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Blind descent : the quest to discover the deepest place on earth
Tabor, James M.
Adult Nonfiction GB601 .T33 2010b

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Tabor, a former contributing editor at Outside magazine and author of Forever on the Mountain, contrasts two sterling teams, one American and the other Russian, in their perilous search to locate the deepest supercave on earth. While the book dwells largely on the obsessive, authoritative American star caver, Bill Stone, the writer gives just enough ink to the bold Soviet team counterpart ,Alexander Klimchouk, and his fair-but-firm leadership in his expeditions into the subterranean world. However, the personalities of the adventurers aside, it's the fascinating information of the big supercave treks that holds the reader to his seat, containing dangers aplenty with deadly falls, killer microbes, sudden burial, asphyxiation, claustrophobia, anxiety, and hallucinations far underneath the ground in a lightless world. Using a pulse-pounding narrative, this is tense real-life adventure pitting two master cavers mirroring the cold war with very uncommonly high stakes. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Journalist Tabor (former host of PBS's The Great Outdoors; Forever on the Mountain) presents a gripping and well-written account of the treacherous world of deep cave exploration. Focusing on a lengthy and all-consuming competition among teams of cave explorers and cave divers seeking to claim the prize of reaching the deepest point in any cave in the world, Tabor chronicles the sometimes deadly expeditions of the hard-charging American team leader William "Bill" Stone in Oaxaca, Mexico, and the more teamwork-oriented Ukrainian Alexander Klimchouk in the Abkhazia region of the Republic of Georgia. Tabor brings to gritty and frightening life a little-known and fascinating niche of extreme exploration by examining the lives, motivations, and vastly differing personalities of Stone and Klimchouk; his smoothly paced narrative builds suspense as it adroitly describes the many trials of their almost unimaginably arduous expeditions. Verdict This title is best suited to true-adventure fans or any recreational readers seeking a pulse-raising tale of real-life drama and grim determination (best avoided by claustrophobes!). Readers may also like Stone, Barbara am Ende, and Monte Paulsen's Beyond the Deep: The Deadly Descent into the World's Most Treacherous Cave. Recommended for all public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 3/1/10.]-Ingrid Levin, Salve Regina Univ. Lib., Newport, RI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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