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Blind Descent [Kindle Edition]

James M. Tabor
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"Heart-stopping and relentlessly gripping. Tabor takes us on an odyssey into unfathomable worlds beneath us, and into the hearts of rare explorers who will do anything to get there first."--Robert Kurson, author of "ShadowDivers

""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."--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)
"A fascinating and informative introduction to the sport of cave diving, as well as a dramatic portrayal of a significant man-vs.-nature conflict. . . . What counts is Tabor's knack for maximizing dramatic potential, while also managing to be informative and attentive to the major personalities associated with the most important cave exploration

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"Heart-stopping and relentlessly gripping. Tabor takes us on an odyssey into unfathomable worlds beneath us, and into the hearts of rare explorers who will do anything to get there first."--Robert Kurson, author of "ShadowDivers

""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."--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)
"A fascinating and informative introduction to the sport of cave diving, as well as a dramatic portrayal of a significant man-vs.-nature conflict. . . . What counts is Tabor's knack for maximizing dramatic potential, while also managing to be informative and attentive to the major personalities associated with the most important cave exploration


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4.0 von 5 Sternen Enjoyable! 14. Januar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
The age of great explorers seems to be past. Discovers have reached every continent, the North and South Poles, the highest mountain peaks, even the moon. Other than continued expansion into outer space, what's left?

James Tabor's book Blind Descent answers that question with a look at cave exploration. Specifically, the quest to find the deepest place on the earth. The book focuses on two explorers, Alexander Klimchouk of the Ukraine and Bill Stone of the USA, and their pursuit to find the deepest cave in the world. It's a story of daring, science, pride and incredible risk. But then that's the story of most great explorers.

This was a fun book to read. The descriptions of life in the caves is chilling at times, and Tabor can go over the top explaining the risks (to the point that he seems to be overcompensating, as if to make the point that this is REALLY REALLY DANGEROUS SO TAKE IT SERIOUSLY!). But once you get past some of the gory details and long lists of things that can kill you underground, you realize ... these guys and gals are over a mile deep under the surface of the earth and hey, this is really really dangerous stuff and I should take it seriously!

A fun book, a well written book, and a topic that is overlooked in the stories of discovery.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Es plätschert dahin ... 4. Juli 2014
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Ja, mal was ganz anderes im Bereich Abenteuer/Expedition. Aber Spannung ist beim Lesen leider nicht eingetreten und zu selten habe ich mir gedacht: "Oha, interessante Probleme" oder "So lösen die das Problem also".
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Einfach unglaublich 22. April 2012
Von Chris
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Eigentlich auf der Suche nach Bergsteigerliteratur, ist mir dieses Buch (da unter mountaineering and climbing eingeordnet) in die Hände gefallen. Ich klettere und Bergsteige selber, hatte aber von "Caving" nicht die geringste Ahnung; das hat dieses Buch radikal geändert. Spannend verfasst und sehr detailiert beschrieben bringt einem das Buch unvorstellbare menschliche Leistungen näher, die keinesfalls geringer sind als die grössten Errungenschaften des Alpinismus. Ich konnte mich nicht losreissen vom Buch, und kann es nur empfehlen. Meinen tiefsten Respekt haben alle Protagonisten in diesem Buch, für die Leidensfähigkeit und den Willen in Abgründe vorzudringen, bei denen mir beim Lesen auf der Couch schon Schauer über den Rücken laufen, und das in einer Disziplin in der (zumindest in Deutschland) kein Ruhm zu ernten sind wie beim Klettern/Bergsteigen. Die Kindleversion enthält auch einige Bilder, leider fehlt eine Karte der beschriebenen Höhlen; eine Karte sowie Profilansicht der Krubera Cave findet man via Google aber ebenso wie einige Videos und Fotos. Zusammenfassend ein wirklich einschneidendes und beeindruckendes Buch, das mein Interesse fürs "caving" auf Dauer geweckt und einen bleibenden Eindruck hinterlassen hat.

