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
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.
Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
This is a fast action thriller that if you are going to enjoy you must remember that it is fiction not science. When a group of scientists and special ops officers go missing in the artic while on a discovery mission, another and the next best crew are sent after them on a rescue/recovery mission.
What starts out as a rescue quickly becomes an adventure of survival miles under the ice cap. The scientists and soldiers alike are amazed and horrified by the entities they encounter, many who may have, most likely, not seen the light of day for eons. Jurassic Park in the Dark is what it reminded me of, a very primitive place where man is not the top of the food chain.
If you can check science at the door and open your mind to a 007 like character, this expedition may be for you.
This would make a great movie........... Adventure that takes place in Antarctica with an foreseen outcome. Expecting enemy forces, our armed force is faced with an ancient and unknown foe. Just when you believe it may work out for them, enters a new problem. > I have listened twice to this one.
This book deals with paranormal events that are then explained using "science". This is in my opinion both where the book is at its strongest and it falls a bit short.
The group of scientists does an incredible job at explaining everything and makes it sound very realistic and believable. At the same time, I had wished that monsters would stay monsters and didn't have to be "shoehorned" into realism.
The characters where quite well written I'd say. They might not be the most unique characters but they all stood out from each other and none really felt cliche or generic.
I really liked Sean's reading. He's got a nice and clear voice. I had no trouble understanding him as a non-native English speaker. He also added a slight voice to different characters. Just enough so that you knew who was talking, but not enough that it'd fit in a children's puppet show.
Greig Beck has certainly gained my attention. I'll very likely go through this entire series of every book is like this. From other reviews it seems like they just get better, but that's not something I can tell you for certain.
Maybe, if it is free.
I didn't like much about the performance other than the tone of the narrator's voice. The book is supposed to be about Americans so I would expect the pronunciation of words to be in American English vernacular. If a writer intends to release an Audible book to an American audience the narrator should either be American or know how to speak accordingly. The narrator sounded American until he said words like 'again' with a long 'a' in the middle. There were many other examples. I felt the editor or director should have addressed this issue. For me, it was very distracting.
Greg Beck is potentially a good author but he should do better research and have better editors. Americans do not call a flashlight a torch. There were other words used that I personally felt should have been addressed by the editor. It is important when editing a book to realize who the characters are and make them fit into that culture when they speak.
Listening to Audiobooks around the time Edison first put them on line ... or close to that time. ... Books on Tape 1974. Love Old Radio
To many improbable battles and miraculous escapes and miraculous recoveries from deadly wounds.
Some great story telling and characters that were put into improbable situations. Constantly.
Great performance of poor material
Miraculous powers of Captain Hunter coupled with poor tactical judgement.
His Crack Commando Team ... The Hawks ... must all be wearing Red Shirts. And remove the stock Team Member Villain Shtick.
Overly used "Monster" attacks.
Spoiler my Bad Guy comment is last item in "Additional Comments" not that critical to the plot, but had to flag it.
If you are going to have such an obvious civilian villain as part of Hunter's team ... he doesn't have to be sniveling and making snide, nasty comments every time he talks. Great Villains in movies and literature have great charm and don't wear shirts with the logo ... "I'm the Villain" What was only missing was a long mustache he could curl as he talks and plots his evil. .
Spoiler ... ... remove scene of recovery of Bad Guy from death blow to die again.
Love to listen to Audible while driving.
I will listen to Beneath the Dark Ice to have the thrill ride again and see if I missed anything from the first time.
I was surprised by how much I really enjoyed this one. it's your typical action, army, suspense type book but with a lot of cool science fiction blended in and some decent enough characters. even a couple of good laughs. it ain't Hemingway but it is entertaining.
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