Frozen Solid: A Novel

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Ballantine Books, 2013 - Fiction - 324 pages
17 Reviews
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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User Review  - Rena613 - LibraryThing

This is a great book (that I won from Goodreads) that continues the story of microbiologist Hallie Leland (from "The Deep Zone"). Now she's stuck helping out in Antarctica, specifically in a research station at the South Pole. Good mystery and exciting plot. I love the science aspects as well. Read full review

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User Review  - bfister - LibraryThing

A thriller set in Antarctica where a scientist arrives shortly before the research station is about to be cut off from the world for months as the temperatures plunge. Her predecessor has died ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
8
Section 3
13
Section 4
16
Section 5
21
Section 6
27
Section 7
33
Section 8
40
Section 12
159
Section 13
195
Section 14
199
Section 15
245
Section 16
275
Section 17
277
Section 18
293
Section 19
299

Section 9
49
Section 10
55
Section 11
89
Section 20
319
Section 21
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About the author (2013)

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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