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65 Below Paperback – November 14, 2017
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"Basil knows how to write action." (James Scott Bell, Bestselling Author and Lecturer)
"Sands is fearless in his storytelling, and tireless in his quest to connect directly with his audience. Big Publishing? Watch out for this guy." (Scott Sigler, NYT Bestselling Author of "Infected", "Contagious" and "Ancestor")
"Basil Sands has a knack for blending action and intrigue in an all-too realistic setting. I just hope there are heroes like Basil's heroes fighting on our side." (Evo Terra, Founder of Podiobooks.com)
"Basil Sands is one awesome writer, penning stories pumped with enough adrenaline that you'll suffer from insomnia until you read the last word. This is one writer not to be missed." (Jeremy Robinson, Bestselling Author of "Jack Sigler" thriller series)
About the Author
Basil Sands he has lived in Alaska, San Diego, DC, Baltimore, and Ohio. After injuries sent him home early from the Marines, he worked at the NSA, owned a computer shop, was a carpenter, farmer, actor, lumberjack, voice actor, EMT, network administrator, helpdesk supervisor, Boy Scout leader, IT trainer, radio talk host, and youth minister, and a sergeant in the Alaska Defense Force Coastal Scouts.
He lives in Anchorage, Alaska with his wife and sons.
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The story takes place in interior Alaska (apparently in the area north of Anchorage up to Denali National Park) in mid-December. Either the author has lived there or he did a really good job of researching is locales. All is presented authentically and interestingly. The author does a good job in portraying life when the temperature drops to 50 and 60 below zero and the sun shines feebly for just a few hours a day. The story involves a plot by North Korean bad guys who seek to recover buried biological weapons and use them against the water supply of Alaskan cities and towns. Johnson and Wyatt are joined in the race to stop these guys by members of the Alaskan Defense Corp (which I assume actually exists), the State Troopers and some special forces types from the Fort Richardson area. The story is well paced and is brought to a somewhat reasonable conclusion. Most of the weapons and tactics used seemed authentic and reasonable. All in all, a good story set in an interesting locale.
The chief complaint with the book is the same as with so many Kindle-only books: the editing is either terrible or non-existent. In this book, chapters are mis-numbered (chapter 12 is followed by, well, *another* chapter 12!) and each chapter ends in a number that more-or-less corresponds to the chapter to follow. The first half of the book was otherwise not too bad but the second half of the book looks like the author didn't bother to proof-read his work and certainly didn't hire a copy-editor. Some sentences are incomplete, words are missing or included twice and a few lines were incomprehensible. I've read other Kindle-only titles that were much worse but that would be false praise at best. My impression is that the author himself proof-read the first half of the book but not the second. All of the errors were of the type that you'd see if you relied on Microsoft Spell Checker to be your copy editor.
I think this is a good read and an excellent value but I hope the author will find himself a copy editor to go through the manuscript and perhaps come up with a second edition.
One major issue is the formatting. It is formatted in a way that makes it hard to read as the text is center justified so there is white space on both ends of every line.
The premise of the story is not too bad, but the story and the story telling just did not grab on to me and make me finish it.
After a terrrorist bombing in Washington (state) a few months previous, we progress to Alaska with a technician for an electrical coop checking out a power outage and nearly being killed by a terrorist. Then a recent veteran runs across the same terrorist at a grocery store and overhears them speaking in Albanian. By a weird coincidence, the veteran speaks Albanian. He becomes suspicious. Then the first guy shows up at the grocery and they compare notes and both are suspicious so one of them contacts a state police commander who is a friend of his.
It just gets more and more convoluted as the story progresses. At one point the state police commander decides to turn the investigation over to the former girlfriend of the veteran.
I like this type of book, but I have to believe there is at least some chance that the story as it is laid out could actually happen. I just did not believe that with this story. I can't deal with a long series of unlikely coincidences one after another as the plot line. A few are OK, but after a while I just don't believe that many strange coincidences can happen and so lose interest.
I also did not believe the technology being described. At one point the book says "It transferred electricity that powered huge sections of the pipeline and funneled thousands of watts to a series of military training facilities at the backside of Eielson Air Force Base." Really? Thousands of Watts? By the way - Watts is a proper noun and should be capitalized. A typical hair dryer is almost 2000W. You would need a lot more than thousands of watts to power any military base.
In another place the book refers to some security guards on the Alaska pipeline this way "... only hired the most professional and potentially most dangerous guards to fulfill their role in protecting one of the country's most valued resources. Most of these were former military police, and many had served as Marines or Special Forces." Really? I can't imagine too many former SF guys that would go be a security guy in Alaska. In any case, how can most of them have been former MPs while many were Marines or SF?
The part of the book that I read is a series of this kind of thing. I just lost interest in reading anymore of it. No harm done to my wallet - pretty sure it was a freebie.
I didn't give this book a five-star rating only because I felt that the flow of the book was somewhat marred. Mr. Sands uses a flashback technique, but not as effectively as he could. He starts the book and the reader is drawn into the book by really good writing - but then the flow of the book hits a bump in the road with the first of his several flashbacks (the protagonist's participation in a military action in Africa in 1998). In my opinion, the flow of the book could have been maintained by condensing all these flashbacks into one. There was too much information in the flashbacks that didn't pertain to the story that takes place in the 21st century.
Other reviewers have commented on the number of typos in this book. I read it in a Kindle edition, but I didn't see that many errors - just a few. Improving the flow of the story could have made a good thriller into a great thriller.
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Once again, Sands wrote a better synopsis that I cannot beat: “A nearly forgotten bunker in the frozen wastes of Alaska is hiding a weapon that could...Read more