. i think this is the root of the negative reviews. it is out of character but it doesn't make the book bad. just go into this book knowing there is a turn.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-01-18

Seems as if Author Lost His Way w/Plot

PJ Ochlan did another great job. So, I still hate Brandy. This book went from 1) drilling through the ice in the Antarctic; 2) investigating what was beneath; to a Chinese spy?; 3) to having to traverse land (?) to set up some relays; 4) to a less than calm UFO hunting sub pilot; 5) to an alien spaceship; 6) to being transported thru a portal; 7) to talking with an alien ?. I gave up at this point. I really didn't understand how you could be under the water in a sub only to find land? The author just really lost his way.

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  • Jonathan Hopkins
  • 03-08-17

The loc was great but................

This story started out great if you want another monster in the deep story ,but the author flipped the script half way through and you end up on space ships talking to imaginary aliens in another dimension, I mean jeeez stick to what the book should be about , or start over and write a book about aliens (which I would probably listen too)....I'm just saying !

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 26-05-17

Not what I was expecting.

I have read several of Steve Alten's books and I was looking for a similar story here. While Vostok has its classic moments, the story line veered far too into the strange and absurd. I do enjoy a good sci-if story but it did not feel like it belonged in this one. Aliens, out of body experiences, time travel, it just did not sit well with me and it was incredibly boring and confusing throughout most of the book. I had to stop before the ending because I could t take it anymore. Additionally, this particular narrator is dry unless he is performing with some kind of accent. The narrator from most of the Meg books is far superior.

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  • jgerson2211
  • 22-02-17

please no aliens

this book was read well but alien aspect of this book was way too much. Had a good ending what took you down a rabbit hole that was hard to keep up with. Don't like the other planet and alien language that was used in the book

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  • Emaxine
  • 25-01-17

Wow!

Narrator was great. This story, however, hmmm. I think the author has finally lost his mind. This is probably the last of his books I will read.

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  • Jun Walker
  • 19-07-18

You had me until....

I really love P.J. Ochlan, but the story went side ways for me. I listened and glad that there was some balance and normal ending. I guess I was expecting something exciting as the Loch.

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  • Chris
  • 03-07-18

Aliens In The Deep

This was the follow on story from The Loch, you don't need to really read the Loch to get the storyline, it's told in a shorted version in this book. It's a great ride, is it real, is it an alternative reality you be the judge. The narration is exceptional PJ makes it feel so real and his accents very believable.