The Descent

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Crown/Archetype, Nov 12, 1999 - Fiction - 464 pages
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We are not alone. Some call them devils or demons. But they are real. They are down there. And they are waiting for us to find them.

In a cave in the Himalayas, a guide discovers a self-mutilated body with a 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 dead in a mass grave. So begins mankind’s most shocking realization: the underworld is a vast geological labyrinth populated by another race of beings.

With all of Hell's precious resources and territories to be won, a global race ensues. Nations, armies, religions, and industries rush to colonize and exploit the subterranean frontier. A scientific expedition is launched westward to explore beneath the Pacific Ocean floor, both to catalog the riches there and to learn how life could develop in the sunless abyss. But in the dark underground, as humanity falls away from them, the scientists and mercenaries find themselves prey not only to the savage creatures, but also to their own treachery, mutiny, and greed. One thing is certain: Miles inside the earth, evil is very much alive.
 

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User Review  - SadieSForsythe - LibraryThing

The Descent holds a special place in my literary heart. When I first read it my response was 'meh.' But by the end of the week I was practically in love with it. Scenes and snippets of dialogue kept ... Read full review

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User Review  - mzieg - LibraryThing

This book was an interesting surprise: a unique and entertaining (if appropriately dark) romp through an improbably congruent corporeal Hell, which manages to creatively retcon everything from the ... Read full review

Contents

1IKE
2ALI
3BRANCH
4PERINDE AC CADAVER
5BREAKING NEWS
6DIXIE CUPS
7THE MISSION
BOOK TWOINQUISITION
16BLACK SILK
17FLESH
18GOOD MORNING
19CONTACT
20DEAD SOULS
BOOK THREEGRACE
21MAROONED
22BAD WIND

8INTO THE STONE
9LA FRONTERA
10DIGITAL SATAN
LOSING THE LIGHT
12ANIMALS
13THE SHROUD
14THE HOLE
15MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE
23THE SEA
24TABULA RASA
25PANDEMONIUM
26THE PIT
27SHANGRILA
28THE ASCENT
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About the author (1999)

Jeff Long is a New York Times bestselling author and veteran climber and traveler in the Himalayas. He has worked as a journalist, a historian, and an elections supervisor for Bosnia's first democratic election. His other novels include Deeper, Year Zero, and The Wall, among others. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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