And now, as scientists, soldiers, intelligence operatives, and unsuspecting civilians are drawn into Grendel's lethal vortex, the most extreme measures possible will be undertaken to protect its dark mysteries - because the terrible truths locked behind submerged walls of ice and steel could end human life on Earth.
©2003 Jim Czajkowski; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
This is a fun book with a great premise, and some seriously creepy monsters.
It's also kind of repetitive, because essentially, the bulk of the book is one huge chase scene with people getting separated, finding each other, and losing each other again, against the same background, over and over.
Essentially, it's kind of like a Scooby Doo episode, where everyone's running through a haunted house, and Velma disappears, then they go looking for her and then Shaggy disappears but Velma pops out from behind the secret door and now it's time to look for Shaggy, and they find him, but Scooby and Fred have disappeared.
The first half of the book is totally great, the second half is a little draggy. The narrator was good, and all in all, I enjoyed Ice Hunt, and would certainly recommend it.
I enjoy Rollins. But this was A+! Ditto to all that the previous reviewer wrote! Now I am frantically searching for the next listen, already knowing I will have difficulty matching this one!
I really enjoyed this one. It was intense, believable and mixed with family ties and love. It is blended together beautifully. The end of the book even has authors notes outlining some of his research and how he put things together. I definitely recommend it!
Entertaining Science Fiction
Mostly, it is a bit predictable in parts though
yes, he lends the narrative a sense of urgency, but the characters a sense of competency
54 years old, blue collar worker, I like imported beer, when it is not hay fever season. Favorite authors; Card, King, Hobb, Koontz, Clarke, Iggulden, Silverberg, Michener, Krakauer
This is one of the most fast paced novels I have ever read. You start right off facing an Under Water Ice Mountain, Grizzly, then a plane crash in Alaska, Ice Motorcycles, Dogfight, Russian bad guys, Delta force, small subs, big subs, prehistoric monsters, cryogenics, mad scientists, U.S.A. bad guys, nuclear bomb, World War II, etc. If I have anything bad to say it is that over 15 hours of such fast pace action may be too much. You start to get a little numb. You can only be Wowed so much, but that is a small complaint. I enjoyed the first third and would give it five stars, the middle had science stuff I liked worth five stars, the last third was good, but got a little old with a few quickies to keep your interested, worth three and a half stars. It is well worth the money as a whole.
This audiobook was awesome! Action-packed, interest-grabbing, heart-stopping, breath-taking.....there was never a moment in this book that didn't keep me thinking and trying to figure things out. Surprise moment very well planned and executed. Characters are very realistic and easy to relate to....I got so into the story, that I couldn't wait to see what was gonna happen next.
I really did enjoy this novel. It was intense in both action and intrugue. I found the characters believable and likeable... and it has a dog! How cool it that? It takes place in the icy Arctic, a location totally foreign to me, so the scenes painted with such care were totally plausable. The plot, itself, was a bit of a far reach, but that is true of most such stories ... some bit of reality, some bit of possibility and a huge dose of creative imagination. In this case the tapestry was quite enjoyable. I listened to most of it while doing yard work, and it kept me listening even after I had finished. I must admit, however, that I was not especially taken with the narrator's intrepretation of some of the dialog. I found his intonations, in many cases, to hinder the story a bit. But I soon got used to it, and his mannerisms became less noticable... or maybe he got into the story himself, and began to intuit the intent behind some of the author's words. Regardless, I would recommend this book.
Very believable cast (especially motives and back story). The most unbelievable things were some items of the ice station Gendel's backstory (some things not mentioned in the teaser [hint = involving co-operation], so I'm not writing a spoiler, just a review). I do not know much about the life sciences, but he made things sound so believable. There were some things in the end that I didn't expect to happen (but the good kind of surprised). Amazonia is still the best he wrote IMHO.
Definitely worth the 1 credit.
I have just recently gotten into audio books to make my long commute bearable. The subject of this book was enjoyable, the plot was just twisty enough, the characters were interesting.
But what really kept me listening was the reader. The quality of Mr. Meagher's voice got this Audible recording its 4th star. I will look for his readings in the future.
This is a true action tale that keeps moving from start to finish. If you enjoy edge-of-your-seat action like I do, you should find this book very enjoyable.
The ONLY drawback was the narrator. Throughout most of the narration, Mr. Meagher seemed to be trying to whisper the narration as if he was in a location where he wanted to ensure others did not hear him. I kept visualizing him reading this at home in the middle of the night, trying not to wake his family. This proved to be very irritating. The style might be effective for a quiet, dramatic story, but just doesn't work for a true action story like this. Unfortunately for that reason I'll surely be rejecting any books in the future with his narrations.
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