Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Frozen Solid: A Novel

Frozen Solid: A Novel
by James M. Tabor
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $14.28

4.0 out of 5 stars I'm Looking Forward to More by This Author, April 9, 2013
The Deep Zone was hailed as “an absolutely phenomenal read by the new Michael Crichton” (Brad Thor), a book that “should come shrink-wrapped with a seat belt” (Steve Berry). Now, bestselling author James M. Tabor ups the ante and the action in his second extreme thriller, as brilliant and battle-tested heroine Hallie Leland confronts intrigue and murder in the most unforgiving place on Earth.

The South Pole’s Amundsen Scott Research Station is like an outpost on Mars.  Winter temperatures average 100 degrees below zero; week-long hurricane-force storms rage; for eight months at a time the station is shrouded in darkness. Under the stress, bodies suffer and minds twist. Panic, paranoia, and hostility prevail. 

When a South Pole scientist dies mysteriously, CDC microbiologist Hallie Leland arrives to complete crucial research. Before she can begin, three more women inexplicably die. As failing communications and plunging temperatures cut the station off from the outside world, terror rises and tensions soar. Amidst it all, Hallie must crack the mystery of her predecessor’s death.

In Washington, D.C., government agency director Don Barnard and enigmatic operative Wil Bowman detect troubling signs of shadowy behavior at the South Pole and realize that Hallie is at the heart of it. Unless Barnard and Bowman can track down the mastermind, a horrifying act of global terror, launched from the station, will change the planet forever—and Hallie herself will be the unwitting instrument of destruction.

As the Antarctic winter sweeps in, severing contact with the outside world, Hallie must trust no one, fear everyone, and fight to keep the frigid prison from becoming her frozen grave.

This review is from: Frozen Solid: A Novel (Hardcover)
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Frozen Solid by James M. Tabor

I think I actually would have LOVED this book had I known that there was another one attached to what looks to be a series. Read "The Deep Zone" first, I think it might help.

This is quite the complicated, yet superbly explained to the nonprofessional, scientific thriller with finely written characters. It is an action based novel with a great sense of place, a colorful and easily imagined scene and good plotting.
That is not to say that this novel was without some little problems -or big ones depending on how you look at it. There is an issue with an obvious `bad guy', but that was sort of taken care of by a tiny little plot twist that I enjoyed.
Taking high action and high excitement scenes cutting them and then picking up like nothing had ever happened, with no exploitation or very little explanation - was a big problem for me.

I understand that this is going to be an ongoing series so I can see why the author may not want to rush to fill in the gaps of the `heroine' and her lovers' life together. However, the author may need a little more finesse with this since he opens up a huge can of worms and then never resolves or revisits this issue.

I read this in one bite and am looking forward to having the time to read the first book in this series.

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