The Deep Zone by James M. Tabor

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Readers should be prepared for stock, often implausible action sequences underground.
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“Deep-earth adventure, scintillating science, and cutthroat intrigue collide with thrilling results that left me breathless and awed. . . . Truly impressive.”—James Rollins

Burned by her own government in a trumped-up scandal, brilliant microbiologist Hallie Leland swore she’d never return to the world of cutting-edge science and dangerous secrets. But a shocking summons from the White House changes all that. A mysterious epidemic is killing American soldiers in Afghanistan—and poised for outbreak in the United States and beyond. Without the ultrarare organism needed to create an antidote, millions will die. Hallie knows more about “Moonmilk” than anyone—but it can be found only at the bottom of the deepest cave on Earth. To get there, she and her team of experts must brave a forbidding Mexican jungle crawling with drug cartels, federales, and murderous locals. And in the supercave await far greater terrors: flooded tunnels, acid lakes, bottomless chasms, mind-warping blackness—and a cunning assassin with orders to make the mission a journey of no return.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from James M. Tabor's Frozen Solid and the short story "Lethal Expedition."

“Just like the perilous cave that serves as its backdrop, this story is dark and terrifying—but with a light at its end. The book should come shrink-wrapped with a seat belt.”—Steve Berry

“Brings  a new meaning to ‘frightening.’”—The Star-Ledger

Don’t miss James M. Tabor’s short story “Lethal Expedition” and a sneak peek of his new novel, Frozen Solid, in the back of the book.

About James M. Tabor

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James M. Tabor is the nationally bestselling author of Blind Descent and Forever on the Mountain and a winner of the O. Henry Award for short fiction. A former Washington, D.C., police officer and a lifelong adventure enthusiast, Tabor has written for Time, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Outside magazine, where he was a contributing editor. He wrote and hosted the PBS series The Great Outdoors and was co-creator and executive producer of the History Channel's Journey to the Center of the World. He lives in Vermont, where he is at work on his next novel.
Published April 3, 2012 by Ballantine Books. 578 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, History, Crime. Fiction
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Mar 01 2012

The outcome may be conventional, but the writing brims with intelligence.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
Jan 30 2012

Readers should be prepared for stock, often implausible action sequences underground.

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Seven Days

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Reviewed by Margot Harrison on May 02 2012

The tale is paced like a summer action movie — and is sometimes just as hard to take seriously.

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