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Devour

(Olivia Wolfe #1)

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3.68  ·  Rating details ·  181 ratings  ·  50 reviews
Their greatest fear was contaminating an ancient Antarctic lake, buried beneath the ice for millions of years. They little knew about the catastrophe they were about to unleash.

Welcome to the high octane world of Olivia Wolfe.

As an investigative journalist, Wolfe lives her life in constant peril. Hunted by numerous enemies who are seldom what they first seem, she must unra
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Paperback, 407 pages
Published July 12th 2016 by Hachette Australia
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Carolyn
There's a lot going on in this big novel by L.A Larkin. Through her protagonist, investigative journalist Olivia Wolfe, she takes us from the danger of Afghanistan to the icy world of an Antarctic expedition and finally to a US military base in the middle of Nevada.

After she barely escapes with her life in Afghanistan, Olivia is sent to Artarctica to report on a race between British and Russian scientific teams to find life in lakes deep below the ice. Acts of sabotage and murder in the British
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Veronica ⭐️
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
L.A. Larkin’s Devour is a cleverly plotted and action packed tale of biological warfare mixed with espionage, fear, anger and despair. By page 7 I was totally immersed and didn’t want to leave this book.

Larkin’s protagonist Olivia Wolfe, an investigative journalist, is gutsy and determined. She will stop at nothing to get the truth.

The story runs along two plot lines, both mysteries, with Wolfe at the centre of both. Small offshoot plots leave scope for future novels featuring Olivia Wolfe.

The c
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Brenda
Her escape from Afghanistan and the men who wanted to kill her left investigative journalist Olivia Wolfe shattered. Heading straight to her office when she stepped off the plane, she wasn’t expecting her boss to remove her from the story she was doggedly pursuing to investigate another in Antarctica. But when Olivia learned what it was, she was fired with enthusiasm.

When Olivia arrived at the base, the intense cold shocked her. The recent death of one of the scientists searching for a lake buri
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Marianne
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Devour is the third novel by British/Australian author, L.A.Larkin. Before investigative journalist Olivia Wolfe has even unpacked the backpack she took to Afghanistan, her editor is sending her to Antarctica. A friend of his is directing the British Antarctic Survey’s mission to drill down to Lake Ellsworth in search of life below the ice. The various mishaps all start to look more and more like sabotage when one of their engineers is murdered.

The race is on between the BAS and the Russians to
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Karen
Jun 19, 2016 rated it really liked it

LA Larkin’s Devour features investigative journalist Olivia Wolfe’s world of big stories, hair’s-breadth escapes from danger and fearless reporting on the worst of human excesses. Newtown Review of Books


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Elite Group
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A truly frightening scenario

In 2012 a British expedition to Antarctica attempted, unsuccessfully, to drill through three kilometres of ice to reach the subterranean Lake Ellsworth, looking for new life forms. This thriller is based on that mission.

When a British Antarctic Survey team encounter delaying problems, there is a suspicion of sabotage, particularly as there is a similar Russian mission in the nearby vicinity and time is of the essence.

Investigative journalist Olivia Wolfe, just back fr
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Lauren K
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Devour is the third crime thriller novel written by Australian author LA Larkin and the first in her new Olivia Wolfe series. I enjoyed her last novel, Thirst which was set in Antartica and centred around Australian scientists and a murder mystery. But I absolutely loved Devour. LA Larkin has definitely stepped up the plotting, characterisation and suspense in her latest novel and I found it really hard to put down.

Olivia is an investigative journalist who escapes a near death experience in Afgh
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Hazel Edwards
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Olivia Wolfe is a feisty journalist with a conscience, addicted to warzones & challenging personalities.
I was attracted to the Antarctic setting but much of the action is in other countries, and each reveal the author's eye for detail. Impressive plot twists. Evidence of through research into biological warfare, police and espionage procedures, let alone security for the President's family. I learnt a lot and I appreciate fiction which gives a new insight into current international politics.

