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Ice Hunt [Audio CD]

James Rollins , Lewis Grenville
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August 2003

Buried deep in the earth's polar ice cap -- carved into a moving island of ice twice the size of the United States -- is a secret place, the site of a remarkable abandoned experiment that could have frightening ramifications for the planet. The brain trust of the former Soviet Union who created the seventy-year-old Ice Station Grendel would like it simply to melt from human memory. But that becomes impossible when an American undersea research vessel, the Polar Sentinel, inadvertently pulls too close to the hollowed-out iceberg ... and one of the crew sees something alive inside. Something that never should have survived.

It is a discovery that sends shock waves through the intelligence communities of two powerful nations, as American and Russian scientists, soldiers, and unsuspecting civilians are pulled into Grendel's lethal vortex of secrets, violence, and betrayal. To preserve the silence -- to prevent others from uncovering the terrible mysteries locked behind submerged walls of ice and steel -- no measures will be too extreme. For within the station, experiments have blurred the line between life and death. It was a place never meant to be found.

One man already knows too much: Matthew Pike, a former American Special Forces operative, living in seclusion in Alaska on the edge of the Arctic Circle. On the run after rescuing the survivor of a plane crash no one was meant to observe, Pike is relentlessly drawn into the eye of the gathering storm -- even as a Russian nuclear attack submarine draws silently nearer to the men and women on the Polar Sentinel. The covert battle over Grendel is spinning out of control, and the future of all human life on Earth will be altered -- or destroyed -- once its nightmarish truths are revealed.

A masterful blending of science and adventure, suspense and explosive page-turning excitement, James Rollins's Ice Hunt is a novel that will chill readers to the bone, holding them in its icy grip from the first sentence to its final startling twist.

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Despite the submarine cover art and the rather awkward title, this is no by-the-numbers military thriller: rather, it's a full-blooded, multidimensional adventure story set in the frozen wilds of Alaska, both atop the ice and underneath it. And it's one heck of a fun ride. Matthew Pike is a Fish and Game officer cataloging bear populations in the remote Brooks Range--but he's also an ex-Green Beret, which comes in handy when trouble drops out of the sky in the form of a crashed bush plane, a cryptic survivor, and some very nasty and well-equipped pursuers. Meanwhile, an American submarine stumbles on an abandoned research station buried under the Arctic ice cap, unleashing a race to conceal the horrors that took place there and to capture the priceless scientific secret still locked within.

James Rollins invokes the polar environment so vividly you can hear the wind shriek and feel the ice forming on your nose, and the scientific/medical puzzles at the story's heart may remind you of Michael Crichton's best. The characters, while mostly familiar hero or villain types, are crisply drawn and in some cases quite sympathetic, but it's the nonstop action that carries you along. During several climactic chase scenes, you may find yourself laughing in pure delight--or gasping for breath--as Rollins keeps finding ways to ratchet up the tension one more notch. Ice Hunt is an escapist's delight. --Nicholas H. Allison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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While Clive Cussler maintains the gold standard in action lit, Rollins has a firm grasp on the silver. Some astonishing threat or daring feat explodes into print on nearly every page, but that's the author's weakness as well as his strength, because in Rollins's books character and even plot take a backseat to sheer action. Rollins set his last novel, Amazonia, in steaming jungles; here he does a 180 and tells a tale of brutal cold, above and beneath the North Pole ice cap. An experimental American sub comes across an abandoned Soviet polar station encased in an iceberg. Meanwhile, a Russian admiral, the son of the man who once ran the station, is preparing to alter world history by exploding a nuclear weapon at the polar cap, melting it and flooding the globe. And Fish and Game warden Matt Pike, a former Green Beret, comes across a downed aircraft in the Alaskan mountains and rescues the sole survivor, who says he's a journalist on his way to the American polar station; immediately, Matt and the survivor are relentlessly pursued by black-clad Russian special forces. Eventually all parties, including Matt's estranged wife, end up at the abandoned polar station or the nearby American station; Russians and Americans, including Delta Force, battle fiercely over the privilege of exposing or forever hiding the secret of the Russian station, and in turn they must combat the prehistoric predators who roam the Russian station in search of warm meat. The plot is preposterous from the get-go, and Rollins's characters, though fully drawn, have about as much effect on the novel's course as riders on a roller-coaster-which is what this novel is, and a first class one at that if maximum mayhem is desired.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent copy April 22 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
How do you rate the covers once you have read what lies between! It is a good adventure read and like all of Rollins novels founded in good science and a writer's ability to keep you hooked from page one until the last page. Back to the covers - It arrived in great shape, good packing, and for such a reasonable price, I was delighted. In this day and age, saving a buck here or there can make a difference in the daily budget. The story was perhaps a tad more convoluted that some of his other thrillers, but still held me to the end. The fantasy of the plot was, while extravagant, linked to a history that may some day become reality.
The character development is not as rich as some but in a plot driven book perhaps this is understandable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ice hunt Feb. 21 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
i'd have bought this one years ago if i'd have known it was a james rollins novel.i've read all his books [i think], unless there are others out there under another name. long book but totally a great read. he never disapoints.
buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beneath the ice, Hell has frozen over! July 15 2004
By DanD
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It's almost an accident: a research sub stumbles upon a lost military base settled deep beneath the ice--Ice Station Grendel. At first, it all seems dead; but then they realize that there is indeed life...but it's not human...
Enter Admiral Viktor Petkov, commander of the Russian Northern Fleet. Petkov's father oversaw Grendel's research facility...and Petkov is determined to restore his father's legacy, even if it means throwing the world into a new ice age...
Matt Pike is a Fish and Game officer, former Green Beret, and divorced from Inuit sheriff Jennifer Aratuk. The couple find themselves in the middle of events, thanks to a mysterious reporter who still has a few secrets up his proverbial sleeve.
Along with a whole slew of characters, they are about to discover the secrets of Ice Station Grendel, and are about to experience the most horrifying days of their lives. Because in a covert battle between the Russian and American governments, the enemy isn't always clear, and those closest to you may in fact be your worst enemies.
James Rollins has written some outstanding novels. His first, "Subterranean," remains one of my favorite books of all time. "Ice Station" comes close to topping that list, too. With all the adventure of his previous four books, plus some amazing character development (even the evil Petkov is drawn as a human figure; I felt myself feeling sorry for the poor guy several times), "Ice Hunt" is a bonafide thrilling ride. It fits the two big "U's" of great suspense novels: unpredictable and unforgettable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ice Hunt Jan. 23 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Wow you can always count on James Rollins to give you a good ride. One of hius best. Love his imagination, keeps you up at night because you can't put it down, and then when you do the imagination takes over and you dream about his creatures.