An alle nicht Englisch-Muttersprachler: Das Englisch ist leicht verständlich und spitze zu lesen!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Super spannend! 28. März 2012
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Eine super spannende Reportage über den Wettlauf zur tiefsten Höhle der Welt - die man erst mal finden muss.
Der Autor versteht es, Spannung aufzubauen, sowohl über wie unter der Erde. Er schildert die Atmosphäre der Expeditionen so gut und mitreißend, dass man völlig gebannt ist, förmlich das Wasser in den Höhlen plätschern hört, die beklemmende Enge spürt, die Gefahr ständig vor Augen hat.
Auch die Personen, die auf diese wahnwitzigen und lebensgefährlichen Unternehmungen gehen, sind lebhaft beschrieben.

Ein kleiner Wermutstropfen ist die Tatsache, dass den amerikanischen Entdeckern der größte Teil des Buches gewidmet ist, den (vorläufigen) Rekord aber schlussendlich ein Ukrainer mit seinem Team hält, dessen Leisung in der Beschreibung doch ein bisschen kurz kommt. Aber für den Autor war es sicher leichter, Informationen über die Amerikaner, die in Mexico nach dem tiefsten Punkt der Erde suchen, zu sammeln, als über das ukrainische Team, das in Georgien unterwegs ist.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Armchair Caver's Delight! 18. Mai 2010
Von Lynne E. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Entertaining account of the expeditions of two world-renowned cavers (Bill Stone, Alexander Klimchouk) that explored deep supercaves in Mexico (Cheve, Huautla) and the Republic of Georgia (Krubera). Serious cavers will likely be familiar with many of the discoveries recounted, but armchair cavers will enjoy learning about the tremendous obstacles, common to supercaves, that must be traversed in deep cave exploration (e.g., vertical shafts of up to 500 feet, crashing waterfalls, boulders, seemingly impassable sumps, extremely tight meanders).

The book goes into detail about caving techniques, the special dangers of cave diving, and the development of the rebreathers that make extended exploration by cave divers possible. There are vivid descriptions of actions that proved fatal, or nearly fatal, to some cavers. There is also much interesting biographical information about both Stone and Klimchouk. The well-written, page-turning narrative is presented in a way that makes caving accessible to non-cavers.

The advance review copy that I received had no photographs, which was a disappointment. However, the author's skill at describing underground scenes makes up considerably for the lack of photographs. If the hardcover book should include photographs, then this book should receive 5 stars. (Rating changed to 5 stars on 6/2/10. See comments to this review.)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wow 19. Mai 2010
Von Kara J. Jorges - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Caves and caving fascinate me, so when I saw there was a book about supercave exploration, I had to read it. I am so glad I did. I was absolutely glued to this book from the first page to the last. The only thing it lacked was a section of pictures, but that's the price I pay for reading an advance copy--the published edition has several pages of them. Even so, I was able to look those up on the internet so I could have a visual reference, which made the book even more powerful.

This is not so much the story of cave exploration as it is about cave explorers. Tabor researched two premier cavers from the USA and the Republic of Georgia, and devoted a section of the book to each. American Bill Stone has led several expeditions into supercaves in Mexico, while Ukranian Alexander Klimchouk has headed several European expeditions on the Arabika Massif in the Republic of Georgia.

In addition to following the amazing accomplishments of both men, Tabor explained in great detail the hardships and dangers involved in supercave exploration. I felt like I was there on the expeditions; rappelling, digging, crawling, diving, and freezing underground for days or weeks on end along with the cavers mentioned in this book. I have nothing but respect for this handful of people who risk their lives for the thrill of going thousands of feet underground and braving the dangers there in order to share their discoveries with the world. There's pretty much no chance at all of me dropping down the first shaft of Cheve Cave, and forget it with Krubera, so I really appreciate this insider view.

I cannot recommend this book enough. It's highly informative, giving outsiders an intimate view of what goes into supercave exploration, and it's also an exciting page-turner. Tabor has a way of keeping readers on the edge of their seats as he takes us through real-life underground exploration. I found myself thinking of several fascinating topics I wish he would write about because he has a way of making an informative, nonfiction book into an exciting adventure, and not many authors can pull that off.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Blind Descent 5. Mai 2010
Von Stephen Balbach - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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`Blind Descent` is about elite explorers who seek out the ultimate prize: the worlds deepest caves. These so-called "super caves" require days or even weeks underground in large supported missions like climbing Mt. Everest, yet most people know very little about this highly specialized field of exploration. It is one of the few exciting books for a general audience about extreme caving.

