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Polar Vortex

Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (202 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A routine commercial flight disappears over the North Pole. No wreckage. No transponder signals.

Mitch Matthews is writer struggling to make ends meet when his wife's brother offers them a first-class seat on a flight from Hong Kong to New York. When his wife needs to stay behind, it becomes an opportunity for some quality daddy-daughter time with his five-year-old Lilly. At check-in, they run into a strange Norwegian arguing with a huge Russian. A mysterious redhead is guarding a package in the business lounge. But everything is fine...right up until the event.

Within hours of Allied Airlines 695 disappearing, a massive international search is launched. Aircraft and ships are dispatched from Russia, America, Canada, and Norway. How can a modern airliner simply vanish in one of the most heavily monitored places on Earth? 

Global tensions rise. The media and grieving families whip into a frenzy. The armed forces of America and Russia tip the world toward the brink of an apocalyptic war. 

Weeks later, found on the ice in a chance discovery, the journal of Mitch Matthews reveals the incredible truth behind the disappearance of Allied 695, and what really happened in the Polar Vortex.

©2019 Matthew Mather (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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Wow! This is a fantastic listen!

This book did a great job of making me feel like I was in the book. I felt the hopelessness and cold. I felt the terror or trying to protect the child. And I felt the interminable wait/trek without ever feeling like the book was slow or boring.

In addition, the narrator is very talented. So many different voices. It seriously sounded like there were several narrators.

I highly recommend this book!!!

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Thank you Matthew Mather!

I was listening and listening and waiting for the punch line. When it came: it blew me over. Well played Sir! Well played. While some of the earlier prose made me wonder if I wanted to buy into the story: it was good enough to give a pass. I am SO happy I did. I don't know how or why you built this story: but (again) Well Played.

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Excitement aplenty

If you're a danger junkie who likes to see man against the elements this book is for you. A plane crashes in the polar region and the protagonist is pitted against danger both natural and human. His one goal is to protect his young daughter Lilly and get her home. This is a true pucker-fest.

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Makes me never want to fly over the Arctic again

Complex characters. Unforgiving landscape. I like that children were, in some ways, major players. That gave the story a freshness.

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  • Mike Wick
  • Beaumont, TX United States
  • 05-10-19

Hardly A Story

Ballyhooed as a tense struggle for survival, this bit of claptrap crawls out and makes us listen to babbling personal imaginings. Not set at the top of the world but in Singapore complete with endless backgrounds of insignificant players. Not for me.

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Far fetched

Interesting but non believable plot. An international terror story that kept me interested. A good survival story.

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  • Brian
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • 05-20-19

A Survival & Mystery Mashup

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I’ve read a couple of Mather books and I have even more in my queue to read. When I saw the cover and the synopsis of this book I knew I was going to jump on it. It wasn’t exactly what I thought it was going to be, but it was still an interesting story.

I need to read the synopsis again to see what Mather gives away there (as to not spoil anything for you here). The opening line of the synopsis really does most of the book justice. “A routine commercial flight disappears over the North Pole. No wreckage. No transponder signals.” There was a lot more to this book those. It reads like a survival thriller mixed with a mystery. There were a few times that I was thinking that it had a “Clue” feel to it. Not the funny movie necessarily, but every time you tried to figure out “whodunit” it felt like it was a guess of a person, a weapon, and a reason.

Unfortunately, it was a bit of a slow burn – it grabbed my attention early, but then took its time letting the reader really feel out what was going to happen. There were numerous times that I thought for sure that things were just going to end and I was going to be livid. Thankfully, that did not happen and the last 25% of the book absolutely flew by. That’s when the final reveal(s) happened and it definitely made the book a worthwhile read.

Overall, I enjoyed Polar Vortex and while it wasn’t an “Oh my god, stop what you’re doing and pick this up” it is definitely one that survival thriller and mystery lovers would enjoy.

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Don’t waste $$

The story was marginal. Had I not paid for it, I probably wouldn’t have finished it. What added tremendously to my disdain was the narration by Tom Taylorson. His voice was not well suited for narrating an audio book and his different “voices” fell far below my expectations, almost to an offensive cartoonish level. I will NOT purchase another book narrated by this gentleman.

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Fun, action-packed survival story

When a jet crash-lands in the frozen Arctic, theories abound among the survivors when it becomes clear the downing of the plane was not an accident. Was it to start a war? Was it because of a cache of diamonds rumored to be aboard? Was it an assassination attempt of one of the mysterious passengers with ties to terrorists? Or something else altogether? The survivors must deal with the harsh elements and paranoia about one another as they struggle to find a remote village that is their only hope. Very enjoyable listen!

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  • Mike
  • Putnam CT
  • 05-15-19

This is not for me

I listened to this book for 6 hours, I am thinking that in 6 hours the listener should have a basic idea of what the main story line is, except surviving a plane crash in the artic. The author is very repetitive in this story, saying over and over the same things about the same people and questioning their motives. Maybe if he was some sort of investigator his queries might have a bases. Also the fact that he has a child that he needs to be protect, which he writes ad nauseam. I believe this book would have been better without the girl.
When I start criticizing the main characters action in the middle of the story, it is time to move on. This is The Grey meets Lost type of book, I did not enjoy it, and the narrator was a bit monotone.

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  • John Squire
  • 05-10-19

great

if this was a physical book would not be able to put it down. very engaging

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  • Teressa Scott
  • 05-20-19

Predictable

A good premise but I knew why/ who very early on and then it just seemed to drag on from there as it was so obvious and predictable . Was hoping for a bit more intrigue but ended up sadly disappointed. The narrator was excellent. Maybe just not my genre...