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
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.
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.
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.
I enjoyed the story and the adventure. Really liked all of the detailed background information. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is that some of the scenes and things they encountered were a bit grousoome - but I will continue to listen to his other books.
Fascinating read. Characters were well developed. The storyline was easy to follow and I found it hard to stop listening. Full of suspense and the descriptions were so thorough that I felt like I was there. I would definitely recommend this book to my friends and I will look for other titles by Greig Beck.
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