Sunday, January 6, 2013

Book Review: The Frozen Sky @ Jeff Carlson

I don't do much reviewing anymore--too busy writing and trying to make a dent in the TBR pile. But I've been a fan of Jeff Carlson's since I reviewed his Plague Trilogy for RT Book Reviews Magazine and I was thrilled when he offered me a copy of The Frozen Sky. I put off reading it until after the holidays, but once I picked it up there was no putting it down.



Something is alive inside Jupiter's ice moon Europa. Robot probes find an ancient tunnel beneath the surface, its walls carved with strange hieroglyphics. Led by elite engineer Alexis Vonderach, a team of scientists descends into the dark... where they confront a savage race older than mankind...


Based on the award-winning short story, The Frozen Sky is a new full-length sci fi thriller novel from the international bestselling author of Plague Year.


The beginning of this novel is action-packed and hooked me from the get-go. I must admit, I love a gutsy heroine. Jeff manages to make his characters strong, but they're also real and have emotions I can identify with. And did I mention that the author creates amazingly believable alien worlds. The technical stuff is authentic but not overwhelming. Of course the political and ethical problems involved with alien contact are explored so there's plenty of food for thought along with the action. 

Two thumbs up for another excellent read from Jeff Carlson.


Jeff Carlson was born on the day of the first manned moon landing and narrowly escaped being named Apollo, Armstrong, or Rocket. His father worked for NASA-Ames at the time, and his granddad on his mother’s side was a science fiction fan whose library included autographed copies of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy.

Both men were strong, early influences—and in the high tech 21st Century, it’s easy to stand with one foot in reality and the other in sci fi. Jeff’s writing alternates between mainstream and genre fiction.

Jeff is the international bestselling author of Plague Year and The Frozen Sky, hailed by Publishers Weekly as “Pulse pounding.” His next novel is apocalyptic thriller Interrupt, coming July 2013 from 47North.  His short stories and nonfiction articles regularly appear in leading venues such as Boys’ Life, Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, and the Fast Forward 2 anthology.

To date, his writing has sold in fifteen languages. Jeff’s novels have been translated into Spanish, German, Romanian, Russian, Turkish, and Czech. His short fiction has also appeared in most of those languages as well as Dutch, Esperanto, Estonian, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, and Portuguese.

He lives with his wife and sons in California.

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