A technology that will change what it means to be human...A discovery that questions the very laws of physics......and a catastrophe that cannot be stopped.
Deep in the Caribbean Sea, a nuclear submarine is forced to suddenly abort its mission under mysterious circumstances. Strange facts begin to emerge that lead naval investigator, John Clay, to a small group of marine biologists who are quietly on the verge of making history.
With the help of a powerful computer system, Alison Shaw and her team are preparing to translate the first two-way conversation with the planet's second smartest species. But the team discovers much more from their dolphins than they ever expected when a secret object is revealed on the ocean floor. One that was never supposed to be found.
Alison was sure she would never trust the military again. However, when an unknown group immediately becomes interested in her work, Alison realizes John Clay may be the only person she can trust. Together they must piece together a dangerous puzzle, and the most frightening piece, is the trembling in Antarctica.
To make matters worse, someone from the inside is trying to stop them. Now time is running out...and our understanding of the world is about to change forever.
©2013-2014 Michael C. Grumley (P)2014 Michael C. Grumley
A good story, spoiled by the narrator.
The dolphins. Very likeable indeed.
I initially thought the narrator was a robot voice. The reading was machine-like in parts, and most annoyingly was the unbecoming, whiny voice used for the strong and intelligent lead female character.
** SPOILER ALERT **
When I thought one of the dolphins died.
An enjoyable read - I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
As someone who knows quite a bit about Dolphins and have worked with them, in the '70's at the Dolphin Project and World Dolphin Foundation in Key Biscayne, Florida, I knew the extreme intelligence and compassion they possess. That said, I thought the premise of communicating with them as outlined in the book was far fetched. After reading further, I realized that it might be possible. Beyond that, it's a good story with feasible science.
"Good contemporary sci-fi if you can ignore..."
..the fact that laws of physics no longer apply. There are lots action and suspense. Audible classifies this book as a suspense thriller while it is actually a contemporary sci-fi thriller that is likely best suited to teens rather than adults. I listened to LEAP, the second book in the series, first. It is the better book. The book is despite its flaws very entertaining. The author is a very talented writer.
"Listened straight through to the end!"
Sooo good! Narrator didn't pause enough between section so it was hard to tell who is speaking sometimes but other than that everything was perfect!
"Breakthrough highlights the lows and highs"
Of human society. Sometimes the creatures of the world surpass us. And wormholes and parallel evolution theories are just plain cool.
"It's a great read!!!"
I enjoyed the storyline and the plot. I got engrossed in the story could not stop listening. I actually listed to the second book first before getting this one. I can't wait for the 3rd book.
"A fun read"
An interesting story plot. Unique blend of military and biology. I liked how much of the dolphin and marine science in the book was well researched and presented. This was a fun and enjoyable read. I was worried that the "alien" part of the plot could have driven the story off the rails, but fortunately it didn't and it worked out pretty well.
"a must read"
loved listening to this book. ,No slow boring area. kept me on my toes the whole book. about to download #2 now. narrator was excellent
This has been one of the better stories I've listened to. It was fun and interesting. The characters were well developed and realistic.
The story line reminded me of Clive Cussler with the merge of science and fantasy, and fact and fiction.
Ms. Wolf did an excellent job of acting and brought the story to life.
There were several moments that moved me, but I would not want to rob anyone of the experience or reveal any of the story, so I will not mention specifics.
"Only one flaw... "
My only complaint here is that I think a male reader would have been better. I've listened to two books by this author, and he seems to prefer female readers, even when that isn't necessarily the best choice. That being said, the reader did a good job and I thoroughly enjoyed the book!
"Well-meaning Author Doesn't Do His Homework"
(SPOILER ALERT! I cannot do an adequate review of this book with out spoilers.)
This was a very quick listen that initially sounded like it would be a fascinating story. However, it had a multitude of flaws you should know about before deciding to go for it. From all the glowing reviews, it appears that many people weren't bothered by the problems which were deal-breakers for me. I have found that if I really love a book, I will give it a lot of leeway as far as the believability factor. This tale, however, had too many blatant problems for me to swallow the story or enjoy it fully.
There is a great deal of poor or weak "science". A prime example is the contention that all carbon-based life will eventually evolve into human look-alikes. Add to that the plan to neutralize the effects of one mammoth tsunami with another one! Further, add to that a talking dolphin who delivers a nuclear device strapped to his back and survives the explosion. There are lots more of these "problems"; for me, just too many to ignore. As the book wore on, it seemed to me the story got largely out of the author's control and yet, he tried to tie up loose ends in a rushed ending without logical explanations. That is, when he even bothered to tie them up.
The narration was also problematic and disconcerting for me throughout the book. For some reason, a female narrator was chosen despite there being more male than female characters. While Meghan Wolf has a truly lovely voice and it was obvious she really tried to do a good job, it just did not work for me at all. Her male voices were deplorable. Then, there were times when she was screaming at the top of her lungs, and I alternately laughed, cringed, or pulled my earbuds away. I really feel this story could have benefited from an experienced male narrator (of sci-fi), and Meghan Wolf's narration talents could be put to better use.
I do not enjoy giving a bad review to an up and coming author of science fiction. We need more great contemporary sci-fi writers. Hopefully, Mr. Grumley will spend more time researching his next book, talk to the scientists, and catch those loose ends before he goes to press!
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