What Lurks Below (Hell Holes #1)
When hundreds of huge holes mysteriously appear overnight in the frozen tundra north of the Arctic Circle, they threaten financial and environmental catastrophe should any more open up under the Trans-Alaska Pipeline or any of the many oil wells and smaller pipelines that feed it. An oil company sends a scientific team to investig ...more
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Hell Holes is an intriguing book and one difficult to classify. Set in Alaska, the prologue already gives us a hint about what is to come, but once we start reading the account written by Professor Jack Oswald, we get taken in by the mystery of the holes, and by the hypotheses suggested, sending u ...more
I loved the premise and the way this book was written for the most part. ...more
It was great to see science, adventure, exploration and a bit a fantasy. It's a very thrilling read as well. With all those bits thrown together, it is a book you are worried won't meet the very high expectations you have for it, but this book and author have done very well to hold up their end and really make this book everything it claims to be and a bit ...more
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewer: Amanda (www.ultimatefantasybooks.com)
Firstly this book was a lot shorter than I expected but I still really enjoyed it. Secondly this book was seriously researched by the author at the start we got a little too much information and thirdly it ends with a massive cliff-hanger.
This book is a mish mash of genres, from science, to fantasy to horror.
So the story is about a group of scientists who have to investigate large holes that haver appeared from no ...more
Well, wasn't this a complete surprise package! It just goes to show that you should never judge a book by its cover.
After reading reviews as to what this novella would be genre wise, I tend to disagree that it's science fiction. To me it felt more like a horror/paranormal/thriller and kept you on the edge of your seat as to what would happen next.
Written rather like a journal from the male protagonist's point of view, the writing was smooth and the characters quite lifelike ...more
The book starts with the scientific development of the information about the effect that those holes could have on the environment, to soon develop the shocking t ...more
It is a relatively short, quick and entertaining read for thos ...more
Mostly, I enjoyed this. It's very much escapist genre fiction, which could have done with a better edit to rectify repetitions and a few lazily constructed sentences, but I did like it. It's about geological scientist Jack Oswald who goes out to Alaska with his wife and two of his grad students, to investigate the appearance of mysterious holes in the tundra. Also along for the ride is enigmatic journalist Aileen O'Connor.
Once at camp, ...more
There is a slow & somewhat technically detailed start, but stick with it. This methodical crawl pays off big. When the pace picks up it becomes fast & furiously action packed. Horrific gore, grotesque demon arrivals, unexpected situations and desperate life saving choices will keep the reader breathlessly engaged with each turn of the page.
So you're trying to break into the world of fiction writing. You could write something unoriginal but popular in an attempt at a cash grab. Or you could write something novel and entertaining. Kudos to Donald Firesmith (cool name) for going the second route.
This is a short book, so I finished in a couple of hours. If you dislike thick novels that you could use as a deadly weapon, Hell Holes is the book for you.
The idea was brilliant, the ...more
A team of scientists is asked by Exxon Mobile to come out to do some research on a mysterious hole that has appeared, seemingly out of nowhere. The oil company wants to make sure that this hole and the ones like it won’t be affecting the Alaskan pipeline. The team is stumped by the creation of the hole and even its existence, but quickly realize that they are in for more than just a simple science excursion.
I want to be totally upfront w ...more
Firesmith touches upon many themes in this book, and the story benefits from these many layers as Oswald and crew try to contain a sea of de ...more
We are looking into Dr. Jack Oswald’s point of view for this narrative. Once the premise of the story gets started, it moves at a fast pace and I was able to finish it the same day I started. The book is shorter than you’re lead to believe. After the major cliffhanger at the ending, we’re fed information about the characters, author bio and what volume two is about.
When I was contacted by the author to read this book I liked the premise, but wondered if it would be a bit too much science and not enough fantasy.
I was right in my premise that it is more an action book rather than fantasy, so if you are after a full on fantasy novella you won't get it in this. But if you want a story that could actually happen then read on... who knows what is buried deep in the earth.
The main characters are scientists along with a ...more
Kevin Kowalski, Exxon mobile manager, has called on Jack Oswald, a geology professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, to look into the “sink holes” have appeared out of nowhere. Now they have appeared in the Northern Slope, too close to the oil wells and especially, the Trans-Alaska pipeline, for Kowalski’s comfort and he wants answers.
Outfitted with his wife, two of his undergrad students and a reporter, who appeared at the last moment and to wh ...more
This book is a bit of a surprise in other ways. It starts out like any other action-adventure in which the scientific community is confronted by a could-be-real danger. In this case huge, symmetrical holes appear in the Arctic permafrost, threatening oil production an ...more
So I read what the book was about and figured it was going about sink holes and maybe a new world down below. I have already read another book about sink holes so I figured let me see what this author is about. This isn't sink holes this is something far more than that. There is another world opening up but it is one you don't want to be around. So I got almost close to a half in this book and when I was thrown for a loop of the paranormal I was like what? ...more
The story starts more in the mundane world, and moves into the supernatural about half way through. While I enjoy a certain level of scientific explanation, at times I felt there was a little too much focus on the science rather than the story. Its great that the author has done his research, but I ...more
This book has it all, action, danger, and a steady stream of Demons. Yes demons from a version of "Hell" (aka a place of evil). I love the actual science mixed into the s ...more
If you like this style (I do), you'll miss a lot if you do not read this book.
Although the book ends in the most thrilling moment, like an episode of "24" TV series, the book contains a preview of the sequel, Demons of the Dalton (the Kindle version does). The sequel does not need r ...more
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