An extraordinary thriller set at the frozen edge of the world, perfect for fans of Kate Mosse, Michael Crichton and Dan Brown.
In the Arctic Ocean, the US Coast Guard icebreaker Terra Nova batters its way through the pack ice. There shouldn't be anyone near them for hundreds of miles. But then a lone skier, half-dead with cold, emerges out of the snow. His name is Tom Anderson, and he is the only survivor of a disaster at Zodiac Station, a scientific research base deep in the Arctic Circle. He tells an incredible story of scientists and spies, of lust and greed, of jealousy, mayhem and murder. But his tale simply doesn't add up. Whose blood is smeared across his clothes? Why is there a bullet hole through the jacket he's wearing, and why is that jacket labelled with someone else's name? It's clear that more was going on at Zodiac Station than Anderson is telling. And someone else may have survived the disaster, as well. someone who has killed before, and who is willing to kill again.
©2014 Tom Harper (P)2014 Hodder & Stoughton
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never heard of the author, so this was a crapshoot for me. I kept expecting it to be awful or at best mediocre. but it just kept getting better. what a happy surprise. and the narrator is first rate. if you're looking for an engaging sci-fi/mystery that won't insult your intelligence, try this one.
The performance by Piers Wehener was truly a highlight, but the overall twists and turns in the story arc was compelling. I really didn't see how the story was to resolve until the very end.
The conclusion has so many angles and asymetric ideas, it grabbed me.
His accents and emotions are very impression.
The internal dialogue by our hero is thoughtful and realistic.
I was moved by this book , which, for a protypical Arctic thriller, is unusual. Very impressive and well worth the credit.
Best listen of the summer! Excellent story, well written, and superb narration. Keeps you wondering until the very end. Well worth the credits.
Please Audible, find more of these gems.
I enjoyed the story. It's got a very twisty plot with a bit of an homage to one of literature's greatest horror novels (I won't say which, because that will give away the story). The setting is well described, eerie and tension-filled. It's a tale narrated through a number of different character's POVs and documents, which makes the pacing slightly odd, but helps to keep you on the edge of your seat and guessing.
The one part of the story I thought was a big of a let-down was the rather superficial, convenient characterizations. There are some really intriguing characters in the story and I thought they could have been better fleshed out. I got the feeling they were left tenuous in order to allow the plot more flexibility. When I can see that in a story, it bothers me a little.
Nonetheless, as a thriller/murder mystery, it makes for good listening.
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The opening, as above, was promising. The setting, the ice caps around the Arctic Ocean, is rendered quite vividly, and the characters are introduced in a way that promises good things to come. They really never do.
I don't think so. I don't believe he has the talent to keep the reader's attention for that long. When I put this down after about four hours, I listened to "Strip," by Thomas Perry. Very quickly I felt amused, entertained and completely enjoying the talents of a truly great writer. Some got it, and some don't.
I think the performance is OK. It's the material that gets scientifically as stiff and boring as a corpse. We get small doses of interesting ideas to whet our appetite, and then we are completely overwhelmed by science which is stupefyingly boring.
I don't think I could answer this question, other than to say that you would improve the book by cutting it in half. I was reminded by a quote from Elmore Leonard, a truly masterful and prolific writer. When someone asked him why his books were so entertaining, he said, "I leave out the parts that people don't read."
This was a well written story. You had to pay attention, and the story is told from a number of viewpoints, so you need to concentrate as well. There were many unexpected twists in the plot. I found the characters believable.
I could not guess the outcome and kept trying to figure out where it was going. Just when you think you have a handle on the story it twists another way. Lots of fun!
Though there were a few segments that dragged a bit, it still kept me hooked trying to figure out what was coming next. I liked that the story was approached from different points of view, each one differing from the other.
I haven't heard him before but I really liked his performance. He is excellent with different voices (male and female and different ethnic accents).
I'm not sure. There is so much to this story that it would be hard to put it in one tag line.
I really loved how the author created each occurrence from differing points of view and changed the whole story by how each person viewed the events from their individual perspective. I also learned a lot about how genetics sequencing works from his uniquely simplistic model of Lego blocks being put together. Great ending and totally unexpected.
PENGUINS AND POLAR BEARS. NO WAY!! BECAUSE OF THE CONSTANT REFERENCE TO BOTH WAS UNABLE TO FINISH THE STORY. A SIMPLE CHECK WOULD HAVE TOLD THE WRITER THEY ARE NOT AT THE SAME POLAR REGION. VERY POORLY RESEARCHED.
I love the way the story was told by a number of characters from their journals & other paper works. It created mysteries within mysteries that kept my attention and interest all the way.
The very end of Tom's journal; I won't say anything else here, or it will be a giveaway.
the final chapters of the book as they unfolded, gave resolution to the to the previous chapters in a most unexpected way.
This book is not a simple thriller, where what you see is what you get. Rather it's quite the opposite.The writing of Tom Harper, was nicely achieved and gave gravity to an excellent performance by, Piers Wehener. I have not heard of this narrator before, but will be looking out for his other works. The story weaves this way and that, told from a number of viewpoints until you're at a loss as to who the protagonist might be. It kept my interest all the while with each character shedding some light on the situation and each other. However it's not until quite near the end until the whole story comes together in a most unexpected way that almost left me gasping. I liked the ending which left as many questions unanswered as those that had been answered. I recommend this book for those who enjoy a wonderful mystery suspense but where your ability to collate facts and your own mental creativity is not put on hold and becomes an intrinsic part of the denouement and final resolution - especially. Highly recommended\
The book started very well and seemed to have endless possibilities with a intricate plot and endless twists. Following this promising start, the book ended very poorly with a limp ending as if the author had run out of ideas and wanted to finish it without putting in any effort. It was a real disappointment.
Visual, interesting, thrilling
There was no particular favourite character.
I enjoyed it all
It was a good thriller, certainly did not make me laugh or cry, was not that sort of audiobook.
"Tailed off for me"
mostly good but ending was a bit of non event for me. good narration though
"Any chance of a follow on"
Brilliant story from start to finish I have listened to this book on a number of nights since the purchase
"A far better book than most both this type"
A great thriller - and a real page turner if audio books can be page turners ! Some really nice writing too.The big reveal is a bit of a let down, but the pleasure in this book is in the journey, and not arriving at the destination. Really enjoyed it and I will be looking out for other title by this author.
"Zodiac Station by Tom Harper"
It has to be up there near the top
A riveting story which for much of the book was like a re-write of Alistair Maclean's "Ice Station Zebra" which I loved - but then came the twist a twist.
The part when you finally realise that there are "2" Tom Andersons!
Will the "real" Tom Anderson please step forward.
The narration was great! I must admit that I have not come across Piers Wehener before, but I will certainly be looking out for other books narrated by him!!
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