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Darkness on the Ice [Mass Market Paperback]

Lois Tilton

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Book Description

February 1993
Wolff--a Nazi SS officer and a vampire--thirsts for human blood like never before when he is assigned to a weather station in Greenland, and with enemies in scarce supply, he begins feeding on his fellow Germans. Original.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Pinnacle Books (Mm) (February 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155817687X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558176874
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great vampire novel from Lois Tilton... Sept. 26 2003
By Michael Valdivielso - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
The German High Command is planning a counter attack to throw the Allies back into the sea. For that they need bad weather, really bad weather to ground the Allied aircraft and give their men cover to move into position. They needed to know WHEN the bad weather would come. This means their weather station in Greenland had to send them weather reports and that made it important enough to be protected, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Who would protect it? Who could stand the cold, who could stand the weeks of darkness out on the snow fields without going mad, and still have the energy to take on American patrols?
Why, a vampire, of course...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars vampire story with nazis! May 8 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was one of the best vampire stories I've read in a long time. Suspenseful and psychologically tense at the same time! Wolff, an SS officer, is also a vampire, and he is given a mission in the Antarctic, where the sun never shines in the winter. After reading this book, I immediately had to look for Lois Tilton's other vampire book, Vampire Winter, which shares similar themes and is also very good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked Horror Masterpiece Aug. 11 2012
By Bacchus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I love the horror genre but rarely am I thrilled when I take a chance on an unknown (to me) author. IMHO, tone is the most important element of horror. I have no interest in farcical, surreal, ambiguous, over-the-top stories in which the true tonal qualities of horror (suspense, terror, shock, etc) take a back seat to humor or clever absurdities. I also dislike over-written "epics" in which you lose track of the multitude of supporting characters who pop up long after you've forgotten who they are, or grow sleepy reading repetitive descriptions or unimportant details whose only purpose is to pad out the length of the novel.

Darkness on the Ice is tightly written old school horror laced with action-adventure. The setting is highly atmospheric; Greenland in the winter months of WW2, a time before satellites, when communication technology was limited and remote arctic islands were isolated and inaccessible. Even more desolate than the setting of 30 Days of Night (which perhaps owes a serious debt to this novel?)

A lone vampire is planted by the Nazi high command at a key radar station. His vampiric nature is a secret; his mission is to protect the station from a squad of American GIs intent on finding and destroying it. His cruel temperament and mysterious ways create antipathy and suspicion among his fellow Germans, a mix of Nazis and regular career soldiers, but they assume he is just another over-zealous Nazi prick. The storyline is fairly rudimentary but the writing skills of the author keep it fresh and involving. Tilton is two cuts above most writers toiling in the genre.

If you're in the mood for a well-written, atmospheric horror adventure, Darkness on the Ice is a very solid choice. The only questionable thing about it is, with the popularity of the vampire genre and the success of John Carpenter's The Thing, how the hell did Hollywood miss out on this one?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great vampire story Jan. 20 2010
By EvilolivE - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was really a great vampire story - Lois Tilton is definitely one of my favorite vampire authors. No cheesey romance, just great horror!

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