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Fortunately for Lloyd, he knows people--people like Eli Glinn, the hyper-focused president of Effective Engineering Solutions, Inc.; Glinn's nonconformist, genius of a mathematician, Rachel Amira; and the uncannily able construction engineer, Manuel Garza. Lloyd's also tapped the brilliant but disgraced meteorite hunter, Sam McFarlane, and the exceptional supertanker captain, Sally Britton, whose career was unshipped by intemperance and a reef. Of course, such a team has a hefty price tag:
Lloyd's broad features narrowed. "And that is... "EES's plan is to obtain mining rights to the island, secure the allegiance of various Chilean functionaries via blinding sums of money, disguise a state-of- the-art supertanker as a decrepit ore rig, mine the rock, slip it into the ship, and zip back to New York to thunderous notoriety. Unforeseen, however, are a rogue Chilean naval captain, seas to make Sebastian Junger boot, and a blood-red meteorite of undetermined pedigree and a habit of discharging billions of volts of electricity for no apparent reason.
"One hundred and fifty million dollars. Including chartering the transport vessel. FOB the Lloyd Museum."
Lloyd's face went pale. "My God. One hundred and fifty million... " His chin sank onto his hands. "For a ten-thousand-ton rock. That's... "
"Seven dollars and fifty cents a pound," said Glinn.
Like Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's earlier collaborations (Relic, Thunderhead, and others), The Ice Limit tools along swiftly, blending nicely drawn characters (excepting, regrettably, the book's true protagonist, the meteorite), a reasonably exciting narrative, and enough graspable science and plausible-seeming theories to bring readers happily up to speed and keep them climax-bound. Not the authors' best effort, certainly, but a fine diversion nonetheless. --Michael Hudson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
The technology described is quite believable and the weather conditions are very realistic. The book shows the ingenuity of how. AdvancedPublished 12 months ago by mredeye
This book is a great sea-faring story with well-developed characters. If you enjoy a scientific element you will enjoy this book. Read morePublished on July 9 2013 by Moolatte
I bought this after reading Riptide and Thunderhead by the same authors, both of which were just fantastic books. Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2011 by Pat Wallwork
This book is very similar to his other books yet different. To completely understand this you will have to read it. I found the book very entertaining... Read morePublished on May 23 2007 by Kris Hollywood
Preston and Child are very interesting writers, but typically they dwell more towards the supernatural side. Read morePublished on June 9 2004 by Beamer
Preston and Child do a spectacular job with this one. Nothing's as simple as it seems. Remember that. It applies so aptly to the book. It's exciting to recommend this book. Read morePublished on April 15 2004 by M. TURNER
This is my second novel by these authors. The first one that I read was the "Cabinet of Curiosities" and I *loved* it so much! Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2004 by "aquila727"