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3.66  ·  Rating details ·  2,392 ratings  ·  274 reviews
They took the job to escape the world.
They didn't expect the world to end.

Kasker Rampart: a derelict refinery platform moored in the Arctic Ocean. A skeleton crew of fifteen fight boredom and despair as they wait for a relief ship to take them home. But the world beyond their frozen wasteland has gone to hell. Cities lie ravaged by a global pandemic. One by one TV channe
Paperback, 388 pages
Published April 14th 2011 by Hodder (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
do you like this??

then you will probably like this book.

it has very many awesome things in it, like arctic isolation and metal-spiked zombies and flamethrowers and the scariest cruise ship ever and only a couple of things that are crappy. and not even crappy-crappy, but just those little annoying impossibilities you can't help but note when you are watching movies/reading books like these and you are like, "hold up, that doesn't make sense." or "but surely the timer would have run out by now,"
mark monday
Feb 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommended to mark by: karen
Shelves: horror-modern
it is a remote refinery in the arctic. there is a disparate crew. there is freezing cold and isolation and all of those sorts of things. these are the sorts of things i often like to read about. there is a mysterious worldwide disaster. there are zombies, a new kind of zombie, metallic zombies. there is a space-born plague, maybe? the plague is from nanobots, maybe? one can only guess. there is an abandoned luxury liner. it is full of zombies. there is an ambiguous ending, which is perfect.

the b
Oct 12, 2011 rated it did not like it
This has to be one of the worst things I've read. I had no idea what the hell was happening 90% of the time, the writing was terrible and read more like a film script than a book. Jane goes from Pathetic Wimp to Capable Warrior Woman in a blink of an eye (apparently she starts the novel as obese and manages to slim down enough to run marathons around the rig in a couple of weeks). None of the characters were interesting (more cardboard cut outs), the plot felt like a bad sci fi movie and I feel ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this.
The writing is excellent, the characterisations, for the most part, are great. It is dark, atmospheric, claustrophobic and most importantly, quite frightening.

The first part of the novel can be read as something separate from the virus that is sweeping the planet. The explanations on the differing ways in which it is possible to die in a freezing and extremely remote environment are quite frightening themselves. Add mutations / zombies to the mixture and all o
Jul 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2011, e-books
3.5 Stars

This book is a decent first novel. It has lots to like in it. A great atypical hero in Jane  Blanc, an amazing frigid setting at the top of the world, and of course zombies. This is post apocalyptic fun that on that level alone is five star greatness.

Let me start by saying how much I really liked Jane Blanc. I think that Baker did a fabulous job at taking this woman who normally would not make a good action hero and showed how through synergy with her morals, her values, and her experie
Sep 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
You hate humanity. You take a job at an arctic oil rig with the rest of the rejects in the world. Then the zombie apocalypse happens and you are stuck stranded on the sidelines waiting to starve or freeze to death.

I hate it when that happens.

Fortunately, or unfortunately depending on your viewpoint of zombie novels, the zombies do catch up with our unlucky oil rig residents. But before that happens, Adam Baker, in his debut novel Outpost, sets up a different kind of zombie novel in which the per
Sep 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, apocalypse
Forget global warming, the world will end in great balls of zombie apocalypse and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! Outpost is a surprisingly heartfelt story about a bunch of losers who happen to have the ultimate misfortune of getting stranded on an arctic oil refinery during a bout of worldwide zombie outbreak. Granted the plot has been done to death but I can’t help caring for these characters, which goes against every zombie rule I stand for (alas, by the end of the book I’ve had my heart ...more
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
I’ve said it before, and I’ll no doubt say it again, I am utterly fascinated by apocalyptic fiction. I grew up in the eighties and I think this has left a rather fatalistic streak in my character. I still remember the first time I was exposed to dramas like When the Wind Blows and The Day After. These left a distinct impression and as I grew up, and learned to appreciate the written word, I have devoured any fiction that touches on this broad subject matter. The nature of the cataclysm itself is ...more
Good premise and well executed. This is a good book in PA-Zombie fiction category and is worthy of more attention. On an off-shore refinery platform in the Arctic, the crew is isolated from rest of the world when the apocalypse occurs. This book reads more as a movie script and keeps you turning pages in order to know what happens next.

