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- Print Length: 282 pages
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- Publisher: Schmall World Publishing (January 8, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 8, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CKDPU4G
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430,880 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Melt Zone: Fast Paced Mystery (Spire Novel Book 3) Kindle Edition
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Incidentally, the previous two novels were similar in this basic approach- borrow various elements from different sub-genres (sc-fi, espionage, adventure, etc.) and twine them around a central theme (in this case- a possible myth about Nazis having built a secret base in Antartica). As with his earlier writings, the narrative is lucid, and while it may not be very ordinary, is not literary either.
The basic plot is that a huge area in Antartica starts to melt, raising concerns of environmental damage. A team of scientists exploring the incident stumble upon an underground man-made structure, which turns out to be diabolic, designed to kill anyone trying to access it unauthorisedly. The disappearance of these scientists, and then that of the rescue team subsequently, brings Robert Spire into the picture, who soon gets drawn into an inter-continental game of cat and mouse, with female assassins having bionic limbs chasing him with an intent to kill. It ultimately becomes Spire's responsibility to try and save the people around him, as well as a global catastrophe.
Despite sounding critical on some of the issues highlighted above, the novel manages to entertain, overall. I did lose the flow at times, but ended up being decently entertained with all the break-neck action and adventure. Only, my humble suggestion to the author is try and bring lesser number of individual items of thrill in his next novel, and rather develop the plot and narration with fewer but more nuanced elements. I read his novels attracted to them primarily as eco-thrillers, so avoidable elements (like bionics, for example, or the unnecessary bit on two escaped jailed convicts) create diversions. Three stars for this one. But, will I await the next Robert Spire? Oh yes!!
One of the things I liked about this book is, that, unlike the first book, the action was toned down, and there was not that frantic feeling that Spire has to be in deadly danger every second of the book. Although most of the characters (even the antagonists, of course), were in some kind of danger or other, it was laid back and mellow compared to the first.
I did enjoy the obligatory female character, although I would like to see books where the female characters (not just character -- a female marine could have been included, for instance) are there purely for the same reason the men are there and NOT Spire's love interest.
I don't think this is a spoiler, but what do I know? : ) I found the subject matter interesting, and enjoyed the explanation for the Foo Fighters. It is as reasonable as anything anyone else knows, and the German scientists were exceptional.
One thing for the author. The last time you wrote it, you finally got it right! Leant is the Brit spelling, not lent. Way less editing errors. There was one scene that really aggravated me, though. Spoiler -- Spire's taxi was waiting for him. In order to keep him from using the taxi to escape, she disables the driver, it doesn't even say she takes the keys, then opens the bonnet and --disconnects the battery cables? Really?? *I* could fix that, and I don't even know where to put the cables to jump the battery.
So, even with that snaffu, I enjoyed the book, and am looking forward to the next one.
There were too many errors to list, and though they were irritating, I still managed to read the entire book. This should have been a five star book, but given the condition it's in, three is the limit for me.
If this were to be edited, it would a five star book.
Nonetheless, I can't wait for another Spire adventure, so I have high expectations for COTA. Keep all the Spire coming our way.
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There is an interesting story-line but the characters are never really developed. It has the sense of something written more for the screen, with lots of chases and confrontations. The secret of the 'almost sci-fi' genre is to fix the unbelievable within a framework of reality. I can suspend belief and accept an impossible construction under the Antarctic but also to have the hero perform demanding feats despite a shot/torn trapezius muscle, is just too much.
Quite a few typos - Islet instead of Eyelet, Beach instead of Beech, words missed out etc.
J'aurais aimé mettre la note de 4,5/5, juste parce que certaines actions sont tout bonnement à la limite du réel même pour un super héros...N'hésitez pas, Simon Rosser nous offre ici un livre qui vous maintiendra en haleine jusqu'à la fin.