Ryan has such and entertaining writing style it is a pleasure to read his books. I like his character development and interaction,the intrigue, surprises and twists in the plots. He obviously did a lot of research for this book to make the whole setting realistic and believable. His description of some of the scenes there in Antarctica was so realistic I could feel the cold and had to turn the heater on!
I have subscribed to his mailing list after reading the first book and I am glad I did. Got the pre-release a few days ago before anyone else and just had to sit down and read it from cover to cover.
I am all excited to see that third book, Genetic Bullets.
C'est Moi Amazon Reviewer - JC Ryan does it again! A magnificent read that you won't be able to put down. I read the 10th Cycle,first book in this series, a little while back and loved it! I couldn't wait to start this one, especially because it is based around the controversial Piri Reis map, compiled in 1513, that shows an accurate depiction of the coastline of Antarctica before the Polar Ice Shelf covered it. (By 23 million years ago,Antarctica was mostly icy forest and for the last 15 million years, it has been a frozen desert under a thick ice sheet.) How did they map a continent's shoreline when it was covered in ice??
I loved this book more than the first one! Mr. Ryan certainly does his homework to get the details accurate and tell an incredible story that draws you in so you feel you're on the adventures with the characters. This novel particularly kept my attention for several long nights. It's fascinating to contemplate the possibilities of past advanced civilizations, wiped out from various catastrophes, and sending mankind back into the dark past from which it arose. Far too many inexplicable objects have been discovered to make sense of human evolution as it's currently accepted.
This book, although fiction, really makes you consider these items, "from past advanced civilizations", as exactly what they appear to be. It does not draw the "alien visitation" conclusion, but the fact that mankind has been on this world and wiped out many, many times over, with very little of their technology escaping that destruction.
This book is amazing and I highly recommend it to everyone.
Meghan Top Amazon Reviewer - Will blow your mind away. Having read JC Ryan's previous book, 'The Tenth Cycle', I knew the second one would either be a let-down or at least equal to the first book in terms of all its literary qualities. But I'm glad to report that this second book, 'Ninth Cycle Antarctica', sets the bar significantly higher in all aspects: from suspense,to the depth and intricacy of plot, to pacing, to masterful storytelling, and even the overall entertainment value. Indeed, author JC Ryan took on the challenge of writing an even greater book--and succeeded in a flourish.
The book, this time, is about the mystery surrounding Antarctica, somehow ushered in by the video footage salvaged from a doomed Navy SEAL mission in the said continent. The footage seems to indicate intriguing artefacts buried under the perma-ice. But this is only the tip of the iceberg(pun intended), as what really gets the folks at the Rossler Foundation itching for answers is the existence of a map that accurately shows the coastlines of Antarctica--a map that could have possibly be drawn from space, with the use of advanced imaging equipment able to penetrate the ice cover. But there's one major catch: the said map was made in the 16th century, and the sheer lack of answers as to how that was possible propels Rossler Foundation's Charles Summers to head over there and investigate. Joining their team is a wild card:marine veteran Josh Rossler, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder,haunted by his demons and his guilt. Of course, what's a Rossler Foundation mission without the murderous intervention of the Orion Society, who stealthily infiltrates Summers' team, with the ultimate goal of taking over once Summers and his men are dead.
Now, if that fails to get your juices flowing, then nothing will. Because, at bottom, the 'Ninth Cycle Antarctica' is a darned great read--author JC Ryan masterfully uses the kind of stuff you usually find featured on shows like 'Ancient Aliens', intricately weaving such mysteries in such a believable plot that you'll find your heart racing merely a few pages into the book. The magic thing that holds the whole plot together is JC Ryan's literary craftsmanship--he has that uncanny knack to put little " plot bombs"along the way, compelling you to keep on turning the pages as he carefully strikes a balance between his careful use of verisimilitude and jaws-dropping plot twists. When I say you will not put this book down, I'm not kidding.
Thoroughly satisfying, 'Ninth Cycle Antarctica' is a definite must-read--and if I may say,
should also have a movie version. Fans of suspense thrillers who love well-woven conspiracy theories and a bit of romance on the side will find their thirst slaked. Get a copy today--well-deserving of the five-star ratings it gets.