Great read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun action/adventure story! Sept. 27 2006
By Edgar
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This novel is a great action/adventure story, it has nearly non-stop and awesome (and well-written) action sequences, OK characters (though the dog beats them all!), and a cool location in which all the events happen. Sure there are some unrealictic scenes, but it's so fun to read that it doesn't matter much. Strongly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely an "Eeeeeee" Ticket! July 15 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ice Hunt was a fun surprise for my reading circle. Our consensus: Hoo-yah! Each of us liked it, often for very different reasons. I enjoy how Rollins mixes people, critters, and circumstances to give us a rippin' good, high-energy tale. The people in this story kept us turning the pages from one fast-paced scene to the next. Even the secondary characters are interesting, but I must admit that I had found my favorite in Matt, the Fish & Game guy, by page 2 of chapter one.
Ice Hunt presents a vivid sense of place, whether in the "Cyclops" chamber of a research submarine, the Brooks Range in Alaska, or the turns and wormhole twists of a creepy crawlspace carved into the polar ice. Rollins weaves science and nature into the plot (boy, does he!) and lets characters use their expertise in their own branch of science to deal what is thrown at them. I recommend this heartily. The only caution I have is: be careful how much caffeine you drink before and while reading. This story will get your blood pumping!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Verklempt! PART II July 14 2004
By A Customer
I recently read SandStorm a few weeks ago and, for the first time ever, posted my first review. Being SO moved by SandStorm, I hurried out and bought the paper back Ice Hunt.
Rollins Woooooowwwwwed me again.
Can you say "OH MY GOSH!" True to form, I am again driven to state my opinion here. Ok, I am shouting at the roof tops "READ THIS BOOK!" This is a must for any curriculum. Did you hear me?
Ice Hunt is like meeting the love of your life for the first time. When you meet that are excited and you can wait to see that person again. Well, Ice Hunt is the love of your life. Your mind will bend and go places you didn't imagine possible.
Ice Hunt! Ice Hunt! Ice Hunt! Ice Hunt! Ice Hunt! Ice Hunt! Hum....I guess you could say I have quickly become a Rollins fan.
Ok, to the point. I finished reading ICE HUNT last night. In the same fashion as SandStorm, "Ice Hunt is an experience". To quote myself from my last review about SandStorm, I must say that Ice Hun is also another visual and intellectual feast cleverly weaving you into a heart pounding non-stop journey filled with intrigue. Once you being reading, you become glued to the first page until the grand finish. DID I SAY GRAND! CAUTION. YOU WILL LOOSE SLEEP! I was up til ungodly hours of the morning.
A few quick notes. Might I add, Rollins IS A GENIUS! AND WELL INFORMED. I must say, the geography, language, and science is dead on. I don't know about you. When I don't know a place, word, fact, or unsure of something. I LOOK IT UP! I want to know the facts. Rollins doesn't pull punches but he certainly delivers!
Rollins books, or at least the two I have read thus far, are an INFORMATION FEAST.
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