- Title: Thirst
- Author: L.A. Larkin
- ISBN: 9781741967890
- Page: 365
- Format: Paperback
The best Antarctic thriller since Ice Station James PhelanAntarctica is the coldest, most isolated place on earth Luke Searle, maverick glaciologist, has made it his home But soon his survival skills will be tested to the limit by a ruthless mercenary who must win at any cost The white continent is under attack The Australian team is being hunted down Can Luke stay The best Antarctic thriller since Ice Station James PhelanAntarctica is the coldest, most isolated place on earth Luke Searle, maverick glaciologist, has made it his home But soon his survival skills will be tested to the limit by a ruthless mercenary who must win at any cost The white continent is under attack The Australian team is being hunted down Can Luke stay alive long enough to raise the alarm Can he avert a global catastrophe The countdown has begun T minus 5 days, 2 hours and 53 minutes
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Mac and Dave were in the throes of packing up at the crevasse where they’d been working – they were looking forward to getting back to Hope Station, the Australian base. Winter was settling in and most of the engineers and scientists had left Antarctica for the season; there would only be eight of them left on base for the duration…Luke Searle had lived on the base for around seven years, going home to Melbourne only occasionally. He loved the research; as a glaciologist he could appreciat [...]
I blame Cassandra Rose Clarke. Ever since I read and thoroughly enjoyed Our Lady of the Ice, and short story White Out, I've wanted more Antarctic fiction. (Jennifer Longo's Up to This Pointe is on my wishlist, by the way.)And so I stumbled upon Thirst, a standalone novel by British-Australian author L. A. Larkin. Glaciologist Luke Searle is in for the fight of his life when a sinister plot unravels on the ice, with catastrophic results for the entire world unless Luke can stop it.I don't read m [...]
This review originally found on my blog - literary-exploration/2012/In the harsh environment of the Antarctic, the people of Hope Station are been hunted down. Glaciologist, Luke Searle has to fight for survival against a mercenary that will win at any cost, while trying to prevent an environmental disaster. He only has 5 days to fix this, can he stay alive long enough? Does he really know what he is going up against? LA Larkin’s Thirst is an Eco-Thriller set in one of the harshest environment [...]
This is the first work I've read by LA Larkin and I was impressed from the first page to the last. There were lots of things to like about Thirst, but most importantly it was a page-turner, a book that kept me wanting to come back for more.I also really enjoyed the setting of Antarctica. Although I’ve never been there, I felt that Larkin captured the environment incredibly well--particularly the feeling of penetrating cold and the sense of complete isolation.Finally, I liked the way Larkin int [...]
3.5 starsAustralian female crime writer, L.A. Larkin has cut through the hard-as-ice male-dominated genre with her second thriller, Thirst. Set in Antarctica and featuring an Australian research team, I appreciate Larkin using characters from our shores who are toughing it out in an exotic location, one of the most untouched regions of the world.Recluse glaciologist, Luke Searle tends to clash with his team leader Maddie, because his strengths don’t lie in working as a team or following direct [...]
“Snow algae. Look at the colours: the pink algae, the white ice, the blue sky – it’s breathtaking. It’s untouched. Antarctica is like the Garden of Eden before man cocked it up.” – ThirstThe blurb doesn’t do this impressive environmental thriller justice. Based on that alone, I probably wouldn’t have picked up this book. So thank you to everyone who recommended it.This action-packed thriller has it all: a unique setting, fast pace, engaging characters (especially Maddie and Luke) [...]
I was lucky enough to get hold of a first proof copy of L.A. Larkin's awesome Antarctic thriller, Thirst. I can see why it is described as 'The best Antarctic thriller since Ice Station.' The action hooks you in from the very start, the setting is breath-taking, the characters are complex and Luke Searle - the hero, Maddie Wildman - the station leader, Wendy Woo - the daughter of a murdered tailor, and the adversary, all go on character journeys that make them intriguing. And the climax certainl [...]
Extremely fast paced thriller with thoroughly researched Antarctic details. 'Thirst' relates to ice-eco-politics and Chinese attempts to illegally harvest ice and militarily strategic minerals from Antarctica. Last month I enjoyed 'Devour' by LA Larkin who is an extremely accomplished plotter, but for character involvement and plot twists I prefer 'Thirst' which is her earlier book in the growing genre of 'Antarctic Noir'. Glaciologist Luke is an adventurous hero with flaws and Station Leader Ma [...]
