Kraken Rising by Greig Beck
Pan Macmillian: 10/22/15
eBook review copy, 449 pages
Series: Alex Hunter #6
Kraken Rising by Greig Beck is a very highly recommended
action-packed military-adventure-terror-thriller, and it kept my total
attention from the beginning to the end.
We know several things from the opening chapters: a sub has been
attacked by some huge, mysterious creature; Alex Hunter, the Arcadian,
is still alive and working for the US military; an emergency beacon
signal is being picked up by bases on Antarctica; and Chinese operatives
have tried to capture Joshua, Alex's son and Aimee, his mother. This
should tell all you action/adventure junkies that Kraken Rising will be an adrenaline-packed-thrill-ride of a novel.
In 2008 a top secret US prototype submarine goes missing off the coast
of Antarctica in the Southern Sandwich trench. The area is also known as
the Southern Sea's Devil's Triangle. Thinking it was lost in a deep
trench, the USA is surprised when the emergency locator beacon is
discovered to now be sending a signal - a signal located deep underneath
Antarctica. But the race is on because the Chinese, who have been
illegally mining for precious minerals nearby have also heard the
emergency beacon and are determined to claim the missing sub. Several
different groups of soldiers with some scientists mixed in, are on the
hunt and the situation is quickly turning political and the potential
for an exchange of military fire is increasing exponentially.
Alex Hunter, the Arcadian, is a super soldier. An experimental treatment
after he was mortally wounded in a previous assignment has left him
with super-human powers/skills, but he also has a dark side. Alex is
sent in to find the sub on his own, but at the same time a team of HAWCs
is also on the mission. Adding to the tension is the fact that
Joshua's mother, petrobiologist Aimee Weir, is also on the mission since
she has had previous experience dealing with the terrifying creature
they must all now face.
You really don't have to read any of the previous books to enjoy this
one. I could swear I've read the first book in this series, the book
which presents the first assignment in Antarctica, but although I kept
remembering facts as I read this book, I couldn't find a review of it.
Now it does resemble some other books set in the same geographical area
with similar scenarios, so perhaps I was thinking of one of those books.
Setting all that aside, I was totally engrossed in the story from
beginning to end. Even though I think I read the first book, I know I
haven't read any of the adventures in-between the first and this, the
sixth, but still I had no trouble following the story.
If you like skirmishes between super-human combatants and military
novels with an element of sheer terror as both sides face the unknown as
well as each other, Kraken Rising should make you happy. It's
all about the action. I mean, come on, there's a kraken. This is a
perfect stuck-over-night-at-the-airport book.
Disclosure: My Kindle edition was courtesy
of Pan Macmillian for review