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Terminal Freeze | [Lincoln Child]

Terminal Freeze

In this riveting new thriller, Lincoln Child weaves together a stunning Arctic landscape, a terrifying mythic creature, and a pervasive mood of chaos and fear. With Terminal Freeze, Child demonstrates why he has become a major best-selling author, and why his novels electrify and enthrall so many.
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Publisher's Summary

A breathtaking discovery at the top of the world...
A terrifying collision between modern science and Native American legend . . .
An electrifying new thriller from New York Times best-selling author Lincoln Child.

Two hundred miles north of the Arctic Circle lies Alaska's Federal Wildlife Zone, one of the most remote and inhospitable places on Earth. But for paleoecologist Evan Marshall and a small group of fellow scientists, an expedition to the Zone represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study the effects of global warming.

Everything about the expedition changes, however, with an astonishing find. On a routine exploration of a glacial ice cave, the group discovers an enormous ancient animal, encased in solid ice. The media conglomerate sponsoring their research immediately intervenes and arranges the ultimate spectacle: the creature will be cut from the ice, thawed, and revealed live on television. Despite dire warnings from the local Native American village, and the scientific concerns of Marshall and his team, the "docudrama" plows ahead...until the scientists make one more horrifying discovery. The beast is no regular specimen; it may be an ancient killing machine. And they may be premature in believing it dead.

In this riveting new thriller, Lincoln Child weaves together a stunning Arctic landscape, a terrifying mythic creature, and a pervasive mood of chaos and fear. With Terminal Freeze, Child demonstrates why he has become a major best-selling author, and why his novels electrify and enthrall so many.

©2009 Lincoln Child; (P)2009 Random House

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    Steven Baime 04-04-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Trite and predictable"

    It was a relief when this book ended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert New Fairfield, CT, USA 04-01-09
    Robert New Fairfield, CT, USA 04-01-09 Member Since 2003
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    "Well narrated but predictable"

    Highly predictable pre-historic monster yarn that hits the spot if you know what you are getting into, but disappointed me despite sticking with it. Scott Brick does his best to bring the characters to life, but ultimately I was glad when I finally reached the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    adam coralville, IA, United States 03-06-09
    adam coralville, IA, United States 03-06-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Poor Effort"

    I just copied and pasted another members review as I felt that it was completely dead on.

    "A ridiculous premise wrapped in a predictable plot with annoying cardboard characters.

    Nothing original here -- the story of a group of trapped characters chased by a horrible "monster" -- its been told a hundred times before and much better.
    I just copied and pasted another members review as I felt that it was completely dead on.
    This is a poor show from a talent like Lincoln Child. Skip this book and read the Pendergast series instead.

    I give it two stars because Scott Brick is the only talent in this endeavor."

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    John Noonan Sunnyvale, California USA 02-27-09
    John Noonan Sunnyvale, California USA 02-27-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Disappointed"

    "Terminal Freeze" is either a "B" grade movie script with off-the-shelf characters or a satire of the horror genre. I stopped listening about half way through. I should have stopped after the Hawaiian shirt showed up.

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Lu Johns Creek, GA, United States 03-23-09
    Lu Johns Creek, GA, United States 03-23-09 Member Since 2001
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    "Enjoyable and a fast read ..."

    Although I won't say this is one of the best, I did enjoy it and am glad I purchased the audiobook. I do believe Child could have developed the characters more and the story was a bit disjointed. Either way, I very much enjoyed listening to this one and never got bored.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Annette M. Stacy Tulsa, Oklahoma 03-12-09
    Annette M. Stacy Tulsa, Oklahoma 03-12-09 Member Since 2014

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    "I loved it"

    I've never read a Lincoln Child book before this one. So I have no basis to judge this book for anything other than what it is. Its a fun thriller. THe plot is okay, the charaters okay, and Scott Brick is excellent. I've given it 5 starts because it actually kept my attention and I didn't want to quit listening and go to bed. So, while its plot is somewhat revisited (like The Blob - and other stories) its still was an entertainingly fun book to hear!

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer the High Desert 04-12-09
    Amazon Customer the High Desert 04-12-09 Member Since 2005

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    "Good reader, story is pretty predictable"

    What you have here is essentially a rehash of John Carpenter's "The Thing", which in itself is a remake, but one where the remake was an improvement. The story is adequate, but not one I'll listen to very frequently, as John Carpenter and the X-files writers did the same basic story already. Yes, it has its own unique wrinkles, but they are never enough to elevate this from a morass of frozen predictability. I see in coming attractions that another Pendergast is coming down the pike, and I'll wait anxiously for it.
    Frankly, most of the stand-alone books from this duo are take it or leave it, but I am always happy to keep up with the adventures of Pendergast and his cronies.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    "Not as good as Relic"

    I was somewhat disappointed with this one. It had too many parallels to Preston/Child's Relic (which is one of the best of this genre). Same basic plot, same characters (though not as well developed). Scott Brick does his usual fine job of narration.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-03-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Good but not quite good enough"

    I must start by saying I did enjoy this book, especially the narration, very reliable, but the content was not up to the author's usual standards. I always look forward to the author's books, both solo and with his writing partner, but this was much more fiction/adventure than his usual speculative fiction. Don't get me wrong, I did have funand can recommend it, but it was a little lite compared to other books he has written.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Santa Fe, NM, United States 04-27-09
    Mark Santa Fe, NM, United States 04-27-09 Member Since 2001
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    "Not even Monster 101"

    I hesitated on purchasing this book based on a lot of negative reviews. I thought, there is no way a Lincoln Child book could be that bad. Wrong! Trust the reviews; this is a lousy book with paper-thin characters and plot. Save your credit for the next Child-Preston book due out in May.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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