Deception Island by Judith A. Boss is a futuristic adventure that takes us deep into the frozen heart of Antarctica.
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When Rachel St. Claire is called about an unknown body found frozen in Antarctica, she jumps at the chance to examine it. She travels by cruise ship with her colleagues, Dr. Grace McAllister and geophysicist Trevor, and hopes to learn more about the mysterious body before they arrive. As the details unfold, however, Rachel realizes that there is much more to the story. When they finally reach Deception Island, the team is plunged into a futuristic tale of Nazi operatives, genetic experiments, a mysterious pendant that is somehow linked to Rachel’s past, and a secret culture that lives in the core of the Earth. Can Rachel, Grace, and Trevor solve the riddle of Antarctica, or will the Nazi’s rise up with a new plan to purify the world? Only the ice knows for sure.
I really enjoyed this book. It’s full of mystery and intrigue, and you can tell that every futuristic detail was well-researched. The characters are dynamic and engaging, and the dialogue was on point. The settings were incredible, and you could almost feel the cold, antarctic winds.
Sadly, there were a few things that bugged me about the story. Rachel is heralded as being the top evolutionary biologist in her field, but we don’t get to see her in action very often. Even when she’s finally examining the unknown body, we barely get to see any of her methods or techniques. I feel like Rachel was a bit underplayed for being such a big part of the story.
The other thing that bugged me was the ending. It felt….incomplete. Like there was more that could have happened to tie everything together.
Other than that, I felt that the cultures, theories, technology, and history blended together extremely well, bringing us an exciting and engaging adventure. I give Deception Island a solid 4 of 5, and I look forward to reading more of this author’s works!
About the Author:
Judith A. Boss published her first “novel” when she was only 11, and a love of writing was born. Since then, she has traveled the world while earning degrees in philosophy and anthropology, and she has even written several textbooks on Ethics and Morality. Deception Island is her first plunge into the world of fiction, and she had based many of the details on her own travels to Antarctica. To learn more about the author and her works, you can visit her Amazon Page or connect with her on Facebook. To get a copy of Deception Island for yourself, check out the link below!