©2002 Matthew Reilly; (P)2002 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
"Some of the wildest and most sustained battles in an action thriller in a long time...non-stop action, lots of explosions--and a little bit of conspiracy." (Chicago Tribune)
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"bond and bourne, eat you heart out"
Despite the amount of blood and guts that are so chillingly exposed in the ice station, anyone would enjoy this story portraying the classic good guy bad guy theme including a damsel in distress.
It would be cliché to say scarecrow as everyone loves a night in shinning armour. However, he is so well depicted and described that you instantly fall in love and even could wish you were at Wilkes about to be eaten by a killer whale just so he rescues you in his gruff well thought well executed way that defys human capabilities.
Sean mangan has a talent for ensuring the listener is transported deep among the action . If I had to pick one character that really stood out, it would be James renshaw. He is well portrayed with a nasal obnoxious tone who questions everything and clearly has never been in his position before. But despite his flaws and potential murdering ability becomes a comic love.
There were times where this book will make you giggle, gasp and most definitely wince.
This was my introduction to Matthew Reilly. I really enjoyed it. Slightly unusual plot. Action packed with blood, guns, whales, armys and plenty of battles. Also the odd bit humour. ( I'm the hero of this book. I can't die) I have since listened to the next two in the series (Area 7 and Scarecrow)
Sean Mangan is an exellent reader. The book just comes alive. And leaves you breathless.
I am now a Matthew Reilly fan
imagine watching Rambo III and only having the sound -- Ice Station is not too different from that scenario in both content and style and about that enjoyable. Really bad! As a film it MIGHT work if you something else at the same time, as an audiobook it is hard to think of a worse story.. Aaaaaah, bing, taktaktaktakatk, NOOOOOOOO, bummmmmmmm
These books are not great literature, but they are GREAT entertainment! The stories are fast paced, continual action and keep you hanging on every word! You just don't want to switch off your ipod! Sean Mangan is a good narrator - clear and well-paced.
"Book is entertaining, reading could be better!"
While the book is an entertaining action thriller, the reading leaves a bit to be desired. The narration halts in places and you can audibly hear the gulps and flipping of pages, which made it rather uncomfortable. Storywise, it's a Matthew Reilly story (read: expect a lot of eye rolls, but it's a good distraction for when you're stuck in traffic)
"rollicking good fun"
Darn good fun, even if you have to suspend belief just a little bit - I mean seriously, how many tight spots can one action man get himself out of!! The narrator does a great job and I can't wait for my next credit so I can download the next in the series!!
A couple of things going against it...really bad attempts at accents and irritating halts in the narrative. Aside from that it's entertaining enough I guess.
"As fast and actioned packed as you can get!"
The first of the 'Scarecrow' series this introduces the main characters and sets the pace for all Matthew Reilly's Novels.
Pure Escapism with unbelievable twists and turns and more lucky and creative escapes than the love child of Blackadder and Houdini.
Set in a snowy ice blasted hell hole you won't believe how much action fits in such a small area.
If you haven't heard any of these yet you will download more once you have heard this one Guaranteed!
Regretably I did not enjoy this book. I didn't mind the suspension of disbelief required, as it is an action story, but it goes a little too far from reality. There is too much repetition of trivial facts and pointing out the blindingly obvious that you want to shout "get on with it!" at the narrator. Sadly it is read in such a flat and depressing way that you might lose the will to live before the end. Sean Mangan injects no life nor vitality into his reading. There are echoes of the plot of Alistair MacLean's "Ice Station Zebra" in this book but it is not anywhere near the same league.
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