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Absolute Zero [Kindle Edition]

Frederick Aldrich
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Those responsible for the security of the nation were now fully awake, more so than they had ever been. The colonel's words had bored through their fatigue like a laser. "If this thing is unleashed, the population of the planet will be returned to the level of the dark ages or perhaps even earlier. The very existence of mankind could be threatened." Like travelers awakening on a different planet, they were suddenly surrounded by a very unfamiliar landscape.

The gleaming silver tanker truck would not give up its secret easily. Only close inspection by a welder would reveal that the end cap had been skillfully reattached. Indeed, to motorists along the busy interstate, it appeared identical to thousands of other such trucks that crisscross the country each day. But, unlike them, it contained no liquid, other than the bottled water for the terrorists concealed inside. They slept fitfully, the endless scream of eighteen tires burning into their consciousness. From time to time they would awaken and smoke a cigarette, never looking toward the box at the rear of the steel cavern. It contained a weapon they could not fathom, a horrible weapon,

In the early years, Cuba's president believed his regime would usher in a new world order, with Cuba taking its place amoung the great nations of the hemisphere. But the American embargo had put an end to that, plunging his country practically into the Stone Age. Gradually, bicycles replaced cars as fuel shortages compounded the scarcity of virtually every basic necessity. On walls throughout the capitol, Havana, dispirited citizens scrawled 'In Cuba, death is redundant.' As his country slipped deeper into oblivion, his hatred grew and he resolved to repay the Americans for what they had done.

Product Details

  • File Size: 763 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Pentland Press (May 4, 1999)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #479,830 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous plot and action June 30, 2001
I read 3-4 books a week for 30 years and more and I usually cannot find anything that is original and captivating. I was so shocked that this book was so good in developing the suspense and the character development was terrific, but what was really awesome was the technical data and research that was highly readable and educational and seamlessly fitted in. I just loved it!! I will buy anything this author writes in the future.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hindsight July 15, 2012
I read this book, Absolute Zero, when it first came out. (Disclosure: I proof read it along with William Burroughs) It was a great thriller then; and in hindsight, this book was the first thing I thought about when the terrorist attack happened on Sept. 11, 2001.
Read it and enjoy a thriller that will change your awareness of transportation.
It was way ahead of its time.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pulp fiction for a digital age September 23, 2012
By Peter
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I have to admit I've not completed the book yet, and may well give up on it. The plot is potentially interesting, although the few characters that are given more than a stereotypical introduction have not featured greatly so far. My biggest criticism though is that the author's, reasonably frequent, poor choice of words or phrases. This gives the impression that he is relying on a Thesaurus rather than an innate understanding or appreciation of the language. The opening paragraphs seemed cliched, and almost put me off before the book had had a chance to get going. Later in the text, the author has a tendency to misuse words in a way that, for me, immediately breaks the flow of the narrative. An example would be the paragraph "But the mutation in batch C73 had decimated the sample killing everything". Of the many words the author could have picked for that sentence, it seems a shame he picked "decimated"; a word with an interesting history and etymology, to describe killing one in every ten, but certainly not meaning to annihilate.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't finish this one December 9, 2012
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The writing did not grab, captivate or entice me to continue this story. I quit about the time little Timmy's friend Billy left the country...
There may be a lot of action later on, but too much mundane detail drove me to skimming, then quitting instead of hanging in there for the Big Finish.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor word choices May 24, 2014
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I just can't get into this book. It may have a good plot, but the wordy, jerky dialogue is just too much punishment for me to consider continuing to try reading it. Perhaps a good editor would do some good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Political Ramblings October 25, 2013
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I could not finish this book, so it is surprising I give it 3 stars. This is because when there is some action, it is well written and exciting. However the politics put me to sleep.

There are those that will like this kind of book. Indeed, you only have to look at the number of 4 and 5 star reviews to see this. Though I would not class this author with Clancy or Le Carre, this book reminds me of them. As I said before the action is there is you wait for it.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent first effort! Truly engaging. Intelligent! August 15, 1999
Fred is a friend of mine and I am proud of his most excellent first effort. This book is intelligent, engaging and truly interesting. A delightful read! A unique and enthralling story of high-tech terrorism played out in the heartland of modern-day America. This is a fun and truly engaging read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I did not like the ending! April 26, 2014
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With that said, I did enjoy the book. The two stories merging in to one helped me to keep track of what was going on. I will definitely read more books by this author
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars real good read
This was a really good read. Kept me turning pages to see what happened next. I would recommend it for anyone liking action
Published 2 months ago by Jimq49
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling
this is a fast moving story full of suspense and action. great plot and story lines.
Published 2 months ago by Laura
3.0 out of 5 stars and a great read! The only problem is
It is well written, and a great read! The only problem is, the author spends so much time setting up everything and investing in the characters, only to abruptly end it, that it is... Read more
Published 2 months ago by bunky2
4.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Zero
A good read. The story flows well though the last few chapters slightly disappointing with the overkill in the mayhem delivered.
Published 3 months ago by Anjay Vather
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it, but thought there was too much detail ...
Enjoyed it ,but thought there was too much detail in some of it. And sometimes repeat.
Published 3 months ago by sharon hassebrock
3.0 out of 5 stars good story but terribly edited.
Too many editing errors ruined a good read. E.g., failure to catch spelling, quotation and other errors that detract from the story line.
Published 3 months ago by Janis G. Hannon
5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining
The story was well written and moved at a great pace and if had the time, I would have finished in one session.
Published 3 months ago by Jess
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting...
Interesting plot line...we realize even the most stable, responsible folks among us, me included, can be consumed by rage over the idiocy of those around us.
Published 3 months ago by Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a really good one
I thought this book was one of the best thrillers I have read. It was hard to put down. It ended a bit abruptly, an epilogue would have been nice. Good read!
Published 4 months ago by Pete57101
3.0 out of 5 stars Absolute zero
The editor should know the difference between Calvary and cavalry. When jumping from one set of characters to another, separate them with asterisks or something.
Published 4 months ago by sestrabeth
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More About the Author

A Chicago native, my first sampling of international travel was a piano master class at the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City, followed by studies in Barcelona and Costa Rica, all of which whetted my appetite for more.

Reasoning that a 'new frontier' might be interesting, I journeyed to mainland China in January of 1982, at a time when few Westerners had traveled there. This was followed by a long career in importing from Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia and and China.

As anyone who's crossed the Pacific knows, there's plenty of 'time to spare'. After reading hundreds of thrillers, I decided to write my own - Absolute Zero in 1999, Two Peasants and a President in 2012, - The Final Inhumanity in 2013 and my newest - The Doomsday Diary in 2014 are currently available on Kindle.


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