Frozen Solid

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The most dangerous place on Earth
A devious and deadly plan to save humanity from itself
A lone scientist battling the clock and ruthless enemies to avert global catastrophe
 
The Deep Zone was hailed as “an absolutely phenomenal read by the new Michael Crichton” (Brad Thor), a book that “should come shrink-wrapped with a seat belt” (Steve Berry). Now, bestselling author...
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Overview

The most dangerous place on Earth
A devious and deadly plan to save humanity from itself
A lone scientist battling the clock and ruthless enemies to avert global catastrophe
 
The Deep Zone was hailed as “an absolutely phenomenal read by the new Michael Crichton” (Brad Thor), a book that “should come shrink-wrapped with a seat belt” (Steve Berry). Now, bestselling author James M. Tabor ups the ante and the action in his second extreme thriller, as brilliant and battle-tested heroine Hallie Leland confronts intrigue and murder in the most unforgiving place on Earth.
 
The South Pole’s Amundsen Scott Research Station is like an outpost on Mars.  Winter temperatures average 100 degrees below zero; week-long hurricane-force storms rage; for eight months at a time the station is shrouded in darkness. Under the stress, bodies suffer and minds twist. Panic, paranoia, and hostility prevail. 
 
When a South Pole scientist dies mysteriously, CDC microbiologist Hallie Leland arrives to complete crucial research. Before she can begin, three more women inexplicably die. As failing communications and plunging temperatures cut the station off from the outside world, terror rises and tensions soar. Amidst it all, Hallie must crack the mystery of her predecessor’s death.
 
In Washington, D.C., government agency director Don Barnard and enigmatic operative Wil Bowman detect troubling signs of shadowy behavior at the South Pole and realize that Hallie is at the heart of it. Unless Barnard and Bowman can track down the mastermind, a horrifying act of global terror, launched from the station, will change the planet forever—and Hallie herself will be the unwitting instrument of destruction.
 
As the Antarctic winter sweeps in, severing contact with the outside world, Hallie must trust no one, fear everyone, and fight to keep the frigid prison from becoming her frozen grave.

Praise for Frozen Solid
 
The Andromeda Strain meets The Thing. Effectively blending horror with the science thriller, Tabor keeps readers on edge from beginning to end.”—Booklist
 
“We can’t get enough of mad scientist cabals who want to take over the world with the power of genetic engineering.”—io9
 
“A taut page-turner . . . Tabor’s not the first genre writer to take advantage of the forbidding conditions at the South Pole, but few have done so to better effect.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“A fine thriller.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
“As you read this chilling novel it won’t be the frigid setting that sends tremors up your spine but rather the dark premise of this horrifying and engrossing story.”—BookIdeas.com
 
“A fast-paced, visceral thriller with a likeable heroine and some stellar high-stakes action sequences.”—ScienceThrillers.com
 
“The suspense was never-ending. . . . [There’s a] heart-stopping build-up towards the ending.”—Books4Tomorrow

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Tabor follows his routine first Hallie Leland thriller, 2012’s The Deep Zone, with a taut page-turner set in Antarctica. Toward the end of the Antarctic summer, Leland flies in to a South Pole research station, where she’s to dive beneath the ice to recover an extremophile—a life-form that exists under conditions inimical to most life. The extremophile, code-named Vishnu, can metabolize carbon dioxide and thus potentially stop climate change. Leland has a short window to carry out the dangerous assignment, since flights out of the South Pole will soon be suspended for months. Meanwhile, members of the station’s scientific team have begun spewing blood, sometimes fatally, for no apparent reason. With no one to trust and with evidence that foul play is afoot, Leland must battle on multiple fronts. Tabor’s not the first genre writer to take advantage of the forbidding conditions at the South Pole, but few have done so to better effect. Agent: Ethan Ellenberg, Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency. (Mar.)
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The Andromeda Strain meets The Thing. Effectively blending horror with the science thriller, Tabor keeps readers on edge from beginning to end.”—Booklist
 
“We can’t get enough of mad scientist cabals who want to take over the world with the power of genetic engineering.”—io9
 
“A taut page-turner . . . Tabor’s not the first genre writer to take advantage of the forbidding conditions at the South Pole, but few have done so to better effect.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“A fine thriller.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
“As you read this chilling novel it won’t be the frigid setting that sends tremors up your spine but rather the dark premise of this horrifying and engrossing story.”—BookIdeas.com
 
“A fast-paced, visceral thriller with a likeable heroine and some stellar high-stakes action sequences.”—ScienceThrillers.com
 
