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Absolute Zero [Kindle Edition]

Frederick Aldrich
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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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
  • ASIN: B008MKPLSQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,115 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous plot and action June 30, 2001
Format:Hardcover
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hindsight July 15, 2012
Format:Hardcover
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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6 of 6 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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2 of 2 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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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent first effort! Truly engaging. Intelligent! August 15, 1999
Format:Hardcover
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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The book has a great pemise but in my opinion became a bit implausible as it proceded. The author could have had the story more in-line with reality and it still would have beed a very good read. I certainly would look at other books by this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling February 18, 2014
By Charlie
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This book is for a possible future if America does not wake up. This was a fast paced rollercoaster of characters and crazies. The plot is almost believable and solid.
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This was a fascinating yarn. The possibility of another terrorist attack, one more devastating than we already have suffered, is very real. Terrorists do like mass soft targets exposing a few picked members to create mass destruction and loss of life. An attack with bioterrorism weapon like this if it were to go as planned could overwhelm the world, because it takes time to manufacture a vaccine , test it, and most of all produce it. This time would be measured in years. Prime example the H1N1 flu appeared in 2009, but only now do we have an effective vaccine. Then you have to get people to take it. They're theory is correct most the world would die, including the animals. Those who survive would probably die, of starvation. Even in Cuba and Iran might not be safe as the virus is airborne and dead bodies could disperse some of the virus for miles.

The only thing I felt was missing, was an epilogue, to wrap up the details. What happened to the Captain and his cohorts, how did the President deal with Cuba and Iran and then the rest of the world as they found out what had happened. How did Chicago recover from being the battleground, with police and civilian carnage every where. On another note I praise the authors research, and attention to detail. Even some which seems a bit fantastical.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A page turner
Star rating of 4.5
Mr . Aldrich makes a realist statement about the plight of the American farmer crossed with some zealots of the world. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Margie
3.0 out of 5 stars Political Ramblings
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. Read more
Published 5 months ago by David Morris
4.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Zero
Good read...lots of action...I would read a second book ...I can see a series potential. OMG...if this happens in USA ...Good work!
Published 11 months ago by Diana
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting
A very good read. It started out a bit slow and with more descriptive verbage than I am used to, but once I got into the flow of the author's style I really got "lost" in the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by uhltides
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrills on every page
A real page turner. It did not make sense for the navy captain to pursue the terrorists without alerting the military. This was the only problem I has with the plot. Read more
Published 14 months ago by imhistory
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read with action.
This was a good read, but had some implausible plot elements. I also found the renaming of Fidel Castro distracting. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Donald Weissgerber
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth wading through the sloggy bits
Overall, I liked the book. I rarely write reviews, instead clicking the LIKE button when I like one, but I felt moved to write something about Absolute Zero. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Melissa Kaplan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
To right up there with Clancy or Patterson, best I have read in a long time. Thanks for a excellent book.
Published 15 months ago by Donald Scoby
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely awesome
i read Absolute Zero. and i have got to say i could not put the book down.i couldn't wait to get to the end and when i did i was so amazed as to how the story ended. Read more
Published 15 months ago by comachedave
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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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