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Outpost [Paperback]

Adam Baker
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Book Description

14 April 2011

They took the job to escape the world

They didn't expect the world to end.

Kasker Rampart: a derelict refinery platform moored in the Arctic Ocean. A skeleton crew of fifteen fight boredom and despair as they wait for a relief ship to take them home.

But the world beyond their frozen wasteland has gone to hell. Cities lie ravaged by a global pandemic. One by one TV channels die, replaced by silent wavebands.

The Rampart crew are marooned. They must survive the long Arctic winter, then make their way home alone. They battle starvation and hypothermia, unaware that the deadly contagion that has devastated the world is heading their way...

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (14 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444709038
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444709032
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 16.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 478,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Adam was born in the west of England in 1969. He is the son of a priest.

He studied Theology and Philosophy in London.

He has worked as a gravedigger, a mortuary attendant, a short order cook in a New York diner, and fixed slot machines in an Atlantic City casino.

He is currently employed as a cinema projectionist.

He was also a close neighbour of the notorious British serial killer Fred West.

Check out his blog: http://DarkOutpost.com

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It had me on the edge of my seat from page one. (Stephen Leather)

An original and pacy debut (Daily Mail)

What many people, including me, are raving about right now is Adam Baker's OUTPOST. . . a stunning debut novel . . . you will want to be one of the first people to experience it. (Books Monthly)

While ramping up the tension and confusion, Adam Baker also ramps up the action and despite the limited canvas of the Arctic landscape, manages to devise an impressive variety of situations for the characters (The British Fantasy Society)

OUTPOST is a great, fast read. Baker presents a truly nightmarish scenario (on many levels) which twists and turns like you wouldn't believe. Considering the isolation and inaccessibility of the refinery location, he manages to spin the tale off in several unexpected directions whilst still maintaining an air of claustrophobic hopelessness. I really enjoyed the book...

...OUTPOST is an excellent book which I thoroughly recommend.

(David Moody, author of Autumn)

Book Description

When the end of the world comes,

Do you want to be the first to go?

Or the last to survive?

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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Arctic outpost 26 Jan 2011
By Marand TOP 500 REVIEWER
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The book tells the tale of a skeleton crew marooned on a drilling rig in the Arctic Circle as the rest of the world succumbs to a mysterious plague. As the Arctic winter draws in their hopes of escape are raised and dashed (and raised and dashed...).

The evocation of the bleak environment, both within the rig and out on the ice, is handled pretty well, and the central idea of whether you want to be the first to go or the last to survive when your world ends is a recurrent theme of the dialogue between the characters. My main problem is that virtually all of the characters are so sparsely sketched that it is hard to care about any of them.

The writing style is spartan with lots of short sentences. By way of example: "Bitter. She grimaced. She scooped more painkillers. She didn't want to fall asleep before she ate enough pills to kill herself outright. She didn't want to wake.". Depending on your tastes, this is either invigorating or irritating. For me, it was irritating and interrupted the flow of the story.

There are a number of big set-pieces which help to keep the story moving along, and the survivors' reactions to the approaching plague are reasonably well framed, if not exactly novel. Personally, I think bringing in the sci-fi aspect was a mistake - a case of trying to tick too many genre boxes? Overall, this comes across as a plot treatment for a disaster movie, with some of the set pieces seemingly chosen for how they will look on-screen, rather than as a coherent development of the storyline. If you're not looking for anything deep or meaningful, it's an OK way to pass an evening or two, but overall I'd rate it as average.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good. But somethings missing 5 Jun 2013
By I W C
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I'm going through a zombie apocalypse mood right now, so when I saw this book, I thought I'd check it out. It didn't really deliver.

The book starts off pretty well, its very quick paced, but it just doesn't have that fist in the air kind of feeling to it.
The book is written at such a frantic pace in places, that you don't actually know what is going on. It can be quite hard to follow.

okay, the characters aren't great, but you still care for them & want them to succeed in their plight to find humanity. The main character is very weakly written. She goes from an overweight priest, who has no confidence & is on the brink of suicide. To this athletic ass kicking hero, in what seems like a matter of days. It isn't very believable.

The main villain is not very good either, you just feel let down by this persons actions and reasons for doing what they do.