Fortunate enough to be sent an ARC of Thirst, the second novel by Australian writer, LA Larkin, I spent a cold, rainy afternoon devouring this page-turning adventure in one sitting. While you could liken it to Matthew Riley’s Ice Station, I much preferred this and feel it’s more comparable, for various reasons, to Dan Brown’s Deception Point (set in the opposite pole), though fans of either writer would consume this original novel with pleasure.Set in Antarctica in present times, Thirst is [...]
Thirst by L.A.Larkin is unashamedly a novel written in Matthew Reilly territory – and that isn’t a bad thing! This is a fast paced novel that is full of twists, turns and action. The novel is set in Antarctica and the unforgiving landscape adds to the tension, as there is very little leniency allowed in the time line. The novel follows an Australian research team who are staying over the winter at Hope Station to continue their work. As you would expect, the main characters are full of inter [...]
I did not want to put this book down!! The one thing I really loved was the fact that is was action packed from the first chapter all the way through to the end. Luke Searle, the Aussie in the middle of everything was a very likeable character and kept you on your toes with his "breaking the rules" attitude. When I was half way through this novel I had the pleasure of listening to L A Larkin discuss what she experienced while researching this Antarctic thriller, twice in the one day actually!! B [...]
Let me say at the outset that I'm one of those strange dudettes who, given a choice, would much rather have weather that's too cold than too hot. Still, the very thought of spending time at a place that's so cold that you can say goodbye to any body part that's exposed to the air for more than a couple of seconds sends chills up and down my spine. So when I had a chance to get a free Kindle version of this book, I admit I almost passed it by; the setting is Antarctica - certainly not what I'd ca [...]
Move over Matthew Reilly’s "Scarecrow" because Luke Searle is in town. I loved Reilly’s "Scarecrow" series and I was looking for a thriller that would keep me on the edge of my seat. I found it in "Thirst". This is a fantastic read by L.A. Larkin. I loved the lead characters—Lucas and Maddie—and their quirky allies in the race against time. I understood the villain and why he was like he was, and I could feel that chilly Antarctic environment frosting up every page. L.A. Larkin did resea [...]
I enjoyed this book, especially as it was one of the free ones from amazon. It is very comparable to Deception point by Dan Brown and i thought it wouldn't live up to it but it did. I liked the characters, they were complex and had lots of baggage which is how i like them lol. Starts with a punch and keeps punching until the climax at the end which is a good one.An easy read that is quite easily read in a single or a couple of sittings. Will look out for more books by this author.
A gripping fast paced adventure from the very first page.Even my kitchen floor had to wait to be cleaned as I just had to read on to see not if, but how Luke would survive against his maniacal opponent who had killed several of his friends and threatened his son's life.Luke is a passionate glaciologist working in Antarctica when some mysterious mercenaries arrive on a top secret and illegal mission. The severity of the climate with unpredictable blizzards, and dangerous crevasses hindering escap [...]
What a ride!Cold, ice, powerful enemies, explosions; this story has it all. I guess it will not be a spoiler to say SOME survive! Rekable story line, strong characters an lots of action!!!
Luke is a glaciologist at Australia's Hope Station in Antarctica. He becomes mixed up in a Chinese plot to blast through the Pine Island Glacier to mine ice for a water supply for China. Many deaths, much skullduggery and plot twists ensue. This is basically an airport novel.
Having met LA Larkin at an AWC writing workshop about a year ago, and being interested in coming to grips with the genre ahead of my own attempt to write a thriller, I decided to read 'Thirst' as one of six randomly picked thrillers. The story is set primarily in the Antarctic, with Sydney as the secondary location for the B plot. The story is comprised of many short chapters, using the countdown trope 'T minus ' to propel the narrative along.The story begins in media res with the murder of two [...]
One of the earliest thriller writers that got me hooked on the genre was Alistair MacLean. Granted that was a very long time ago now, but in my mind, his books always had a sort of triple threat scenario - place, weather and people. Reading THIRST by L.A. Larkin I was really struck by the similar environment, albeit with a touch more romance than MacLean would ever have countenanced. I was also struck by the characterisation of the central male protagonist. Luke Searle, maverick glaciologist, a [...]
I’ve been a fan of Antarctica thrillers since John Carpenter’s 1982 horror film “The Thing” kept me up at night for a week after I watched it. In her nail-biting thriller “Thirst,” Author L.A. Larkin taps a similar vein of man (and woman) versus the unknown in the dreaded white and often hellish isolation of Antarctica. Her story about an attack on an Australian research station near Pine Island Glacier by terrorists offers spine-chilling suspense that rivals the frozen dread hauntin [...]
