Hey everyone! Yep, this is he first of hopefully many guest reviews that I’ll be posting on the blog. 🙂
First off, let me say that I love a good whodunnit. I’m also a fan of science and, when the two can come together to thrill and exhilarate, I’m hooked from the first page to the last. Tom Harper’s Zodiac Station has all of that in spades.
US Coast Guard Ice Breaker Terra Nova has stopped in the ice of the Arctic to allowed on-board scientists to conduct some experiments on the ice when a figure appears out of the snow and wind, wearing a jacket not his own and which has a bullet hole in it. Suffering the effects of travelling alone on the ice for miles, the man says his name is Tom Anderson, recent arrival at Zodiac Station and the sole survivor of a terrible accident. As other survivors are found it appears that Tom Anderson might not be telling the truth and a killer may be lurking on the ship. Everyone at Zodiac Station has secrets it seems and some are worth killing for.
The story is told in narratives from the point of view of the captain of the ship, Tom Anderson and, as they arrive, the remaining survivors. There are so many correlations between the stories that, when you realise that something is amiss in each man’s story, the web of lies becomes almost breathtaking in both simplicity and impact. Piece-by-piece an entirely different picture emerges, one which will have you turning the pages ever faster as you search for the answer to the captain’s question “What is out there?”
I enjoyed Zodiac Station immensely, especially the melding of roller-coaster thriller with hard science and the overwhelming sociological and environmental impacts of working and living in such inhospitable conditions. Mr Harper kept the pace going at breakneck speed while managing to reveal subtle clues along the way. Coupled with this is a lot of revealing information about the future of oil exploration and what the consequences are of working in areas which are not subject to the laws of any government.
Thought-provoking, exciting and – simply put – a damn good read, Zodiac Station is a must for fans of Scott Mariani, Andy McDermott or James Rollins. I hazard a guess that Tom Harper might be topping my favourites list very soon.
As an extra, check out Polar Vortex, a free e-book short story released by Random House to celebrate the release of Zodiac Station.
Until next time,