The Ice Limit Mass Market Paperback – Jul 1 2001
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Billionaire Palmer Lloyd is accustomed to getting what he wants--and what he wants for his new museum is the largest meteorite on earth. Unfortunately for Lloyd, it's buried on an inhospitable Chilean island just north of the Ice Limit in the most brutal, unforgiving seas in the world.
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.
From Publishers Weekly
The summer-beach reader has few better friends than Preston and Child, who, beginning with Relic (1995), have produced one (generally) smart and suspenseful thriller after another, most recently Thunderhead. Their new novelDwhich, like its predecessors, skirts the edge of science fictionDis their most expertly executed (though not most imaginative) entertainment yet. Its concept is high and simple: a scientific expedition plans to dig out and transport to New York harbor the mother of all meteorites from its resting spot on an icy island offshore Chile. The mission is nearly impossible: not only will the meteorite be the heaviest object ever moved by humanity, but the Chileans, if they learn of the mission, may decimate it in order to keep the meteorite. Six strong if broadly drawn characters propel the premise into action. There's bullheaded billionaire Palmer Lloyd, who funds the expedition, and three (of the many) people he hires to get the rock: world-class meteorite-hunter Sam McFarlane, disgraced for his obsession about possible interstellar meteorites; Captain Britton, disgraced alcoholic skipper hired to ferry the meteorite to the U.S.; and Eli Glinn, cold-blooded mastermind of an engineering firm dedicated to getting incredible jobs doneDthis one at the price of $300 million. There's Commandante Vallenar, a Chilean naval officer exiled to his nation's southern wastes, who will stop at nothing to defend Chile's honor and property. Finally, there's the meteoriteDblood red, impossibly dense, possessed of strange and dangerous properties. Like the premise, the plot is simple, traversing a near-linear narrative that sustains serious tension as the expedition travels to Chile, digs out the meteorite and heads homewardDonly to face both Vallenar and a ferocious storm. What the novel lacks in sophistication, it makes up for in athleticism: this is a big-boned thriller, one that will make a terrific summer movie as well as a memorable hot-day read. (July)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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The two authors are really able to take me in the middle of the ice, to convey the anguish of a ship that may sink into the gelid nothingness between Patagonia and Antarctica.
The premise of the giant meteorite is intriguing, but the development of story itself is even better. The constant feeling of danger emerges from the pages, conveyed by characters perfectly in line with what you would expect from an adventure book. Some are a bit excessive, but the situation narrated allows it, I would say that even requires it.
The scientific part is equally interesting, at the end of the reading I knew some more about planetary geology (a discipline of which I did not even know the name) and how you should command an oil tanker among icebergs, if you are chased by a warship. Obviously this is fiction and many of the things explained are not real, but this has little importance. What really matters is that it has stimulated my imagination and certainly will be a starting point for some new ideas in the future.
In short, a fun read that I recommend to anyone.
The only thing I did not like is the ending, which I feel a bit exaggerated and with catastrophic premises. And I hate catastrophic stories. The authors have decided to play dirty, throwing the stone and hiding their hand.Read more ›
I've read a handful of books by Preston and Child. Although I like them all, The Ice Limit is my favorite. It's packed with adventure, and I mean packed. The characters are great. The authors' description of the characters made me grow attached to them. And for as many characters as were in the book, this was quite a feat.
The premise itself was fascinating. I'm a sucker for plots dealing with the unknown. In this case, the unknown is a meteor. The bulk of the book involves the efforts to extract the meteor from the ice and return it to Palmer Lloyd's museum. Needless to say, this is not a simple process. Beyond the environmental issues, the characters had to deal with sabotage, a mad Chilean (?) navy captain, and the meteor's strange properties.
The climax of the novel left me breathless, and the ending left me wanting more. The last final twist got me; I did not foresee it.
If you're looking for a fast read with lots of adventure and an intelligent plot, pick up The Ice Limit and settle in for a wild ride.
In the first few pages of the book, Nestor Masangkay is zapped when he touches a meteor that he has found on an isolated island off the southern most tip of Chile. Then, for the next 180 pages or so, you are waiting in suspense for the entire expedition (set up by an American billionaire) to be zapped as they are digging up the bright red meteor. Of course, you know that the entire crew can not be killed, as you have another 250 or pages to read, BUT!, the suspense is there as you turn page after page.
Being chased by a destroyer of the Navy of Chile has to be better justified , in my opinion. The chase chapter, however, a cat and mouse game, (and on storm-tossed seas), keeps you reading. Towards the end you just know that the meteor will go to the bottom, but again, the book leaves you wondering as to what will happen next. This is a fine book to keep you entertained as you travel on a long flight cross country or across the Atlantic.
Not recommended to take something out of a country to whom it belongs...maybe could have done that 100 years ago, but most people would not want to get involved in the legal fiasco this would cause. Not with people demanding their ancestors back from natural history museums, others wanting reparations (and there are many group with many good cases for reparations).
Usually I am fine to suspend belief and enjoy these two authors going at it. That's what their books are for...entertainment value, though I've gleaned a few historical facts from them. But this time, getting to the end, and I won't spoil the ending...but guys, there was nothing there to explain what this thing was! I closed the book, and said "Huh?"
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