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Ice Station | [Matthew Reilly]

Ice Station

At a remote ice station in Antarctica, a team of US scientists has made an amazing discovery. They have found something buried deep within a 100-million-year-old layer of ice. Something made of metal. Led by enigmatic Lieutenant Shane Schofield, a team of crack United States Marines is sent to the station to secure this discovery for their country.
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Publisher's Summary

At a remote ice station in Antarctica, a team of U.S. scientists has made an amazing discovery. They have found something buried deep within a 100-million-year-old layer of ice. Something made of metal. Led by enigmatic Lieutenant Shane Schofield, a team of crack United States Marines is sent to the station to secure this discovery for their country. They are a tight unit, tough and fearless. They would follow their leader into hell. They just did...

©2002 Matthew Reilly; (P)2002 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

What the Critics Say

"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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    Greg Highett, Australia 01-13-12
    Greg Highett, Australia 01-13-12 Member Since 2009

    Main interests are crime, some science fiction, fantasy & comedy. Also very interested in playback hardware for audio books.

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    "McGyver strikes again"
    Would you try another book from Matthew Reilly and/or Sean Mangan?

    I probably won't try another book from this author. The hero is more of a McGyver type rather than a credible character, & there were too many common technical errors in the action for my liking.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Sydney, Australia 06-24-09
    Ron Sydney, Australia 06-24-09 Member Since 2008

    Literary graduate and published columnist turned glorified grease monkey.

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    "The action never stops"

    I was really looking forward to reading this after I had finished Reilly's first book "The Contest". I must say, he lives up to his fast paced reputation with this one. But I didn't like it as much as his first. I didn't get what I thought I would. Scientists discover an alien spaceship under an ice shelf in the antarctica so they send in the army to inspect it. Throughout the whole book I was just waiting for the aliens to come out and start killing people. Alas this never happened, and it just turned into a battle to see which country could claim it. The Hero of the book Scarecrow seems almost superhuman with his ability to sustain injuries and keep killing everyone. He does some unbelievable things, but you move on anyway just to see how he'll get out of his next problem. It was like everything was against him, Killer whales, Sea lions, submarines, fighter jets, hovercrafts, navy seals, SAS and even his own country!! Reilly does have a great imagination even if it sometimes gets away from him. But he manages to sort of string it back to reality in the end. And his typical narrator Sean Mangan does the job we all appreciate him for, the voice of Matthew Reilly's stories. Well done to him. So the whole thing was just slightly too far fetched for me but it was lots of fun, it got straight into the action and never stopped. I look forward to Reilly's next one, "The Temple".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 01-12-14
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 01-12-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Too many scenes were interrupted"

    which made me mad, reduced my enjoyment.

    STORY BRIEF:
    U.S. researchers in Antarctica discover something buried in an ice cave. They believe it is an alien spaceship. Divers were killed while looking at it. They don’t know why. They send out a distress signal. Other countries hear the call and want the spaceship. So they send military groups to fight for it. Lieutenant Schofield is the first to arrive with a group of marines. His goal is to protect the researchers and the discovery. An enemy military group soon arrives with better weapons and more men. Their intent is to kill everyone.

    The most frequently used weapon is Schofield’s mag gun. It shoots a grappling hook and a magnetic end with a long cable attached. The author used this gun in many different and creative ways.

    Some good guys are killed, but it has a happy ending for other good guys.

    OPINION:
    This feels like 50 scenes of pulse-pounding action, fast and furious fighting. It was crisis after crisis even at the end. A lot of them were imaginative. This should appeal to video game lovers (those of them who like to read). In many scenes Schofield is about to be killed, but he finds some little thing or something unexpected which gets him out of it. It reminded me of MacGiver.

    This was exciting, but I don’t want to read any more. I want more than chase, defend, attack. I want characters and other things. I prefer the Jack Reacher books over this.

    INTERRUPTING SCENES:
    This author did something that made me so mad and too many times. It’s a cheap trick/device. He interrupts scenes at the moment of realization or crisis - at the worst time for the reader. He doesn’t need to do that. This is already nonstop suspense. Here’s an example. A is wounded and in a hospital bed. B enters the room with a knife planning to kill A. A secretly switches on a microphone. Scene switches to C on another floor talking to a guy. Scene switches back to B smashing the microphone. Scene switches to C, still talking. Scene switches to A who is bloody but won the fight with B. The A scene was split into three pieces, and it was a short scene. (As an aside we missed the best part - how did wounded A win the fight with B?)

