A mysterious structure is found buried beneath the Antarctic ice. Undiscovered for decades...it should have remained that way.
A team of climatologists are sent on a routine expedition to Antarctica to investigate a rapidly melting glacier, where they make a startling discovery.... In Europe, a secret Nazi document surfaces which points to a historical government secret, and which appears connected to events unfolding in Antarctica. Robert Spire, tasked to hunt for the secret document, soon becomes the hunted, as he is chased across Europe in this fast-paced action thriller. Spire soon discovers that sinister forces are at work. Forces that will do all they can to protect the secret that lies buried beneath the Antarctic ice....
In 1938, the German New Swabia Expedition left Hamburg for Antarctica aboard the MS Schwabenland. The secret expedition arrived at the Princess Martha Coast, in an area which had been claimed by Norway as Dronning Maud Land, and began charting the region...75 years later, satellite photographs discover something very odd occurring in Eastern Antarctica....
Rapid Antarctic ice melt....
Just before Europe's Envisat satellite malfunctions, it photographs a mysterious melt zone during a fly-over of Eastern Antarctica. After analyzing the photographs, the UK's GLENCOM - Global Environmental Command - Unit, sends three of its climatologists to investigate, but as they search the site, a vast crevasse opens in the ice, swallowing them up. They survive the fall, but make a startling and lethal discovery.
A hunt across Europe....
GLENCOM agent and environmental lawyer, Robert Spire, is tasked to investigate a Cologne-based company whose origins appear linked to the events unfolding in Antarctica. As Spire suspects a possible government conspiracy, things take a sinister turn, as clues lead him to the discovery of a 70-year-old Nazi document and an Antarctic mystery that may have lasted for 70 years.
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Nazi conspiracies + environmental threats = FUN!
The beginning of the book was great! There were some parallel storylines going on for a while to set the mood, and they were exciting - definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. There was a lot going on during the book that kept me entertained.
I had to take a star off because some parts were slow and monotonous. At a point I spent several minutes on useless details that, to ME, registered as "he took the laptop then opened the laptop, then waited for the login screen, then typed his password PERMAFROST, then clicked the e-mail symbol, then read e-mail, then closed the e-mail program, then clicked the button to log off his laptop, then closed the laptop"... you get the gist. I felt a simple "he took his laptop with him to the hotel bed and, after replying to an e-mail, set it aside and got dressed for dinner" would have done the trick. Too many details that amounted to nothing, and started to annoy me.
However, the premise of the book is so interesting and I wanted to know what was going on so much that I bore it through those spots... and felt it was worth it. Will be checking more on this author.
It is not possible to please everyone, and David Loving's voice did not please me on a personal level due to his vocal fry. It sucks, but it happens and life moves on.
The reason I rated narration as "it's ok" and not as "I liked it", of course, was not due to a preference on something as silly as a vocal fry. David Loving doesn't "act", but narrates, and while it is not a problem in itself but merely a narration style, there were moments in conversations I was honestly confused on who was saying what, and where one sentence ended and another began. At times it felt as if a sentence ran into another even if it didn't make sense.
I can't tell if this is an editing issue (there are programs that automatically remove pauses) or a manner of speech one.
I will certainly not avoid any books narrated by David Loving in the future and look forward to listening to one in which he matures and perfects his art. This one was a miss for ME, but guy's got talent.
Keep my interest.. Great Book..
- Kelly watley