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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Precarious and Mysterious Life in Antarctica a Murder Mystery Trilogy

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Precarious and Mysterious Life in Antarctica a Murder Mystery Trilogy

Book One Antarctic Murders Series
Frozen in Time: Murder at the Bottom of the World
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Author: Theodore Jerome Cohen
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse 
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B079KG6CZ9
In Frozen in Time, the reader will enjoy the picturesque language and vivid details such as:
"Seen from the mountain to the south, the base had all the appearance of a small, abandoned mining town on a planet at the outreaches of the galaxy."
The base was painted bright orange (for visibility, I assume) each year as the winter wind, ice pellets, and snow hit it with speeds of up to 150 miles per hour which removed the paint. How would a person survive in such conditions? Not me as the indoor daytime temperatures were in the 40's when I think 60's are too cold. There were 23 hours a day of sunlight which sounds nice until remembering this was in Antarctica, decades ago, and sunscreen then didn't help much at all.
This is the real story of the author's experience as a National Science Foundation researcher and scientist and is based on real facts. Who would think murders and intrigue would happen in such a remote location with few inhabitants?
When a radio is submerged in salt water, a description of what the involved repair entailed is given, yet that radio did help save a man's life later. Sailors shooting seals caused an avalanche. The glacier calved by itself anyway, and deep crevices would open up with no warning. Since this happened decades ago and would be dangerous today, it was quite the adventure (if a scientific adventure).
The ending is quite philosophical and considers how precarious life can be. It also ends with a mystery and leaving me anxious to read book two in this trilogy.

Do you like books on Audible? The first book of this trilogy is now available on Audible.

Murder at the Bottom of the World on Audible

Book Two Antarctic Murders Series
Unfinished Business: Pursuit of an Antarctic Killer
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Author: Theodore Jerome Cohen
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07933K1CN
Unfinished Business is just that as Book 2 of the trilogy of Antarctic thrillers, as a work of fiction based on real events that took place between 1960 and 1965. This book tells in detail how Munoz masterminded a sudden opportunity for a 1960 bank robbery in the millions as well as other thefts, has eluded the police and Naval investigations and hearings to escape undetected. In fact, he testified at some of the hearings! He is also a murderer and although some people know he is guilty, there is only circumstantial evidence and no hard evidence. He is living well at the end of the book and has earned a prestigious award and a promotion to an international position.

Events occur like a donkey cart stops traffic when Munoz needs to make quick time as part of his plan, but he manages to escape without a problem. He leaves behind coins with messages indicating he has outsmarted the investigators. Valderas "the bloodhound" is someone who knows him well, yet cannot find a shred of evidence to convict him. Time seems to pass slowly as Valderas thinks over the evidence on a daily basis (for years).

This book provides insight, facts, and background information so hopefully one day Munoz will hopefully make a mistake somewhere or events will catch up with him. I am hoping something along those lines happens in Book 3 (End Game) which I am eager to begin reading right now. In fact, I have started the last book in this trilogy.

Book Three Antarctic Murders Series
End Game: Irrational Acts, Tragic Consequences
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Author: Theodore Jerome Cohen
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0794BVM4X
Immediately after finishing book 2 in this trilogy, I had to read this title, book 3, End Game. I read it straight through and couldn't put it down. I was anxious to find out not "who done it" but how he (Munoz) might eventually get caught in this game of cat and mouse. There were no shreds of hard evidence at the end of book 2 although the reader learns what happened and how he got away with it all -- while still being held in high regard.

What a clever, smart villain people trust (Munoz)! Until the very end, the story will keep you wondering how it can resolve and who might be hurt. Along the way, he does some very good deeds that are not very public so this was not for helping his cover-up. Of course, Munoz learned from the very best, his father -- unfortunately.

Included in the text are Spanish phrases and sentences which are fun to decipher if you have taken Spanish classes. There is some French, too. Anyone who was in orchestra or music classes at some time will start to remember their music literature as symphonies feature prominently in the plot. Oh, really, yes, and also so many "engineering/scientific" details to warm the hearts of those see the world that way such as:
"Candia, a man in his mid-40s, had grown up with the mainframe computer industry. He cut his teeth on the old IBM systems that used drum memories. He was still punching cards in the mid-1960s . . ."

You knew all those high school and college classes would come in handy someday!
Precarious and Mysterious Life in Antarctica a Murder Mystery Trilogy

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