Something terrible is stirring in the wreckage of Chernobyl. The Chernobyl Sarcophagus is crumbling, and the Carapace project to contain the infamous reactor has stalled. Dr. Victoria Cox must return to Pripyat, in the heart of the exclusion zone, to find out why. Confronted by corporate irresponsibility and greed, she soon finds herself in a race against time, fighting to prevent a disaster of catastrophic proportions.
As the human cost of the project mounts, the long shadows of pagan myth and nuclear folklore fall across the irradiated ghost town. Shadows through which Victoria must walk, if she is to discover the true nature of the danger they face - and the price that must be paid to stop it.
©2012 Philip Hemplow (P)2014 Philip Hemplow
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The Sarcophagus is a short story that takes place in the haunted ruins of Chernobyl. Dr. Victoria Cox is sent to troubleshoot the site. With her is Swan, a rather irritating man, who thinks he is in charge of the project and Osterberg, an older man, who is a very good friend of Victoria.
Osterberg was in charge of the project to contain the reactor but he was months behind schedule. He told Victoria and Swan that he had had many workers walk away. Others had been injured or died. There is tension among the remaining workers and some of them think the place is haunted. Strange things have been happening. Victoria’s instincts were telling her to be careful. Several times she noticed a strange figure lurking in the shadows. A figure that is tall with a black full length coat and hood.
There are numerous clues in this story to entice the reader to keep turning the pages. The location itself, with the abandoned buildings, crumbling Sarcophagus, and the folklore of monsters, leads to the sinister feeling that something evil hides in the shadows.
I think this short read should have been a bit longer. More about the folklore of the area would have been nice. The end could have been extended also. Perhaps with more of the supernatural element. I would also have liked to know more about Victoria’s future.
Although the audiobook was relatively short, it was enough to give you the shivers!
The narrator, Edoardo Camponeschi, had a deep voice with an accent. He did a good job of telling the story and it was interesting to listen to him.
There were no audio production issues. Everything was clear.
Audiobook provided for review by the author.
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Quick review: A very well written story that mixes modern drama, hints of the Lovecraftian and a smidgen of the world of the awesome and challenging video game S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
The pace is very well maintained and the drama carefully managed. The world building here is really believable. I'm sure the author has put in lots of research to make this true to life with the details of the Chernobyl accident and its folklore carefully drawn. And if he didn't, it sure sounds believable!
The narrator is good, though a non English native by the sound of his accident which was a slight distraction.
I would recommend this to anyone who wants a dramatic story, or loves HP Lovecraft's mythos, or just likes a bit of all to plausible other - worldly horror, or of course CSC's S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game series.
Especially of note is the very believable main character, a well nuanced female lead from a male author.
I would read more by this author, especially if he had more in this series or theme.
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