Yes characters are not as well developed as books from other genre but you have to accept the fact that the aim of this genre is different than others. To put it
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
You gotta love it when you read a book by an author previously unknown to you and enjoy the hell out of it. Score! New author for me, good deal.

Another post-apoc zombie story but an interesting premise: it takes place on an oil platform in the Arctic Ocean. A few reviewers have made comparison to the movie The Thing and I can definitely relate to that sentiment, it was kind of like the Thing (minus the awesome music). It was a little predictable and I really couldn't get in to the characters too
Campbell Mcaulay
May 19, 2012 rated it liked it
A small caretaker crew, stranded on an enormous refinery rig in the Arctic Circle, can only watch as the world succumbs to a strange zombie plague. With only a few months of supplies and with the long Arctic winter approaching, who will survive?

I read Adam Baker's prequel (Juggernaut) to this novel and, despite some faults, flaws and foibles really rather enjoyed it, so I thought it would be well worth giving his first novel a go. While much the same could be said for Outpost - flawed but enjoya
Martin Belcher
Jul 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I unashamedly picked this book up from my local book shop because of the front cover and the interesting title. A small group of oil workers are isolated on the the oil company Con Amalgam refinery Kasker Rampart located high up in the Artic Ocean. They all seem to have their own personal reasons as to why they decided to take the isolated shift on the oil refinery. The story centres on Jane Blanc, reverend aboard Rampart; she is overweight and hates her tormented life back In England.

Strange ne
Marita Hansen
Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I liked this. I don't read Zombie type books, but my husband bought this and once I started reading I didn't stop. Plus, it had a different take on things, which I liked. The characters were also good. ...more
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Real post-apocalyptic fun. Better than expected. Pretty decent writing style, gripping story, occasional bouts of true originality, and really scary at times.
A thoroughly enjoyable light reading experience. For its genre, a well-deserving 4 stars.
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable apocalyptic romp in the arctic circle! Just what I needed. Better written than most with one confusing plot line that didn't make much sense, but still much fun with flamethrowers and walking dead was had! You can't help but like Jane Blanc, resident reverend aboard Kasker Rampart and Ghost, couldn't put it down. ...more
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
A good zombie novel that focus mainly in the interaction between the characters.

We start this story in a oil rig in the artic so there aren't any zombies but scant information about the zombie outbreak in the planet. As it progress they search a way to survive the winter and then go to europa or canada afterwards.

The book has some slow pace in the beginning but it ends with a fast pace narrative. I was impressed by this.

Flamethrowers in the artic (The Thing anyone?)


I really enjoy the mission i
Jul 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It's largely thanks to this novel that I have just had a rather lazy weekend, that is if you count being gripped by a story as lazy. Baker's Outpost quickly grabbed, as the skeleton crew of a mothballed Arctic refinery platform are left abandoned as the world is brought to an end by some unknown plague. At first, as the mysterious carnage unfolds on the TV screens, then as the screens go blank one by one, all they can think of is rescue - of getting home. Then the nightmare comes closer and the ...more
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
Outpost has plenty of features to make a very interesting book: zombie-like creatures, the critical situation of the main characters in a remote place, the fad of zombies on Tv and even a good book cover. However, I didnt really get into the book. The characters lack in strong personalities and usually have very superficial conversations that don't make you feel real connection with them. Another thing that just didn't help me totally liking it was the way it is written, at least the spanish ver ...more
Jan 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Think 28 Days Later meets The Thing with a bit of Romero thrown in for good measure. Again, not yet officially reviewed, but thoroughly enjoyable for its setting and execution. Adam Baker is a rising star in the horror genre and I reckon by his third book, he'll have hit his stride properly. ...more
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You never know what you are capable of until you are truly tested.

Reverend Jane Blanc is part of a skeleton crew of 15 members left on the Con Amalgam refinery Kasker Rampart. It is anchored a kilometre from the clustered islands of Franz Josef Land. They sit in the Barants Sea below the Arctic Ocean midway between Greenland and Russia.

