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Polar Vortex

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  239 ratings  ·  51 reviews

A flight disappears over the North Pole.
No distress calls. Vanished into thin air. 

Mitch Matthews is a writer struggling to make ends meet when his wife's brother Josh offers them a first-class seat on a flight from Hong Kong to New York. When his wife needs to stay behind, it becomes an opportunity for some quality daddy-daughter time with his five-year-old Lilly.
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Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published January 21st 2019 by Matthew Mather ULC
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Sheila Beitler
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Polar Vortex is named aptly, as the reader will be sucked in immediately to this book. It grabs you from the beginning and never disappoints. The characters are compelling, well written, and you will never guess who or why the plane crashed. Mather not only writes the fiction, he gives us well needed lessons on the fragile environment on earth, and schools us on dangerous politics that could destroy earth as well. He takes the real and adds it to his book in such a way that the story is more and ...more
PJ Lea
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
The will To survive.

When put to the test in an extreme situation many will fail, but a parent’s love for their child often reveals an inner strength that knows no bounds. This is the situation in which Mitch Matthews finds himself when his flight goes down in the Arctic.
As a thriller this ticks all the boxes for me, it is high octane with the added emotional turmoil of Mitch having to keep his daughter safe in this deadly environment. The subject matter behind the storyline also left me thinking
Rob Morton
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Chilly Whodunit

I’m not a fan of cold weather so as I read this, I felt the cold and almost like the characters in this story. It’s more than who wanted to crash a 777 in one of the most inhospitable places on the planet but one of survival and, frankly, I don’t know how the survivors survived at all.

But still a good whodunit so check it out and learn why all this cold craziness happened. Oh, ya might want some hot cocoa as you read it because it’s very cold in the Arctic...
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"The twentieth century had been about oil, but the twenty-first was going to be all about water."

Mitch Matthews and his daughter Lilly board an airliner going from Hong Kong back to their home in New York City. Emma, wife and mother, just found out she's pregnant and is staying longer in Hong Kong to take care of her mother who has cancer.

Emma's brother Josh is the pilot on the airliner and gets Mitch and Lilly into first-class pods.

There are some strange happenings on the flight from the beginn
Trisha Perry
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An awesome action packed, roller coaster ride book about a man who will do anything so his daughter can survive, after the plane they were in, flying home, crashed somewhere over the North Pole. But there are so many obstacles in their way it will have you holding your breath and up way past your bedtime to see what happens. I loved this book, it was so exciting and grabbed, and sucked me in from the start and didn't let me go until the end. Mr. Mather has a way with his characters and the way h ...more
Nancy S
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I won’t bother restating the plot - others have done that - but I will say that I loved this book. It’s a really original storyline, and the characters are genuine. The twists are believable but surprising. I am a Mather fan.
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I got this book as an ARC to Typo Spot. It was the first time I had ever done it and I really enjoyed it. Thanks for the opportunity!

If you enjoy Michael Crichton then you will love Polar Vortex by Matthew Mather. It has a great mixture of action, suspense, and science. I really enjoyed the book, it kept my interest and attention the whole way through.
Thomas Zman
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great adventure story

This novel kept me riveted straight through. Truly a master of setting and suspense. I plan on reading his next novel as well.
Taylor Pitts
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I wasn’t entirely sure what type of book this would be when I bought it. For some reason I saw it on a website that talked about post apocalyptic books...this isn’t really one of them. It’s an amazing, fast paced story about survival and the human spirit. I thought all of the characters were written well. None of them were annoying at all. Characters that I can’t connect with or that bug me are always instantly mood killers for me. I can’t get into a book if I hate the characters. Luckily all of ...more
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mitch Matthews and his five-year-old daughter, Lilky just hopped on Allied Airlines 695 in Hong Kong to fly home to New York City. As they get aboard, they find themselves in First Class due to an upgrade from his brother-in-law who is one of the onboard pilots. His wife continued to stay in Hong Kong because of her just-found pregnancy.

But after crossing near the north pole, crashes onto ice in an unknown place near the arctic circle. But Mitch wakes up and has no idea why the plane crashed. Ad
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Water Everywhere ...

Enjoyed the novel greatly from the father- daughter relationship, countries' shenanigans to the topic of WATER. I agree that water is this century's hot topic. Living in south central Texas and over a diminishing aquifer keeps the water issue at the top of my mind. It keeps getting hotter and drier here and at age 63 I know my nieces and nephews will be facing decisions about moving toward better environs. This book is very timely in many ways from the polar vortex and climat
Don Pedicini Jr.
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the best reads of 2019

Once every four or five years there comes along a book that goes beyond the "can't put it down" realm. Mitch and his daughter Lilly are boarding a flight at the beginning of the book and you, the reader, know that they are about to start some sort of adventure. The thing us, after reading hundreds of books and watching countless movies, it's seldom I am surprised any more with the way things turn out. This boom happily changed that for me. There were no weak spots at
Momma Catherine
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank goodness we have authors like Mather to carry Crichton’s mantle

Great science fiction is hard to find. Mather is as good as Crichton and maybe better! The line between reality and fiction is hard to find in this novel. I found myself searching for different terms as early as the first third of the novel. I wanted to know more about the real science behind the fiction. In and his afterward, Mather says he wants to get the world talking and I think that that’s a really noble goal because it d
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Wow just wow! Two sleepless nights power reading this amazing novel by one of my favorite authors, Matthew Mather. This is an entirely believable, exciting, fast moving, thought provoking read that I just couldn't put down!
Mitch and his daughter are flying home after visiting his wife's family in Hong Kong, during this flight you get to know several well developed, complex characters. Of course things go horribly wrong and they crash land in a frozen purgatory. This is where the real
Mary Brannian
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Polar Vortex

Mitch Matthews and his daughter Lilly are heading home on Allied Flight 695. They’re going to take “Santa’s Shortcut” over the North Pole. Mitch’s brother-in-law is the pilot. What could possibly go wrong on a routine 14 hour flight? Mitch is about to find out....

