THUNDER OF EREBUS

Main Selection, Military Book Club

 Thunder of Erebus succeeds above all as an action novel. Harrison's depiction of clandestine operations under Antarctic conditions and his narrations of the U.S. air attack on the Tbilisi and the Russian undersea riposte are masterpieces of combat fiction.  No fan of the genre can afford to overlook this bombshell.”

                         -- Publisher’s Weekly

 

 

The Fire and Ice of Techno-War Explodes in the Last Place on Earth

 Antarctica – blazingly cold and remote -- where a joint U.S.-Russian scientific team makes an astounding discovery deep below the Ross Ice Shelf in the shadow of the Mount Erebus volcano.

   At stake is nothing less than a raw material for a new technology that will give the victorious superpower the ultimate weapon to render ballistic missiles obsolete.

   Failure is not an option for either side, so to secure this material the superpowers unleash their arsenals of techno-weapons -- in the air, on the ground, and at sea in the largest naval engagement since the Battle of Midway.

 Publisher’s Weekly Review:  “In the near-future of this techno-thriller, American scientists have developed a new superweapon.  The ``graser,'' or ground laser, provides the destruction of a nuclear blast without the fallout.  But the graser requires a rare element, and the only sizable deposit is in Antarctica. Trouble begins when a reorganized Soviet Confederation sends an elite strike force, including the supercarrier Tbilisi , to the South Pole.  The U.S. seems on the verge of a low-cost, high-tech victory when Soviet cruise-missile torpedoes drastically change the balance of forces and Mount Erebus, a long-dormant Antarctic volcano, comes to life.  Harrison (Storming Intrepid) supplies a plausible motive for renewed Soviet-American conflict.  His technologies are convincingly extrapolated from existing weapons systems.  And Harrison effectively marshals a large cast of characters, among them Dana Harrow, the female geologist who discovers Erebus's secret; and Marine general Myron Tharp and Navy pilot Blackjack Pershing, both interesting variations on familiar stereotypes.  Yet Thunder of Erebus succeeds above all as an action novel.  Harrison's depiction of clandestine operations under Antarctic conditions and his narrations of the U.S. air attack on the Tbilisi and the Russian undersea riposte are masterpieces of combat fiction.  No fan of the genre can afford to overlook this bombshell.”