- June 5, 2018
- ISBN: 9781510732438
- Imprint: Skyhorse Publishing
Winner of the 2018 Clive Cussler Grandmaster Adventure Writer's Competition
For fans of Clive Cussler and Michael Crichton, a thrilling tale of an underground expedition to the deep . . . and the ultimate struggle for survival.
Milo Luttrell never expected to step inside the mouth of an ancient cave in rural Tanzania. After all, he's a historiannot an archaeologist. Summoned under the guise of a mysterious life-changing opportunity, Milo suddenly finds himself in the midst of an expedition into the largest underground system in Africa, helmed by a brash billionaire-turned-exploration guru and his elite team of cavers. It's a once-in-a-lifetime chance to finally solve a century-old disappearance of the famed explorer Lord Riley DeWar, an enigmatic figure who both madeand nearly ruinedMilo's fledgling career.
Determined to make the most of his second chance, Milo joins the team and begins a harrowing descent into one of Earth's last secrets: a dangerous, pitch-black realm of twisting passages and ancient fossils nearly two thousand feet underground. But when a storm hits the surface base camp, stranding the cavers and washing away supplies, all communication to the outside world is lost. As the remaining resources dwindle and members of the team begin to exhibit strange and terrifying abilities, Milo must brave the encroaching darkness to unearth the truth behind DeWar's fascination with the deepand why he never left.
"In Taylor Zajonc's latest novel, The Maw, seven cave explorers set out on a perilous adventure. Soon, their conflicting agendas lead them to conflict. Trapped together 25 hundred feet below the earth's surface, they learn a lesson as old as humankind; knowledge can be the most dangerous discovery of all. The Maw is Taylor Zajonc's best adventure novel to date, set in a rarely-seen environment and providing a thought-provoking theory about the origin of human nature. This book will remain with you long after the story ends."Christine Negroni, author of The Crash Detectives: Investigating the World’s Most Mysterious Air Disasters
A well-told tale redolent of Jules Verne's immortal classic Journey To The Center Of The Earth. The Maw pulls you in and swallows you whole with a gripping plot that includes the latest, most fascinating scientific discoveries about subterranean life."Michael Guillen, PhD. Former ABC News science editor and author of The Null Prophecy
"An inventive, dizzily entertaining novel. . . . Suspenseful and exciting, beset with disasters and borne continuously downward by a mystery connected to the origins of human kind."Wall Street Journal
"Claustrophobic and shocking and suspenseful. Zajonc has built a cast of characters who feel solid and anchored in reality. And that’s an especially good thing in a novel that combines elements of fantasy with an adventure thriller. A top-notch genre-blender."Booklist
"Well-written, action-packed, and ultimately, just a ton of fun!"readsandreels.com
"A thrilling adventure story that is full of intrigue and suspense . . . The Maw will hold your attention throughout."shetreadssoftly.com