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The Frozen Sky (the Europa Series Book 1) by [Carlson, Jeff]
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4.2 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in The Europa Series (3 Book Series)
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About the Author

Jeff Carlson is the international bestselling author of PLAGUE YEAR and THE FROZEN SKY. To date, his work has been translated into sixteen languages worldwide. His new novel is FROZEN SKY 2: BETRAYED.

Readers can find free fiction, videos, contests, and more on his web site at jverse.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3836 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: JVE (1 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009GLM5LG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #133,160 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I am an avid fan of Sci-Fi and Space Operas. However, in so many books the "aliens" seem to always be either bipedal humanoids, or bug-eyed monsters (BEM's), intent on destroying Earth. They also always seem to be light years ahead of us in space technology. "The Frozen Sky" by the accomplished author, Jeff Carlson, turns that stereotype on its head and shakes it up quite a bit.

This story takes place on and inside Jupiter's super-frozen moon, Europa. Earth has been mining the ice to extract deuterium for use as fuel in various vessels and to power outlying extra-planetary colonies. One day a probe becomes fouled with dirt particles which subsequently are determined to be extremely small fossil bugs.

That discovery prompts a new interest in the moon, leading to a Chinese rover accidently finding what appears to be repetitious designs carved in the ice, indicating the possible presence of intelligent beings, either now or in the past. THAT discovery presages a significant uptick in interest in Europa.

Numerous Earth nations, coalitions and alliances, send multi-disciplinary teams to "cooperatively" explore the satellite. Unfortunately, "cooperative" on Earth has a different meaning on Europa, and each group tries to sabotage the others, so they can claim the lion's share of glory for themselves, assuming some proof of sentient life awaits them.

Jeff is a master creator of believable, realistic Science Fiction. His aliens are unique in the Sci-Fi genre, which, if you think about it, they would be on Europa or any other orb suited to the existence of life. There are no BEM's in Jeff's world. But there ARE alien life forms, with a measure of intelligence.
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This is excellent Sci-Fi, a real page turner from start to finish. Jeff Carlson has constructed a believable world set a hundred years or so in the future. It deals with first contact with an alien race, sunfish, on the frozen landscape of Jupiters moon, Europa. The setting works brilliantly, creating a sense of isolation from civilisation, and later on in the story meaning the politics back on Earth don't become overwhelming.

The Sunfish are a beautifully realised creation, alien in their way of thinking unlike most typical sci-fi creations. There has clearly been a lot of thought put into them, and they are definitly one of the highlights of the novel. Without wanting to give too much away the theories behind their evolution, and how they have progressed to their current point, is brilliant. Decisions they make that would seem cold hearted to most people make sense giving the hostile enviroment they grew up in. And Europa is definitly a hostile enviroment.

The technology, whilst clearly far in advance of our own, is still relatable so at no point did I find myself wondering just what was going on, or feel the need for a big infodump to explain it all to me.

Some of the basic themes behind the story aren't particularly original, such as first contact, and it takes a rather negative view of humanity as a whole. But then I would say it's fairly true with that assessment, and there are more than enough original ideas in there to stop this being an issue. The stories absolutely cracking and any little niggles like this don't matter.

And I loved the idea of trying to figure out whether or not the Sunfish were intelligent, and it made me question what it is that makes humans intelligent, as opposed to animals.
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I really enjoyed The Frozen Sky. A genuine page turner that was reminiscent of the intelligent writing of Crichton. I thought the action got off to an explosive start and chucked me right in. Then, when I later began to worry if the pace was slackening Carlson slammed the gear right up again. Characters were solid and believsble and whilst the politicsl background back on Earth was less than fleshed out I didn't have a problem with it as for me it neatly mirrored the cut off feeling I understood the characters were experiencing so far trom home.
At times the story did come close to being s little preachy, particularly with its obvious parallels with earth's unfortunate domestic history of bloody first contacts with new cultures, but ultimately I think it trod the line well. If I was to pick any holes it would just be the convenience of Lam. Although this element was neatly led into from the start so was not at all a jarring part of the narrative. All in all a great read.
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There are probably two aspects to this novel, which concerns itself with the exploration of Jupiter’s moon, Europa: the first is how our near-future descendants undertake the adventure into the outer solar system; the second is the manner in which politics of future Earth play out. I could not buy into either of Jeff Carlson’s ideas, I’m afraid.

On the plus side, the detail of the life form discovered on Europa is creative and the day-by-day struggles of the explorers to survive the alien world are likely realistic. However, I couldn’t warm to any of the characters whatsoever nor understand how various interested governments on Earth interact and respond to the commercial pressures that the adventure generates. Hence the difficulty I had reading and finishing the novel. There is a sequel, described as a novella, that I’ll read for completeness in the hope that it will grab my attention, as this first instalment seems to have done for others.
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