Written By: Jeff Long

Narrated By: Boyd Gaines

Date: July 1999

Duration: 6 hours 0 minutes


In Tibet, while guiding trekkers to a holy mountain, Ike Crockett discovers a bottomless cave. When his lover disappears, Ike pursues her into the depths of the earth....In a leper colony bordering the Kalahari Desert, a nun named Ali von Schade unearths evidence of a proto-human species and a deity called Older-than-Old....In Bosnia, Major Elias Branch crash-lands his gunship near a mass grave and is swarmed by pale cannibals terrified of light....

So begins mankind's realization that the underworld is a vast geological labyrinth riddling the continents and seabeds, one inhabited by brutish creatures who resemble the devils and gargoyles of legend. With all of Hell's precious resources and territories to be won, a global race ensues. Nations, armies, religions, and industries rush to colonize and exploit the subterranean frontier.

Fathom by fathom, Ike guides an expedition -- and Ali -- deeper into the deadly wilderness. In the dark underground, as humanity falls away from them, the scientists and mercenaries find themselves prey not only to the savage creatures, but to their own treachery mutiny, and greed. Meanwhile, on the surface, a band of aged scholars scours for clues to Satan's existence. Is he lurking in wait for the expedition, or is he roaming the earth? One thing is certain: Miles inside the earth, evil is very much alive.


  • Anonymous

    I like this book, but I want to love it. The concept is super intriguing, and a lot of the book is quite good. But at the same time it can (as a lot of Jeff Long's books) can be a bit of a mess, with odd tangents, and a random supernatural element thrown in a single paragraph, never being incorporated into the rest of the story in any way. When I read The Wall (really good as well) he did the same thing and it was like "wait, did i miss something?" and literally rewound looking for some part where I drifted away and missed a key element. Nope, that was just a random weird supernatural thing that poked up its head and then disappeared with no explanation. Anyway, good book, good writer, I love it, but just idiosyncratic.

  • Tim Steeb

    Thrilling roller coaster than takes you to the only unexplored place on earth that touches many aspects of humanity! One of my favorite books!


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