Book Review: Cold Trap by Jon Waskan

91c9UF+FZgL._SL1500_For the first time ever, Goodreads followers actually have the upper hand here.  They would be the ones already aware of how this book came into my hands.

To make a not-so-long story short, someone found me as a regular reviewer on Amazon and asked me to review their book, and I, feeling rather big-headed, agreed with barely even a glimpse at the blurb he proffered.  Of course, the one word I did catch was “Moon”.

But who really wants background behind why I read a book, amiright?  You want to know what I thought about it.

First, before I get into the official review, I want to state that this is the first hard science fiction novel I’ve read from an indie author.  When I realized that was what I was getting into, I must admit I was quite skeptical.  I mean, hard science fiction is a difficult genre to read at the best of times, often being rather dense and too stuck on explaining the science that the fiction part gets lost along the way.  As you’ll see below, this is not the case with Waskan’s debut novel.  I was more than pleasantly surprised.

Okay…yeah, so…on with the review…

Seemingly summoning hard science fiction experts like Michael Crichton and thriller fanatics like Tom Clancy, Waskan has done an amazing job of crafting a story in Cold Trap that engages the mind both in learning more about the world we live in as well as trying to figure out the mystery brought about at the location on the south pole of the moon.

Cold Trap is, quite simply, a novel that deftly treads the line between hard science fiction and thriller, never getting to bogged down in either so as to forget the other half of the troublesome genre, and effectively creates a world of political intrigue that causes the reader to question which side is really right.  In fact, by the end of this novel, the reader should question, along with Ogden Rowley, the protagonist, which path is the least morally objectionable.

But don’t think that this is simply some political thriller masked by a shroud of scientific fact.  Waskan brings in a hefty amount of science fiction fun, as should be expected on the moon, as well as death-defying action that causes the reader to wonder how the protagonist is still alive after the first third of the book is complete.

In short, this is definitely a must read for fans of the genre, and a great debut novel from a budding indie author.

Seriously...go read now!



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