When Magnus Mills gives the world a shake, you never know what might fall out of his pockets, proclaims the Los Angeles Times. In his terse new tour de force of a tale, Mills gives history a shake, and you'll never guess what the fallout is. Set at the dawn of the great age of exploration, the era of Shackleton and Perry and Scott, the book presents the adventures of two intrepid teams, both vying to reach the AFP, or Agreed Furthest Point-a worthy, even ennobling cause. The competition is friendly but conditions are extreme. To get through the arid, lifeless landscape, both teams must learn to make sacrifices, sacrifices that will change just about everything.
Mills burst on the literary scene a decade ago with The Restraint of Beasts, a novel Thomas Pynchon called a demented, deadpan-comic wonder. This new work proves that he has become a master storyteller whose books are each as welcome as a warm bus on a rainy day (The Oregonian).