Far below the surface of an ancient tomb in Siberia, four bodies are unearthed from their eternal rest. The bodies are curiously well preserved, even though they have been buried for centuries, and they are brought … see full wiki
This review is based on a free copy received directly from the author but reflects my own personal opinion.
Four human bodies are found buried in ice in Siberia. They are flown to the US for study by a group of scientists, including the narrator Dr. Frederick Orville. His job is to observe and record everything that happens. The bodies are very well preserved and the scientists conjecture about maybe finding a secret to prevent aging or other scientific benefit.
Not long after the bodies are thawed out, they are re-animated with incredible powers. They seem bent on destruction and are able to levitate and destroy things by pointing at them. They also have a hunger for human flesh and those that get bitten by them turn into a type of zombie.
The only hope to defeating the Tetra (the name given to the four) lies with Frederick's daughter, who has been having strange dreams regarding the Tetra. These dreams may tie her back to the beings that originally froze the Tetra many centuries prior.
This book is a relative quick read and has some nice points. Frederick was so dedicated to his work that he estranged himself from his wife and daughter and now with the crisis looming he is able to reconnect with his daughter. He is also a very likable character and based on some of the notes that the author included in the mailing to me, I suspect he is a relection of the author himself.
Even though the book was so short I thought the story could have been told in a better way. The Tetra are just this mindless band that just destroy everything in their path and it may have worked better if the author told their story up front (The Krypton story in the Man of Steel film really set the tone for the film and who General Zod was). I have seen several authors go back and expand on their books or short stories (Arthur C. Clarke and Robert J. Sawer come to mind) and have made those stories into nice full length stories. I also had some difficulty with the zombie aspect of the tale.