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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (278 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James M. Tabor Narrator: Paul Michael Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN: 9780307969637
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In this gripping debut thriller from James M. Tabor, a brilliant and beautiful scientist and a mysterious special ops soldier must lead a team deep into the Earth on a desperate hunt for the cure to a deadly epidemic.
When she was unjustly fired from a clandestine government laboratory, microbiologist Hallie Leland swore she would never look back. But she can’t ignore an urgent summons from the White House to reenter the realm of cutting-edge science and dangerous secrets.
“Potentially the worst threat since Pearl Harbor” is how the president describes a mysterious epidemic killing American soldiers  in Afghanistan—and now poised for outbreak in the States and beyond. Millions will die unless Hallie and a hastily mobilized team can recover the ultrarare organism needed to create a new antibiotic. The good news is that Hallie knows more about the organism than anyone else on the planet. The bad news is that it can be found only at the bottom of Earth’s deepest cave.
Hallie’s team is capable—especially the mysterious Wil Bowman, who knows as much about high-tech weaponry as he does about microbiology—but the challenge appears insurmountable. Before even reaching the supercave, they must traverse a forbidding Mexican jungle populated by warring cartels, Federales, and murderous locals. Only then can they confront the cave’s flooded tunnels, lakes of acid, bottomless chasms, and mind-warping blackness. But the deadliest enemies are hiding in plain sight: a powerful traitor high in the Washington ranks and a cunning assassin deep underground, determined to turn Hallie’s mission into a journey of no return.
The award-winning and bestselling author of two nonfiction books about adventure and exploration, James M. Tabor now plunges readers into the harrowing subterranean world of supercaves—and even deeper, into a race-with-the-devil thriller that pits one woman against a lethal epidemic and a murderous conspiracy.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A smart, informative debut thriller with a pair of assertive heroines that draws us into the strange wonders of inner space. Kirkus Reviews
  • Ever since Michael Crichton passed, I have been looking for an author capable of crafting such creative, intelligent, pulse-pounding tales. Well, the search is over. THE DEEP ZONE is an absolutely phenomenal read—THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN for the 21st Century. Ladies and gentlemen, meet James M. Tabor, the new Michael Crichton. Brad Thor, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Full Black
  • Deep-earth adventure, scintillating science, and cutthroat intrigue collide with thrilling results in James M. Tabor’s The Deep Zone. Wildly imaginative but grounded in today’s headlines, the story left me breathless and awed. Truly impressive. James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of The Devil Colony
  • 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, New York Times bestselling author of The Columbus Affair
    “The Deep Zone packs all the suspenseful wallop of Michael Crichton’s The Andromeda Strain, Stephen King’s The Stand, and Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth. This is a literal cliffhanger that alters the way we look beneath the surface of our reality.
  • One of the most ripping, primal thrillers I’ve read in a long while . . . Mixing adventure with breathless suspense, James M. Tabor expertly takes readers to the bottom of one of the world’s deepest caves and makes the journey both harrowing and awesome. This one really stands out. David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of Creepers

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 2/14/2014

    " Loved the ride! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol Baker | 1/20/2014

    " Fairly predicable. Almost too much action. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 1/19/2014

    " Really liked this one - Tabor mixes in his obvious skill and knowledge regarding cave exploration with a virus apocalypse, soulless corporate profiteering, and cool plausible tehno-gadgets. The well-written story hooked me immediately and kept me enthralled to the end. Well worth the time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cassie | 1/12/2014

    " 3.5 stars. Solid, if somewhat predictable. I am absolutely fascinated by supercaves, so I thought the parts of the novel that took place in the cave were the strongest -- and the most pulse-pounding. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Dubal | 1/8/2014

    " Fantastic read, lots of science maybe a bit OTT in places but an enthralling story line and gripping tale "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Victor Caamaño | 1/6/2014

    " A quick read. Fairly predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roxanne | 12/13/2013

    " There were several spots where this could have really gone south and it did not. Last half is definite page turner. Probably will be a sequel. I hope so. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessthelawnmower | 11/25/2013

    " It takes a good portion of the book to get into, but if you like medical fiction and adventures, and have a large vocabulary, you'd really enjoy this book. If I understood more of the book, I probably would have loved it. But seeing as I'm rather young, I didn't understand a lot of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven | 11/24/2013

    " Well written, but a bit disjointed. Specifically, the suspense and character development was enjoyable. And the science was interesting. But the frequent jumping between scenes at times broke the continuity. This said, I'd still recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori Nelson | 11/16/2013

    " Listened to this one - great story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 10/16/2013

    " Fast paced, easy reading thriller. Fun, light, and a good example of how to write so the pace and plot pulls the readers ever deeper into the narrative. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynne Methot | 8/10/2013

    " too long. boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Benjamin Wretlind | 7/24/2013

    " There are far too many of these books on global (viral) disasters, but this was fun to read. Caves can hold my interest for quite a while. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 7/2/2013

    " Like most who read this, I was able to predict nearly every plot twist. However, I still enjoyed the book and the pace with which it moved. It is the first title I have read by this author, and I will certainly read him again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lawrence | 2/25/2013

    " A very exciting and thriller ride of a book. This book keep you guessing until the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave Piper | 12/8/2012

    " I really enjoyed it, and will look for other books to read from this author! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charleen | 11/7/2012

    " This was a fast-paced novel with an intriguing premise, and I read it in just a couple sittings. Still, despite the fact that I was voraciously turning the pages, there are enough little things that keep me from rating it higher. It's entertaining, just not outstanding. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenn Harris | 9/30/2012

    " Not a bad thriller. A little bit by the numbers and everything turned out well kind of abruptly, but a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Welch | 5/10/2012

    " I couldn't put the book down, it has deep caves and a thrilling plot. "

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About the Narrator

Paul Michael is an Audie Award-winning narrator. He has acted on stage, radio, television, and in feature films in Canada, Great Britain, and the United States. He has had leading roles in series and made-for-television movies and has guest starred in such series as VIP and Alias. He has been nominated for a Canadian Emmy (or Nellie) and has recorded over 150 audiobooks, including the international bestseller The Da Vinci Code, winning more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards.