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‘Ice-pick-sharp, packed with intrigue, action and spine-chilling suspense. Devour will keep you gripped from the very first page’ Kathryn Fox

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Culture Fly: review of Devour

January 21, 2017

“If you’re only going to read one novel in 2017, I suggest you make it Devour.”

Here is the five star review of Devour in CultureFly, 10 January 2017:

Action books almost always feature a male protagonist, but Devour is different. L.A. Larkin has crafted a strong female lead in the form of investigative journalist Olivia Wolfe, a career woman driven by a thirst for knowledge and justice. Trained in Jiu-jitsu and martial arts, Wolfe can hold her own against the terrors that her investigations throw at her.

This is the type of book that once you start reading you just can’t put down. The tale jumps from Afghanistan to London to Antarctica, all forming pieces of an intricate plot. It begins at a research camp in Antarctica as they’re drilling into a frozen lake to find prehistoric microbes. Mysterious things keep happening, equipment is sabotaged and things go missing – then there’s a murder. Which brings us to the question: Why is this expedition so important?

In Afghanistan, while on the case of a story, Wolfe pulls up to the house of one of her informants. Yet it all goes wrong and the informer dies, whilst Wolfe is kidnapped. Thankfully the martial arts skills come out, along with help from a few essentials taken from her trusty backpack, and she escapes with her life, returning home to London. It isn’t long until she’s sent to Antarctica to investigate the murder though.

The characters in the book are so well thought out and described, conjuring a vivid image in the reader’s head. The plot gets deeper and deeper, as more things start going wrong, and Wolfe starts uncovering secrets she shouldn’t know, putting herself and others in danger.

Larkin put a lot of research into Devour, travelling to Antarctica on a Russian Ship: “I was told to stay in my bunk bed and hang on for dear life as the vessel corkscrewed through ten-metre swells. When I tried to get to the bathroom, the ship tilted forty degrees and I was hurled on to the door.” She also visited the British Antarctic Survey to learn about the equipment they would need to go there, as well as trying out martial arts. All this first-hand experience and research really pays off, resulting in a truly gripping action-thriller.

This is one of the best books I’ve read in the last couple of years, and if you’re only going to read one novel in 2017, I suggest you make it Devour.

★★★★★

Devour is published by Constable on 26 January 2017

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Review of Devour by Literature Works

January 19, 2017

‘Wolfe is so refreshing. A female protagonist in crime fiction who isn’t a victim, isn’t an unreliable narrator (whilst still remaining intriguingly flawed) and who knows how to defend herself, she is certainly going to shake up the genre.’

‘Without giving away the plot, the central mystery and its many offshoots in the novel certainly had me ‘devouring’ the pages of this exciting, original and utterly captivating new release from L A Larkin and I cannot recommend it enough!’

‘The rawness and the futility of the Afghan war zone is perfectly evoked in the novel’s opening sequence and the reader is drawn into the world of desperation and fear that war has created. Through the eyes of Olivia Wolfe – set to be the star of a series of novels, which I can hardly wait for – we see a world almost devoid of humanity struggling to support those who do survive. We see the pointlessness and pain of the war and then we leave it, somehow wiser, for the icy isolation of Antarctica where the novel’s central mystery unfolds.’

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Crime Fiction Lovers on Shake, Rattle and Kill!

Thanks so much to Crime Fiction Lover for including Devour in your Shake, Rattle and Kill round-up on 19 January 2017:

British-Australian author LA Larkin is fascinated with Antarctica and here poses the questions: what if ancient microbes were living in a subterranean lake underneath the polar ice cap; and what if those microbes were dangerous superbugs? The book begins with a murder as someone tries to sabotage a British Antarctic mission, and investigative reporter Olivia Wolfe is sent to investigate. More used to reporting on wars in Afghanistan and Chechnya, she gets caught up on the problems the mission faces with a Russian team also in Antarctica. Somebody is spying on Wolfe, and somebody wants to get their hands on the bacteria samples the British are discovering. Badly. It’s out 26 January.

 

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Wanderlust magazine – My 5 Reasons to go to Antarctica

January 10, 2017

I am passionate about Antarctica, its beauty, its isolation and it’s history of heroic adventure. So I was delighted when I was given the opportunity to share my passion with readers of Wanderlust Magazine. I was asked to give 5 reasons why Antarctica is an amazing place to visit. Five reasons just simply wasn’t enough: whether you are an adventurer, hiker, traveler, lover of icy places, photographer, passionate about wildlife, lover a wide open spaces, or simply wish to visit this huge untouched wilderness which is the size of Europe, then hop on a boat and make your way to this icy continent. Here is my article in Wanderlust.

I think celebrity Andrew Denton sums up Antarctica really well in this quote:

‘If Antarctica were music it would be Mozart. Art, and it would be Michelangelo. Literature, and it would be Shakespeare. And yet it is something even greater; the only place on earth that is still as it should be. May we never tame it.’

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‘A satisfyingly spiky central character’

December 19, 2016

Christmas has come early with my first UK review of Devour and what a good one! Thanks so much to Shots Mag’s Ali Karim, Mike Stotter and reviewer Adam Colclough and you can read the review by clicking here.

‘In Olivia Wolfe, Larkin has created a satisfyingly spiky central character.’

‘Behind the dash and daring of the action is a convincingly conflicted story of science being weaponized.’

‘The pace is hectic and the settings, ranging from the frozen wastes, to the book’s climax in the Nevada desert, taking in London and Afghanistan along the way are all convincing.’

Time to celebrate!

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