In the spirit of John Carpenter's The Thing and Jacob's Ladder comes Stranded -- a terrifying, icebound thriller where nothing is quite what it seems by Bracken MacLeod.
Badly battered by an apocalyptic storm, the crew of the Arctic Promise find themselves in increasingly dire circumstances as they sail blindly into unfamiliar waters and an ominously thickening fog. Without functioning navigation or communication equipment, they are lost and completely alone. One by one, the men fall prey to a mysterious illness. Deckhand Noah Cabot is the only person unaffected by the strange force plaguing the ship and her crew, which does little to ease their growing distrust of him.
Dismissing Noah's warnings of worsening conditions, the captain of the ship presses on until the sea freezes into ice and they can go no farther. When the men are ordered overboard in an attempt to break the ship free by hand, the fog clears, revealing a faint shape in the distance that may or may not be their destination. Noah leads the last of the able-bodied crew on a journey across the ice and into an uncertain future where they must fight for their lives against the elements, the ghosts of the past and, ultimately, themselves.
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Water, water everywhere, in the forms of ice and fog, is the element of terror in this claustrophobic horror tale of a trapped Arctic oil rig supply ship. Unpopular crew member Noah Cabot suggests calling for help after a damaging storm, but his bitter father-in-law, William Brewster, the ship's master, presses forward into disaster. With the ship locked up in impossibly thick ice, equipment failing, and the crew suddenly beset by illness, Noah must lead a trek across the treacherous frozen seascape toward their only hope, a mysterious structure that's similarly icebound. MacLeod (Mountain Home) carefully details his maritime settings, effectively placing the reader inside Noah's growing fear by focusing on his struggle to reconcile past and present, especially the marital tragedy that complicates his attempt to save himself and his crewmates. Unfortunately, that tight focus leaves little room for anyone else to rise above melodramatic portraits of implacable foe and unswerving friend.