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{Review} SUBTERRESTRIAL, by Michael McBride

{Review} SUBTERRESTRIAL, by Michael McBrideby Michael McBride
Published by Kindle Press on December 29, 2015
Pages: 339
Format: eBook
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An accident during the construction of a tunnel beneath the Bering Strait leads to the discovery of a network of caverns and evidence that hints at the survival of a primitive human species. Led by DARPA technologist Reinhard Thyssen, a team of experts from around the globe is dispatched into the subterranean maze to discover all they can before the caves completely flood.

Something lurks in the darkness, though…a creature that has evolved into a predator unlike any the world has ever known, and it’s up to the scientists to make sure that it never reaches the surface. If they can survive that long.

SUBTERRESTRIAL, by Michael McBride, is yet another example of the superb writing skills blended with impeccable research that McBride is known for. When put together, this combination gives you an outstanding story so filled with plausible data, that you are able to completely suspend any doubts and LIVE for a time in the reality he’s shaped.

After the collapse of an underwater man-made tunnel, a previously undiscovered “island” is brought to the surface–along with many other cataclysmic effects spreading to the surrounding areas.

Reinhard Thyssen, head of the major Havensen company, immediately sets out to recruit a team of uniquely qualified specialists. Included here are Dr. Brook Calder, marine biologist; Dr. Emily Hart, primatologist; Trey Payton, evolutionary anthropologist; Dr. Mihn Duan, speleologist; and Aidan Mitchell, rescue diver. Thyssen wastes no time in gathering his new “crew” to the Speranza Station, near Wales, Alaska. While none of the specialists are quite certain what they will find, Thyssen makes cryptic remarks of a new discovery . . . “The Watchers”.

This is where McBride shines in his meticulous research in everything from underwater/diving situations, structural integrity of stations beneath the ocean, and various forms of nature (both plant and animal) in relation to the environmental conditions they would require for survival. Add to that his incredible imagination, and strong characterization skills, and we have a unique–yet plausible–storyline that will keep you on the edge of your seat with each new revelation.

McBride writes outside of the box–utilizing both reality and speculation to draw forth something utterly new, yet believable. The characters, with their distinctive personalities, bring a lot of conviction to this enthralling thrill-ride of a novel.

The best possible praise for this book, I feel, is that by its conclusion, McBride had me seriously thinking: “What if . . . .?”

Highest recommendation!

About Michael McBride

Michael McBride was born in Colorado and still resides in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. He hates the snow, but loves the Avalanche. He works with medical radiation, yet somehow managed to produce five children, none of whom, miraculously, have tails, third eyes, or other random mutations. He writes fiction that runs the gamut from thriller to horror to science fiction…and loves every minute of it.


I am an avid reader/reviewer and collector of books--primarily horror, supernatural, and supernatural-themed thrillers.


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