Oli
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Deb Bodinnar
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow, where do I start? Olivia Wolfe is one gutsy and determined woman, from Afganistan, London, the Antarctic to the USA she doesn't give up on chasing down the story that's been given to her by the newspaper she works for. With the Russians and British trying to achieve the same goal there is always going to be trouble, but just how much? L A Larkin keeps the reader wanting to keep turning the pages, her research shines through in her writing and makes you think, OMG what if this really happene ...more
C.J. Carver
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love opening a brand-new book by an author and reading those first few lines. I especially love it when those first few lines tell me I’m in safe hands, and that the book is going to ring all my bells with believable characters, great action scenes and a watertight plot line that leads to a cracking ending.
I loved the protagonist Olivia Wolfe, and although she’s super-capable, almost a superwoman, Larkin uses a deft touch to show her character’s vulnerabilities. Out of all the book characters
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Steven Lewis
Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
You need a strong constitution for 400 pages blistered with sentences like this: "[S]he looks into Casburn's gunmetal grey eyes, which somehow seem fitting given he was one of the SAS's best snipers." ...more
Ann Turner
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A gripping page turner. Unputdownable! I thoroughly enjoyed this well-written thriller by LA Larkin.
Mike Stotter
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Good, old-fashioned thriller. Yep, definitely a thriller.
Paul Finch
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WARNING FOR MINOR SPOILERS ...

After a high-risk assignment in Afghanistan’s poppy-growing region, on the trail of a terrorist network, energetic investigative-journalist, Olivia Wolfe – who is no stranger to danger, but even by her normal rip-roaring standards only just returns from this trip with her life and limbs intact – is dispatched by her demanding editor, Moz Cohen, to the even more perilous realm of western Antarctica.

At first, she isn’t keen. It doesn’t sound like her normal field: a t
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Blair
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this thriller in a couple of sittings. The pace of my reading increased exponentially towards the end of the novel. That's when the action is most frenetic. I found the beginning littered with too many characters, and I was scratching my head at times. But that's nit-picking.
Devour is an enjoyable romp that makes you suspend belief in a big way. However, the author's ability to absorb the reader in the story's audacious plot line together with terrific action scenes were the highlights fo
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Hannah Polley
There is something about books and TV shows set in the Antarctic that always turn me off for some reason. The first few pages of this book really gripped me but as soon as Olivia was sent to the Antarctic, I started to lose interest. However, it was quite a good mystery and I did enjoy the book. Thankfully, the action switches back to England fairly quickly.

This book focuses around a terrorist plot for a scientist to release a biological weapon that would destroy the American and UK military. It
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Alex Murphy
This first appears like many science, adventure based thrillers – ancient ‘thing’ buried under ice, conspiracy about who wants to dig it out and who wants it, murder and mystery etc. I suppose it should get points for being a bit different but it just wasn’t good enough to get them.

