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A science fiction apocalyptic thrill-ride like no other.

"From deep within the Earth beneath Mount Erebus on the frozen continent of Antarctica, an unforeseen threat emerges, leaving a scientific research team to face the horrors that await them at the bottom of the world - alone."

Isolated on the frozen continent of Antarctica, Mount Erebus, an active volcano named after the Greek God of primordial darkness, acts as a doorway from the underworld of Earth to the hellish, lifeless world around it.

Despite the extreme conditions around the crater of Mount Erebus, life exists. Life does not travel to Erebus by way of birds or other plants or animals, but from deep within the Earth itself. Ascending from the dark world beneath Antarctica, microbial life arrives at the surface, only to find itself trapped within the volcano, confined by the icy, lifeless prison that surrounds it.

Today, on the steep and icy slopes of Mount Erebus, can be found a rugged team of scientists, researchers, and mountaineers carrying out their work in one of the harshest and most remote parts of the planet, at a facility known as the Mount Erebus Volcano Observatory, or, simply, MEVO. These professionals, tough enough to brave the extreme climate of Mount Erebus, include experts in the fields of gravity and magnetotellurics, volcanology, geophysics, and even astrobiology.

These doctorate-level professionals travel each year from several major universities such as Cambridge, Missouri State, the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, and the University of Washington to study Erebus, as well as the unique environment it has created for itself in one of the most remote places on Earth. They are assisted by a professional mountaineer, as well as graduate students from their respective institutions who study under them.

The researchers at MEVO, when not on the mountain at the research camp simply called the Lower Erebus Hut, are based out of McMurdo Station. Mac-Town, as McMurdo Station is fondly referred to by its residents, was founded by the US Navy in 1956. What was initially called Naval Air Facility McMurdo is now McMurdo Station.

As the team on Mount Erebus begins their pack out at the end of their research season, starting their journey back to McMurdo Station and then to the universities from which they came, an unforeseen threat emerges, leaving them at the bottom of the world to face their horrors - alone.

Steven C. Bird is also the author of The New Homefront Series, as well as the Society Lost Series. His work can also be found in several Kindle Worlds novellas, including The Edge of Civility and JET: Dangerous Prey.

©2017 Steven C. Bird (P)2017 Steven C. Bird

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Erebus

The emotions, and reactions of the characters in this book are absolutely close to reality. Their experiences and challenges in this cold and brutal environment creates a story of survival. There is definitely no survival guaranteed when the simplest act of being outside without proper clothing could kill you!
I received a free review copy from AudioBookBoom in exchange for my review.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Zombies in Antarctica

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author / narrator / publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

I read "Zombies in Antarctica" and my brain went "well, that's new" and I opted to listen to this book. The premise is really good and even characters are well fleshed out. But there are quite a few drawbacks in this book which kept me from enjoying it.

For starters, the book uses long winding chapters to say very little thing of substance. That is, after listening to it for tens of minutes, you realize the story has moved only just a little. Look at the book's synopsis. Such a huge synopsis but you get only minimal and unnecessary info about the story from it. The entire book is like that.

When s#!t hits in the fan, it doesn't really become a gritty fight for survival. Multiple characters seem to already have the skills to survive the situation. And rest of the escapes are "well, wasn't that convenient" kind. I never actually feared for the characters.

The narration was hit n miss. A few characters sounded very good, while all others sounded same ass each other.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Nice biological zombie thriller

I was worried that this book might drag as many of the other Antarctic thrillers I have read do, however I was pleasantly surprised! It jumped right in to the action and story. It is a bit “the thing” meets “28 days later”. A scientific crew based in Antarctica discovers a new microbe that gets unleashed unbeknownst to the remote group. They lose contact and have to figure out their way back to base, which is decimated. I enjoyed the book and the narration, i hope there is a book two as it has a bit of a cliffhanger. I received a free review copy of this book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Great book, would like more from this duo

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was a combination of surviving in Antarctica and the undead. All in all, very enjoyable. Kevin Pierce was a good choice for the narrator, in my opinion, and I really enjoyed it.

