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Mike Monroe and Jane Baxter barely survived their terrifying journey to the centre of the Earth. But a burning curiosity still tormented them about the origins of the pale creatures in the stygian darkness of the caves, and why were their dreams also haunted by something huge and monstrous that seemed as old as time itself? 

Now, news of a Russian military expedition has forced their hands and also meant they must go back to a place they swore they’d never return. But this time they’re going with a team of highly skilled mercenaries and scientists to help them track the Russians and also help unlock the secrets hidden at the centre of the planet. 

But what they find is something that evolution created in an environment vastly different to that of the benign world of the surface. And something that waits eagerly for their return.

©2020 Greig Beck (P)2021 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Most of the stars are for Sean Mangan.

Most of the stars are for Sean Mangan. I admire authors cheeky enough to keep writing the same story, like Edgar Rice Burroughs and P. G. Wodehouse, but it only works with good writing and engaging characters. I look forward to reading Beck's books and til now have pre-ordered them, but the last few have been disappointing. Mike and Jane are as dull as a couple of boiled eggs, surrounded by cardboard cut-outs, and the dialogue is generally tedious. There is one obnoxious character, but there's way too much of him, which made reading annoying, like being stuck on a very long trip with someone you can't get away from. There were no other characters to balance him out or to take an interest in. I struggled to finish this one.

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Unnecessary

On the whole, the book was ok. Nothing groundbreaking and fairly predictable. Sean Mangan seems to struggle as a narrator now and I personally find it hard to keep focus.

The main reason for the 1 star is that foul, vile and vulgar epilogue that was completely unnecessary.
That alone is enough to put me off reading anything else Greig Beck has to offer.

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it just couldn't stick the landing

the story was pretty good, the character development and the ending were not so good, Ally deserved better

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Phenomenal

Loved it. highly recommend. another great book from Greig Beck. Sean Mangan nails it too!

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you killed the wrong people.

narrator had a good voice, easy to listen to but was very flat for all the exciting scenes. made them a lot more dull then they could be.

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Harris and Ally were the best characters. and what the author did to Ally was incredibly messed up. If he hadn't killed those two I would have enjoyed the book a lot more.

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  • SPECTRE
  • 27-06-2021

Felt A Like Spectator In Mystery Science Theatre

The mistakes the characters make are just predictably ridiculous, mindless and unprepared. The characters and the situations they encounter are exactly like in teenage “B” horror movies with poor acting, where the characters always do exactly the wrong thing with predictable outcomes. Cartoonish teenage characters portrayed as adults. I listened to the first book, and it was better except for a lazy ending, which characterizes this author. This sequel could have been 1000 times better. The author seems to get bored near the end of his books and you can tell he just wants to get it over and done. All this author's books are virtually the same cast in different settings with the same adult characters with teenage minds and personalities. B movies brought to digital audiobooks. Conversely, the audiobook reader does a very decent job. The author needs to take some writing courses and level up his writing.


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  • Mr. Bill
  • 06-07-2021

Exciting story

A great book and good audible book. At times the narration was filled with expression and feeling. However, at other times it was like listening in slow motion. I believe this would be most excellent Audible book if read at a faster tempo.

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  • Miranda May
  • 27-06-2021

Fun story with a few caveats

I like this story a lot, it was a fun listen, with interesting plot and set pieces. The characters were good for the most part, but the dialogue got clunky at times.

A few problems I have need to delve into spoilers a bit but I’ll keep it under wraps as best as I can.

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The authors seems to be particularly mean to the female characters. There were several incidents and deaths I felt went beyond what was necessary. Sure, it’s a horror novel, but none of the men’s fate were as particularly mean spirited as several of the women, so that made me cringe a little bit. Especially since some of them were almost punishments for some action taken earlier in the book.

As I said, dialogue isn’t always great, and there’s a lot of info dumps along the way.

Lastly, the big creature at the end is repeatedly referred to as Dagon, from Lovecraft lore, but it’s described as looking very much like Cthulhu. So I’m not sure what he was going for there, but if you’re going to describe it as Cthulhu then call it what it is. I feel like he picked Dagon to differentiate himself from other similar stories, but if that’s the case, he should have made its physical appearance different from old tentacle face.

