Summary

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.
©2015 Simon Rosser (P)2017 David Loving and Simon Rosser
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3 out of 5 stars
By Deedra on 30-06-17

Melt Zone

There was just WAY too much going on in this one to keep track of.People dying in the Antarctic Ice.Rescusers doing the same.Nazis?A frozen penguin.Specially enhanced twins.The narrator,David Loving,gave a fast paced read with very little feeling.I felt he rushed it.It just made me anxious...to get it over with.I was provided this book by the author, narrator or publisher.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Norma Miles on 08-06-17

"Do you speak English?"

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An excellent, classic style adventure thriller, combining good writing and characterization with mystery, murder, hostile environment, a race against time, several nationalities and a good old fashioned battle against evil, one which had remained hidden for many decades. It is intriguing, too, in the concept of something causing a melt zone in Antarctica where none should exist as well as pointing out some hard truths about what might happen if the whole area were to go, flooding the seas with so much extra water. It had a believability even if the ideas did stretch credibility at times, and the whole was a good balance of action and personality.

David Loving's narration, like the book itself, is fast paced, clear and an easy listen. More a reading than a dramatisation, he does still make clear who is speaking and his rendering of the German spoken sounded, to this inexperienced listener's ear, impeccable. He, and the story, held my attention throughout. My only puzzle was why the chosen narrator was an American rather than English.

For listeners looking for a good adventure story, I can definitely recommend this book. I was fortunate in being gifted my copy by the rights holder, at my request, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you. I very much enjoyed listening to it and look forward to reading further books in the series by this author.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Matthew on 13-06-17

A smorgasbord of concepts

What did you like best about Melt Zone? What did you like least?

I enjoyed some of the concepts ( Nazi's in Antartica, etc.) Some of the concepts were a scientific and suspension of disbelief stretch, but on balance it was a decent offering.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Aggressive editing.

What aspect of David Loving’s performance would you have changed?

One of my first listens to his work. It was workmanlike, but sometimes inconsistent and over the top. Not bad, not outstanding.

Was Melt Zone worth the listening time?

Somewhat.

Any additional comments?

I received my copy from the author in exchange for this fair and uninfluenced review. Thank you Audioblast.
This is a reasonable offering, with some interesting ideas and a passable performance. Likely worth the credit, but you really need to be into the concepts it covers to want to spend the it. Recommended with those conditions.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Brian on 30-05-17

A 250-Page Chase Scene

Sometimes a book gets you with a good tagline or a great cover and is a total letdown. Melt Zone wasn’t a total let down, but it wasn’t the book that I was expecting it to be. I was expecting it to be a lot more about the base and the myth around it instead of being a 250-page chase scene followed by 50 pages of what I expected the book to be about.

With that said, I didn’t hate the book at all. I ended up enjoying it even though most of it was chase scenes and not secret Nazi bases. I don’t know why (maybe since the tagline talks about Antarctic Ice Melt) I thought it was going to be more about the environment or the reasoning behind the melt –but it was much less science and much more obvious reasoning once the readers find out what is going on beneath the surface.

Rosser is able to write really long and drawn out action scenes without them feeling overdone. As I mentioned before the book is pretty much a chase scene, then a little bit or cool down, and then another chase scene. I felt like the car chase scenes in the Bourne movies for a little longer than we needed.

The main character Robert Spire was an interesting one who reminded me a little of a character that Tom Clancy would come up with. He was smart and able to do more than you expected. Upon finishing this book I’m not sure if I’ll go back and read the other books with him in it, but I won’t write them off.

The science and what I’ll call pseudo-science in the book felt realistic and well researched. A lot of the machinery and the enhancements that Rosser talked about in Melt Zone were things that made sense to me (or could make sense if some of the events in the book transpired the way that they were written).

The narration for Melt Zone was done by David Loving who does a pretty fair job with it. There were times that his voice bothered me slightly, but I feel like I was being picky for this entire book. I’ll have to listen to another book by Loving to know if I do or don’t like him as a narrator. The quality was great and I had no issues around that.

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