“The suspense was never-ending. . . . [There’s a] heart-stopping build-up towards the ending.”—Books4Tomorrow
Kirkus Reviews
The South Pole is the real star of Tabor's (The Deep Zone, 2012, etc.) latest thriller. The bleak and forbidding nature of the pole lends a powerful atmosphere to a story that begins with two mysterious deaths and grows to include an international chemical conspiracy. Scientist Hallie Leland arrives at the pole to replace Emily Durant, a recently deceased friend and colleague, on a biochemical research project. But her mission is ill-fated from the start: Just after her arrival, she sees a female scientist die at her desk of a spontaneous hemorrhage. Soon afterward, she discovers a video that's been left (perhaps a bit too conveniently) on Emily's computer which reveals that she was sexually tortured before being murdered. Hallie also learns another pair of dangerous secrets: The pole base is home to a microorganism known as Vishnu, whose chemical powers have the potential to cure global warming--information that the world's energy dealers are anxious to suppress. Finally, she learns that Emily was somehow connected with Triage, a conspiracy to solve overpopulation by spreading a sterilizing virus among the world's women. There are plenty of suspenseful scenes, including a near-fatal deep-sea dive with a sabotaged diving suit, as Hallie works to connect all these dots while more scientists die and Emily's killer is still at large. The final payoff isn't quite as satisfying as one might hope: The Vishnu subplot is disposed of in one sentence, and the criminal ringleader is executed offstage. Still, the setting and a generally well-turned plot make this a fine thriller.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345530639
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/26/2013
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 543,978
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

James M. Tabor is the bestselling author of The Deep Zone, Blind Descent, and Forever on the Mountain and a winner of the O. Henry Award for short fiction. A former Washington, D.C., police officer and a lifelong adventure enthusiast, Tabor has written for Time, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Outside magazine, where he was a contributing editor. He wrote and hosted the PBS series The Great Outdoors and was co-creator and executive producer of the History Channel’s Journey to the Center of the World. He lives in Vermont, where he is at work on his next novel.
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  • Posted July 7, 2013

    This book was like a combination of Douglas Preston and Michael

    This book was like a combination of Douglas Preston and Michael Crichton - a lot of intense action with some science added to the mix - and I was captivated from the first page. At times I was holding my breath because of the dangerous situations Hallie found herself in or, being slightly claustrophobic, I couldn't get enough air in others. The author either did extensive research or is an experienced climber and diver - either way, I learned a good bit about both and it helped in better visualization of the scenes.

    Hallie is a very strong, intelligent, and opinionated female protagonist and didn't back down from any situation. Thrown into a very difficult situation after learning the truth about the death of her colleague, Hallie is unsure who to trust, if anyone. The only problem I came across was, at one point in the book, due to the environment and other circumstances beyond her control, Hallie became disoriented and physically ill, but soon after, seemed miraculously cured and regained total clarity, with no explanation. If you can overlook that, the book is a good read for anyone who enjoys action/adventure thrillers.

    This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2013

    I was intrigued by the locked house murder mystery set up of thi

    I was intrigued by the locked house murder mystery set up of this book, but sorely disappointed in the payoff.  The setting - frozen tundra of the south pole - made for some interesting situations, but some of the scenes were entirely unbelievable.  I understand it's not supposed to be a true story, but am I really to believe that the main character can survive when her dive suit fails in the freezing arctic waters?  And the big scary diabolical plot behind all the mayhem just didn't work for me.  I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2013

    Frozen Solid is the first book ever I¿ve read by this author. Wh

    Frozen Solid is the first book ever I’ve read by this author. Whilst it is an action-packed thriller saturated with suspense, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. It just felt as though the story never took off – like sitting in a bus, feeling it slowly accelerating to about five miles an hour and then slowly decelerating again to come to a halt. That’s what it felt like reading this novel. I still had many unanswered questions left once I got to the end of it.

    Some of the things that made this a less-than-great read for me, include the technical- and scientific jargon the author uses throughout the story without any simple explanations for readers like me who have a limited knowledge of science. Also, the constant jumps between points of view and abrupt transitioning between scenes and chapters, made me lose track of the plot more than once. One example of this is when the main character, Hallie Leland, is running in her wetsuit towards safety, but is slowly getting frozen and stuck in the ice. She gives up, stops fighting the cold, and resigns herself to await her inevitable demise. Chapter ends. Start of next chapter, first line, she’s standing in her superior’s office, safe and sound, and explains to him how she got there. Such sudden leaps between scenes are frequent all through the book. By the end I had a pretty good idea what the crux of the story was, but I didn’t exactly understand how everything came together to form the conclusion.  The world-building was done quite well and I could easily imagine the extreme cold the characters had to endure, but in stark contrast, the characters weren’t fleshed out enough for me to feel anything for them, even though a lot of lengthy explanations and dialogue are used.  

