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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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.
- Norma Miles