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The Alex Cave Series. Book 2. Cold Energy Kindle Edition

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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.

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  • File Size: 2089 KB
  • Print Length: 309 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: James M. Corkill; 10 edition (January 20, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 20, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GQMIA3A
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SUMMARY

Strange, inexplicable weather patterns threaten human life as we know it. As various government agencies struggle to find a solution to this madness, they all converge on a single man: Alex Cave, a professor of geophysics, whose previous experience with ancient alien artifacts makes him the only man capable of solving this mystery and ending these ecological disasters before they threaten mankind. He joins the crew of the intrepid ship, "Mystic," in a race against time to recover the alien technology before it wipes us all out; but, unfortunately for Our Heroes, other crew members have their own plans for the voyage...

THE GOOD...

1) Let's start with the obvious: SCIENCE!

This book has a lot of SCIENCE. And yes, the "all caps" is necessary. You'll learn quite a bit from the details in here, including stuff on plate tectonics, volcanology, meterology, deep sea diving with submarines and remotely-controlled robots... and more.

2) Great momentum

Although the story flounders at the beginning, at a certain point it begins to hum along. There is a definite sense of tension that increases over time. Seriously, it got better and better as it went along. The plot was racing toward the latter quarter of the book.

3) A great twist in the middle

Almost two thirds of the way in the story changes quite a bit, and the twist makes things ever so much more fun. We were surprised when we encountered the change in the narrative, and were thrilled to follow where it led us.

4) A smashing ending

In keeping with the momentum of the story, there is a satisfying ending that makes the reader happy to have read it all. Natural disasters abound and Our Heroes face mortal peril. Will they get out alive?
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Sometimes a book series leans heavily on prior books and subsequent books. In this series, book one is standalone, but book two leaves you with a cliff hanger, and you'll just have to wait for book three to get the entire epic adventure. Such is life, I totally enjoyed Dead Energy, and I totally enjoyed Cold Energy, regardless of the cliff hanger. At least with this one, we are likely to get book three within a year, which is a helluva lot better than the wait I've had with a number of other books in series.

It's a shame that some great stories like this go unnoticed while just about any subsequent books written by someone like Tom Clancy (may he rest in peace) get sold by the millions, even though the life is completely out of them. I would far rather read fresh material from a completely new author than read a rehash of the same theme, same thoughts, same materials we so often get from "famous" authors. Give James Corkill a try. His stories are fresh and original, and full of life. You won't regret it.
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You are left hanging ...until Episode 3 shows up..when ever that is..I really dislike being
left hanging, my arms get tired after a while..If being left hanging does not bother you
it's a great read, otherwise wait till all the Episodes are published.
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First, I don't pretend to understand all the technical aspects of Mr. Corkill's books so I just go along for the ride and hope for a good story. In many ways this is better than the first one but it is very helpful to read Dead Energy (the first book in the series) before you get to this one. In fact, if you can stand it, buy the first one and this one and wait for the third before you start on them, because the story will flow smoother and you'll have the added benefit of not having to wait to find out "the rest of the story".
A couple of minor details - some of the dialog is a bit jerky and doesn't sound right, and for the second time Mr. Corkill introduces a female character who appears to be a bit flighty with her affections.
Do give this series a try. Unless Mr. Corkill suddenly tanks with his writing, his books will be on my "must read" list as he continues to bring us adventures.
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**I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.**
It's important to note this is Alex Cave's second adventure in the series. It won't throw you, but you won't have the background info walking in. This book was definitely as advertised by author James M. Corkill! In the same vein as Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt novels, it's got adventure, it's got elements of Sci-Fi, it has the required romantic element, oh and pirates. (You gotta have pirates.) The detail in this book was pretty amazing. The thought that had to go into creating this reality on Earth astounds me, as do all works like these. World building, even in a contemporary reality, is incredibly important.

So, we have Alex Cave, unassuming geologist (a la Indiana Jones) who has connections across the country with uber scientists in every field, including alien research! They all have to band together to save the planet from becoming frozen from an ancient device (is that a spoiler?). Not just frozen, but thrown into a planetary tailspin and into meteorological chaos. It's craziness.

The plot is set from the beginning, but drags a bit as we're introduced to tons of people. Be patient. You need them all. The difference between Alex and Dirk or Indiana is how he's not a one-man army *applauds author*. I sat up straight through sections in anticipation, relaxed into the friendly bits, and waddled haphazardly through the science (I'm a grammar nerd). But it was all good!

The downside, the newest edition given to me still has some errors. Not so many that I was kicked out of the story but all could easily be fixed. And some of the rapid POV changes threw me, as this is omniscient third person. You're in one person's head one paragraph and into someone else's the next.

However, the question of the hour is... Will I read Episode 3? Uh yeah. Gotta know how it all works out!
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