    Here’s another example, Schofield finds a transmitter and wonders what it’s for. Then all of a sudden he realizes the answer. But the scene switches to something else without telling the reader what he realized.

    If the author had not used these tricks I would have given the book more stars. But I cannot like something when I’m frustrated and mad over and over again.

    SUSPENDING DISBELIEF:
    I don’t mind suspending disbelief - for fun. And you need to do that A LOT. But there was one thing that really bothered me and I really needed an explanation. Large elephant seals are eating humans. A bad guy injures A and throws him into the ocean. So why does an elephant seal grab A in the water, put him back on the deck, and then leave? He saved A’s life. I’d be willing to accept this if you give me an explanation. Did he like A’s smell or something? What?

    NARRATOR:
    He was very good except for his accent on two words - on almost every page. It was distracting. Most of the characters are Americans, and they don’t talk like that. He said “been” (like it rhymes with green) and “again” (like the word “gain”). I’m not sure what his accent is but it doesn’t sound like U.S. marines. It was unsettling. I think the narrator should have changed his pronunciation just for those two words.

    GENRE: action suspense

    SPOILER answers the question: Are aliens in this story?

    CAUTION SPOILER:
    All the fighting and suspense is among the various military groups. There are no aliens in this story.

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    Dale Luddenham, Australia 11-26-12
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    "Great narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I enjoy reading Matthew Rielly, but Sean mangan adds another level. I own all Matthew Reilly's read by Sean mangan.


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    "Ice Station"

    Great Travelling story, keeps the pace up, unbelievable (really fantasy stuff) action makes it all great fun.

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    Lily ConcordAustralia 07-09-08
    Lily ConcordAustralia 07-09-08 Member Since 2004
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    "James Bond move over"

    Not the calibre of Robert Ludlum or Vince Flynn but still enjoyable and hard to put down. Very action orientated and some feats of the hero Scarecrow are rather far fetch, but hey, so what - its entertainment. Narrator is OK but not superb - sometimes have difficulty distinguishing different characters. Will definitely "read" the other Matthew Reilly books.

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    Christine Highgate Hill, QldAustralia 03-03-09
    Christine Highgate Hill, QldAustralia 03-03-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Boring Boy's Own Story"

    The book starts with an interesting concept but quickly decends into a number of overly described, gorey battle scenes. The language is repeatitive to the point of distraction and the plot is totally unbelievable.

    There is so much time dwelling on the brutal fighting that the secondary plot gets left and almost forgotten.

    This is one of the most boring books I have ever listened to and I found it difficult to concentrate enough to listen. If I didn't hate not finishing a book I would have given up.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Nicholas
    Waterlooville, Hants, United Kingdom
    1/3/09
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    "Innacurate but Entertaining"

    Well, Yes, But...
    I found this a very entertaining tale of action and daring do, hence the rating, BUT it was marred in my mind by either innacurately described or totally unfeasible technology. An author can probably get away with magic in a Sci Fi or Fantasy novel but there are so many good Action stories which are plausible or well researched that Matt Riellys lack of realism was a disappointment.
    Putting aside the odd grating innacuracy the story drew me in. I could have done with a map of the Ice Station to follow the action round and I was tempted at one point to pick up an Atlas and find the station and follow the escape across the Ice. I was left wanting more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • lauren
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    "bond and bourne, eat you heart out"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Mangan – was your favourite?

    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.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were times where this book will make you giggle, gasp and most definitely wince.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Graham
    Royston, United Kingdom
    6/6/12
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    "Sadly Disappointing"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maria
    stafford, United Kingdom
    3/9/12
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    "Ice Station"

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Esmail Afsah
    London, United Kingdom
    1/23/12
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    "avoid"

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    1/15/12
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    "Great Entertainment!!"


    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mitzie
    Glen Waverley, Australia
    12/17/11
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    "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)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Julie
    Worcester, United Kingdom
    9/11/11
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    "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!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Craig
    Northampton, United Kingdom
    9/4/11
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    "Okay"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Howard
    Ipswich, United Kingdom
    7/28/10
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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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