The first chapter of Arctic Masons is coming soon. This mystery thriller is scheduled to be published Summer 2023. The third thriller by author Daniel River about Antarctica. River takes the readers again to the unforgiving lands of Antarctica. This time the story is is centered around the McMurdo Station, located at 77 degrees 51 minutes S, 166 degrees 40 minutes E, is the largest Antarctic station. McMurdo is built on the bare volcanic rock of Hut Point Peninsula on Ross Island, the solid ground farthest south that is accessible by ship.
The station was established in December 1955. It is the logistics hub of the U.S. Antarctic Program, with a harbor, landing strips on sea ice and shelf ice, and a helicopter pad. Its 85 or so buildings range in size from a small radio shack to large, three-story structures. Repair facilities, dormitories, administrative buildings, a firehouse, power plant, water distillation plant, wharf, stores, clubs, warehouses, and the first class Crary Lab are linked by above-ground water, sewer, telephone, and power lines.
A US research and support facility that was established in 1955 at the southernmost point of Antarctica where bare ground is accessible by ship. It is the largest base in Antarctica by a considerable margin with around 1000 personnel (up to 1250 possible) in summer and 250 in the winter.
McMurdo Station is part of Operation Deep Freeze, the American Antarctic missions which began in the 1950s. Run by the United States Antarctic Program (USAP), the operation includes all the US stations on the White Continent, as well as all the restocking missions needed to keep them running. The primary objective of McMurdo is scientific research, and expert researchers work in fields of biology, chemistry, and astronomy primarily. They are geologists and glaciologists, physicists, oceanologists and almost every other type of ‘-ologists’ known to man.
Everything is researched here: from climate change to Antarctic wildlife, the shifting of ice shelves and all else which may help us better understand this most enigmatic part of the world. Tens of thousands of polar diving expeditions have taken place here in the last two decades alone, and McMurdo acts as the last support base for extreme scientific research missions further afield.
This thriller is based and originates at this far isolated place McMurdo. Arctic Masons chapter one is coming soon to fans of the books by author Daniel River. In the meantime, read chapter one of his soon to be released thriller Arctic Record. Or his recently published mystery thriller on the book’s website here arcticave.com.