When a plane crashes into the Antarctic ice, exposing a massive cave beneath, a rescue and research team is dispatched. Twenty-four hours later, all contact is lost. Captain Alex Hunter and his highly trained squad of commandos are fast tracked to the hot zone to find out what went wrong - and to follow up the detection of a vast underground reservoir. Accompanying the team is an assortment of researchers, including petrobiologist Aimee Weir. If the unidentified substance proves to be an energy source, every country in the world will want to know about it - some would even kill for it. Once inserted into the cave system, they don't find any survivors - not even a trace of their bodies. Primeval hieroglyphs hint at an ancient civilisation, and an ancient danger. Spectres of the dead haunt the tunnels. Within hours, one of the party will die. To bring his team out alive, Alex will need every one of his mysterious abilities beneath the dark ice.
©2009 Greig Beck (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
The subject matter of the book was right on topic for some of my favorite stories. It is not a factual Clancy like thriller. It is far more fictional adventure type entertainment. That being said, it's an enjoyable listen that sparks imagination.
Read by Sean Mangan, Beneath the Dark Ice is just under ten hours of listening. Reading was paced well, female vs male voices okay, no problem discerning who-says-what-to-who.
A corporate jet crashes through the ice of Antarctica, rescue workers immediately respond and disappear. Mystery lifts off immediately!
Formulaic in character construct as the story moves forward, however. We have a beautiful yet vulnerable, smart, female scientist lead, a type A macho hero with extraordinary strength, a weaselly milk-toast, a few ‘red-shirts’ that get eaten alive, some a bit gratuitously, in my opinion. Then there are the requisite hard boiled officers, the bad-guy Russians. Throw it all into a pot with nasty shrimp-like/lizardly/slimy creature and wormy things that have lived underground on humanoids and each other for millennia and voila … Beneath the Dark Ice!
Made for TV stuff that will likely never get made for TV? I didn’t have any trouble finishing the story.
Fav authors: D. Preston & L. Child, Edgar R Buroughs, J. McDevitt, James Rollins, Jack Campbell, BV Larson, JR Tolkoin, George McDonald.
Greig Beck writes a good thriller in Beneath the Dark Ice that uses a lost world theme as the backdrop for the life and death struggle of the scientific party send to investigate what lies below the ice of Antarctica. The action is non-stop and while good, moves the story along past places where more detailed descriptions of the world would have added to the story.
If you liked James Roland's book, Subterrain, you may enjoy this book. I found Roland's book more complete containing great details of the world a long with the action.
A greater focus on character development.
Minimal differentiation between characters. Monotonous.
I am an avid fan of monster fiction. I grew up falling in love with Jurassic Park, The Lost World, Fragment, The Thing, etc. So I was looking forward to reading this book, set in Antarctica.
I am sad to say that this is the first book I just could not bring myself to finish. I think the plot is fine. Novels of this nature are not going to have overly complex plots; the focus is more on the creature, science, fear, etc. What bothered me was the terrible dialogue. It felt very mechanical. Also, the author spends more time using prose to describe the characters and their past, rather than reveal it through dialogue exchanges and their actions. I want to be able to figure things out as I go along, or draw conclusions about the character as I read. This is what connects me to the characters and helps to keep me hooked. An invested reader is generally a happy reader.
I love these kinds of adventure tales. This series has such promise. I love the early James Rollins books, and this is similar.
The problem with this series is the narration. Sean Mangan has the diction of someone who is inebriated and who is trying to enunciate clearly and yet slurs at the same time. It's irritating. He also doesn't do a terribly good job of distinguishing between the particular characters. Alex Hunter sounds just like Amy.
I may or may not buy the next one in audiobook form. I may just get them all on Kindle.
I'm a Registered Nurse. I've been an avid reader all my life. I love Audible books. I'm able to enjoy books and still keep busy!
Yes i would recommend this story, Sean is an excellent reader, emoting, enuciating and bringing in suspense and even giving the listener the element of suspense at just the right moment, it is NON STOP ACTION/ADVENTURE.
I love the blending of Horror and Special OPS and Technology !
my Favorite scene is when they are scaling the Wall trying to Escape and then they See !!...
I was moved by the Brothers on the Team, their devotion to each other.
I don't know when or why I purchased this audio book. I just found it in my library. ?
One fine day I started listening...
It started out (aside from unnecessary preface by author - I advise skipping that!), as a somewhat interesting adventure story with a fantastical creature element and a government agent back-story. All was okay until the last half when the story lagged and the narrator sounded like he was drinking.
By the end of the story I was no longer able to suspend disbelief (eg.,takes place Antarctica), and the plot held no more surprises.
Verdict: skip it.
Yep. Interesting story with interesting characters. It is a relatively straightforward plot line with good guys and bad guys put in almost implausibly precarious situations. The main character - Alex Hunter - is the protagonist of the series and is introduced in this book. He starts as a normal soldier and as the result of (trying to avoid spoilers), he becomes a super soldier. What I enjoyed about this premise is that he isn't just a Superman super soldier and we also encounter the downsides to his new situation. This becomes a recurring theme in the books and one I particularly enjoy.
The backstory behind the monster (human and otherwise). It really added dimension to the book and engaged me as a listener.
Overall, good pace and cadence. Every once in a while I was irked by pronunciation, but nothing that was too awful.
I listened to it while running and it made it easy to literally go the extra mile. It is action-laden and easy to follow. Not a deep, thought-provoking book but a very fun escape.
This story started out really well, great concept, good reader, writing style very nice... but it wore on and on and on and added more and more weirdness until I just wanted it to be over. I really did expect an alien ship to show up. Would have fitted right in. Maybe add some elves too. Willing suspension of disbelief just ain't in it! Plus I lost interest in which of the characters lived or died. A very bad place to be in any book. I ended up listening to the last hour on double speed because I did want to know how it ended but golly, if I'd had the book, I would have skimmed whole pages.
I expect books like this to be improbable and have no problem with that. However, about 80% of this one ranges from ridiculous to impossible. The characters include a caricature of an arrogant scientist, a bunch of special operations soldiers that seem to be slightly less competent than Gomer Pyle and a main hero who can do everything short of leaping tall buildings in a single bound. The instances that the author violates the laws of physics and the other sciences are too numerous to count.
Save your credit and spend your time on better books. Do yourself a favor and pass on this one.
Dead Eye by Mark Greaney.
The narrator did an acceptable but not super job given the drivel he had to read.
Pretty much all of them.
I'll be seeking a refund for this one.
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