Monday, January 30, 2017

White Death - by Jack Castle - A taut little thriller set in the Arctic

4 of 5 Stars     Review copy

White Death begins with a disaster at the annual Iditarod dog-sled race, but quickly moves to the Arctic Imperative Conference where Dr. Kate Foster is speaking to the assembled group.  Although the speech does not go as planned, it does lead to a grant and an opportunity to join a research team at Dead Bear Island.

Dr. Foster arrives at Deadhorse airport at the same time as a team of investigators sent to look into a multiple homicide at the very destination she was heading to.

When one of the secondary characters says, "This is like in that horror movie where the monster from outer space picks off the scientists in Antarctica one-by-one.  Man, I loved that movie."  We all know exactly what he was referring to.  In some respects one may think White Death is derivative of The Thing, but actually the similarities are few.

As the mystery unravels, the terror mounts, and the death count rises.  Things are never quite what they seem in White Death.  One thing I did enjoy with this book was the way the author kept it real. It took very little suspension of disbelief to enjoy Jack Castle's latest thriller.

The facts page which precedes this work of fiction is well worth your time.  More thriller than horror, but certainly recommended.

White Death is available in both paperback and e-book formats from EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing.

From the author's bio - Jack Castle loves adventure.  He has traveled the globe as a professional stuntman for stage, film, and television. While working for Universal Studios, he met Cinderella at Walt Disney World and they were soon married.  After moving to Alaska, he worked as a tour guide, police officer, Criminal Justice professor, and certified weapons instructor. He has been stationed on a remote island in the Aleutians as a Response Team Commander and his last job in the Arctic Circle was protecting engineers from ravenous polar bears. It was this last experience which actually inspired White Death.

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