While on a corporate research mission, deep under the oceanic outer crusts of Europa, a structure of bizarre design is discovered, its purposes unknown. But what starts as an excursion in scientific discovery quickly dissolves to the stuff of nightmares as something else quickly rises from the depths, something intent on consumption.
A small group of survivors is forced to set differences aside as they enter into the race for their lives, trapped within the depths of a submerged facility, enclosed by the terrifying darkness of alien night. While they desperately flee upwards towards the surface and their only salvation, their inevitable end seeks to draw them back down into infinite darkness.
Title: The Europa Ascent | Author: Patrick Loveland | Publisher: Darker Worlds Publishing | Pub. Date: 19th of May, 2020 | Pages: 93| ASIN : B0881JQCBJ | Genre: Horror/ SciFi | Language: English | Source: Received review copy from author | Starred Review
The Europa Ascent Review
This is a fast paced, fun science fiction horror book that will provide a much needed escape from reality. The book starts with a bang, gripping the reader’s attention, and never letting go. I was instantly sucked into the future reality where mankind has not only explored the universe, but is conducting research on one of Jupiter’s moon. It reminded me a lot of Underwater (2020), but in space and with male protagonists. It’s a whole lot of fun!
The plot is straightforward. A scientific mission goes array, and something deadly is brought to the surface. It’s a race to survive the unimaginable nightmare as the characters do everything possible to fight for their lives. There’s juicy horror bits mixed with tantalizing terror all packaged in a quick thriller that will leave readers wanting more. It may only be nintey-three pages long, but it packs a punch!
My only issue with this book was the print size. I know, it’s such a minor detail, but it made a big impact on my reading experience. The paperback font size was simply too small for my old eyes. Reading it on a Kindle might have worked better.
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