This is the second book I have read by L.A. Larkin and I really enjoyed this one as well :) Reading books which are set in Antarctica is a little unusual but since I have had a fascination with it for years, this book appealed to me even more. It did not disappoint.Thirst was a gripping book about power, corruption, friendship and the will to survive, no matter what.I loved the character of Luke, and I liked Maddie and the other characters as well. The author does a fabulous job of describing An [...]
This book took me some getting into. About five chapters in, I was finally able to grasp the story line. The chapters are busted up into smaller sections, so it is easy to find a stopping place.I felt in the beginning there were a lot of characters, situations and big vocabulary to get through. The author is a very intelligent lady, so it comes out in her wording. I primarily bought this book for my interest or rather obsession with the Antarctic. After the five chapters I can say I was deff int [...]
An absolutely fantastic book. I won a free copy from my local book store, and whilst it sounded interesting, I had never heard of the author and thought that I was just in for an average read. How wrong was I. This was a fantastic book, beautifully written, well-plotted, and with a dramatic yet important message to boot. The story centres around Luke Searle, a glaciologist who spends most of his time working in the beautiful and mystical Antarctica. A loner, Luke prefers the company of the expan [...]
An ecological thriller set in Antarctica. An Australian team of scientists at Hope Station are attacked by members of a covert Chinese military organisation at the orders of a businessman who thinks nothing of murder and destruction to get what he wants.Let me start with the positives: a pretty well penned thriller novel with enough action and suspense to keep most people turning the pages. The plot and pacing are pretty good - just enough conflict throughout to keep all the characters interesti [...]
I hate to say it, but this just wasn't very good. The author had no concept on how to build characters or character relationships. Almost all of the angry outburts felt sudden and awkward, like the author didn't know how to express genuine anger. The interactions between Luke and Maddie were neither believable nor deep. The chapter endings were overdramatic and cliche. There were too many exclamation points used. There was the lovely cliche of the bad guy telling the good guy his plans before th [...]
Luke Searle is a hot headed glaciologist who is studying the glaciers of Antarctica as a member of an Australian research team. Personal family problems, plus a need to do things his way,have not endeared him to the team leader Maddie Wildman. Communication with some members of the research team is mysteriously lost. Luke naturally wants to go cowboy and investigate on his own instead of listening to Maddie's orders. The attempt to recover the missing team members is just the start of the troubl [...]
T MINUS 5 DAYS, 2 HOURS, 53 MINUTES 5 March, 9: 07 am (UTC-07) Pine Island Glacier, Antarctica, 74 ° 55' S, 101 ° 11' W At minus thirty degrees Celsius, the trickle of blood on Mac’s beard froze rapidly. ‘Wh – what do you want?’ he stammered, spreadeagled on his back. His masked attacker didn’t respond. In the struggle, Mac’s prescription goggles had been torn off, so the man pointing an assault rifle at him was a terrifying blur. Minutes earlier, Mac had been helping Dave to remov [...]
What a rip-roaring adventure of a book! I love stories about Antarctica and "Thirst" was exciting, realistically written enough to be downright scary, and fast-paced. The descriptive passages were attention-grabbing, pulling me right into the beyond cold, desolate landscape.Luke Searles was a grand, heroic protagonist, falling in love, fighting the bad guys until the bitter end, and loving Antarctica.There was enough in the book about global warming and the dangers faced at the Antarctic to be i [...]
The blurb bills this as the best Antarctic thriller since Matthew Reilly's Ice Station, which is a fair description.Luke Searle is a scientist living in the white continent, who has to battle mercenaries working for a Chinese company, plus a turncoat in his own ranks, to survive when his base is attacked.Lacks some of the over-the-top action of Reilly, to the point of being a bit slow in places, but presents much more plausible, vulnerable characters than Ice Station's marines.
This is what is expected of a thriller- pure entertainment. Intelligent and coherent storyline, lucid but precise narrative, and most importantly great characterisation and vivid imagery. Overall this is more of an action and adventure novel, rather than environmental thriller per se. Lots of guns, bullets and killings, but none of it grotesquely depicted. The vast white and desolate expanse of Antartica is well captured. The ending could have been a little different, in the sense the expectatio [...]
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