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The Descent by  Jeff Long - Hardcover - Book Club - 1999-07-12 - from Kayleighbug Books and Biblio.com

The Descent

by Long, Jeff

Condition: Good


New York: Crown, 1999-07-12. Book Club. Hardcover. Good. 450 pages; spine cocked, some edge wear to boards and jacket; An extroadinary thriller about the discovery of a new world miles beneath the surface of the earth and the nightmare consequences that ensue. In a remote Himalayan cave a group of New Age tourists led by a cynical American guide come across the mummified corpse of an RAF flyer. Before they can investigate the mystery all except the guide are ritually massacred. In Bosnia, an American Air Cavalry Patrol investigates a disturbance at a mass grave site and it's commander catches a fleeting glimpse of a creature straight out of a medieval morality play. We are on the verge of discovering a new frontier. And it lies beneath our feet. A global labyrinth of underground tunnels and caves, miles below the surface inhabited by immensely strong, savage devil like creatures. Hell exists.The world's armies respond to the threat and are slaughtered in the dark. From the panic comes a new resolve. Big business takes 1 look at the chasm and sees only the profits from the undiscovered mineral and oil deposits. The race for profit is matched by an intellectual investigation into the nature of the newly revealed satan. Will mankind destroy the new wilderness or will the descent destroy him?


Book summary

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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