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
Bad writing and worse science. Only listen if you have a high tolerance for both. I did not make it through, not even close, so I can't give a more comprehensive review. I quick this book, quite annoyed, after the first chapter -- which no other book has gotten me to do in recent memory.
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've always enjoyed the Dirk Pitt novels, so when I was looking for a change of pace (I'm normally a fantasy/sci-fi girl) and saw this book up in a BOGO sale I decided to take a chance on it. The reviews seemed favorable and I figured a mash up between a Dirk Pittesque hero with some sci-fi goodness would be a grand combination. Unfortunately I was quite disappointed. The repetitive descriptive phrases alone almost made me give up the fight to get through this. I thought the characterizations to be a bit thin and found myself rooting for the monsters more then the heroes.
Good character development. Great action throughout the story.
I know it's a good book when I can't stop reading/ listening to it. Started during breakfast, put ear buds in while vacuuming, and when I found myself still listening as I was making supper, I knew I had found a good one. Now I realize there are 3 more in this series! Wish I could take a vacation and get caught up.
Anyone with a brain will be turned off by this book. So if you like this book you have the mental acumen of a trash can lid.
Not at all, but it has turned me off to the narrator and author.
I don't know, maybe if the narrator didn't sound like the original Batman Adam West, and the author actually tried I little bit.
Laughter! The book was so ridiculous that I laughed out loud several times, because it was so absurd!
This is by far and away the worst book I have ever read, or heard. I will never download another book from this author.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
For the first 3/4 this is a fairly decent action-adventure. Sure, there is a "monster" in it, but it is still relatively believable. The last 1/4, however, got annoying with the "history lessons" the author was trying to impart. A collection of people are trying to escape caverns and monsters and Russian assassins and yet they stop to read hieroglyphs and tell the story of the people who were there thousands of years before. Well, a) these modern people are fleeing for their lives and b) they have no food or water and c) they have already watched half their team get murdered and/or eaten... sorry, they are not going to be interested in some foolish story about ancient peoples. Nor am I. It is supposed to be action-adventure, not an anthropological history lesson.
As an action-adventure, it wasn't too bad - just enough running around and just enough killing to keep you reading. None of the characters are fully fleshed (i.e. any one of them are disposable as snacks for the monster, and you won't really care). And the main character (Alex) has super powers so... well, why not, lots of action heroes have super-human powers and we still read about them.
The narration is fine. There is nothing particularly gory and I don't recall any swearing. No sex either. I'll read more with Alex as the center piece since it is just some brain fluff to pass the time. Nothing unexpected, nothing thrilling, but nothing glaringly obnoxious either...
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
I know I'm cheesy but I'm always up for a good monster book and this one was full of them, including the human variety. The book itself wasn't bad, I would rate it at 3.5. There are lots of characters that are really only fodder for mayhem, but what confused me was that the story had so many points of views it was a bit overwhelming at first, especially since most of them died off anyway. Ok I can suspend disbelief and say there's an unknown eco system underneath the ice, and I can also suspend my disbelief that Alex Hunter was changed with his brain damage after being shot in the head. What I had a hard time believing was the fact that the brain damage made him stronger. Why? I could have believed that he was psychic, super smart or super senses but to actually be able to lift up 1200 lbs. was a bit of a stretch. I think the main characters could have had a bit more depth infused into them, but I did like them. This book reminds me of a strange mix of Lincoln Childs and Clive Cussler writings (only not as good) and the movies AVP/Evolution. Narrator was okay, he was a bit drawl for my taste but I got use to him.
Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant
This book was really well written and interesting. It’s a very original idea (both Alex’s situation and the premise) and played out well in the structure of the book. The characters are interesting and likable but for some reason I just couldn’t get into this book. Maybe it focused a little too much on the history aspect rather than adding more action or maybe I was just distracted while I tackled it but I just felt like it didn’t pull me in.
Mr. Mangan's narration was great in both packing and characterization.
Say something about yourself!
This was a 20,000 Leagues, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Tremors, The Thing, and The Blob all mixed in one story. I really really wanted to love this as I love chilly Arctic stories. First there isn't a lot of Arctic or Antarctic in this story other than it being the setting, its all underground where it's warm.
I didn't hate it but I did find myself struggling to finish and at a few points wondering how the heck there was still 4+ hours left. A little slow and unrealistic at points that shouldn't be unrealistic, like the soldiers being very "meh" at the death of a fellow comrade as well as the "chain of command", no way the military would allow civilian scientist to run the show, especially when it hits the fan. Additionally, how the one "bad guy" managed to make it out when the main group struggled for hours kind of blows my mind.
The prologue with the Roanoke colony was pretty cool though, along with the storyline in the caverns. However again unrealistic as no scientist I can think of would disturb a historic grave without proper preservation equipment. Also, I'm kind of annoyed about the last character that was killed off.
Overall, wasn't the worst book ever, but certainly not my favorite.
I do like the main character and his super powers and will consider the other books in the series.
It requires a significant circumstance for me to burn a calorie to review an audible purchase. It is an understatement that this book is terrible. The phrase has been coined in this review forum: "I wish that there were negative stars". For "Beneath the Dark Ice" by Greig Beck, this is absolutely the case. I cannot put into words how bad this book truly is. It physically hurt me to listen to this book "from what I could stomach of it". I kept expecting that "truly it must get better... it can't be that bad"... it was... For the sake of all that is holy... don't purchase this book!!!!
Don't buy this book!!!
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