Friday, May 10, 2013

{Review} Protocol 7, Arctica Trilogy: Part One by Armen Gharabegian

ISBN #: 978-0988848603
Page Count: 458
Copyright: 2013
Publisher: Arctica Studios LLC

Book Summary:
(Taken from back cover)

Simon Fitzpatrick, a brilliant Oxford professor, grieves over the recent and mysterious death of his father Oliver, who has disappeared in Antarctica. An unexpected friend from Simon's past appears on his doorstep with an encrypted message from Oliver, leading him to believe his father may still be alive. Simon soon embarks on a mission which takes him half way around the world in search of his father.

A recent quarantine of Antarctica by the United Nations makes his journey almost impossible and dangerous. Through this perilous journey to find his father, Simon uncovers a conspiracy beyond his imagination; a revelation of global consequence and one of the greatest secrets ever kept.

Mandy's Review:

Reviewers: Please tell me I'm not the only person who has agreed to review a book only to regret doing so once you realize how thick the book is and how unfamiliar it sounds. This happened to me with this book. Once I saw it in my hands, I thought to myself, "Holy crap. I agreed to read this?!" But, you know what? I am so glad I did. I am not a huge science-fiction fan and I was a little leery that this novel would bore me to tears. I couldn't have been more wrong.

From the very first page, I was hooked like nobody's business. There was always something going on that kept me wanting to read more. With some books, that can be a little "much" (all the action and such), but it works well with Protocol 7.

All 458 pages focus on Simon finding his father with the help of his friends. That may sound boring to you, but I promise you this book is far from boring. This book has it all: secret societies, government agencies that "don't exist," deception, intrigue, race against time, action, adventure, unrequited love ... it is just simply amazing.

The writing is exceptional. I appreciated the short "chapters" as that had me feeling that I was covering a lot of pages, which is important for a book this size. The last thing an author should do is write long chapters making the reader feel like the book will never end.

What else do you want to know ... Simon's a bit of a hot-head, Samantha is a tad too weak for my taste (especially to be in the medical field), Max is a kick-ass best friend, Leon was a little creepy/weird ... I'm not sure what else to tell you. I could continue to gush on and on about this book, but I think you realize that I loved this novel. I sincerely promise you: If you do not like science-fiction, but you enjoy mysteries and thrillers, then you will definitely enjoy this novel. Please give it a try.

*A paperback copy was provided by the author's publicist in exchange for an honest review.

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