Audiobook: Melt Zone (Robert Spire #3) by Si Rosser (Narrated by David Loving)

A 250-Page Chase Scene

3 out of 5 stars

Sometimes a book gets you with a good tagline or a great cover and is a total letdown.  Melt Zone wasn’t a total let down, but it wasn’t the book that I was expecting it to be.  I was expecting it to be a lot more about the base and the myth around it instead of being a 250-page chase scene followed by 50 pages of what I expected the book to be about.

With that said, I didn’t hate the book at all.  I ended up enjoying it even though most of it was chase scenes and not secret Nazi bases.  I don’t know why (maybe since the tagline talks about Antarctic Ice Melt) I thought it was going to be more about the environment or the reasoning behind the melt –but it was much less science and much more obvious reasoning once the readers find out what is going on beneath the surface.

Rosser is able to write really long and drawn out action scenes without them feeling overdone. As I mentioned before the book is pretty much a chase scene, then a little bit or cool down, and then another chase scene.  I felt like the car chase scenes in the Bourne movies for a little longer than we needed.

The main character Robert Spire was an interesting one who reminded me a little of a character that Tom Clancy would come up with.  He was smart and able to do more than you expected.  Upon finishing this book I’m not sure if I’ll go back and read the other books with him in it, but I won’t write them off.

The science and what I’ll call pseudo-science in the book felt realistic and well researched.  A lot of the machinery and the enhancements that Rosser talked about in Melt Zone were things that made sense to me (or could make sense if some of the events in the book transpired the way that they were written).

The narration for Melt Zone was done by David Loving who does a pretty fair job with it.  There were times that his voice bothered me slightly, but I feel like I was being picky for this entire book. I’ll have to listen to another book by Loving to know if I do or don’t like him as a narrator.  The quality was great and I had no issues around that.

Book Description:

Audiobook: Melt Zone (Robert Spire #3) by Si Rosser (Narrated by David Loving) three-stars
Melt Zone by Si Rosser
Narrator: David Loving
Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
Series: Robert Spire #3
Published by Schmall World Publishing on April 24, 2017
Genres: Thriller
Pages: 347
Format: Audiobook

A mysterious structure is found buried beneath the Antarctic ice. Undiscovered for decades...It should have remained that way.

A team of climatologists are sent on a routine expedition to Antarctica to investigate a rapidly melting glacier, where they make a startling discovery... In Europe, a secret Nazi document surfaces which points to an government secret, and which appears connected to events unfolding in Antarctica... Robert Spire, tasked to hunt for the secret document, soon becomes the hunted, as he is chased across Europe by mysterious assassins with seemingly super-human strength. Spire discovers that sinister forces are at work. Forces that will do all they can to protect the secret that lies buried beneath the Antarctic ice...

In 1938, the German New Swabia Expedition left Hamburg for Antarctica aboard the MS Schwabenland. The secret expedition arrived at the Princess Martha Coast, in an area which had been claimed by Norway as Dronning Maud Land, and began charting the region...75 years later, satellite photographs discover something very odd occurring in Eastern Antarctica...

Rapid Antarctic Ice Melt...

Just before Europe's Envisat satellite malfunctions, it photographs a mysterious melt zone during a fly-over of Eastern Antarctica. After analyzing the photographs, the UKs GLENCOM - Global Environmental Command - Unit, sends three of its climatologists to investigate, but as they search the site, a vast crevasse opens in the ice, swallowing them up. They survive the fall, but make a startling and lethal discovery.

A Hunt Across Europe...

GLENCOM agent and environmental lawyer, Robert Spire, is tasked to investigate a Cologne-based company whose origins appear linked to the events unfolding in Antarctica. As Spire suspects a possible government conspiracy, things take a sinister turn, as clues lead him to the discovery of a 70 year-old Nazi document and an Antarctic mystery that may have lasted for 70 years.

A Decades-old Nazi Myth...

With Spire now missing, and a second search and rescue operation to the melt zone going disastrously wrong, GLENCOM organise a third expedition to the region, this time with the assistance of cryo-scientist and glaciologist, Irina Loptinova. If Spire makes it back to England alive, he will face his most daunting challenge yet, an expedition to the melt zone, to discover the mystery that lies buried beneath the Antarctic ice.

Melt Zone is a faced paced thriller, which covers the following themes;

* Antarctica
* Conspiracy
* Exploration
* Nazi mythology
* UFO technology
* Assassin
* Action adventure chase thriller

I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

About the Author:

Simon Rosser LIb, was born in Cardiff, South Wales, UK, in 1968.

During the day he is a personal injury lawyer, but lunchtimes, evenings and weekends, he is the author of Action-Adventure-thriller novels, usually with an Ecological/Cataclysmic theme.

Favorite authors include – Ed McBain, James Patterson, Lee Child, Lincoln Child, Douglas Preston, Patrick Lee, Michael Grumley and Clive Cussler.

Favorite movies – Good The Bad and The Ugly, Jaws, Deliverance, Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, It’s A Wonderful Life, Scarface, Play Misty For Me, Electra-Glide In Blue, The Abyss, Deliverance and many others.

Books – THE A-Z OF GLOBAL WARMING, Climate Fiction eco-thriller TIPPING POINT (Robert Spire adventure 1), Techno-thriller IMPACT POINT (Robert Spire adventure 2) and third Spire Action-adventure thriller, MELT ZONE and SciFi Apocalyptic Thrillers, VAPORIZED I and II.

If you enjoy a mix of Egyptian and Greek mythology, Fourth Robert Spire historical action-adventure thriller, CATACLYSM of the ANCIENTS, has just been released.

The author has just completed VAPORIZED 2 and will soon start Spire 5 and a new stand-alone thriller. Watch this space!

My first writing experience, if you could call it that, came from my love of horror movies. Saturday night would be horror movie double bill night. I’m talking about all the Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Vincent Price films, vampires, monsters, mummies, and werewolves. I kept scrapbooks of all the films I saw between 1977 and 1981, and still have them to this day. I’d spend hours drawing a little picture of the film and appraising it – the writing part!

Roll on 25 years, I decided to write the factual A-Z of Global Warming to clarify the complex subject of climate change. My thrillers are a mix of ecological and techno-thriller with a bit of Science Fiction thrown in for good measure.

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