Antarktos Rising, by Jeremy Robinson

antarktos-risingA global cataclysm strikes in the form of a polar shift changing the balance of power across the planet.  The earth’s magnetic field shifts by several degrees throwing the planets climate into complete chaos.  Most of North America is transformed instantly into an arctic wasteland while the middle east becomes a fertile wonderland.  This is the premiss Antarktos Rising is based on.

As North America literally freezes over, Antarctica thaws to becomes the most sought after continent on the planet.  And since no nation had land rights to a contentment that had been locked in ice for millennia, suddenly every nation in the world is in competition to lay claim.  Despite the apocalypse that is presented at the beginning of the book, competition for Antarctica is the main plot of the story.

Not only has the continent thawed offering a potential refuge for millions of the displaced pollution, but it turns out that Antarctica has its own secrets that have laid hidden from the civilized world for thousands of years.  And as countries compete to lay claim to the newly freed land, the teams in placed scouting the continent struggle to survive secrets long since forgotten.

The first few chapters of the book are disheartening as the apocalypse costs millions of lives.  But through this adversity, the main cast of characters emerge thought hardship and undertake an adventure that will change human history in ways that have nothing to do with the polar shift.

As I have come to expect with Jeremy Robinson’s work, the story is fast paced and exciting but the characters are what really pull the reader into the world he has created.  Perhaps most disturbing off all is the factual evidence that such a global shift has happened before and one day is likely to happen again.

This novel was an exciting and captivating read.  It is a tale of tragedy and well as redemption.  It explores both the best and worst that the human race has to offer.  And it toys with the idea that man may not be the species at the top of the food chain after all.

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