rating: 3 of 5 stars
I have to tell you right up front that this book opens with the best shipwreck I have ever read. I really love the way Haldeman opened it with the action sequence while spilling the rest of the details to catch the reader up to speed. For that alone, the book deserved a 5. Now if you need more than a shipwreck to get you into a book, the rest of the story may not be enough. For me it was. The story centers around two basic plots. First you have a man looking into the mysterious disappearance of his wife. She was attending an archeological dig located in a remote area of the west coast. The second plot line involves the resolution of the past with the present and future. Two opposing viewpoint of how a culture should best be preserved clash. Add a dash of horror and you have this story. I felt that the first plot line could have been better developed. I wasn’t always picking up the emotions the main characters were said to be giving off. I think the second plot line was handled well. I think both sides were presented fairly and intuitively. The ending felt rushed to me. Perhaps I wanted a little more sound and fury. I enjoyed the read though, especially in some of the more suspenseful moments.