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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; 1 edition (August 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031259979X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312599799
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Quickly paced, imaginatively detailed, and highly atmospheric, Beck's novel is an entertaining mix of thriller, horror, fantasy, and science fiction.... A fun read that offers plenty of thrills and hints at a new action-adventure hero in the making."
--Library Journal

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A STAGGERING DISCOVERY

When a plane crashes into the Antarctic ice, exposing an enormous cave system, a rescue and research team is dispatched. Twenty-four hours later, all contact is lost.

A DARING MISSION

Captain Alex Hunter and his highly trained commandos, along with a team of scientists, are fast tracked to the hot zone to find out what went wrong. Meanwhile, the alluring petrobiologist Aimee Weir is sent to follow up on the detection of a vast underground reservoir. If the unidentified substance proves to be oil, every country in the world will want to know about it—even wage war over it. Or worse.

A FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL

Once suspended into the caves, Alex, Aimee, and the others can’t locate a single survivor—or even a trace of their remains. Nor is there a energy source, only specters of the dead haunting the tunnels. But soon they will discover that something very much alive is brewing beneath the surface. It is a force that dates back to the very dawn of time—an ancient terror that hunts and kills to survive…

 

BENEATH THE DARK ICE


More About the Author

Greig Beck is an Australian author residing in Sydney with his wife, son and oversized black German Shepherd. "Beneath the Dark Ice" was Greig's first novel. He now has many novels published in over 10 languages, and his Alex Hunter novels regularly appear in the best seller lists


Additional Info: Greig grew up spending his days surfing on Bondi Beach before entering a career in Information technology which took him around the world. After completing an MBA, he was appointed both an Australasian director of a multinational software company, and tasked with setting up the USA arm of the organisation. Today, Greig is still involved in IT, but spends most of his time writing... with plenty left over for his beloved surfing.

More information about Greig and his works can be found at www.greigbeck.com and he can be contacted at greig@greigbeck.com


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60 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Cat Baloo on September 9, 2010
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Had all the ingredients i like in a thriller - a remote and dangerous setting, a rugged hero with an Achilles heel, a vicious and deadly villain, political intrigue and cutting edge science, throw in a tough heroine and a band of elite soldiers, put them in the ruins of an ancient civilisation and pit them against a mythological creature and it was a recipe for going days without sleep! The story plays with legends like the Kraken and Atlantis and draws on elements of Olmec and Mayan archaeology. What if there once had been a great civilisation living in Antarctica? What if the thing that destroyed it was still there thousands of years later? A terrifyingly scary thriller!
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Swystun on February 10, 2011
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Beck delivers a fast-paced thriller resembling the work of fellow Australian, Matthew Reilly. I apologize if this in any way upsets either author - think of it as a comparison between Ludlum and Forsyth. "Beneath" takes the reader to Antarctica with scientists, special forces, lost civilizations, and mythic beasties. if this sounds familiar, it is because it is. Yet, Beck keeps the reader entertained with pace and a fun farfetched premise that is enjoyable. If you are a fan of Rollins, Preston, Child, and McDermott then you will have fun with this thriller.
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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful By George N on September 9, 2010
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This book is exactly what it says on the tin. Adventure, action, horror and a seriously good yarn. Reminds me of the best Stephen King, but without the waffle. The author cuts right to the chase, and brings you with him deep under the Antarctic ice; he creates a believable universe in which the kraken isn't just a fairy tale, and superheroes really exist. Perfect escapist fiction!
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Avid Action/Horror Reader on September 8, 2010
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Greig Beck's Beneath the Dark Ice is, quite simply, the scariest action book I've read in years. Beck takes us below the Antarctic ice to a world that is both claustrophobic and frightening, to discover ancient ruins and something terrifying that is the stuff of the Kraken legend. Reminded me of Lee Child at his best.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James Tepper TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 30, 2011
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Beneath the Dark Ice is the first novel by young Australian author Greig Beck, and it's a great way to start. The US government detects evidence that might suggest the existence of a huge undiscovered oil field below the ice cap in Antarctica. Since there are several treaties in place guaranteeing that no single nation can monopolize Antarctica's natural resources, naturally the US send a small group to investigate. The small group consists of some highly trained "Black Ops" soldiers headed by Alex Hunter, survivor of a gunshot would to the head that left him with near superhuman sensory and physical abilities, and a few scientists specialized to determine if the oil field really exists, how large it is etc. Naturally, things do not go as planned, and the band has to contend not only with a Russian Back Ops sent to make sure the US mission does not succeed, but also a number of unanticipated antediluvian biological horrors.

The writing in this short novel (barely 300 pages) is good - far better than I expected. The pacing is brisk and the plotting is tight. There is great verisimilitude in the caving sequences, and in the biology both of which are very well researched.. The monster(s) are not only scary, but plausible and believable, and the characters and their relationships are about as well-developed as one could expect in a short adventure novel. The plot type and characters remind me of James Rollins novels, but I think Greig Beck is a better writer than Rollins and he will only improve with time.

This is apparently the first in a series of at least 3 novels that will focus around Alex Hunter and his team if HAWCs (Hot-zone All-Forces Warfare Commandos) and at least one or two other characters introduced in Beneath the Dark Ice.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Howard on October 15, 2012
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This review is for the audiobook but would apply equally to the print version should I ever be so insane that I'd actually subject myself to it; this book stunk in so many ways it was positively ground-breaking. I am truly astounded by the number of glowing reviews; does the author have a large family?! I thought this was nearly the worst book I've ever encountered; bad writing, flat, trite characters, idiotic "science"....ye gods. I have loved thrillers/action/SF/brain candy books for decades, so it's not as if I think only "literary" books are worthwhile.

I'm not going to deal with the plot. It's been amply reviewed & is just too painful. It's a great example of Roger Ebert's "Idiot Plot," which was created for movies but works fine for books, and is defined as "any plot containing problems which would be solved instantly if all of the characters were not idiots".

Those characters. Every character in this book is completely flat, 2-dimensional from stock, and they all suffer massive cases of HCSS (Horror Character Stupid Syndrome). Case in point: all through the book, characters have watched a number of friends/colleagues get sliced, diced, & devoured by the Giant Primordial Squid. The GPS suckers (ha!) in the victims by using Dead Friend Decoys, which it creates using tentacles which have the ability to swell up into lookalikes of the people it's eaten. Near the end, one character had to be left behind for a while, alone in the dark with the monster, pretty much guaranteed to get eaten. The gang eventually goes back into the cave & they see the stranded woman standing in the dimness, blank-faced, mute, animated as a stuffed moose, looking exactly like a brainless fake. Does the gang say "Oh no, she got eaten, it's a decoy! Run away!" Do they hell. "Gasp! She's alive!
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