The story follows Olivia Wolfe, a hot shot British reporter, who after a traumatic mission in Afghanistan, is sent on a ‘easier’ mission to Antarctica with the British Antarctic Survey team as they are about to drill
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Julie Garner
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-thriller
Reminiscent of the master of biological warfare in Michael Crichton and high adrenaline adventurist Matthew Reilly, Larkin's main character Wolfe finds herself in these worlds. Sent to the Antarctic to help out her boss, she is thrown into a world of unknown quantities and becomes suspect herself. Not knowing which way to turn, or who to trust, she is determined to find the truth behind the layers. This takes her around the world and puts her on the run and in constant danger in order to stop th ...more
Greg Barron
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Devour is a well researched, tightly plotted thriller that avoids the cliches of the genre and manages to come up with an unusual hybrid plot. Devour kicks off in Antarctica, with Russian and British scientists competing to drill through thick ice into an underground lake. The organism they find there sparks a global crisis with lots of intrigue, shooting, chasing, running and a bit of romance. Things do get rather improbable at times, but that's par for the course in this genre, and Larkin does ...more
Moraig
Dec 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2016-read
What a great read and certainly frightening in light of current events in Antartica. How wonderful it is to find a strong and brave female protagonist in Olivia Wolfe.I'm not usually a fan of thrillers but after hearing LA Larkin speak, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book, and I wasn't disappointed (once I wrested the novel from my husband's hands). Fast paced, believable characters and a ripping tale, I'm heading back for more of Olivia Wolfe. ...more
Mike Taverner
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
Wow! Our hero saves FLOTUS (the President's daughter). What an unlikely and ridiculous story line - but, putting that aside, it was OK ...more
gemsbooknook  Geramie Kate Barker
‘Their greatest fear was contaminating an ancient Antarctic lake, buried beneath the ice for millions of years. They little knew the catastrophe they were about to unleash.Welcome to the high-octane world of Olivia Wolfe.
As an investigative journalist, Wolfe lives her life in constant peril. Hunted by numerous enemies who are seldom what the first seem, she must unravel a complex web of lies to uncover an even more terrifying truth.
From the poppy palaces of Afghanistan and Antarctica’s forbiddin
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Jon Dodsley
Received via a giveaway on release and just in time for holiday reading and I have to say it was a quick and enjoyable read, if not a book that lives long in the memory.
Our heroine journalist, Olivia Wolfe is well portrayed and certainly manages to get into an alarming amount of scrapes - and escapes from them in several ways, some plausible and some just a little bit too James Bond for my liking. There are several plot strands which all tie together quite loosely, and in many ways one of the di
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BeesReads
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, book_gone
This is the third book by this author but only the second I have read. (First was Genesis Flaw). This is much better written than the other one. An investigative journalist for a British newspaper (who we first meet in Afghanistan where a young female source is murdered) is packed off to investigate a suspicious death in Antarctica based around the Lake Ellsworth project. (But fiction). They are attempting to drill through 3km of ice to get to the ancient lake beneath which is not frozen in orde ...more
FIONA Norris
Another day in the Spanish sun, another holiday read... I chose this book by LA Larkin, because generally, I quite like thrillers which suggest that something nasty lurks under the ice and the cover of the paperback edition did nothing to disabuse me of this notion. However this book wasn't quite what I was expecting. The main plotline did deal with the result of finding something nasty under the ice, but there wasn't the creation of tension, the descriptive build-up that I had hoped for. The ma ...more
Ceri
Nov 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Anne
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In 2012 a British expedition in Antarctica, unsuccessfully attempted to drill through three kilometres of ice to reach subterranean Lake Ellsworth, to collect water samples, looking for new microscopic lifeforms. This fictional thriller was inspired by that failed mission with investigative journalist Olivia Wolfe in the centre of espionage, sabotage, biological warfare, love and murder.
Wolfe has just returned from covering a story in Afghanistan barely escaping with her life, but she has crosse
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Ciorstaidh MacIver
Won this on a Goodreads giveaway. Now, I never really read thrillers or crime novels..ever. But this was actually so much fun. I really enjoyed it. Despite eye rolling at certain parts and characters it was still thoroughly readable and entertaining. I can't believe it, but I have to say: I'm excited for the next in the series...! ...more
Sarah Knapp
3.5 Stars. Definitely action-packed and a fun read. I love diving into a book and getting carried along in the story. My big ‘Ugh really?!’ Was her choice of ‘lovers’ (that word alone is cringe worthy). It just seemed a bit forced and unnecessary, like she could have helped him without sleeping with him. I kept thinking ‘Girl, you need therapy.’ I would recommend it for fans of Clive Cussler.
Benplouviez
Amazing how dull action can be

You know that the writer has got too careless and you have got bored when she fails to notice and you do that the characters who jettisoned their motorbike and stole a car nonetheless pull up and “pull off their helmets” two pages later. Not awful, just a bit boring.
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