Outpost Paperback – Sept. 6 2011
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- Publisher : Hodder; UK ed. edition (Sept. 6 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1444709046
- ISBN-13 : 978-1444709049
- Item Weight : 280 g
- Dimensions : 13.02 x 2.54 x 20 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #513,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
OUTPOST is a great, fast read. Baker presents a truly nightmarish scenario (on many levels) which twists and turns like you wouldn't believe. Considering the isolation and inaccessibility of the refinery location, he manages to spin the tale off in several unexpected directions whilst still maintaining an air of claustrophobic hopelessness. I really enjoyed the book...
...OUTPOST is an excellent book which I thoroughly recommend.
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The story was interesting and the writing was solid.
Will be lookng forward to Adam Baker's next one!
August, 2016: I am adding an addition to my Review, now a year and half later, and now that I have re-read this book twice. I still find it to be a great story, very well written, with interesting characters. As mentioned, it s part of a 4 novel series. I have also read the Reviews for all 4 books, and am working my way through them myself having bought the lot from Amazon. Once more, I highly recommend Outpost and am somewhat surprised at the mediocre and negative responses from readers here, but everyone's taste is different. If the first Chapter or two hooks you, with the lead character Jane, the Reverend aboard, being original and compelling in my opinion, then I believe you will find the whole story worthwhile and satisfying.
Top reviews from other countries
The action is fast-paced - the reader is right into the thick of it from the beginning, when the workers on a a refinery platform in the Arctic Ocean above Norway find that the rest of the world, as far as they know, is suffering from some unknown virus. The impact on the rest of the world is obviously devastating but the isolated few in the Arctic have no idea how bad. How can they get home, and what will they find when they get there?
That turns out to be the least of their worries as they attempt to rescue themselves and find there's much more to this virus than they had ever anticipated. The crew on the refinery platform turn inside themselves to find their core, and the best and worst character traits come to the fore in this small group of people as they fight against each other and themselves as well as the unknown in the rest of the world.
Some reviewers have criticised the terse, soundbite narrative - personally I think this is the perfect way to write this genre - in this type of book, there's no time for introspection, there's no need for the reader to delve into the emotives of the action; the action is the reason for the book, and demands the reader's attention - short, snappy, to the point.
I'm hoping that there's a sequel to this book on the way - I for one will be waiting anxiously to see if that's the case, and lining up to read it. Totally recommended.
If you enjoy this, I am sure you will also enjoy "Last Light" and "Afterlight" by Alex Scarrow.
Whilst his later books have refined in style and punch of delivery, I love the bleakness and sense of remoteness in this book.
Highly recommended :)