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Ice Hunt [Audio CD]

James Rollins , Lewis Grenville
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August 2003

Carved into a moving island of ice twice the size of the United States, Ice Station Grendel has been abandoned for more than seventy years. The twisted brainchild of the finest minds of the former Soviet Union, it was designed to be inaccessible and virtually invisible. But an American undersea research vessel has inadvertently pulled too close—and something has been sighted moving inside the allegedly deserted facility, something whose survival defies every natural law.

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.

Follow New York Times bestselling author James Rollins on a breathtaking adventure to the top of the world!

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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 the Hardcover edition.

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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 the Hardcover edition.

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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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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Seriously, who are you people? April 20 2004
I am amazed how many people have recommended this guy. I could stomach Amazonia, and I struggled my way through Excavation, but my patience is officially at an end.
James Rollins might be able to come up with vaguely (really vaguely) plausible scientific/archaeological/whatever plots, but the man can't write worth a damn. Clive Cussler I can understand, I don't think much of his writing either, but in the review they invoke the name of Michael Crichton! Bite your collective tongues. Preston/Child are closer to Crichton, and even they aren't that good. There's tiers at work here folks, and Rollins, while imaginative, is on the third, at best.
I don't understand the pention for publishing companies to sell novels that would make better movies than they make novels. An agent was quoted as saying we'd rather buy a great story by a good writer, than a good story by a great writer, and this book is a perfect example of why.
Thumbnail sketches of characters painted as shallow as puddles, from the submarine captain who is a rip off of Tom Clancy's Marko Ramius, to the park ranger who happened to have been trained as a freakin' Green Beret, the layers of preposterosity keep coming, and I keep losing interest.
Maybe good enough beach blanket reading if you can suspend your disbelief sufficiently. I found I could not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent copy
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... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun action/adventure story!
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! Read more
Published on Sept. 26 2006 by Edgar
1.0 out of 5 stars Insult [what remains of] your intelligence; enjoy the result
What passes for literature nowadays is simple: a data-miner gathers all the material; a legend is recycled (forget Wagner respectfully recycling the Eddas; we are talking pulp and... Read more
Published on July 13 2004 by Nicholas v. Katte
5.0 out of 5 stars Great entertainment
This was my first Rollins book, and it was extremely enjoyable. It kept me entertained and almost totally unaware of the passage of time on two long flights. Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by Tom Henderson
5.0 out of 5 stars chilling sci-fi
The adventure grabs you, starts running & doesn't let you go! All the while there's a little voice whispering "Don't stumble! Don't stumble! Read more
Published on May 19 2004 by Rebecca Brown
3.0 out of 5 stars Overkill in the Arctic
The author blasts his story through polar ice, sweeping squalls, Grendels (wait until you meet those beasts! Read more
Published on April 7 2004 by Gerburg Frick
5.0 out of 5 stars Nonstop adventure at the Polar Ice Cap
Once again Rollins takes readers on a roller coaster ride, coupling brisk action with better-than-average characterization for an author of plot-based thrillers. Read more
Published on March 8 2004 by Jackie Tortorella
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