Kolymsky Heights: a frozen Siberian hell lost in endless night and the perfect location for an underground Russian research station. It's a place so secret, it doesn't officially exist....
Once there, the scientists are forbidden to leave. But one scientist is desperate to get a message to the outside world. So desperate he sends a plea across the wilderness to the west in order to summon the one man alive who can achieve the impossible....
©1994 Lionel Davidson (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd
"Sensationally good. Cleverly conceived and brilliantly executed. One of the great thrillers of the last century." (Charles Cumming)
"I've never read a thriller that so successfully transported me to a hitherto unimagined place." (Guardian)
Well what a buildup at the beginning. Somebody was really trying to sell this, I was quite excited about getting stuck in to it.
I spent the next god knows how many hours wondering why it was even written, the plot is so weak and poorly put together that at the end your scratching your head and wondering what that was all about.
I have read most of Lionel Davidson's output and can only say that the world lost one of its best authors when he died. Kolymsky Heights is superb, but try The Rose of Tibet for an even better story (IMO).
The narration of this book is nothing short of sublime.
Kildonan by the sea
Fast paced plot, that is a thriller spy story with elements of science fiction, but the main elements of the plot is getting to a secret place and escaping from the same place; for my taste the scape was the best part of the story.
If your book comes with a prolog from Philip Pullman do not read it, it has spoilers and it hypes the book to much. Enjoy the story first then if you want to, read the comments.
A good adventure that works well if you go with it and do not look to deeply into motivations or for realistic political motivations. This book reminded me of a victorian adventure, with exotic science, brutal humanity, and humans fighting against an implacable natural world.
The reader's range of voices is very limited, it would have helped to have one more actor for a more entertaining performance.
My work takes me on frequent long distance travel. it used to be a chore. With Audible on my phone I frequently wish the flight was longer.
The story is laid out as a flat descriptive and over long incident report. "He then went to answer a call of nature. Then he had a drink of vodka. Then he walked to the car where he put the key in the ignition and started the car. He then drove the car down the street..." (paraphrased - not actual quote)
There is no point in the narrative that is more exciting than an unexpected 1 euro coin in your back pocket.
The introduction is therefore wildly misleading.
The narrator does an ok job. Rather flat - but that is mainly due to a flat storyline.
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