Riveting.. breathtaking... an amazing story that builds, twists, and twines several subplot lines together into an explosive, unexpected finish. Suspense filled is a pale reflection of the path forged by this book. Highly re
allan graham
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A True Page Turner

This is not my typical genre of book, I don't even know where it would fit. Was hooked from the off, I have four kids and the depth of love Mitch has for his daughter is totally spot on. The story is gripping, many late nights I had, and the description had me feeling cold. Couple of points where better proof reading would have helped, when Mitch is crossing the rope Roman and Jang are already across, then he looks back and sees Jang waiting to cross. I know, minor points but e
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great read!

I really enjoyed the time spent with this novel. It was well paced, kept me interested, and did not let me stop until I was finished. The characters were developed and made you care about what happened to them. The suspense of wondering what happened to everyone lasting until the final chapter was agonizing. I speculated with the why it happened and came very close, the author leaves enough breadcrumbs for the puzzle people to string together. I will now move on to another book by M
Anne Wingate
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Don't start reading Polar Vortex if you have to do anything in the next day or so. If you do it anyway, have a good explanation as to why you can't possibly go to work in the morning.
I guarantee that you will not be able put the book down. Time, asthma, survival, food, water, survival, ice, ice, ice.
What is the cause?
Who is the good guy? Or is there one? Who is the bad guy? Or is there one? Who are they trying to kill? Or is that even the reason?

The conclusion knocked me got a loo
Bernadette Golas
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Polar Vortex review

I chose a 5 because of the way the writer hooks you in at the beginning by the subtle implication that are reading a lost and found memoir of a dead,lost man. The threads of on going cat and mouse between America and it's main adversaries Russia and China make the book very real-life like.
I am a real fan of science fiction and dystopian literature and this sure fits the bill. I recommend this book highly. BTW, I'm an ancient .old lady but I read incessantly,both paper books a
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Where to begin

If you've never read one of Matthew Mather's books this is an excellent book to begin with. It has a little bit of everything, suspense, thriller, mystery, history, science, love between a parent and child, and a tiny little bit of romance. It really does have it all and it all comes together in a well written novel. The characters are perfectly developed, the storyline is fleshed out and solidly portrayed (right down to the pods in first class). There are nothing but positives whe
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Endurance, survival, climate changeand the power of love between parent and child are themes throughout this fast paced novel. Matthew Mather is a great researcher and it definitely shows in this novel. You can feel the polar vortex so better bundle while reading this. Mather gives the reader credit as in you can formulate your own theories as to why the plane crashed. Much appreciated and I definitely recommend this one
edith thames
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read

Matthew Mather writes a complex and heart rendering mystery of
The love of a father protecting his 5 year old daughter from a frozen death in the arctic circle after their plane crashes on the ice. Exciting characters , who is the bad guy? You will not know until the last chapter
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I typically reserve a five star rating for the likes of Stephen King. But this book was absolutely amazing. The development of the characters was so deep and rich and the author kept us guessing from page to page who were the good guys and who were the bad guys And what motivations were driving them forward.
Mrs. Barri Soreil
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Blockbuster, Action-Packed Page-Turner!!!

Great realistic story with highly developed characters and relationships! Once the action starts, it never stops and you're likely to put everything else aside until you've finished! Also, I found the book to be exceptionally well-edited which shows a thoughtful and caring author. This is a great read! 😁
Chris Humphrey
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lost sleep over this

This book is just an emotional roller coaster. You will laugh, cry, be angry and sad all at the same time. But I can not recommend this book enough. If you want an edge-of-your-seat read, then pick up a copy of this today! But I'm warning you, you will lose sleep!
Feb 09, 2019 rated it liked it
The story is good and well written, but to be honest the ending was quite an anti-climax for me. I was expecting better. Also, I found the characters weren’t very engaging and I found that I wasn’t that vested in what happened to them as I have been in other books I’ve read. On the whole I’d say a competent story but could have been better
Connie Moon
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent read. The first paragraph pulled me in. I lost a lot of sleep because I just could not put it down. A plane goes down somewhere in the Arctic under suspicious circumstances but it is not s straight cut story, of course. It is one spellbinding, convoluted tale that will keep you guessing with a surprising ending. It was great.
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Polar Vortex has many twists and turns that keeps the reader in suspense. Friend or foe, who will survive and how will the relationship pan out. It was amazingly written with meaningful messages. Want a great book to read, get this one and be prepared sleepless nights.
Maree Backhouse
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing

What an amazing book! I seriously could not put this down! Such an intense story. I absolutely loved it. Each chapter ending was a cliffhanger & just kept me reading. Bloody awesome tale!
Linda Buzard-Moffitt
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This was a very interesting and attention keeping story. I really had to keep reading and could not put this book down because it was so HORRIFYING. I liked that the Author gave a little bit of information confirming that this ending could really happen.
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