Langhorne, PA (PRWEB) May 10, 2010
Mix the largest earthquake ever recorded by man, a Chilean bank heist, and murder, and you have the historical novel penned by author Theodore Jerome Cohen. Readers will find “chilling” the adventures Cohen describes both at sea and on The Ice as they read “Frozen in Time: Murder at the Bottom of the World” (9781452002705, AuthorHouse, 2010).
A major theft at the Banco Central de Chile in Talcahuano following the Great Chilean Earthquake of May 22, 1960, leads to an unexpected chain of events at a wind- and snow-swept Chilean Army outpost on the North Antarctic Peninsula. When a Chilean army sergeant fails to return from a seal hunt in the waters around the base, two Chilean Navy non-commissioned officers become the prime theft and murder suspects. When the identity of the two suspects is revealed to visiting scientist Ted Stone, his life is placed in jeopardy as he questions whom he can trust with this information and how justice can prevail.
“Frozen in Time” is historical fiction with a post-modern twist. The novel is set between 1958 and 1965. It includes photographs taken by the author while on an Antarctic expedition. Additional details make the novel both autobiographical and strikingly realistic. Greed, betrayal, and murder, mixed with the need for survival in the world’s most dangerous climate, culminate in a depiction of how the battle between good and evil can change forever even the most innocent person.
Despite the novel’s many intriguing characters, the Antarctic may well be the ‘star protagonist’ of “Frozen in Time.” Cohen describes this dangerous and enticing setting with an expertise that only one who has experienced it can: “…a world of ice, enveloping, looming over, and dominating the landscape…melting cracking, separating, inching inexorably toward the sea, calving in thunderous convulsions that send thousands of tons of ice and snow pouring down from great heights….” And not only ice, but leopard seals and orcas, dangerous winds, and icebergs all are used by Cohen to create settings truly integral to the plot in ways few novelists have done.
Beyond its mystery and suspense, “Frozen in Time” keeps readers enthralled with the details provided. If the purpose of fiction is to create a world that seems real, Cohen has definitely succeeded. Whether it is an understanding of the strategies Ham radio operators use to communicate or of highly complicated chess moves, the descriptions make the reader experience the characters’ actions.
“Frozen in Time” is enhanced with the inclusion of Cohen’s and other’s photographs as well as two maps showing where the action occurs. Ample footnotes provide a wealth of background information for those in search of more adventure, including addresses to Internet sites where videos can be found showing ships in stormy Antarctic waters and orca attacks. In the end, this is one novel that will leave you wanting more!
About the Author
Theodore J. Cohen, PhD, holds three degrees in the physical sciences from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and has been an engineer and scientist for more than 40 years. From December 1961 through early March 1962, he participated in the 16th Chilean Expedition to the Antarctic. His communications lifeline to the world was ham radio. In 1964, the U.S. Board of Geographic Names named the geographical feature Cohen Islands in the Cape Legoupil area, Antarctica, in his honor. Dr. Cohen has published more than 350 papers, articles, columns, essays, and interviews, and is a co-author of “The NEW Shortwave Propagation Handbook” (from CQ Communications). His first novel, “Full Circle: A Dream Denied, A Vision Fulfilled,” was published by AuthorHouse in 2009.
“Frozen in Time: Murder at the Bottom of the World” (9781452002705, AuthorHouse, 2010) can be purchased through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit http://www.authorhouse.com/BookStore/ItemDetail.aspx?bookid=71516. A book trailer can be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AN-7DeMiu3A&feature
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