Author: Lincoln Child
Synopsis (from bn.com): In this riveting, high-octane thriller from Lincoln Child, an ancient creature is inadvertently released to wreak havoc on the inhabitants of a desolate arctic landscape.
Alaska’s Federal Wilderness Zone is one of the most dangerous and inhospitable places on Earth. For paleoecologist Evan Marshall, an expedition to the Zone offers an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study the mounting effects of climate change. But once there, Marshall and his intrepid team make an astonishing discovery: an enormous prehistoric animal encased in solid ice. Despite repeated warnings from the local village, and Marshall’s own mounting concern, the expedition sponsors want the creature cut from the ice, thawed, and revealed on a live television spectacular…But then the creature disappears and an unspeakable horror is unleashed.
My thoughts: Ok, I openly admit that the only reason I took my book off of my shelf right now was to read a book for one of my reading challenges this year – namely the Monthly Theme Challenge. The theme of January is of course words like cold, freeze, ice, etc. so I thought this book would be perfect!
And . . . I have to admit that I really enjoyed this book. It is completely outside of my normal reading genre and I am certainly glad I picked it up. I must admit I was a little scared to delve in for two specific reasons: 1. I am not really into the who science fiction type genre, you know the whole “huge creature is found in the ice and comes alive to attack” type thing. However, I will say that it is a very well-written book that characterizes the events in a very fast-paced, suspenseful, intriguing way without making it hokey and cheesy. 2. The only other book I have read by this author is one that he co-wrote with Douglas Preston, namely “Mount Dragon”, which had a section of about 200 pages in the middle that literally could have been cut and the book would have been the same. It dragged and dragged. Not the case with this book – in fact, I flew through this book in about a day. Some argue that this author is better when he writes with Preston, however based on my experiences with “Terminal Freeze”, I found his solo books just great! In fact, when the mood strikes me for a little sci fi I may go back and try one of his other novels.
Overall, a fast-paced, suspeseful, thrill ride in the frozen tundra 400 miles north of the Arctic Tundra! Great read!
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