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Summary

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

Critic reviews

"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)

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Skip the introduction, it contains spoilers

Great story, great characters, the only fly in the ointment is Philip Pullman giving away a couple of important plot points in his introduction.

Skip the introduction and get straight into the story

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Absolutely brilliant

Everything about this story is excellent and it's narrated extremely well. Gripping story and the plot hang together very well!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • 12-10-17

Here here!!

Very well written. Good postscript. Brilliant Could not stop listening. Very believable loved it. Thanks.

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best book in ages

best book on ages. really good and enjoyed it. more like this please please please please please

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Amazing

This was just amazing story telling at its best. Thrilling and gripping to the last sentence. Highly recommend

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  • gary
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  • 17-12-16

Worst book I've had to listen to

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.

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Masterful thriller

Still compelling after more than two decades. Narration was professional and held the tension well.

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Brilliant story

Philip Pullman was not exaggerating, this really is an excellent thriller. It's not a pure spy drama, it feels a bit more real and slow burning than the typical spy adventure. No practiced tradecraft, just a smart, relentless, resourceful, gritty protagonist. A really intricate story with lots of twists. The final third of the book is real edge of your seat stuff. Highly recommended.

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Excellent yarn, beautifully narrated

This was virtually unputdownable! From the first page to the final few words you're totally engaged with the plot and its various characters and further enhanced by the wonderful narration.

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All encompassing!

my first spy thriller and I loved it! despite a myriad of accents the narrator was amazing and authentic and I marvel at his skill.

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  • jeff
  • 13-09-17

the best thriller ever

the prologue was spot on. the best spy thriller in existence. best truly Renaissance hero, too. brilliantly read. you won't be able to turn it off!

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  • Odd
  • 20-04-17

highly recommended

I really enjoyed This book from start to finish.
This could make for an exciting Thriller on the movie Scream.

o.a.skaarbo.