by Timothy S.
Timothy S. Johnston has
done it again with his newest Kyle Tanner book,
Once again, the reader is
taken on a wild ride where
detective has to discover a killer.
This time, though, there is a
very real time limit.
As the first line of the book
states, within a few days, Tanner will be dead.
scientist is murdered on Ceres, but the trail leads Tanner to Jupiter’s Europa
where a team of scientists are searching in the water under the ice of the moon
for signs of life.
Taking two of the scientist
from Ceres and a civilian engineer whiz, he is confronted with mystery after
mystery as he tries to unravel what is really going on at the research station.
we are introduced to Tanner as a gruff, duty-bound detective with a talent of
following his gut to a successful arrest.
Tanner’s character becomes more complex and richer.
He starts to question the
polices of the Confederacy, not to the point of quitting or doing anything about
them, but just to acknowledge to himself that the Confederacy might not be a
completely benevolent government.
There are other characters
with a fervent loyalty to the Confederacy as well as characters who are
dissidents, but Tanner seems to be straddling the line just a bit.
His own sense of duty keeps
him performing his mission, but there are cracks just beginning to show in his
The two diametrically opposed
facets, lock-step adherence to duty and a personal feeling that simple
disagreements with how the Confederacy is run is not a capital crime, are making
Tanner more interesting, and are probably a foretelling of things to come in the
next book in Tanner’s series,
before, Johnston has done a lot of research in writing his book.
The science is generally
accurate and in line with current knowledge.
It is not thrown at the reader
in an info dump, but rather fed in drips and drabs as the storyline progresses,
quite often almost as in an afterthought.
On several occasion, I was off
to the internet as the science presented got me interested in a deeper
understanding of it.
Freezer is a little bit of Asimov’s
Caves of Steel , a
little bit of Shelley’s
Frankenstein, and a bit more
of Carpenter’s The Thing,
, but it is totally unique in its own right.
It is direct and to the point
with enough action to please everyone.
What might have impressed me
most was that
somehow managed to create a sense of foreboding claustrophobia in the wide open
reaches of Europa’s ice field.
This is a great
ride, and I heartily recommend it.
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