Cold Cuts by Robert Payne Cabeen – A Book Review

Cold Cuts


Two environmental scientists, one who takes his work and himself seriously, the other a pop culture geek with a junk food habit, struggle for survival when Québécois paramilitary fanatics demolish their remote science station in the frozen wasteland at the bottom of the world. Drs. Pratt and Eaton uncover The Order of the Red Wolf’s Cold War Era nuclear reactor, but not before it has irradiated the Antarctic fauna and created hordes of ravenous mutations.

Can the oddball duo survive monstrosities that roam the ruins of their devastated science station?

Will they be able to overcome their own desperate appetites– born of madness and starvation?

One thing is certain. They will learn the meaning of terror when the cold cuts deep.


Author: Robert Payne Cabeen

Publisher: Omnium Gatherum

Release Date: 26/08/2017

Pages: 281

Genre: Science Fiction

My Chosen Format: Kindle

My Rating of Cold Cuts: 4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon UKAmazon US



I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Cold Cuts literally had me hooked to the extent that I blasted through the first half in one sitting. It was gripping and had that whole serious survival/horror in Antarctica vibe going on.

Quite simply put, the first fifty percent was flawless. Then it got silly (in all fairness, the author quite clearly was going for silly). Things started happening that were beyond the realms of physical possibility. Antagonists were more like pantomime villains (which seems to be the intent) and it had the worst, most painfully descriptive sex scene I have ever read.

But that wasn’t the last fifty percent. It would have been all too easy to slap a low score on because the first half had promised gold and delivered fools’ gold. The last half was twenty-five percent serious and gripping like the first half of the book and twenty-five percent ‘so ridiculous I found it impossible to believe’.

But, all that being said, it is probably the most fun read I have come across this year. It had the potential to be one of the best, but being the most fun is a damn fine prize.

The whole concept of being stranded in a barren place such as Antartctica, will always hook my interest. I’m just glad that, for the most part, Cold Cuts managed to keep my interest. After all, mutated Antarctic animals is always going to be interesting!

I know my negatives sound pretty heavy, but the positives are well worth picking it up for. I’d certainly read more by the author if he promised never to try and write a sex scene again.

7 thoughts on “Cold Cuts by Robert Payne Cabeen – A Book Review

  1. Lol, well you have me convinced with this review. I’m hopefully going to be able to give this a shot next year. Usually love stories like this, despite them turning silly at some point 😀😀 As always great review, and before I forget, I wish you all the best for 2018. Looking forward to your upcoming posts 😊

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      1. Thank you very much as well 😊Haha lol 😂😂😂 Yeah oh man, that post I wrote for it has taken on a life of it’s own. The comments it generated have grown through the roof lol. Never expected that kind of response to it 😮.
        But yeah it definitely felt very un-special for me as well. Despite everything I’m going to watch it a second time next week. Probably won’t change my opinion fir it, but hey; at least I get to see the little birds again 😂😂

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      2. Is it sad of me to want to buy the plush toy of that bird that the Disney store sell? 😂 thought it was a good film, just that it tried too hard to be funny. Felt Luke’s last scene just fell flat and I thought Leia swimming through space was a bit far-fetched.

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      3. Lol,no it isn’t because that would mean it’s equally sad for me to want the same 😂😂
        Yeah simply put: Luke was not Luke. He spent all his efforts on trying to save Vader from the dark side because he felt this tiny spark of good in him. Here he feels a bit of evil in his nephew and his first instinct is to kill him in his sleep? Wow. And year that Leia/Supegirl scene was very strange and far fetched. Oh well….maybe Episode IX will somehow redeem everything again 😊

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  2. Now I’m curious of how he writes sex scenes hahah Sorry to hear how dramatically the author changes the last 50% when the first 50% sounds so wonderful. At least it wasn’t a complete throwaway. Hope the next book will deliver, sir. Great review. 🙂

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