It's a breathless race against time in Cold Energy, the new novel from author James M. Corkill. The second novel to feature Alex Cave, Corkill is certainly mastering the art of suspense whilst demonstrating his ability to craft a well-researched and intriguing plotline. Yes, the main event requires the suspension of disbelief, but Corkill cleverly tempers this with fact that creates a genuine sense of authenticity, rapidly building intrigue and tension amongst his characters as they search for the origins of an alien phenomenon that threatens the entire planet. Certainly, a highly engrossing tale that fans of Clive Cussler and the late Tom Clancy will enjoy, but Corkill has his own distinctive style of writing. He definitely doesn't spare the action, but he also likes to dally in the detail which will appeal to readers with an interest in science and he has a genuine knack for creating highly memorable characters. Alex Cave undoubtedly shines throughout, but every hero needs a villain and Corkill serves up a delightfully wretched individual in John Dieter who proves an able catalyst for the jeopardy that abounds. As a sequel Cold Energy works really well and undeniably hints of exciting releases to come from author James M Corkill. It is highly recommended.