Short Take: Zodiac Station – Tom Harper

Tom Harper is a well-known in the UK for his historically-based thrillers. (We published last year’s stylish, smart Orpheus Descent.) This time he’s in Michael Crichton territory with a tense, suspenseful, genre-hopping story of about a group of arctic researchers who start mysteriously disappearing. As one scientist tries to solve the mystery in a race against time to save his own life, a dark plot involving, politics, corporations, energy resources and something even more mysterious starts to unfold.

An energetic, imaginative, and labyrinthine thriller….With nods to some classic horror/SF stories (The Thing, Frankenstein, Alien, among others), the novel is full of twists and turns; it starts out as a murder mystery and winds up an SF thriller, with stops along the way for Cold War intrigue and political conspiracy. Great fun for genre-blend lovers.”
   — Booklist

“Harper brilliantly uses a framing device straight out of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in crafting an utterly compelling, sophisticated page-turner set in the Arctic. Capt. Carl Franklin and his crew aboard the U.S. Coast Guard ice-breaker Terra Nova face a baffling mystery when they rescue a man named Thomas Anderson from an ice floe in the middle of nowhere. Anderson, who’s in bad shape from hypothermia and frostbite, tells Franklin that he’s a researcher from Zodiac Station, a scientific base….After the base was devastated by an explosion, Anderson traveled more than 100 miles in just four days in search of help….The plotting is complex but logical, with a fairly clued and stunning payoff.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Zodiac Station (9780062371300) by Tom Harper. $14.99 trade paper original. 5/26/15 on sale.

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