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Antarktos not so hot
on March 2, 2008
I have read sci-fi and adventure books for some 40 years, and I enjoy suspending belief for a book, but Antarktos pushes it to the limits and beyond.
The basic plot was good. The crustal displacement event and its effects were cool, and the early scenes with characters such as Anguta, and Whitney, were interesting. The scene with the frozen bodies in the abandoned church was good creepy, as were other scattered scenes.
I agree with other reviewers who have stated that things begin to thin out once they reached Antarktos.
Still, you want somewhat believable characters however crazy the plot gets, and it does get very crazy, piling one suspension of belief on another until the whole structure gets rather shaky.
I also felt that the characters and their interplay were not handled as well as I'd have liked.
As a Christian, I really wanted to like this book, but parts of it were rather silly, with stereotypes and dialogue, especially toward the end. And even the evangelizing seemed unnatural. Also, the characters of Ahmed and Zhou were awkward.
I had no problem with the short chapters, as some have had, it was like a serial thriller with mini cliffhangers every 3 pages.
All that said, I read the whole thing cover to cover. I can name other books that I gonged before the end (Crichton's disappointing State of Fear being a recent one), so I'll give it a generous 3 stars. Done right, Antarktos Rising could make a good movie, like Day After Tomorrow set in the Antarctic--and with monsters. And it's already set up for a sequel at the end, too.