The Maw: A Novel

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Milo Luttrell is about to enter The Maw. A wealthy Wall Street adventurer has hired Milo to explore an enormous 2000-foot deep cave in Tanzania with the hope they will discover what happened to the famous explorer Lord DeWar, who disappeared on this same expedition over a century ago. Milo’s career was almost ruined by his theories on DeWar, so he is apprehensive to try to prove it again. But with an old flame on the team and surrounded by people who know what they’re doing, he can’t really ignore this second chance. Once Milo’s small team gets inside the cave, they discover there have been people inside since DeWar, and they attempted to seal the entrance. Now two expeditions have disappeared into these caves, and as they start losing team members, Milo’s group is terrified they might become history as well.

I think fans of Michael Crichton will really enjoy this book. The writing style is similar, from how the chapters are titled and broken down to the scientific aspect of it. The author clearly knows his stuff about history and descent into subterranean areas as well as science. Nothing seemed too far-fetched to render it unenjoyable. The author made it seem both exciting and terrifying to be exploring that cave system. Each chapter tends to end with a cliffhanger, making it impossible to put down, but it’s not an incredibly long book, so you don’t have to worry about being sucked in for hours.

Milo was a character with a lot of depth who managed to know a lot and be the one who doesn’t know anything at the same time. Dale gave off a young John Hammond vibe. Overall, a fantastic read for the adventurer in all of us and especially for those who like to explore by reading instead.

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Author Taylor Zajonc
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 320 pages
Publisher Skyhorse Publishing
Publish Date 2018-Jun-05
ISBN 9781510732407
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Issue September 2018
Category Mystery, Crime & Thriller
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