    Although the story was at times dragging along, the suspense was never-ending. There’s a lot to be said for an author whose writing is so engaging – long-winded descriptions and all - it kept me reading into the early hours of the morning. My favorite parts which kept me glued to the pages were the ones in which discoveries were made, the times Hallie spent underwater below the ice, the time she went down into “Old Pole”, and the nerve-wracking scene in which she saved two of her fellow colleagues who fell through the ice. These scenes, and the heart-stopping build-up towards the ending, is why I’m giving Frozen Solid a three-star rating and am recommending it to hardcore readers of the thriller and mystery genres.

    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2013

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    As much as I don¿t like, i.e., really don¿t like cold weather,


    As much as I don’t like, i.e., really don’t like cold weather, I’m inexplicably drawn to books set in very cold regions and, since this one takes place at the South Pole, I was automatically interested. I also love science-related thrillers so I was really on board with this one. I’m very happy to say I was not disappointed in the least.

    When Hallie Leland arrives at the research station, it’s supposed to be a temporary assignment—finish the work of her predecessor who died and get out in less than a week, before all travel shuts down for the winter. The work involves diving into a lake under the ice and retrieving samples of a lifeform called an extremophile, code-named Vishnu, that seems to have properties that could stop global warming. The scientist who had died, apparently by suicide, was Emily Durant, a friend of Hallie’s, and Hallie has trouble believing Emily killed herself.

    Before her first day is done, other women begin dying in horrific ways and it becomes even more crucial for Hallie to figure out what happened to Emily. While all that is going on, Hallie’s friends in Washington, Wil Bowman and Don Barnard, are picking up on signs that a major terrorist event linked to the research station and Hallie’s work may be about to happen. She’s pretty much on her own, however, because there isn’t enough time for anyone to fly into the station before the winter shutdown.

    Mr. Tabor has a strong hand with plot development but I was even more taken with the characters, both good and bad, and I love that the central figure here is a woman who is intelligent and physically fit but also aware of her vulnerabilities without being weak. I also appreciated the fact that the bad guys she’s dealing with are not obviously the bad guys. The plot device that sticks in my mind the most is a trek that Hallie has to make from an outbuilding to the main structure; it really brought home the dangers of such a forbidding environment.

    There was one stylistic thing I wasn’t crazy about—a scene ends on a climactic note, the next scene has the person explaining how they escaped (example: when Hallie’s suit freezes up while she’s outside). I’d rather see the person escape than be told about it after the fact. Other than that, I couldn’t stop turning the pages and was hurrying to find out how this would all end but also rather sad when I’d finished. The science may—probably does—have some gaps but details such as what the temperatures and the enforced isolation can do are compelling. The South Pole is the setting but is also a major character.

    One last note, a warning actually—don’t read the Kirkus review if you can avoid it as it’s full of spoilers and you’ll miss out on a lot of the tension and fun. In the meantime, I’m off to find the first Hallie Leland book, The Deep Zone, while I wait for the next one.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    Loved this book

    Prey was one of my favorite books ever and this one almost beat it. But I dis like the story line and suspense. Thank you for being an author. I appreciate your talent and enjoy reading your books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2013

    Mistake on my review

    I said North Pole when I meant to say South Pole in my review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2014

    To Frozen

    You've been accepted! Welcome to the Nebula. Our HQ is at 'celestial pool'. It's OOC, but you can RP through it all if you like. You'd be our tenth member.

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  • Posted July 24, 2014

    This was action and science in the extreme cold.  I enjoyed it a

    This was action and science in the extreme cold.  I enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who likes action, adventure, and thrillers.  Grab a hot cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and enjoy a wonderful story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2014

    &starf does any one know how to make a fone? &starf

    Put a heading as RING RING THE FONE AND PUT THE DTEPS ON THE INSIDE &starf&image&infin

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 29, 2014

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    Dose anyone whont to text me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2014

    A Good, Good One

    Some of the scenes leave you wondering if you are reading James Rollins

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2014

    To number three

    Like this &hearts &star &smile

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    Posted June 6, 2014

    To below

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2014

    How to make a heart

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2014

    &real

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2014

    Boring

    I found this book to be tedious and amateurishly written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2014

    Free i pad

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2014

    Please let me in on the upside down ? mark!!!

    Now that there is a current book out there today being featured I know,I hope there should be many that check out the reviews for this book.Something that always makes my curiousity stir up are the upside down ?marks.Is it a mistake,a trend or what?They happen to be in a couple of the reviews today.I know it's inaproperent to use rate and review but could I let this slide just once?I'm a curious person and I promise I will delete this when I get an answer from one of you young geniouses out there.This all sounds crazy I know!!Thank you,Granny B.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2014

    Free i pad

    Kiss ur hand repost this three times then loook under ur pillow

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    Average thriller

    Average thriller, enjoyable read

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