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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.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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A+ Zombie Horror

I love a good zombie story and I love a story set in Antarctica so this book was a winner for me right off the bat. That said, even though the content is my favorite, this story really succeeds in being action packed and scare inducing. I thought the characters were well written, people died at a good rate and the tension never lowered throughout.

Kevin Pierce is one of my top three favorite narrators on Audible. I would listen to anything he reads, his performance is always pitch perfect and incredibly satisfying. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes an action/zombie thriller! It's a great one. I do hope there is a sequel as 'Erebus' did end on a cliff hanger and I want to hear more!

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Brian
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • 01-26-18

Great Story, Missing Character Building

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Imagine being at the edge of the world when the apocalypse breaks out. That’s what happened to the researchers and doctors on Antartica when they happen to accidentally bring to life an age-old organism that is bound to taking over.

I think my favorite thing about this book was the setting. I love when a book is set somewhere that feels out of the ordinary. An outbreak among researchers in Antartica is something that no one would know about unless they either brought it home with them or they all died and never made it back. That fascinates me and I thought that the setting of the book really played a character, too.

The characters weren’t explained too well and that made loving or losing them a little easier. I was a little worried since Bird didn’t go into a ton of detail about anyone that we were going to have a horror-like story where no one makes it out alive.

If I could change anything about the book I would just spend a little more time introducing some of the characters and giving the reader a reason to like them (and in turn, root for them to make it.) The only character that I found myself rooting for was the Russian and it was because he gave a lot more of his backstory than any other character.

The organism/infection/disease was pretty good and reminded me a bit of The Genius Plague that I just finished. I can’t really get into much detail about it without ruining the story but it felt unique compared to most “zombie-like” stories.

Overall, I thought that Erebus had a nice plot but was missing some character development. A solid 3.5 to 4 book that I did enjoy reading.

I was voluntarily provided with a copy of this audiobook - it has not affected my review in any way.

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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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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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entertain please!

The most boring narrator! not enjoyable because all the characters sound the same. Such disappointment...

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  • TU
  • 11-13-17

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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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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Very very good

With all of the digging we do in areas that have long been buried, this story is very plausible. Who knows what someone may unearth in the name of science.

Great story Steven Bird and as always great narration by Kevin Pierce.

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  • Wade
  • Modesto, CA
  • 04-03-18

Average Zombie Book

Could have been better...needed more action, more backstory, etc. everything was just ok including narration.