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Publisher's Summary

Journalist Michael Wilde - his world recently shattered by tragedy - hopes that a month-long assignment to the South Pole will give him a new lease on life. There, in the most inhospitable place on earth, he is simply looking to find solace...until, on a routine dive in to the polar sea, he unexpectedly finds something else entirely: a young man and woman, bound with chains and sealed forever in a block of ice. Beside them is a chest filled with a strange, and sinister, cargo.

Now, in a bleak but breathtaking world of shimmering icebergs, deep blue crevasses, and never-ending sun, Wilde must unravel the mystery of this doomed couple. Were they the innocent victims of fear and superstition - or were they something far darker?

His search will lead from the barracks and battlefields of the Crimean War to the unexplored depths of the Antarctic Ocean, from the ill-fated charge of the Light Brigade to an age-old curse that survives to this day.

As the ice around the murdered lovers begins to melt, Wilde will have to grapple with a miracle - or a nightmare - in the making. For what is dead, it turns out, may not be gone. And here, at the very end of the known world, there's nowhere to hide and no place left for the living to run.

©2009 Robert Masselo (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Not as good as expected

I loved Vigil and Bestiary but this book just didn't quite live up to his normal fast paced unusual stories. It is still a good book but not what I was expecting given his past efforts and the cover blurb on this book.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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I really enjoyed this book

I like how it takes us back and forth from on century to the current day. I love how it really engaged me in the history and just interesting things about the South Pole. I was a great listen for me and I didn't want to stop until the end. Only thing I didn't like is the swear words. Seriously I think all books could do without them!!!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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cool twist

cool twist on an old theme. it's pretty well done in this version. couple ideas were out of synch, though

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Marie
  • Jerome, ID, United States
  • 09-25-15

A book to get lost in

If you could sum up Blood and Ice in three words, what would they be?

an interesting take on vampires

What was one of the most memorable moments of Blood and Ice?

the discription of the Crimea war

What does Phil Gigante bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

he is great and easy to listen I think that hearing and reading are like comparing apples and organges, both are great

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

Yes!!!

Any additional comments?

This was a book I didn't want to put down even to sleep. I hope to see more from this author and narrator. I hope the author leaves out the F word it is not needed.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Surprise ending and plot to this takes a lot of turns and twists surprised myself by liking this

Surprising he's your interest word by word a lot of twists and turns and very favorable characters really enjoyed this surprising to myself voiceover

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Held My Attention

I just loved this book: the setting, the characters, the intrigue, the ties to past events and characters. Additionally, the narrator was great.

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Part historical romance, part modern horror story

An earlier effort by the author which is still well worth checking out. The story is vividly painted and populated by likeable and relatable characters.

The story did come across predicable in some spots and complete surprises in others. In the end, well worth the time to read/listen to.

Recommended.

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Page Turner

Hard to put down. Grabs reader from the first pages while each chapter brings you closer to learning the how's and why's of the entire journey. Excellent narration.
Distinct voice differences. Will look for other books by this narrator. 5 stars

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Pretty good book, not my favorite though...

I enjoyed this book, but not as much as some of the others books by this author. The performance was exceptional and loved the actor's ability to make all the characters so believable.

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Just ok

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The story was just ok, good for listening during my work commutes... but nothing I would have used other precious time for.
The narration was good which really saved the book for me.