The Deep Zone: A Novel (with Bonus Short Story Lethal Expedition) (Hallie Leland #1) (Mass Market Paperbound)
"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. "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 the Author
James M. Tabor is the 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.
“Deep-earth adventure, scintillating science, and cutthroat intrigue collide with thrilling results that left me breathless and awed. . . . Truly impressive.”—James Rollins
“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
“One of the most ripping, primal thrillers I’ve read in a long while.”—David Morrell
“Brings a new meaning to ‘frightening.’”—The Star-Ledger
“Thriller fans should pay attention.”—Library Journal