Tabor's book is "adrenalin literature", it keeps one flipping pages and the heart racing, the kind of creative nonfiction pioneered with Into Thin Air and The Perfect Storm. But it feels less mature and gimmicky, at 250 pages there are 49 chapters, stopping unnecessarily in the middle of a scene, I suppose to build tension and create cliff-hangers. In effect it causes so much white space between chapters at times I was turning pages faster than a falling rock. There is an unnecessary amount of antagonism created around Bill Stone's personality, the freedom of creative non-fiction for the sake of entertainment went a little too far by inflating Bill's personality against a Russian caver. We have a "race" (which it really isn't) against two antagonists (who really are not). No doubt these techniques will sell books, but I wished for something of more substance and less artificial drama.

Tabor admits that he owes a large debt to Bill Stone's book Beyond the Deep: The Deadly Descent Into the World's Most Treacherous Cave, which is about one of Stone's epic cave explorations in Mexico. Indeed the most gripping part of `Blind Descent` is when it recounts scenes from `Beyond the Deep`. Although it doesn't have the journalistic perspective of `Blind Descent`, Stone's book is a true first person primary source, sort of like the difference between those who go to war, and those who stay home and romanticize about it. `Blind Descent` is an easy and quick journalistic introduction to caving and I'm glad to have read it but look forward to reading `Beyond the Deep` and wish I had earlier.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Awesome Caving Book - Get Ready For An Adventure! 1. Mai 2010
Von Jamie Ratliff - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I wasn't sure when I first picked up Blind Descent that I would like it. I mean honestly, how good can a book about caving be when you can't actually see the cave itself? After two days of forcing myself to put this book down, I can honestly say it's the best book about caves I have ever read. The author does an amazing job of describing the caves and explorers. It's no too much detail that you get tired of reading...but it's enough to let you picture it in your mind. The book follows two different main characters, and reading about them and their exploits is like watching a dangerous stunt knowing that something could go wrong. As Blind Descent shows, when you're thousands of feet down in a cave, something going wrong usually means death or a close call for a caver. I think the book is very respectable to cavers, and after reading it, I am glad that more people will understand the risk they take to explorer Earth's last frontier so to speak.

Blind Descent has been a great "armchair adventure" to me, and if you like caves, exploring, or adventure type books, you will not be disappointed with this book! It's something I read in two days because I just couldn't put it down...you'll enjoy the journey.

Update: Mr. Tabor has informed me that the book will have a number of pictures!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Dark Dangerous Quest into the Earth's Bowels (4.5 Stars) 13. Mai 2010
Von PeaTee - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I liked Ed Viesturs' K2: Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain and Krakauer's Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster, so I suppose it's not particularly surprising that I was drawn to this book about exploration in the opposite direction.

What I found interesting about mountain climbing journeys was the group dynamics and environmental struggles that the explorers faced. And I'm happy to say that this was very much what Tabor wrote about. With page-turning prose, he really brought home how dangerous the Super Caves were. As he points out, difficulties include, but were not limited to, drowning, fatal falls (of course), premature burial, earthquake collapses, poison gases, bats, snakes, scorpions, radon, deadly microbes and toxic chemical slurries (like sulfuric acid which can drip from the cave walls).

As well, he showed how different leadership styles spilled over to effect the group and it's results. To do this Tabor focused on two radically different individuals. One was the Type-A American engineer, Bill Stone; while the other (Stone's psychic opposite) was the team-building scientist Klimchouk of the Ukraine. I thought it was really interesting to see both the strengths and weaknesses of each approach.

If you read this book I can't see how you can come away without understanding what cave exploration is like. And it's equally likely that you'll have drawn your opinion as to which man you would prefer to climb with.

TALKING POINTS:::
Overall "Blind Descent" was a good and interesting read. Tabor kept me flipping the pages, curious as to what would come next. His characterizations were solid if not stellar.

The parts involving Bill Stone's studies and adventures were particularly well researched. Those involving Klimchouk were sketchier based, one surmises, on difficulties arising from logistics and linguistics.

Addendum: It was initially my understanding that there weren't any pictures in this book. It was a faulty assumption that I made because there weren't any placeholders. I've been informed though by Random House that there will be "three dozen 4C images from three expeditions".

Pam T
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