The character of Ghost was pretty cool and the character Nail, was pretty good, but other than that, there is no-one else worth mentioning.

The zombie's or infected are very different here. They turn metallic, imagine a more fleshy version of the T1000 from Terminator 2, if he had a bad cold. Although this is different, I prefer my Romero/Snyder/Danny Boyle kinda zombies. These zombies weren't scary.
In fact, the isolation/setting of the book, is the scariest thing about this story. And at times, the characters isolation from mankind proves to be a bigger threat than the infected are.

This book is not awful, but if you are looking for depth, then read Stephen King. If your looking for a powerful story, then read Dean Koontz. If you want sick & twisted, read Tricky Laymon.
I know my views so far have been pretty negative, so I'll put it this way.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't go outside..... 25 July 2011
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When a strange infection takes hold of most of the world's population, a small group of refinery workers in the Arctic are initially protected from the pandemic. But they soon tire of waiting for a rescue that never comes, and eventually decide to make their own way south to establish contact with whatever might be left of civilisation.

The disparate bunch - a suicidal female vicar, a sikh handyman who seems to be maintaining the rig single-handedly, a body-building thug, a failed medic, a bank cashier looking for a bit of excitement, and various 'Star Trek'-like bit-part extras (i.e doomed to meet a bitter end!), always manage to take the least sensible or safe option (wouldn't you be more likely to stay put in your heated refuge with 6 months of food and no sign of the undead?!). However their foolhardiness admittedly does keep the action and excitement ticking along nicely. And this is probably the book's greatest strength - the incredibly fast pace and constant changes of scene. On the flipside, most of the characters are not fleshed out properly, and potentially tense and exciting situations often resolved without explanation (such as the crew member who exits the plot in the first half of the book, yet inexplicably reappears toward the end with no detail of how or why they engineered their own return).

The number of high octane explosions, crashes, fights, and treks through the frozen wastes convince me that the author had a screenplay in mind from the outset with this book. And it probably would translate quite well into a sort of polar '28 Days Later'. But it's a shame that someone who I think probably is capable of writing a slightly more highbrow novel (as evidenced by the convincing descriptions of the inhospitable frozen environment) has opted for action over substance or suspense.

In summary, tersely written and a very easy read, but probably more public transport fare than Pulitzer prize.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book
This was the first book I read by the brilliant Adam Baker and I keep returning to it like an old friend. Read more
Published 18 days ago by CharlesDexterWard
5.0 out of 5 stars most enjoyable book, good storyline
I knew after reading a sample in another book that Outpost would be a good read. Interesting characters, once I started the book, I didn't want to put it down
Published 23 days ago by Alison
3.0 out of 5 stars More Zombies...
Does the world need yet another post-apocalyptic zombie thriller? Adam Baker thinks so and has delivered one with Outpost, his first novel. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Colin Leslie
4.0 out of 5 stars “Civilization is like a thin layer of ice upon a deep ocean of chaos...
I love survivalist stories, either real or imaginary, the way the survivors interact with each other, the breakdown of relationships, strengths and weaknesses and the changes of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ruby
4.0 out of 5 stars Punchy & Pacey
Great novel, the author's style is quite staccato which is not to everyone's taste. However this works to great effect in the outpost as the story needs quick direct writing for... Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. Wright
3.0 out of 5 stars familiar
some good ideas in this book i liked the techno metal zombie but some really stock storylines.but nicely bleak surroundings well written
Published 5 months ago by m. dosa
5.0 out of 5 stars Best read in ages!!!
Utterly brilliant. Hada real nice build up of pace and action, well rounded characters that you really make an investment in. Read more
Published 5 months ago by S. davis
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great read
I don't know how Adam Baker gets his ideas for his books but I hope he keels it up, fantastic story, superbly crafted for fast paced , intelligent action this book is even better... Read more
Published 6 months ago by B. Bello
5.0 out of 5 stars Great apocalypse tale
This is a great story. The setting is brilliant and lends a refreshing angle to the apocalypse genre. Read more
Published 6 months ago by WeeJohn
4.0 out of 5 stars Outpost (Kindle)
I love a good book that wants to be read at every opportunity and this does not fail. I was transported into the story and followed the characters every move. Read more
Published 6 months ago by J A Ellis
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