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Subterranean is a novel by James Rollins. Beneath the ice at the bottom of the Earth is a magnificent subterranean labyrinth, a place of breathtaking wonders – and terrors beyond imagining. A team of specialists led by archaeologist Ashley Carter has been hand-picked to explore this secret place and to uncover the riches it holds. But they are not the first to venture here – and those they follow did not return. There are mysteries here older than humanity, and revelations that could change the world. But there are also things that should not be disturbed – and a devastating truth that could doom Ashley and the expedition: they are not alone. For the caverns are inhabited by an entire subterranean ecosystem of primitive mammals - some intelligent, others savage, all beyond the reach of today's knowledge.
Professor Ashley Carter
Ashley is a leading American Paleoanthropologist that has a reputation for discovering key artifacts even after a dig site has been thoroughly investigated. She has one eleven-year-old son named Jason Carter, with her ex-husband.
Ben is an Australian caving expert that takes wealthy people on expeditions into exotic and uncharted areas which are usually deemed dangerous and not open for public. He was in the military, a Sergeant, but he was discharged after Ben and his friend got into trouble. His grandfather is of aboriginal descent.
Doctor Andrew Blakely
Dr. Blakely is the head researcher of the site in Antarctica and is employed by the National Science Foundation. He is responsible for the organization
Professor Linda Furstenburg
Linda is a Canadian biologist and has been recruited to be a member for the science team headed into the caves of Antarctica.
Khalid is an Egyptian geologist that has been recruited to be a member for the science team headed into the caves of Antarctica.
Major Dennis Michaelson
Major Michaelson is the head of the NAVY SEAL team sent to protect the science team on their expedition in Antarctica.