Frozen in Time
Jud Hanson
I learned to love reading at a very early age, thanks to many hours of being read to by my parents and grandparents. As far back as I can remember, libraries and bookstores have consumed much of my time and money. 
By Jud Hanson
Published on 10/24/2010
A record-setting earthquake and an expedition to the Antarctic set the stage for this murder mystery.

Murder Most Foul

The year is 1960. The place: Talcahuano, Chile. At 9.5, it is still the most powerful earthquake ever recorded anywhere. Two Chilean Naval officers hatch a plot to profit from the chaos when they are assigned to guard the Central Bank of Chile in Talcahuano. When they find out they are being sent to Base Bernardo O’Higgins on the North Antarctic Peninsula, they hide their loot in the cargo hold of their ship, in a crate belonging to Chilean Army Officer Rodriquez. They offer him a share of the loot but when he refuses, they abandon him to his death while on a seal hunt. What they don’t realize is that a member of the ship’s crew, Cristian Barbudo, is actually from Internal Affairs, working undercover to find out who stole millions from the Central Bank of Chile. When Barbudo reveals his true identity to Scientist Ted Stone, Stone becomes a target that must be silenced. What follows is a life and death struggle in what could be the world’s most inhospitable environment.

Frozen in Time: Murder at the Bottom of the World by Theodore J. Cohen, the first in a trilogy, is a most unusual blend of fact and fiction. It is often said that you should write about what you know and Cohen does just that, having earned three degrees in the physical sciences from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He also experienced Antarctica first hand, having been a member of the Chilean expedition of 1962. This experience allows him to craft a fascinating story in which he weaves fact and fiction which engages the reader from the very first page.  I look very forward to reading the succeeding novels of this trilogy. This is a top-notch novel, very deserving of 5 stars.-Jud Hanson