on Jan. 21, 2014 :
I thought this was a phenomenally composed book deserving of great attention. From my reading of the book, there is no shortage of horror in this suspenseful tale stressed by the dreadfully apparent mystique of the unknown itself. I came away feeling the immense mood, driven by the bleak atmosphere. It was something hard to put down, being such a horror buff myself. This is why I felt it was important to dedicate a review to this story. Because it is something that should not be overlooked by either horror enthusiasts or those who may have just relished the thought of reading a horror book for the first time.
We learn very shortly that the main character, Blake to be exact, is prominently known as a being a naval rescue man with strong unfaltering leadership skills. At the beginning of the story, he commands a close knit two-man group as demanded by Flint, who is the Head Captain of the ship, to investigate the isolated communications between the main station of interest and their corporation trying desperately to establish contact with them. But the truths of what has happened are literally covered under a deep stratum of snow, and are left with more questions than before.
With a level of mystery as deep as the Antarctic sea and with no hope of drudging up the horrifying events to have lead up to the disaster, Blake carries on with his own life, thinking about his absence from the naval rescue service as dereliction of his own responsibilities in some moments of the story. As usual, the story carries on, this time in New York City with Blake meeting up with an old friend. Though this old friendship does not last as an untold military presence places the entire city on deadlock, leaving you, and everything within the perimeter stranded inside their living quarters. This where the sinister turn of the story begins to unfold.
The military sirens screaming in the city, Blake gets herded into a bunker with unfamiliar people who are just as confused as he was. With the iron reinforced door clamped shut, the dreadfully concerned faces of parents and wailing children adds to the grim realism of the bunker itself. But even with the strong leadership of Blake, and those who he was able to develop some particulate amount of composure in, a roaring rumbling event forces the people to stay inside, fearful of opening the very door to which the outside screams were once heard, and encouraging those inside to carve out a new life. Everything within is vibrating with the ravishing aura found in a real community. But this does not last long as what awaits them above is a furry of Antarctic looking dust and an ominous secret hidden among the swirling torrent threatening not only their lives but every living thing on the planet itself.
What an awesome book. I am definitely looking forward to more books from this writer.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)