Gerritsen's latest thriller begins with a geologist in the underwater exploring vehicle Deep Flight IV descending into the Galapagos Rift and becoming stuck at 19,000 feet. Why does a geologist need to be that far down in the ocean? you ask. This is the first of many questions readers will ask throughout an intriguing book. The next scene shows a crew of astronauts blasting off and encountering problems that lead to an attempt to return to Earth. That effort fails completely, and the only thing that saves the intrepid crew is the fact that they are in a flight simulator. When the real crew finally gets started on its way to the international space station (ISS), they are carrying out many experiments. Unfortunately, their cargo includes an aggressive organism that can do some clever tricks with DNA. Gerritsen creates believable characters and ably captures astronautical and scientific work in fashioning another fascinating story replete with cleverly intertwined subplots. This gripping novel is a main selection of the Literary Guild, the Mystery Guild, and the Doubleday Book Club. Few choices could have been easier.
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