... exciting, suspenseful and ultimately successful. Make no bones about it — this is an old-fashioned adventure story. Young has written more than 20 books, five of them New York Times bestsellers, and his narrative is wonderfully readable, weaving in scientific, geographic and engineering details effortlessly (a feat much harder to pull off than generally acknowledged). There’s humor and drama and headaches galore, not to mention celebrity cameos and more than one trip to the Titanic. Imagine Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air with a happy ending.
Young [...] chronicles this risky and ambitious journey as Vescovo first navigates business, bureaucracy, and academia to assemble the team of scientists and engineers, the tools, the state-of-the-art submersible, and the vessel to carry them all on a 46,000-nautical mile journey around the world. Young combines science, technology, personality clashes, and camaraderie in this page-turning tale of how our 'can do' spirit can be channeled to explore the Hadal Zone at the bottom of the oceans, a harsh and unforgiving place that is now less of a mystery thanks to Vescovo and his team. A cutting-edge yet classic adventure and an introduction to the wonders of deep-ocean life.
On the whole [...] the story is readable and entertaining, whether the author is discussing drama on the high seas, the objectives of the Five Deeps Expedition, as the enterprise came to be known, or Vescovo’s love for the great depths ... Vescovo gradually emerges as a complicated character, one moment expressing his strong ego and the next, the humility and respect that must be brought to extreme adventuring—and there’s plenty of adventure to be found here. A vigorous tale of human ambition, technical challenge, and nervy attitude.