When giant holes appear overnight along
the North Slope near the Arctic Circle, Kevin Kowalski, a representative of an
oil company calls geology professor from University of Alaska Fairbanks Jack
Oswald to fly over and investigate. Naturally, the oil company wants Jack to
find out what’s causing the formation of holes and the likelihood that another
one may open up under the pipeline, in which case, the company would face
financial and environmental disaster.
Right away, Jacks picks his wife and
colleague, Dr. Angela Menendez, a climatologist, to come with him as well as
two of his graduate students, newly- weds Mark and Jill Starr. As they are
preparing for their trip to the North Slope, a mesmerizingly beautiful
photo-journalist, Aileen O-Shannon, invites herself and appoints herself as the
fifth member of the team.
Upon their arrival, they are met by
Kevin Kowalski himself and Bill Henderson, a wildlife biologist whose job is to
watch over their backs and protect them from wild animals that might interfere
with their research. However, no amount of planning or safety measures would
prepare them for what lurks below.
With a consistently fast pacing, the
book is told in the first person perspective of Professor Jack Oswald. It is
intriguing and suspenseful and as soon as the action began, it didn’t stop
until the last page of the book. Quite unpredictable and with surprising
revelations, this book is perfect for paranormal, suspense and horror fans.
However, it seems like the author
focuses more on the plot and the scene descriptions leaving the characters a
little under-developed that short back stories wouldn’t hurt. Moreover, there
are some noticeable errors within the entire book (like neckless instead
to Donald Firesmith (@DonFiresmith) on such an enjoyable book! For
more books by the author, click HERE.
is an autistic, non-verbal but adventurous 15-year old boy. Assigned to him is
Sabre, an autism assistance dog who loves adventures just as much as Philip
enjoys their routine together including walks in the morning, relaxing by the
pool and going somewhere fun in the afternoon. Then one day, Philip decides to
go on an adventure. He dives onto the pool followed by Sabre, swims down the
bottom and opens a secret door that leads to a magical city that resembles
Ancient Greek cities where they meet the philosopher Aristotle. Within the city
stands a huge building that houses several hallways of every type of knowledge.
Philip, with Sabre beside him, enjoys his time talking with Aristotle and
learning a lot from him about life.
in the first person perspective of the dog Sabre, this is a profound and moving
story about being different. The author, though non-verbal but apparently smart
and impressively introspective, brings up very important lessons in life: self-awareness and self-acceptance.
Moreover, the book emphasizes the relevance of relaxation, simplicity,
happiness and contentment, among others. Finally, the author leaves food for
thought that the readers could contemplate on like:
content and satisfied are lasting forms of happiness’ and
answer to the complicated questions always begins with simplicity’
is, indeed, a great and well-written book. However, it seems like this book is
written for certain types of readers as superficial ones may not appreciate it
as much as those certain readers would.
to Philip Alan Shalka (@Philip_Sabre ) on a great book! Check out this book HERE.
The world of Esthopia
is divided into six kingdoms: Eniktronia, Serpenia, Antonia, Hergia, Montania
After an assassination
attempt on Princess Egny, niece to King Haakon of Eniktronia and granddaughter
to King Ragnar of Otanga, King Haakon sends his most trusted knight, Sir Klaus
to Antonia to investigate who is behind the attempt. Meanwhile, successful merchant
Christopher finds himself on the run from his home, seeking refuge in Serpenia
and bearing the news about the Ortaks’ invasion.
This is an exciting
and suspenseful book about knights, princesses, kings and elves. The author is
able to keep the story interesting until the last pages. However, it seems like
he focuses more on the description of fighting and battle scenes as well as on
preparing the background for an apparently promising book series than on the
plot. This results to a long list of names and places that are difficult to
keep in mind, underdeveloped characters and inconclusive ending. Even the
supposed climax of the book feels half-baked which leaves the readers feeling
less satisfied than they should.
Still, fans of fantasy
books may find it a very enjoyable book.
Sveinn Benónýsson (@Sbenony) on the interesting first installment of such a
promising saga. For more books on this series, click HERE.