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I read this book back to back with only the 1st one in the series and was extremely happy. Mostly because Beck seems to have learnt over the course of 6 books how to balance the geopolitical warfare with the fantastic land of the lost creation he has devised under the ice.
As before the first half of the book was a little slower and a lot of the setting up was hard to read. It did feel like there were a LOT of moments in this book of people standing around talking and especially establishing the Chinese: The Chinese names were lost on me and the descriptions of the actions and places hard to relate to.
Beck builds on his underground world wonderfully but only very slightly starts to strain the notion of reality towards the end with a revelation on the origins of human kind .
There are a lot more characters in this book to follow and keep track of and some of them are not paid off. The big bad is painted in a different light here for most of the book and sadly most of the human advancements they bring to bear under the ice are wasted and amount to naught.
It would have been real nice to see that plasma rifle or thermite grenades take out the mighty Kraken but that would have been too easy :(
And finally...where WAS the daddy Kraken in all this ... ... ...
This book cost me some late, late nights - the action and suspense definitely had me hooked! The Kraken is an awesome villain - hope we haven't seen the last of it! Great to see the Arcadian's character evolving too - won't say more than that, but this is Greig Beck at his best and I can't wait for the next instalment!
Another rollercoaster ride through the world of Alex Hunter and his HAWC team that you just can't put down and will leave you waiting for the next instalment. The atmosphere and electricity that the author creates in his writing brings you into the world he is depicting and the adventures that unfold.
Another exciting pageturner by Greig Beck. Alex Hunter goes back to the Antarctic and he confronts the Kraken once more, with some different team members along for the ride.
Its the usual adventure of exploring unusual and inaccessible places - places where humans are not welcome. I found myself wondering how on earth Alex was going to get himself and the others out of this predicament but I shouldnt have been concerned, the Arcadian always triumphs in the end, even though my heartrate accelerated quite a bit along the way!
I recommend this book to lovers of adventure, who dont mind suspending belief a little and who arent overly bothered by descriptions of violence.
In 2008 a U.S. Submarine carrying nuclear arsenal went MIA in the Antarctic. Oddly years later the subs emergency beacon activates but what makes it stranger is the depth under the deep ice the sonar pulse is coming from. It would be like 'Journey to the Centre of the Ice' to locate it. The Americans still want it back. And before the Chinese find it. The U.S. knew the only team familiar with the situation was Alex Hunter and his HAWCs. This team had the best chance to search & survive! God knows how they survived the last mission beneath the dark ice. The question is, what's rising from the fathomless depths below the ice that they haven't met before? These guys have seen creatures your worst nightmares haven't seen. Beck's talent and imagination makes this a spine tingling sensation the book was fantastic, but I can't wait to watch it on my home theatre system one day soon. Never have to leave the house with Beck's series. Heaven. 5 stars+