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The Frozen Sky: The Novel [Kindle Edition]

Jeff Carlson
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (432 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"I'm hooked." --Larry Niven
A first-rate adventure." --Allen Steele


Something is alive inside Jupiter's ice moon Europa. Robot probes find an ancient tunnel beneath the surface, its walls carved with strange hieroglyphics. Led by elite engineer Alexis Vonderach, a team of scientists descends into the dark... where they confront a savage race older than mankind...


Based on the award-winning short story, The Frozen Sky is a new full-length sci fi thriller novel from the international bestselling author of Plague Year.

Editorial Reviews


"Pulse pounding." --Publishers Weekly

I'm hooked." --Larry Niven

This is his best book yet." --Allen Steele

Highly recommended." --Seanan McGuire

Nothing short of amazing." --David Marusek

About the Author

Jeff Carlson is the international bestselling author of Plague Year, Interrupt, and The Frozen Sky. His new novel is Frozen Sky 2: Betrayed. To date, his work has been translated into sixteen languages worldwide.

Readers can find free excerpts, videos, contests, and more on his website at

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  • File Size: 1618 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: JVE (January 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009GLM5LG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,946 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Instant classic science fiction story October 4, 2012
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Jeff Carlson has outdone himself with this expansion on his novella. Pure Science Fiction goodness. Had me spellbound from beginning to end. The tech is realistic, the aliens are...well alien, not just anthropomorphized characters that don't look quite human. Carlson's portrayal of corporate greed is spot on with our current culture. My favorite science fiction novel in recent memory.
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65 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and Realistic First Contact Story January 9, 2013
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I just bought this book on a lark for reading fodder and was *so* surprised when this turned out to be a tense, hard-science, gritty and amazingly-realistic first contact story. Now THIS is what I call science fiction featuring *real* aliens with an exotic and obtuse alien culture. More than 90% of the kindle SF books are crappy soap, oops, space opera. The Frozen Sky is a shining oasis in the desert!
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Aliens In a Long Time November 29, 2012
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The Frozen Sky has the best alien race I've read in a long, long time. Jeff Carlson's "Sunfish" are superb in every way, and far superior to those of many mainstream science-fiction writers. He has a rapid-fire, "can't put it down" plot, wonderful aliens, a crippled AI, a protagonist who makes human and horrible mistakes but keeps on trying, and a believable near-future history. What's not to like here?

Buy it now, but don't start it unless you have to both finish it and sleep, because "just-one-more-page" syndrome _will_strike.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sci fi/drama February 4, 2013
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Jeff Carlson does his homework. All of his science is based on very real expectations of technology in the next century, and his fiction is page turning suspense. From interplanetary travel to the basic cultural assumptions of humans in a First Contact scenario, this book delivers on every page.

I have not read the short story of the same title, nor will I having read the full length novel.

If you want a low cost, high reward science fiction novel to spend a weekend on ( I took closer to a week, but that Calculus doesn't do itself, nor do my dogs walk themselves ) I would highly recommend both The Frozen Sky, and Plague Year, another of Carlson's delightfully energetic and dramatic novels.
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43 of 54 people found the following review helpful
By philip
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Read the short story and I really liked it. Thought I would give the novel a try.
Some short stories should just stay that way.
I am sure Mr. Carlson is a fine writer, but this novel is just horrible.
Let's just say you land on a planet or moon and find life for the first time. Finally we are not alone!!
What would be the first thing you do?
Kill it and try to extract its DNA to potentially make super soliders ? Well then you would love this story.
I really liked the characters, they lacked personality, empathy or any qualities you would like to find in real people to keep the story moving.
Story moving? Good luck.
I suggest reading in bed because this book works faster than nyquil.
The only saving grace? I think I paid $1.99.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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The book addresses the morality of humanity when meeting with an alien culture that is not obvious if it is sentient or not and of course the nature of many to take advantage of any situation. From that standpoint, it is well written and if you enjoy that type of book, you should enjoy it. I just prefer epic space battles.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent scifi adventure October 20, 2012
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I really enjoyed The Frozen Sky. A genuine page turner that was reminiscent of the intelligent writing of Crichton. I thought the action got off to an explosive start and chucked me right in. Then, when I later began to worry if the pace was slackening Carlson slammed the gear right up again. Characters were solid and believsble and whilst the politicsl background back on Earth was less than fleshed out I didn't have a problem with it as for me it neatly mirrored the cut off feeling I understood the characters were experiencing so far trom home.
At times the story did come close to being s little preachy, particularly with its obvious parallels with earth's unfortunate domestic history of bloody first contacts with new cultures, but ultimately I think it trod the line well. If I was to pick any holes it would just be the convenience of Lam. Although this element was neatly led into from the start so was not at all a jarring part of the narrative. All in all a great read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Frozen Sky December 12, 2013
By C.B.
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To begin with, let me say that Sci-Fi is not my cup of tea and I rarely read sci-fi novels; however, I was intrigued by the title and reviews of this book so I purchased it. Overall, it's a good story with well developed and interesting characters. I trudged through the first hundred pages and almost stopped reading it but decided to continue. The second and third set of one hundred pages still didn't capture my imagination so I continued to the end.

It's a good book for sci-fi fans. The story gets better as you continue toward the end of the book. I admire the author's imagination and writing skills but again, sci-fi just doesn't appeal to me, although I'll admit that I did watch the TV shows Battlestar Galactica, Alien Nation, Stargate, Babylon 5 and both the Star Trek TV shows and movies when I was younger. This is the first digital book purchased from Amazon that wasn't riddled with proofreading errors and I appreciate it. Nothing rubs me the wrong way like sloppy editing.

I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys sci-fi.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars I thought it missed the mark
I enjoyed the first bit of the story, but then it just went on and on and barely held my attention. Eventually I was just reading to find out how it ended and was then let down... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Travis Mohrman
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Concept.
I enjoy Jeff's stuff, and this thoughtful, claustrophobic read is a good yarn.
Published 6 days ago by Pastor of Disaster
2.0 out of 5 stars Eh fiction, very bad science.
Interesting scenario ruined by an author who doesn't understand the slow pace of real science. This 'first contact' scenario is dominated by the naive quest to define minute... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars Frozen is a exciting and fun book to read
Frozen is a exciting and fun book to read. A book that was full of suspense, and very imagenative; really enjoyable.
Published 16 days ago by Marti R. Worden
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an intelligent and complex study of solar system exploration...
This is an intelligent and complex study of solar system exploration and initial alien encounter. The plot was pushed a bit too much by the 'Brazilian' competition in the same area... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Hans D.
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
This a really boring book. I got tired of it early and skipped ahead a free times. It never gets better.
Published 20 days ago by Merl K. Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars One of those compelling reads
I come to authors I don't know with an open mind. I'm usually still open (empty) when I'm done. It was a pleasant surprise to find Jeff Carlson. Read more
Published 21 days ago by D. Carman
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
A little too much.
Published 23 days ago by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprise!
Have you ever wondered what extraterrestrial life might be like? This story has an unusual look at the possibilities.
Published 28 days ago by Gary L. O'Brien
2.0 out of 5 stars needs a good editor
story was interesting initially, but then it started to ramble. also characterization seems poor.
i suggest the author hire a good editor to trim the rambling parts. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Gino Lee
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More About the Author

Jeff Carlson is the international bestselling author of "Plague Year," "Interrupt" and "The Frozen Sky." To date, his work has been translated into sixteen languages worldwide. His new novel is "Frozen Sky 2: Betrayed."

Readers can find free fiction, videos, contests, and more on his web site at

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