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Cold Energy: The Alex Cave Series book 2 Kindle Edition
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Alex Cave is at it again with a new group of cohorts...mostly new faces but some familiar faces as well. The author does a great job maintaining the character development of Alex through the second book. We learn a little more about him, but he's still the same Alex we cheered for in the first book.
One of the marks of a good author is whether or not they can make a sequel be just as good as the first book. James Corkill definitely hits the mark with Cold Energy. Not only is the storyline riveting and make it to where you don't want to put the book down, but the author also does something extraordinary when it comes to writing a serial. The second book meshes so well with the first book, yet it's so strong of a story that it can easily stand by itself. So whether you're a reader who wants to read the series in order, or if you decide to read the series out of order, you can easily do that.
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It's a shame that some great stories like this go unnoticed while just about any subsequent books written by someone like Tom Clancy (may he rest in peace) get sold by the millions, even though the life is completely out of them. I would far rather read fresh material from a completely new author than read a rehash of the same theme, same thoughts, same materials we so often get from "famous" authors. Give James Corkill a try. His stories are fresh and original, and full of life. You won't regret it.
Sharon Aniston of the U.S. Geological Service (USGS) refutes Charles Simons saying that what actually happened is not a major earthquake. The city of Victoria has almost all it's structures totally destroyed. Yachts in the harbor are smashed, tangled in rigging and masts. Bodies were being stacked in long rows upon crumbled streets. How could so much damage be done without even the event registering as an earthquake?
Sonja Hanspevin checks her computer map of the polar ice sheet, the warning light flashing that the ice layer has risen 200 meters in only 30 minutes. Sonja is flown over the tall clear ice sheet and is shocked to see dozens of pilot whales frozen inside. How could the water freeze so quickly? Sonja steps out of the helicopter to exchange the GPS device, her shoes become glued to the ice. The same thing happens to the helicopter runners ... they are trapped on the ice.
Mike Tanner, aboard his research vessel is testing a new ultrasound system capable of finding methane hydride, a compressed gas, only found in water molecules in deep water. It may be a new clean energy source. Lisa Harding is aboard the surfaced small submarine and confirms their projections, but advises the team of her surprising findings. The layer of methane below the sea has turned green and expanded in size, growing upward from a large crack in the ocean floor. Mike Tanner and Okana will take down the deep rover to investigate the bubbles rising into the methane. An explosive-like force slams into the rover and it tumbles end over end and settles into the muddy ocean floor.
Wesley Patterson gets another sizable disturbance on his seismic detector deep below the sleeping volcano, Mount Baker. He lives in a cabin below the mountain, studying the volcano for ten years. But this activity is coming from thousands of feet beneath the surface which could mean the awakening of the volcano to violent eruptions.
And now we have Alex Cave at Montana University in Bozeman being called in to assist and help the agencies discover the cause of the erratic seismic actions below the earth's surface which may result in extreme freezing temperatures on the surface -- events which mankind has never endured before.
This certainly is a fast-paced, high action novel of apocalyptic events, piracy, hidden treasure, discovery and surprises. Light your fire ... read this book!
A couple of minor details - some of the dialog is a bit jerky and doesn't sound right, and for the second time Mr. Corkill introduces a female character who appears to be a bit flighty with her affections.
Do give this series a try. Unless Mr. Corkill suddenly tanks with his writing, his books will be on my "must read" list as he continues to bring us adventures.
This really is not a science fiction book so much as it is a mystery thriller with advanced technology as a key plot item. I enjoyed it. Might just get the first one and the next one when it comes out. The book does set you up for the next mysterious part about this alien technology.