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This is the second book in JR Ryan's 'Rossler Foundation' series . I wish I listen to the first book so I can understand more of the story
I received a free review copy from AudioBookBoom.
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I found the "Ninth Cycle Antarctica" to be a bit slow and not very compelling. About 3/4 of the way through, the book started to pick up but as quickly as it got interesting, it ended anti-climatically with clear intentions of there being another book in the series. I don't prefer to read a second book just to get an ending to the first book I read so I won't be reading on. That said, the narration was quite good.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
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The recently opened Rosslerr Foundation holds all of the documentation left behind by the Tenth Cycle, so it was natural for Dr.Summers to go to them for assistance with his latest project: how come accurate maps of various !locations were drawn even before that place had been discovered? Indeed, in the case of Antarctica, the land mass itself had been charted in the 1500s, when the area was not only unknown but also had been hidden by an ice sheet (impenetrable until very recent times and instrumentation) which had completely obscured the land for at least 35,000 years, that is, even prior to the Tenth Cycle. An expedition is arranged to include Dr.Summers and Daniel's wayward brother, J.R. Meanwhile, ever watchful, the powerful, immensely wealthy and secretive Orion Society attempt to infiltrate the group with their own spies ...
Completely standalone, this slowish moving adventure mystery thriller continues it's search into past civilisations and the search to forestall a possibly coming apocalypse. Again, with somewhat naive writing, the story is detailed and often has a documentary feel. There is a touch of romance, too, but fortunately avoiding the cloying immaturity of that found in the preceding volume, the Tenth Cycle.
A good narration by William Gensburger. His voice was warm, well paced and modulated, and his protagonists were slightly differentiated in conversation.. There was, again, the annoying "End of chapter ..." stated after each section before the more usual continuing 'Chapter ...' followed by the heading, that further broke concentration, however, and a number of editing "false starts" which are not eliminated. His delivery of the textual exploration of each new discovery, though, was again excellent, read more like a factual document and so assisting the believability of the theories as they evolved.
I was gifted a complementary copy of the Ninth Cycle, at my request, by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom and found it far more enjoyable than its predecessor. An interesting read which I would recommend to anyone interested in past civilisation discovery thrillers.
I really liked the first book. In fact I should start by saying that I really like the first book as well. I think the first book is the only book I've ever read where it ends and I thought, it sucks that this was a book and not a new article about real life events. Do you need to read the first book to read this one? To be honest no. If you do read the first book you get an insight into the Rossler foundation and it's creation and existing enemies. I think it adds a dimension to the story but it's not necessary to read it to really enjoy this book.
I love the time that the author spends on the characters. They are great characters. I like getting to know them before they are thrown into action/peril. The characters from the previous book continue to be either characters you love or ones you love to have. The new characters are also brilliant. The author spends time on their relationships and I think this is important before you throw them into a cold harsh environment that's going to be life threatening and generally dangerous.
There's twists and turns as we want to see just what the Orion society/operatives will do on the Antarctic expedition. I also like how we feel that we are getting a glimpse at an actual society/civilization that's truly ancient. The ninth cycle civilization feels real not some over-dramatised Atlantis but something that was real and would spark our myths. It feels archaeologically real rather than fantasy.
Great pace. The narrator does an amazing job with our characters and with the story in general. I like listening to his voice and it draws me into this really great story. A story that feels plausible.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.