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The Frozen Sky: The Novel [Kindle Edition]

Jeff Carlson
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (419 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

Product Details

  • 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: #2,401 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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58 of 63 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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41 of 51 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 13 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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars THE FROZEN STORY [INTERNATIONAL BOREDOM] August 2, 2013
By Joshua
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Okay here's my problem, I'm trying to figure just what the heck is going on in this book Jeff Carlson doesn't describe squat and I have no idea what these characters look like their backstories and most importantly why should I even give crap.

The book would be much more interesting if Carlson took the time to describe who these people are and the environment this is taking place in, he tries to keep it interesting by jumping back and forth between what I'm assuming in the ending and the beginning but he does it in such a way that it's actually jarring (would it kill you to separate the flashbacks into chapters man?)

The aliens called Sunfish (most non-menacing name for an hostile alien race I've heard since Ender's Game's Buggers)why they are pretty creative in some respects that I have to give him some credit for that but focus on your human characters please man explain some of them to me better.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written
Excellent hard science fiction. Engaging overlays of politics, realistic advanced tech, human foibles (greed, curiosity, honor, and animal drives), plus great action. Read more
Published 3 days ago by David J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good Read
Published 4 days ago by Maggie May
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good science focused and non fantasy based novel
Published 16 days ago by Kris Thompson
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
OK but I did not find it a page turner.
Published 18 days ago by Richard Stum
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done storyline
The story was captivating and kept you wondering what was next.
I can not put my finger on it, but something was a little off. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Book Worm!!!
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Published 1 month ago by raymond gaito jr
3.0 out of 5 stars Good concept though
The tech is a little overwhelming. Good concept though.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Next...
I just could never get into this one... as a fan of harder SF it spent too much time moralizing and not enough time on the science/technology... Read more
Published 1 month ago by R. Thomas
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, but...
Good story overall but definitely had some soft spots. I would still recommend this as something fun to read...
Published 1 month ago by Hanns Bell
2.0 out of 5 stars dont buy this
I love science fiction, but I stopped reading this book 1/2 way in. It just wasn't captivating, it wasn't thrilling, it was somewhat interesting in concept but the lack of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by ICESTORM
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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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