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Icy Undead

This book is an interesting take on a medical disaster combined with a zombie outbreak. An escaped organism trapped in the Antarctic gets loose and infects people turning them into violently aggressive hive critters. There is a lot of escape by convenience as various characters just happen to have the necessary skills to meet the current crises. Skilled characters also turn up at just the right moment. Overall the book is fairly well researched and written. The environment is believable and the plot mostly makes sense. The book does end abruptly as if the author ran out of interest in the book.
The narration is well done by the consistent and skilled Kevin Pierce. He always draws you into the story without being distracting.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Good Thriller

This is the first book I’ve listened to by the author but not my last. The story takes place in Mount Erebus in Antarctica when microbial organisms that over humans and group of scientist need to get back to non-infested place to find the cure. It has great character development my favorites were Dr Graves, Brett , Dr Hunter and the russian (Facili?). Great narration. Highly recommend to anyone who enjoys scientific apocalyptic. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. THANK YOU

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interesting take on a microbial epedemic

A group of scientists are ready to go home but their plane does not show up. What now? Antarctic winder is looming, food supplies are low, there's no choice but to try and find another way out. The group comprises of people with various professional and personal specialties. Each person is tested to their limit as they realize they are alone at the source of an epidemic. Are their expertise a bit too convenient? I don't think so. Despite one character having many tools and supplies they need, when they need them, it did not seem too unrealistic given his explanation and allowed the storyline to progress. The microbes may transform the infected into zombie-like creatures but not in the 'Walking Dead' shuffling, moaning creatures we so often see. I liked the authors rendition a lot.
Overall enjoyable book. I would love to listen/read another by this author.

The narrator did well voicing all the characters. His accents may not have been perfect but but I think they were still well done. I prefer someone who can impart the feelings into the words and Kevin does that. I would definitely listen to another book he narrates.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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Another 'Narrator is better than the Writer'

I've enjoyed several books by Kevin Pierce, so the fact he was narrating this book persuaded me to give the book a listen. Kevin didn't disappoint, but I admit I still struggled to complete the book.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request through audiobook book and have voluntarily left this review."

I've read/listened to a few books in which our frozen continent was hiding dangers, unexposed for centuries until humans went poking around on it, although this is not a comparison to those books. However, it was the second driving point for my decision to select listening and reviewing the book.

For educated professionals as main characters, it read/sounded like Joe Schmoe who dropped out of high school. The dialogues were diluted and elementary. I wasn't seeking scientific jargon, but elementary vocabulary and conversation were below standard for the titles and degrees the writer was so anxious to catapult them onto. This really felt like a half attempt to a book and not a well researched subject matter to create a realistic sci-fi novel. It still fell short of something we would see via CGI for a younger audience.

I agree with another reviewer on Audible it was overall inaccurate for how academia interacts. So the build up was below mediocre and never quite met the standard expected.

The ending was a sloppy tie up, similar to a three year old learning how to tie his shoes ....

This was barely suited for a time filler.
I would not recommend this book and wouldn't seek other works by this author.

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Entertaining and enjoyable

3.5 stars
Overall an entertaining and enjoyable story with a bit of a twist on a "zombie type" apocalypse. The story started off a bit slow and it took me a while to really be pulled in. It's one of those that doesn't pull you in immediately but slowly creeps up on you and before you know it your hooked. Even though it starts off a bit slow, there is plenty of action, suspense, mystery and twists that keep the story moving. I actually ended up listening to this book twice and liked it much more the second time around than the first.

As if facing an apocalyptic event isn't enough. What do you do when you are in a remote, desolate and frozen wasteland using only what you have at hand to survive a deadly new threat. Not only are you fighting an unexpected enemy that you know nothing about, you are fighting the elements. Even in a sparsely populated area things can terribly wrong really fast.

Interesting cast of well rounded characters each with their own knowledge to add to the group. Vasilli(?) though he stole the show for me. He was a character you never knew what he was going do come up with next. That's the best type of character one that constantly surprises you. If he had a series of his own that is one I would definitely be following. At the same time I was really irked when a particular character was eliminated. (Don't want to spoil the story for anyone so that's all I can say about that). Why would you get rid of a fantastic character when there are so many other "disposable" ones to knock off.

Kevin Pierce did a fantastic job with the narration as usual. He has one of those voices that was made for narrating books. He was the reason I kept listening in the beginning until the story really pulled me in. Clearly spoken with a nice even pace. Really good character voices. He just has a way of bringing the characters, their emotions and the story to life through his narration. Always very enjoyable.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily provided this review.

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Volcano, Antartica, Scientists, Microbes, Zombies?

These keywords were enough for me to try this book. All together, the story was whole. I don't think I would of add anything to it. It was entertaining enough.

If there were to be a movie out of it, I would certainly go see it, but only if Nicolas Cage is playing one of the main caracters. I'd go even more if he plays Federov.

PM me if there you make a sequel :)!

"This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review"