Dark Winter by William Dietrich
Publisher: Warner Books, 2001
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Summary: William Dietrich, a science and environment journalist who's used his Antarctic experience in previously published fiction ("Ice Reich") as well as features for the "Seattle Times", heads south again in this thriller whose beautifully limned landscapes and detailed description of "wintering over" at the South Pole are almost too good for such pedestrian plotting.
Geologist Jed Lewis joins the Antarctic Support Team at the last minute, and his position as an outsider in a group of 26 "beakers" (scientists) and support personnel is clear even before the first in a series of mysterious and macabre deaths occurs. The senior beaker, a famed astrophysicist named Mickey Moss, has discovered a meteorite that may be worth millions, and when his body is discovered and the meteorite goes missing, suspicion falls on Jed, for no good reason other than his late arrival at the base. Jed becomes the scapegoat for everyone's suspicions, fears, and paranoia, and the pot is stirred by the team psychologist, ostensibly sent to the pole to learn how people behave (or don't) in the isolated, dangerous environment, as close a simulacrum of the conditions humans will face in outer space as science can devise. Unfortunately, Dietrich's series of asides to the reader give the rest of the story away, leaving his beautiful descriptions of the polar dark and nuts-and-bolts explanations of living and working in the world's most rigorous climate the only reasons to finish this ultimately unsatisfying novel. "--Jane Adams"
Getting Back by William Dietrich
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing, 2000
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Price in US $ 34.95
Summary: The world's population has doubled. Wilderness exists only in old movies. Every region on Earth has been explored, organized, and tamed, while modern gear makes climbing Everest a walk in the park. But in this brave new age one secret organization promises the most forbidden pleasure of all: a true outdoor adventure. The price is a year's salary. The destination is a continent that disease and destruction have put off-limits. And the catch is that on this expedition, once you go, you may not ever return...GETTING BACK. In the belly of a shimmering twenty-first-century pyramid, Daniel Dyson occupies Cubicle 17 and fantasizes about love and escape. By day he pursues petty ways to subvert his overly programmed life. By night he flirts with a shadowy group that dares him to rebel and reclaim his autonomy. Then he stumbles onto Outback Adventure.
Outback doesn't advertise and keeps its Internet site heavily encrypted. Yet Daniel, partly to inject some deeper meaning into his life, partly to find a woman who doesn't want to be found, soon finds himself taking a perilous trek across the forbidden continent of Australia. There, Outback has promised he will find out what it means to be truly alive, to test his limits, and to understand real survival. What he and his two dozen fellow adventurers don't know is that all their high-tech gear and all their plans haven't prepared them for what lies ahead. Because this journey will not only plunge them into a stark desert and through a gauntlet of natural dangers, but force them to outfight the most dangerous creatures on earth: their fellow human beings.
GETTING BACK is a novel of survival and a search for meaning in a world where both have become extinct-a thriller that asks us whether getting back is the object of the game, or the punishment for losing...
Hadrian's Wall: A Novel by William Dietrich
Publisher: HarperCollins, 2004
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Summary: The Wall. When the Roman emperor Hadrian first envisioned the awesome edifice in A.D. 122, he used stone, wood, and iron to shield Roman Britannia forever from the unconquered Celtic barbarians. Stretching over seventy milesto divide the island, Hadrian's Wall has maintained the security of the Roman Empire's northern outpost for more than two hundred years. Now a Roman bride has come who will unleash jealousy, passion, and an epic war that will shake a tired and tottering empire to its core.
Tribune Marcus Flavius has secured command at the Wall not through battles fought or wars won, but through his arranged marriage to Valeria, a senator's daughter. He replaces a brutal veteran, Galba Brassidias, an ambitious soldier whose skill in battle is rivaled only by his Machiavellian brilliance. But Galba will do anything it takes to regain his position and dominate the young woman who fascinates and infuriates him.
The intrigue on the Roman side of the Wall is matched by the plotting of Celtic warriors determined to rid their land of the invaders. They are led by the dynamic and mysterious barbarian chieftain Arden Caratacus, a man who seems to know as much about hated Rome as he does of his own people, and who is determined to win the young woman for himself.
Theirs is a story of swirling emotions, ancient warfare, desperate romance, and the final great clash of Roman and Celtic cultures. All will be decided on the field of battle, where the fate of an empire may rest in the strength of Hadrian's Wall.