It was nearing the end of winter and the Grim Reader was in desperate need of some action-packed nonsense, Severed Press style! Along came Frostbite by Dave Jeffery.
Frostbite came across as exactly the sort of book I was looking for. A group of hardened ex-special ops are sent on a mission to find the son of a professor in the frozen heights of Nepal. Where did he go? Are the rumours of the abominable snowman true? Grant Hastings and his tough-talking team saddle up and set off in search of the truth.
Despite the silliness of the plot, Frostbite is a fast-paced adventure that features a colourful cast of engaging characters (though Knowles got on my nerves pretty quickly), solid macho dialogue and some exciting, gore-filled scenes. I should have loved this book, and I was, until just after the halfway mark when things take a truly bizarre turn, sadly not for the better in my opinion. I was loving the gung-ho nature of the story, things were heading in a brutal direction as the Yeti’s seek to press home their numerical advantage but then the plot twist got me like pistol whack to the side of the head. I was dazed and confused, I won’t give anything away, but it’s a real Vegemite moment (love or hate for those that have no idea what Vegemite is) and the story goes in a completely different direction from here on in.
By the end of the book, I was confused. I felt like I’d read two different stories that were fused together and in doing so created an odd and uneven read. Final thoughts: Frostbite is still hugely entertaining, dumb fun. I’ve read Dave Jeffery’s work before and he can certainly write, the writing here is much better than a lot of the stuff Severed publish but I just couldn’t get my head around that plot twist, and so…
3/5 snowballs from the Grim Reader.
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When you have finished reading this perhaps listen to…
Leviathan by Mastodon: With riffs and grooves thicker than chunky supermarket soup, Mastodon‘s first concept album, Leviathan is about another mythical terror (Herman Melville‘s Moby Dick) and it’s a classic! This is the album that really brought the band more mainstream attention and some would argue it is still their best. Aside from the lengthy Hearts Alive, Leviathan is a pretty lean album, but it’s full of sludgy riffs, rollicking drum patterns, nods to classic metal bands and it has some real proggy stuff in there too. Dig on it!