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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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  • Lee
  • Flagstaff, AZ, USA
  • 02-25-09

a gourment meal for us lovers of horror fiction

Lincoln Child always delivers. A great story taking place in an arctic environment, which always adds gothic overtones, you can't beat that.
The Reader is excellent, too.
I listened to it overnight in less than 20 hours. In the wee hours, I had to turn it off because when you get sleepy you start to miss the story. So I turned it off, even though I did not have the will to, by myself. I think it was about 4am.
If you are a horror fan, or a fan of Douglas Preston and Child's "Penderghast" stories, you will love this one, too.
Audible has a good number of their audiobooks. Unfortunately a good number of them are 'abridged', which I will not buy. No one should buy abridged audiobooks. Why only get 'parts and pieces of the story?

79 of 88 people found this review helpful

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  • Bob
  • North Lauderdale, FL, United States
  • 04-04-09

Like it better than most of these reviews

I agree that is a redo of the monster/arctic outpost story, I enjoyed it. It's completely different than the Pendergast series. I don't think an author HAS to write all the same types of stories. As usual, Scott Brick does his usual excellent job. Although I don't think this is one of Child's best, I did enjoy it and am glad I bought it.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Jim
  • Placerville, CA, USA
  • 07-15-09

Child's poorest effort

Lincoln Child suffered from writers' block when he penned this poor example of a SciFi novel. I've read all his books including many he coauthored with Douglas Preston... all of which were thrilling page turners. This book, however, fell far short of his usual excellent plots and interesting characters. This time around you're offered a choice of protagonists who when they inadvertently get in the way of the monster, elicit not as much as a yawn from the survivors (or you dear reader). The "monster" is an equally silly creature (or apparition?) that exists (or doesn't?). The conclusion offers a ridiculous SciFi channel ending which might have been salvaged if everyone had died. But one bad effort from Lincoln Child should be excused. I'd give him an overall rating of 4+ for his past efforts. Deep Storm is noteable in this regard.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Barry
  • Katy, TX, United States
  • 04-10-09

I normally like this author, but...

I really like the Pendergast novels written by Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston, but I never enjoyed their "solo" books quite as much. But some of Child's books are pretty good, and worth a listen.
But not this one. I didn't really like anything about this book. Even the narrator, Scott Brick, who I usually like, is beginning to get too dramatic with his readings.
Plot: Monster is frozen in ice. Monster is unthawed from ice and begins to reak havoc.
I've read and watched this plot before, but since I normally like stories in this genre, I downloaded "Terminal Freeze", hoping I'd enjoy it.
The other reviewer who called it "trite" is right on the money. The writing is childish and the phrasing is cliche, written with a surprising lack of maturity, like I would expect in a novel written by a 13-year old. Not something I'd expect from Lincold Child, who is an obviously intelligent author.
I wanted to like this book. I just couldn't get past the immaturity and patent cliches of the writing. After about 4 hours, I couldn't take it any more, and abandoned the story. I probably didn't miss much.

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  • W
  • Marina, CA, United States
  • 04-08-09

So corny

I'm struggling with this story. I've read other child books, but this one seems like a made for tv movie for the sci fi channel. there is no character development, and the characters have no personality.

I wouldn't be surprised if this one is ghost written. I'll give it another hour or so, then move on to something else.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Emiko
  • Grannis, AR, United States
  • 08-10-09

Good SciFi

I learned to truly enjoy the SciFi channel while I was in college (they always had movie marathons when I should have been studying). If you are like me, and enjoy watching the SciFi channel- you should like this book. I have really enjoyed Child's other books and though I was a bit hesitant to buy this one with all the mixed reviews- I'm glad that I did. I thought it was a good book. Not my absolute favorite, but I was entertained and will definitely listen to it again.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • GH
  • Sherborn, MA, United States
  • 08-15-13

Not a strong Child Novel - Pass

What if a creature was frozen in the arctic ice and it thawed and terrorized a nearby military base. Yawn! Unfortunately, Child does not quite make the argument in Terminal Freeze. It is hard to connect with any possible hero of the story, the group of people terrorized are unremarkable and even the occasional death is ho hum. In this novel you guess what is going to happen at almost every turn and, unfortunately, you aren't wrong. I found the wrap-up at the end especially annoying and pedantic.

Scott Brick narrated and did his usual great job, so there is that. The character development was superficial and interpersonal character development was not present. I am a huge fan on both Child and Brick so I was very disappointed with this novel. I guess every work can't be great; but this novel doesn't even make it as good. This book just is not worth the time to listen - pass.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert
  • Champaign, IL, United States
  • 05-12-09

I should have read the reviews

I downloaded this without reading the reviews. What a mistake! Most are accurate, nothing original here, writing insipid and predictable. Look elsewhere for your next thriller.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Despite the many bad reviews, I wanted to like this book because overall I like Lincoln Child. Sadly, the reviewers are right.

The plot is so trite that the word hackneyed is appropriate. Even an old plot can be interesting if it's revived by new twists, but that's not the case here.

The characters are two-dimensional and generally stereotyped. They inspire no emotional connection in the reader at all. Sometimes, it can be satisfying when a detestable character meets the monster, but not even that little device worked here.

Finally, Scott Brick's narration was so horrible that I'm debating if I'll ever listen to another audiobook he narrates. He lifts the pitch of his voice during dialog as if the character is perpetually asking questions. He does it in other audiobooks too, but in this one, it was the nail in the coffin of a book that was dead on arrival.

Lincoln Child is trading on his reputation with this volume, and in my opinion it will not enhance his standing as an author.

I'm glad I bought this book on sale. I do not recommend this audiobook.

17 of 23 people found this review helpful

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Skip It

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.

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.

25 of 35 people found this review helpful

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  • Ian Nicholson
  • 09-26-16

Scott Brick great, book not so great,

My 2nd Lincoln Child book. Don't think I'll get any more. Not really to my taste. Starts off well and then story goes a bit silly. Scott Brick performs well though.

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  • Paul Prideaux
  • 08-12-15

A little bit boring in parts

When the story gets going it gets better, however overall there are so many better books out there.

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  • S.D.Mandy
  • 07-08-13

Good read

Would you consider the audio edition of Terminal Freeze to be better than the print version?

I have not read the printed version. We listen to the books in the car normally on long trips and therefore it can take us a month or 2 to lister to a complete book.

What did you like best about this story?

The story was gripping and interesting with a good twist at the end.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The traveling over the ice lake and the image of the sounds made by the ice.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?