They are waiting to be transported off the refinery when a horrific pandemic hits the world and they realize if they're going to be saved, they'll have to do it
Darren Dilnott
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Adam Baker takes you on an astonishing, and terrifying descent into the ZA, while addressing the isolation of an arctic oil rig to absolute perfection. It's a masterclass of tension, claustrophobia, and horror. The characters are incredible, and the story is simply one of the best ZA books i've ever read.
Truly incredible book.
Sam Cox
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing. No missed words or rambling sentences. Highly descriptive and punchy, Adam Baker has created a new breed of zombie which is both intriguing and terrifying.

I read this book on a recommendation and then read the other three in the series (warning: the other three do not follow the same characters) and so far none of the books let me down.
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
Feb 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, kindle
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While reading Outpost, I had the persistent need to seek out a very warm bwankie and swaddle myself in it, or perhaps put on one of those survival suits used in very cold climates. The book begins like this:

“Jane woke, stretched, and decided to kill herself. If she hadn’t found a reason to live by the end of the day she would jump from the rig. It felt good to have a plan.”

I dare you to read that passage and not be immedia
Janette Fleming
May 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
I love survivalist stories, either real or imaginary, the way the survivors interact with each other, the breakdown of relationships, strengths and weaknesses and the changes of personality that occurs in trauma driven experiences.

Werner Herzog’s quote seems apt when related to this book “Civilization is like a thin layer of ice upon a deep ocean of chaos and darkness.

Kasker Rampart is an oil platform moored in the Barents Sea which normally holds 1000 personnel but is winding down for the win
Aug 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, team-awesome


I have to be honest and say at first I had trouble getting into this book, it's written so differently to anything else I've read, there's not a whole lot of description, it's mostly dialogue, here's a little example:

'Eight men in the Zodiac. The boat rode low in the water.Overloaded. The outboard laboured. They weaved between pack ice.'

Had this not been a review book I might have given up on it but I can say I've never been more glad that I never gave up because by the end the book was amazi
Ad Chopper
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
An interesting and, at times, irritating read. Baker writes well for the most part and keeps things moving along but I couldn't help notice throughout I was repeatedly pulling back from the story as conversations and events between characters and the story sometimes moved very quickly when it felt like more should/could happen at that moment. The main character annoyed me throughout but I liked the concept, although having read some other comments here, others seemed to like her. Liked the idea ...more
I. Verse
Apr 25, 2011 rated it liked it
A dozen people on a mothballed refinery platform, hiding from the real-world and themselves. But when the rest of the world succumbs to a pandemic, they find themselves more alone then even they anticipated and their fight for survival is just beginning. Their enemies are numerous; the ferocious Arctic winter, their dwindling supplies, the grotesque plague victims and, ultimately, themselves.


This is mainly an action driven story. I found the character development minimal, making the mai
Aug 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was a surprise to read - for several reasons. For one, a new author I had seen adverts for but not really had a chance to explore till now. One which I am glad I did - easy style, compelling characters and a great narrative. then there is the story line. It could so easily have been one of those throw away titles - where an interesting idea could have been exhausted in a paragraph followed by a book of clichés and rehashed second hand stories would follow. But it didn't, what followed ...more
I feel like this book could have really been something but for me, it fell really short.

I mean first we meet Jane, fat, depressed Jane who turns out to be the rig Reverend. I thought the reverend thing would turn out to be important but it literally takes a couple of weeks before I felt like Jane was just a normal person. No talk of faith and then she says at one point that she'd be happy to be the last Christian on earth...doesn't sound like someone who gave their life to God.

I never felt a de
Joe Stamber
Apr 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
An isolated oil platform in the Artic Ocean kept ticking over by a skeleton crew is the outpost of this apocalyptic tale. When supplies fail to arrive, news channels begin disappearing and contact with the outside world is lost, the inhabitants of the Kasker Rampart aren't really sure what's going on or how serious it is.

It's serious all right, with a mysterious epidemic sweeping across the world. Will there be anything left for the abandoned crew if they can find a way home? Small factions appe
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