Off the coast of Victoria, a mission to capture Queenscliff Fort and regain a military foothold on the mainland is about to launch. Mark is a soldier in the first landing party. Erin awaits evacuation from King Island to Tasmania, however, her safety is far from assured. While storm winds drive a plague-riddled ship in their direction, a sadistic guard begins to target women within the camp.
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The time for retreat is over. Neither Mark or Erin will back down from the coming fight, but when faced with monsters, both human and undead, will determination be enough for them to survive? The Australian Army has won its first victory, but the gore-spattered streets of Melbourne await. Buried under a mega-swarm, Lysan Plague has transformed the state capital into a slaughter house of epic proportions. Meanwhile, famine threatens, and more troops are needed before the final assault. With supply lines and troop numbers secured, the Army prepares to attack the Melbourne swarm.
But with a traitor in their midst, will this epic battle see the armed forces obliterated in an orgy of violence? Plague War 3: Retaliation. In , the excesses of the Petroleum Age has warmed the Earth, raising sea levels, causing massive social upheaval, and hideous mutations within the animal kingdom. Ethan lives on an island owned by Viperob, a powerful corporation that constructs military drones for the Australasian Army. Ethan, however, has been left a copy of the files in question.
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In the city of Spire Vanis , the surlord, Penthero Iss keeps his adopted daughter or, as he calls her, his almost-daughter , Ash March , in virtual -- if comfortable -- house arrest. Lately though he seems to be taking an unnatural amount of interest in her, and, learning of one of his machinations, she also flees. And so, the fate of a world is changed. For every thousand years, one is born with the power to free the Endlords from their prison, the Blind. If they escape, vast hordes of hellish creatures will be unleashed upon an unprepared world At pages, A Cavern of Black Ice is so much vaster in story, characterisation and world-building than any book I've read by Jones before, and any book I've read this year.
Of the multiple Point of View characters, almost all are sufficiently fleshed out, and J. V Jones clearly put a great deal of thought into the various "back-drops" for her story. Vaylo Bludd , the Dog Lord , has definitely got to be one of my favourite characters in any book; also, at the very end, we learn the true identity of one of the characters, in a scene which will have anyone who's read the Book of Words trilogy thrilled.
- Philosophy in Multiple Voices.
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I hadn't actually realised the two series were related, so it'll be interesting to see whether that link is emphasised in book 2, A Fortress of Grey Ice. One tiny exception, I felt, in maintaining the believability was that the one with the power to free the Endlords is born every years.
The Phaeacians once lived near the Cyclops but moved to Scheria to avoid the lawless brutes. While the Phaeacians are civilized and peace loving, the Cyclops have no laws, no councils, and no interest in civility or hospitality.
It is during this episode that Odysseus' judgment comes into question. Having feasted on goat meat on an offshore island, Odysseus and his men could move on. However, Odysseus is curious about who lives on the mainland. Taking a dozen of his best men, as well as a skin of extremely strong wine that he received from a priest of Apollo, Odysseus sets out to investigate a cavern near the mainland shore. It is the lair of Polyphemus, a Cyclops.
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Discovering abundant food in the cave, the men want to raid it and sail off, but Odysseus insists on staying to try the hospitality of the owner, who proves to be no charming host. Polyphemus, a son of Poseidon and nearly as powerful as the gods himself, scoffs at the concept of hospitality and welcomes his guests by devouring two for supper and trapping the rest inside his cave for later meals.
When the Cyclops leaves, Odysseus devises a plan. From an olivewood that the giant uses as a club, the Greeks fashion a pointed lance about a fathom six feet long and char the point to hardness. When Cyclops returns that night, he downs two more men for supper, and Odysseus offers him the skin's contents. The arrogant giant swills down three large bowls full. As he is drinking, the Cyclops demands to know Odysseus' name. The wily hero says that it is "Nobody" outis in the Greek.
When the giant passes out, the Greeks immediately seize their opportunity and grind the lance into the Cyclops' single eye, blinding him. The monster screams with pain and cries for help, but when other Cyclops arrive outside and ask who is harming him, Polyphemus can only answer, " Nobody,. Nobody's killing me now by fraud and not by force! The next morning, when Polyphemus, blind, lets his rams out in the morning, Odysseus and his men ride out with them, tucked under their bellies and using the animals as shields. As Odysseus and his men sail away, however, Odysseus again employs questionable judgment, shouting taunts at the wounded monster.
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Using the Greek's voice to direct his aim, Polyphemus hurls giant boulders after the ship, barely missing. Then Odysseus assures that his trials will continue by boasting to Polyphemus that it was he, Odysseus of Ithaca, not a "Nobody," who gouged out the giant's eye.
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In this instance, Odysseus is not simply showing pride in his good name, but foolish arrogance that allows the monster to identify him. Polyphemus then calls on his father, Poseidon, god of the sea, to avenge him. In a curse repeated by Tiresias as a prophecy Or, if the Fates have already determined that he must, then may he arrive late, broken, and alone, finding great troubles in his household 9.