Labyrinth (Magill Book Reviews)
Mark T. Sullivan’s novel Labyrinth, set in the year 2007, is a tale of love and greed, individuality and collectivity that parallels that of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Pardoner or that of the prospectors in B. Traven’s The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1927). Its elements are simple: a young couple, both geologists, and their adolescent daughter, all three accomplished cave explorers; a young physicist turned murderer when the director of his laboratory attempts to steal credit for his discovery; the director’s partner, who continually belittles his brilliant young nephew; and a U.S. marshal whose obsession with his work threatens his marriage.
The individual circumstances of these people merge in the psychological and geological maze of caves located in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Alabama known as the Labyrinth. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), anticipating a return to the moon, announces a series of what it describes as endurance tests for astronauts to be held in these caves. In actuality, the agency intends to conduct subsurface explorations of the moon in search of an ore discovered in one of the moon rocks from the 1969 landings that has been shown to have the property of superconductivity. The ability to harness this ore could solve the world’s energy crisis.
The U.S. marshal finds himself in the Labyrinth in pursuit of the murderer-physicist who has escaped from Eddyville Penitentiary with...
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