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Encounter (Sub titled: Close Encounter Of The Fifth Kind)

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An exhilarating adventure that keeps you at the edge of your seat the whole time. A must-read.

An undecipherable signal received, a crew of four men filming in the Arctic area disappear under strange circumstances and a team sent to investigate and rescue them, Encounter is a breath-taking adventure on the Russian archi­pelago of Novaya Zemlya in the Northern Hemisphere.


Four men filming a wildlife documentary disappear into the strange cloud and mist that rolls in around them. At the same time, the Research Stations in the Arctic region pick up a signal burst that is indecipherable. A part of the signal is deciphered and it is revealed as co-ordinates that point to a strait but the origin of the signal remains unknown.


One of the four men who went missing is James Fender, the British Prime Minister's son. So, MI6 sends Frank Ryder and a small group of international Special Forces to the Arctic on a rescue operation. Their mission is to locate and rescue the missing men, go to the location the co-ordinates from the signal point to, and log what is happening there.


The crew reaches the Arctic and travels through the rough terrain with obstacles like natural kind, wild animals, and the Russians. They discover a secret base where the Russians are developing a secret weapon that will give them the edge in warfare. The missing men are recovered from the same base. Ryder steals evidence of the weapon and the base and escapes from the base with the rescued men.


Now begins the race against time to get to the rendezvous point for successful extraction from the enemy territory. The retreat is not made easy as the Russians track them to make sure the secrets the crew witnessed in the base are not made known to the world. A horrific incident occurs that puts everyone in the crew under suspicion. The crew weathers through numerous situations where they get too close to getting caught by the Russians.


The journey was exhilarating to read. The harsh conditions and the weather and the constant danger they were under kept me at the edge of my seat the entire time. The narrow misses, the near-death situations, and the action sequences were nerve-wracking, to say the least. The attacks by the submarines and ships were breathtaking to read. The whole experience was incredible and left me wanting more. I enjoyed the book from start to finish.

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I am a retired architect living in Auckland NZ with my family. Originally from the UK I have travelled extensively around the world meeting many interesting characters who have influenced my stories. view profile

Published on August 03, 2020

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80000 words

Genre: Science Fiction

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