The Descent

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We are not alone… In a cave in the Himalayas, a guide discovers a self-mutilated body with the 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: that the underworld is a vast geological labyrinth populated by another race of beings. Some call them devils or demons. But they are real. They are down there. And they are waiting for us to find them…


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In a high Himalayan cave, among the death pits of Bosnia, in a newly excavated Java temple, Long`s characters find out to their terror that humanity is not alone--that, as we have always really known, horned and vicious humanoids lurk in vast caverns beneath our feet. This audacious remaking of the old hollow-earth plot takes us, in no short order, to the new world regime that follows the genocidal harrowing of Hell by heavily armed, high-tech American forces. An ambitious tycoon sends an expedition of scientists, including a beautiful nun linguist and a hideously tattooed commando former prisoner of Hell, ever deeper into the unknown, among surviving, savage, horned tribes and the vast citadels of the civilizations that fell beneath the earth before ours arose. A conspiracy of scholars pursues the identity of the being known as Satan, coming up with unpalatable truths about the origins of human culture and the identity of the Turin Shroud, and are picked off one by bloody one. Long rehabilitates, madly, the novel of adventures among lost peoples--occasional clumsiness and promises of paranoid revelations on which he cannot entirely deliver fail to diminish the real achievement here; this feels like a story we have always known and dreaded. 

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Photo by Jeff Long is an American writer and researcher. Jeff Long`s writing career is very diverse. He is a writer, historian, journalist and screenwriter all rolled into one. His awards include the Texas Literary Award, the Western Writers of America Spur Award for Best Novel, the British Boardman-Tasker Award for books on mountains, and the American Alpine Club Literary Award. Several of Long`s books have been filmed. His revisionist exploration of the defense of Fort Alamo in Duel of Eagles (1990) initially provoked fierce controversy but was later recognized. And the sci-fi / horror novel The Descent (1999) is a New York Times bestseller. As an experienced climber and traveler in the Himalayas, Long climbed the peaks of Everest and Makalu several times, and also worked as the leader of an excursion group in Tibet. He first visited the Himalayas thirty-five years ago. In 1977, Long spent three months in Nepalese prisons on smuggling charges. This experience contributed to...

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Photo by Jeff Long is an American writer and researcher. Jeff Long`s writing career is very diverse. He is a writer, historian, journalist and screenwriter all rolled into one. His awards include the Texas Literary Award, the Western Writers of America Spur Award for Best Novel, the British Boardman-Tasker Award for books on mountains, and the American Alpine Club Literary Award. Several of Long`s books have been filmed. His revisionist exploration of the defense of Fort Alamo in Duel of Eagles (1990) initially provoked fierce controversy but was later recognized. And the sci-fi / horror novel The Descent (1999) is a New York Times bestseller. As an experienced climber and traveler in the Himalayas, Long climbed the peaks of Everest and Makalu several times, and also worked as the leader of an excursion group in Tibet. He first visited the Himalayas thirty-five years ago. In 1977, Long spent three months in Nepalese prisons on smuggling charges. This experience contributed to the writing of a number of articles on the CIA, the Tibetan guerrilla movement and the events of the 1990 revolution in Nepal. The Ascent (1992) describes the disaster on Everest and the major tragedy of the genocide in Tibet. In 1996, Long served as an OSCE observer for the first democratic elections in Bosnia. In the process, they paid significant attention to opinion polls among both Bosnians and the US military on the observance of human rights by the foreign aid group Witness, Inc., which Long founded. He currently lives in Boulder, Colorado. His latest project is to open libraries in a remote part of Nepal and help build a shelter in Lhasa, Tibet. Official site http://www.jefflongbooks.com/ Taken from the site http://fantlab.ru