Otherwise it’s a fun, fast listen with some great lore and good action.

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  • carl wiest
  • 22-06-2021

Terrible ending

Loved it as much as the first, with one exception. It felt like the end was forced, like he ran out of paper or something. Never found out what happened between the two superpowers, and Ally suffered a fate worse than death. If that was how she ended she should have been made to be a villian. I don't know, the end just seemed to slam shut out of nowhere. Very disappointed.

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  • Devon Blosser
  • 16-06-2021

In these caves the darkest reality becomes real

I thought the first book was dark but holy cow this book takes it to a whole new level. great story and a worthy sequel for sure. I'm incredibly curious to see if there'll be a sequel to this one.

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  • Maryann
  • 24-05-2021

Enjoyable

The book is entertaining but unfortunately just more of the same as the first book. There is very little difference in the two books. Therefore I was just a little bit disappointed as I expected more. But don’t let that stop you from enjoying this book if it’s the first one you read it you’ll probably give it five stars as I would but because this is the second book and there was no original information. But I still enjoyed it.

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  • Jacques Hollands
  • 18-05-2021

Not as good as the first book in the series

I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series. The concept was great, the action spot-on, and the book felt "adventurous". However, the sequel did not impress me. The story moved along rather slowly, and the constant explanation of evolutionary processes bored me. The book feels like a low budget Hallmark movie - not bad, but not great.

Perhaps the novelty of the first book has worn off, and there is no way the sequel could live up to it. However, it still feels that the sequel lacked gloss. The first book had loads of atmosphere, and I felt that I was there. The sequel felt like a rush job and wasn't as polished. It felt as though scenes were individually written and hastily put together. The editing of the story doesn't match Greig Beck's usual standards. While I don't want to give any spoilers away, the end especially also left me uncomfortable. It was unnecessary and grotesque.

But the book is still an enjoyable read. If I read it first, I would probably have given it 3.5 stars. It has a bit of the last Indiana Jones movie, Kingdom of the Chrystal Skull, feel to it. Yes, it is the same characters in the same world, but somehow, it just doesn't live up to those before. I still enjoyed it but feel just a little cheated – perhaps I was expecting just too much from the sequel.

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  • Mike Leeling
  • 16-05-2021

4 0f 5

The first was slightly better but still this was well done. The ending just shows how super goodies can get others killed because of their stubbornness and conversely being bullheaded and thinking you can do anything as long as "you are following orders/doing your duty" can actually make you weak.

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  • Marlon D Reynolds
  • 14-05-2021

This book series is awesome!

This book series is awesome! Hope there's a 3rd!
Here are some more words!

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  • Timerunner
  • 14-05-2021

Fantastic!!

I loved this sequel, it delivered all the horror, imagination and on the edge of your seat story I've come to expect from this author.
Mr Beck please make a third sequel to to this story. It would be totally awesome!! I really enjoyed this book and the first one!! I hope there
will be a third sequel. Thanks for an amazing story!!

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  • Charlottie
  • 02-06-2021

Another exciting trip to the centre of the earth!

I love Greig Becks stories and this one was thrilling and interesting. It left you wanting answers to some questions but no major cliff hangers.

The only reason I didn’t give this 5 stars was the rape inferences. Everyone reading or listening to Greig’s book knows that they are very violent. However for me the rape story lines were very off putting and sickening, too far , if you will. If I wasn’t such a fan I would have switched the book off at the first instance. The second instance was particularly sickening I felt .

Some will argue that they had to explain a certain element of the story but honestly we are suspending our disbelief massively for the entire concept so this minor element for me was upsetting and sickening. I should say that the rapes are not explicit but I would really rather they were not included .

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  • Dalton Powell
  • 29-05-2021

Gripping from start to the end

wow wow wow absolutely amazing from start to finish . I couldn't put it down

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  • Tegan's mum
  • 15-05-2021

Excellent story, all the way to the end

As ever an excellent story from Greig Beck and well read. Twists and turns all the way to the end.

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