The Voyage by Douglas Falk

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I have received this book as an ARC from the author for an honest review.

Douglas Falk has a fascination for conspiracy theories and researches them in his free time.

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Language: English

Print Length: 281 pages

Text-to-Speech | Screen Reader | Enhanced Typesetting |Word Wise | Lending

Publication Date: 13 January 2020

Categories: Political Thrillers and Suspense | Political Thrillers | Paranormal Suspense

Trigger Warnings: Profanity | Violence

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Douglas Falk was born in Sweden in 1992 and raised in Norrmalm. He completed a five year English teaching course. He drops out of teaching to follow his dream – to become a writer.

Fascinated by conspiracy theories, he knew it will feature in his first novel. In his debut novel – The Voyage – he explores the flat earth theory.

The author plans to release the sequel to this book – The Rapture – in 2021.

Summary

In The Voyage, we meet William Milton, the son of wealthy Oscar Milton, the chairperson of Lockheed Martin. He is a firm believer in the flat earth theory. He aims to convince his friend, John, to join him on a journey to prove this theory.

John does his research. After a visit with doctor Celeste Wood at the Royal Institute of Technology, he considers this theory’s plausibility.

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With his father’s help in obtaining transport and a crew, the two men set off on a journey to Antarctica. After an arduous journey, they arrive at Amundsen-Scott. But Wiliam has no plan to avoid returning to their ship so that they can explore on their own.

They decide to steal the sledge with the remaining supplies. But their Canadian leader, Jacques Seydoux, overheard their conversation and followed them.

After escaping from Jacques Seydoux, they succeed in their goal to find a different world. UN troops capture them and will do anything to prevent them from revealing their secret.

But William’s got an ace up his sleeve. Will his lawyer be able to send a parcel to Celeste so that she can force their release?

What did I love?

The author has done much research about the flat earth theory and conspiracies. I often considered that statements made about the flat earth conspiracy make little sense. Only to find information later in the book to make those statements workable.

And not so much?

I found some aspects of the narrative unbelievable. I find it hard to understand that two young men will set off for the Arctic with very little planning. William secures a boat and a crew with his father’s help. But he has no plan to get away from Amundsen-Scott so that he and John can explore on their own.

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If you consider the harsh conditions, stealing a sledge with supplies doesn’t cut it. After their journey from the coast, the supplies will be minimal.

Explaining the flat earth theory and the conspiracy to suppress this knowledge is essential to the story. But it slows the pace and takes too much space in the narrative.

Should you read it?

The Voyage has interesting information about the flat earth theory. And how it impacts other concepts we take for granted. The conspiracy to suppress this knowledge sounds plausible, but I often felt overwhelmed by too much information.

I recommend this book to readers that enjoyed Aimpoint by Candice Irving, Timeline by Michael Crichton, and Any Means Necessary by Jack Mars.

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