The Third Thaw – Karl J. Hanson – Book Review

by Karl J Hanson
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction
Format: Kindle, Paperback

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Mankind forced to relocate to a different habitable environment, light years from Earth. A group of young people on a distant planet who must re-establish human civilization. A fantastical yet realistic world based on plausible technological developments. A power-mad egomaniac determined to destroy anyone who gets in his way. This is The Third Thaw, a hard science fiction novel that presents a radically different strategy for planet colonization, one within the grasp of present technologies.

In a settlement called New Eden, live a group of teens known as the Third Thaw. They come from Earth, conceived there and sent as frozen embryos on a rocket ship to this planet twenty-six light years away, a journey that lasted 80,000 years.

When they reach the age of twenty-one, after being thoroughly and specifically educated for their future tasks, the Third Thaw must leave New Eden to assist with colonizing a larger, permanent settlement on the planet.

After the First and Second Thaws fail to complete their expedition, it’s up to the Third Thaw to succeed and save civilization.

As the highly-trained expedition party heads out to fulfill their tasks, they encounter life-threatening obstacles in their way, many of which challenged the Thaws that preceded them.

Not the least of these is a group broken off from a German colony sent from Earth years earlier. This group and their leader, Ulrich, believe they are evolved beyond ordinary humans.

Ulrich, along with his supercomputer “Genius,” is determined to destroy the Third Thaw. And anyone else who threatens to stop him


Karl J. Hanson’s Third Thaw is phenomenal and has something for every reader. It is hard science fiction with much research and facts included throughout the storyline. The story follows a group of children who are sent to a faraway planet, as mere embryos. Once they are born, they are raised by intelligent robots who are essentially their parents. Eventually, they leave their settlement to re-create a new civilization in which humans will live. By use of highly advanced technological methods, Third Thaw is plausible and believable. The author’s use of real science coupled with outstanding fiction makes this novel an indescribable success, very realistic and so entertaining.

Third Thaw is an epic story filled with interesting facts and full of adventure. The premise for the story is unique and original. I have never read anything like it and turned the pages quickly to see what would happen next. It held me totally captivate and fully engrossed. It creatively explores the relationship between humans and robots.

The world building in Third Thaw is remarkable and exciting. The way Hanson uses real technological science to create a sustainable planet for humans to live on is pure genius. There is tons of action in Third Thaw and readers will be on the edge of their seat completely enthralled and engrossed. It is written in an easy to read and understand format. I learned so much from reading this extraordinary book.

The writing is fluid and perfectly penned with a clear concise voice. It’s such an interesting idea for a story. The teenagers are required to learn about Earth’s history, and come to a resolution on how they will originate their new civilization. When they become fully trained adults they use new technologies, basic survival instincts and the all-encompassing human nature to complete their mission. There are life threatening impediments and even a villain to overcome and conquer. Third Thaw by Karl J. Hanson will appeal to non-science fiction readers as well as die hard sci-fi lovers. Highly recommended by Artisan Book Reviews!

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