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Freezing Point | [Karen Dionne]

Freezing Point

Salvation and annihilation meet at one degree.One man's dream of providing clean drinking water for millions, tapped from the polar ice, sparks a conflict of humanity, science, big business, and environmental extremism. But no one can foresee the true danger hidden deep within the ice, an enemy more deadly than any could imagine, and an apocalyptic horror mankind may not survive.
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Publisher's Summary

Salvation and annihilation meet at one degree. One man's dream of providing clean drinking water for millions, tapped from the polar ice, sparks a conflict of humanity, science, big business, and environmental extremism. But no one can foresee the true danger hidden deep within the ice, an enemy more deadly than any could imagine, and an apocalyptic horror mankind may not survive.

©2008 Karen Dionne (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“If Freezing Point is (Dionne’s) first novel, I’d sure like to read her second. Here’s a writer with a very bright future indeed.” (Douglas Preston)

“Karen’s a female Michael Crichton. Freezing Point is a terrific read. I highly recommend it.” (James Rollins)

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    Cadmentr Beamsville, ON CA 08-17-12
    Cadmentr Beamsville, ON CA 08-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Freezing Point will have your blood running cold"

    I picked this book up on the recommendation of James Rollins. He mentioned that he had read this one and really liked it so I thought I'd give it a try.
    I was not disappointed. Talk about freezing you to your seat. I couldn't stop listening.
    This book has just the right amount of technology, "save our world" issues, and believeable characters, delivering a solid, fast paced, at times gruesome, story line.
    With our resources of fresh water dwindling rapidly, could the technology in this book provide a possible solution?
    If you like adventure, this is one for you!!!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 03-19-10
    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 03-19-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Freezer Burn"

    A short,moderately entertaining thriller, reasonably well narrated. The story doesn't have time to paint too detailed pictures of the characters, and relies abit heavily on " action ". Requires a notable amount of belief suspension, but overall moderately entertaining.

    19 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Madeleine London, United Kingdom 03-25-10
    Madeleine London, United Kingdom 03-25-10 Member Since 2008

    Audiobook addict.

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    "Disappointing"

    Although this story starts off with a tremendous bang, it really didn't hold my interest.

    I found many of the characters fatuous, self-important and hard to like. The repetition of statistical information was also annoying. I like novels that offer good hard scientific facts, but my memory is fine and I don't need them repeated five times.

    The premise of the story was very compelling, but the writing did not measure up for me. Ms. Dionne could have used a competent editor.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Sunland, CA, USA 04-21-10
    Ken Sunland, CA, USA 04-21-10 Member Since 2005
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    "The ANTI Michael Crichton"

    DIONNE is the ANTI-CRICHTON

    Having enjoyed State of Fear, Jurasic Park and the like I greatly lamented the passing of Michael Crichton. As Karen Dionne was promoted as a "female Michael Crichton", I eagerly took the plunge.

    But the writing quality was not engaging, and the science greatly lacking. Crichton had a more than superficial scientific understanding of his material and because of that took a critical view of what passes these days for eco-science. He cared deeply for the real science of the environment and lambasted the ECO-WACKOS, instead pointing us to shun the PC eco-politics in favor of a real understanding of our world.

    Dionne, seems not to have this understanding of the material, and falls prey to the PC eco-pseudo-science to a frustrating degree. It also makes many of her story premises unplausible making suspension of disbelief near impossible.

    The characters are uninteresting, though she has made them to a degree mundane (in a good way) that they feel "real" like the scientists and businessmen I meet daily (with the exception of the key villains).

    If you miss Crichton....

    Avoid this book!

    FALSE ADVERTISING!

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Marguerite Citrus Heights, CA, United States 06-30-12
    Marguerite Citrus Heights, CA, United States 06-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A bit shocking but good."
    What made the experience of listening to Freezing Point the most enjoyable?

    A well done complex tale. I learned some things.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Three sittings was enough. I needed the rest.


    Any additional comments?

    I will recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alan ORANGE PARK, FL, United States 06-18-12
    Alan ORANGE PARK, FL, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2011

    Really enjoy listening to these books sure am glad I was introduced to Audible. Best dollar I've ever spent.

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    "Good book fun to listen to."

    The story line was fun and the characters we well defined. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to any one that likes the unusal.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brodie Mornington, Australia 04-20-10
    Brodie Mornington, Australia 04-20-10 Member Since 2009

    An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.

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    "Skating on Thin Ice"

    Of course fantasy thrillers are supposed to be 'on the edge' but they only work where possibility and probability resonate side by side and in this book, the probability element was too thin to make the possibilities work.

    That being said, on an easy listen ratio I give it 3, on story line a 2. Good for a long trip where the content holds enough of your attention without interfering with what else you happen to be doing.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Shelby Township, MI, USA 03-23-10
    Christopher Shelby Township, MI, USA 03-23-10
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    "Fast-paced Science Thriller"

    I really enjoyed Freezing Point! It's a fast-paced, scientific eco-thriller that reminds me a lot of Michael Crichton. Strong writing, believable characters and a great plot that kept me wanting to know what would happen next.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Kaukauna, WI, USA 04-04-10
    Amy Kaukauna, WI, USA 04-04-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Read!"

    If you liked Michael Crichton when he was at his best, combining scientific scenarios and a powerful plot you'll enjoy this book. The story is fast-paced and well read by Mark Boyett. I am looking forward to Karen Dionne's second novel.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    David INDIAN LAND, SC, United States 12-01-10
    David INDIAN LAND, SC, United States 12-01-10 Member Since 2003
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    ""meh!""

    The story was a little too far-fetched to be believable and there were far too many serendipitous coincidences for my taste. Use your credits elsewhere unless you are looking for pure mind-candy that you don't really have to focus on.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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