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The deepest cave on earth was a prize that had remained unclaimed for centuries, long after every other ultimate discovery had been made: both poles by 1912, Everest in 1958, the Challenger Deep in 1961. In 1969 we even walked on the moon. And yet as late as 2000, the earth's deepest cave---the supercave---remained undiscovered. This is the story of the men and women who risked everything to find it, earning their place in history beside the likes of Peary, Amundsen, Hillary, and Armstrong. In 2004, two great scientist-explorers are attempting to find the bottom of the world. Bold, heroic American Bill Stone is committed to the vast Cheve Cave, located in southern Mexico and deadly even by supercave standards. On the other side of the globe, legendary Ukrainian explorer Alexander Klimchouk---Stone's polar opposite in temperament and style, but every bit his equal in scientific expertise, physical bravery, and sheer determination---has targeted Krubera, a freezing nightmare of a supercave in the Republic of Georgia, where underground dangers are compounded by the horrors of separatist war in this former Soviet republic. Blind Descent explores both the brightest and darkest aspects of the timeless human urge to discover, to be first. It is also a thrilling epic about a pursuit that makes even extreme mountaineering and ocean exploration pale by comparison. These supercavers spent months in multiple camps almost two vertical miles deep and many more miles from their caves' exits. They had to contend with thousand-foot drops, deadly flooded tunnels, raging whitewater rivers, monstrous waterfalls, mile-long belly crawls, and much more. Perhaps even worse were the psychological horrors produced by weeks plunged into absolute, perpetual darkness, beyond all hope of rescue, including a particularly insidious derangement called The Rapture. James M. Tabor was granted unprecedented access to logs, journals, photographs, and video footage of these expeditions, as well as many hours of personal interviews with surviving participants. Blind Descent is an unforgettable addition to the classic literature of discovery and adventure. It is also a testament to human survival and endurance-and to two extraordinary men whose relentless pursuit of greatness led them to heights of triumph and depths of tragedy neither could have imagined.
In this gripping debut thriller from James M. Tabor, a brilliant and beautiful scientist and a mysterious special ops soldier must lead a team deep into the Earth on a desperate hunt for the cure to a deadly epidemic. When she was unjustly fired from a clandestine government laboratory, microbiologist Hallie Leland swore she would never look back. But she can't ignore an urgent summons from the White House to reenter the realm of cutting-edge science and dangerous secrets. "Potentially the worst threat since Pearl Harbor" is how the president describes a mysterious epidemic killing American soldiers in Afghanistan--and now poised for outbreak in the States and beyond. Millions will die unless Hallie and a hastily mobilized team can recover the ultrarare organism needed to create a new antibiotic. The good news is that Hallie knows more about the organism than anyone else on the planet. The bad news is that it can be found only at the bottom of Earth's deepest cave. Hallie's team is capable--especially the mysterious Wil Bowman, who knows as much about high-tech weaponry as he does about microbiology--but the challenge appears insurmountable. Before even reaching the supercave, they must traverse a forbidding Mexican jungle populated by warring cartels, Federales, and murderous locals. Only then can they confront the cave's flooded tunnels, lakes of acid, bottomless chasms, and mind-warping blackness. But the deadliest enemies are hiding in plain sight: a powerful traitor high in the Washington ranks and a cunning assassin deep underground, determined to turn Hallie's mission into a journey of no return. The award-winning and bestselling author of two nonfiction books about adventure and exploration, James M. Tabor now plunges readers into the harrowing subterranean world of supercaves--and even deeper, into a race-with-the-devil thriller that pits one woman against a lethal epidemic and a murderous conspiracy.From the Hardcover edition.
Forever on the Mountain: The Truth Behind One of Mountaineering's Most Controversial and Mysterious Disastersby James M. Tabor
This book begins as a classic tale of men against nature, gambling--and losing--on one of the world's starkest and stormiest peaks. James M. Tabor draws on previously untapped sources: personal interviews with survivors and those involved in the aftermath, unpublished diaries and letters, and government documents to present a full account of the tragedy that ended a golden age in mountaineering.
Hailed as the new Michael Crichton, compared to Stephen King and Jules Verne, James M. Tabor is an emerging suspense master who deftly blends heart-stopping adventure, cutting-edge science, and gripping intrigue. Now, in this original eBook short story, microbiologist Hallie Leland, the unforgettable protagonist from Tabor's upcoming thriller The Deep Zone, battles a cabal of Islamic militants, Mexican drug lords, and domestic terrorists to save America from bioterror Armageddon. Includes a preview of Tabor's electrifying debut thriller, The Deep Zone, which #1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor called "an absolutely phenomenal read--The Andromeda Strain for the twenty-first century. Ladies and gentlemen, meet James M. Tabor--the new Michael Crichton." More advance praise for James M. Tabor's The Deep Zone "The Deep Zone packs all the suspenseful wallop of Michael Crichton's The Andromeda Strain, Stephen King's The Stand, and Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth. This is a literal cliffhanger that alters the way we look beneath the surface of our reality."--Katherine Neville, New York Times bestselling author of The Eight "Deep-earth adventure, scintillating science, and cutthroat intrigue collide with thrilling results in James M. Tabor's The Deep Zone. Wildly imaginative but grounded in today's headlines, the story left me breathless and awed. Truly impressive."--James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of The Devil Colony "Just like the perilous cave that serves as its backdrop, this story is dark and terrifying--but with a light at its end. The book should come shrink-wrapped with a seat belt."--Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Columbus Affair "One of the most ripping, primal thrillers I've read in a long while . . . Mixing adventure with breathless suspense, James M. Tabor expertly takes readers to the bottom of one of the world's deepest caves and makes the journey both harrowing and awesome. This one really stands out."--David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of Creepers
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